Bill to Create State Database of Wage Thieves Gains Tentative Texas House Approval

The Texas House on Wednesday advanced HB 48 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, which would create a state database of employers who are found to have committed wage theft.

The bill has been percolating for several sessions and now has momentum on its way to the Senate. A database would impose no monetary penalty, but the sunlight would serve as a deterrent to low-road employers who deliberately refuse to pay working people what they have earned. 

Today's bipartisan vote in support of the measure was 102-41.

Gonzalez accepted an amendment by Rep. Jared Patterson, R-Frisco, to provide a way for a company on the database to be taken off with a showing of compliance with the law.

The House has scheduled a final vote on this United Labor Legislative Committee-backed bill for Thursday.