Rep. Biedermann Introduces Hiring Freeze Bill

March 8, 2017

Austin, TX (03/09/2017) —  Today, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kyle Bie­der­mann (R- Fred­er­icks­burg) filed HB 3362, a piece of leg­is­la­tion propos­ing the enact­ment of a hir­ing freeze for non-essen­tial gov­ern­ment employees.

In his state of the state address, Gov­er­nor Abbott him­self called for an imme­di­ate hir­ing freeze on state agen­cies. Speak­ing to the full house, the gov­er­nor said, “Just as fam­i­lies have to bal­ance needs ver­sus wants, so must we.” 

The gov­er­nor con­tin­ued, stat­ing, “We must cut spend­ing in our cur­rent bien­ni­um to ensure we live with­in our bud­get. To accom­plish that, I am today direct­ing state agen­cies to impose an imme­di­ate hir­ing freeze through the end of August.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bie­der­mann, a strong pro­po­nent of a lim­it­ed, respon­si­ble gov­ern­ment, stat­ed, “I agree with Gov­er­nor Abbott. Dur­ing a time of uncer­tain­ty in the Texas econ­o­my, it is fis­cal­ly respon­si­ble to enact a hir­ing freeze on nonessen­tial gov­ern­ment employ­ees. Every dol­lar we spend needs to be spent effi­cient­ly, espe­cial­ly in this tight bud­get year. This is why I’ve called for a hir­ing freeze that would con­tin­ue through the biennium.” 

Dur­ing the hir­ing freeze, a state agency may only fill a vacant posi­tion only if the agency first deter­mines that the posi­tion is crit­i­cal­ly relat­ed to the agency’s abil­i­ty to per­form its core func­tion and noti­fy the gov­er­nor and mem­bers of the legislature. 

If passed, the hir­ing freeze on non-essen­tial per­son­nel effect through August 31, 2019.

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