My name is Rod Bordelon and I am appearing on behalf of the Texas Public Policy Foundation testifying in support of House Bill 2127 relating to state preemption of municipal and county regulation.

As the bill states, in recent years, local jurisdictions have established many of their own regulations of commerce that are different than state regulations, leading to a “patchwork” of regulations and regulatory inconsistency.

HB 2127 would create greater consistency of regulations and increased compliance by ensuring that the state of Texas is the exclusive regulatory authority over specified areas of state commerce. Municipalities would be precluded from adopting or enforcing an ordinance, order, rule, or policy that violates specified state codes such as: Agriculture, Finance, Insurance, Labor, Natural Resources and Occupations.