HB 1131 by Rep. Mary Gonzalez creates a registry of employers who have criminal wage theft convictions. The bill was heard by the House Economic and Small Business Development committee on Wednesday at 8am. The committee substitute included employers who have been fined a bad faith penalty by the TWC. WDP member Valentin Hernandez gave testimony about his wage theft case by a repeat offender. Pro bono attorney Chris Kaiser also provided testimony in support of the bill. Only the NFIB registered in opposition to the bill, but did not testify. We are hopeful the bill will be voted out of committee next Thursday!