SMA Chairwoman Statement on Governor Abbott Signing House Bill 19

SMA Contact: Kimberly Leggett

AUSTIN—Francey Beall, SMA Chairwoman, today released the following statement regarding Governor Greg Abbott signing House Bill 19:   
“Thank you to Governor Greg Abbott for recognizing the importance of House Bill 19 and signing it into law. This piece of legislation will change the course of lawsuit abuse in Texas. For far too long, some trial attorneys have taken advantage of the legal system and profited from abusive tactics. That all ends with House Bill 19 becoming law—truly a major victory for the entire commercial motor vehicle industry.
The moving industry is essential to Texas. The thriving economy makes Texas a magnet for people wanting to relocate and thanks to this legislation, moving companies can continue to operate and move people across Texas. Southwest Movers Association thanks all of those that have been a part of this tremendous legislative effort—especially house author Jeff Leach (R-Plano), Senate sponsor Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) and all the legislators that co-sponsored, as well as the advocacy efforts of Texas Trucking Association, Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the entire Keep Texas Trucking Coalition.”