SB340, one of our Build a Better Texas wage theft bills, was heard in the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee. SB340 would strengthen the bad faith penalty that the Texas Workforce Commission can impose on employers who fail to pay their workers. The bill has already passed through the Senate. The committee took a great interest in the bill, with Chairman John Davis (R-Houston) expressing support for efforts to crack down on wage theft. Rep. May Ann Perez (R-Houston) suggested that the maximum penalty should be raised from $1000 to $5000 for repeat offenders. Testifying in favor of the bill: Workers Defense Project, Guillermo Perez, WDP member and construction worker, Texas Civil Rights Project, Equal Justice Center. The Associated Builders and Contractors had threatened to oppose the bill but ended up withdrawing their opposition. The witness list hasn’t been posted yet so we’re not sure if any other groups dropped cards on the bill.We hope this bill will be voted out of committee quickly and move rapidly to the house floor.