Texas House Member

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Rep. Capriglione, Giovanni

District 98


Capitol Address:

Room E1.506

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0690

District Address:


1100 Bear Creek Parkway

Keller, Texas 76248

(817) 431-5339


P.O. Box 770

Keller, Texas 76244

Counties Represented:

Tarrant (part)



Giovanni has been married to his wife Elisa for 23 years, and has three children, two of whom attend Carroll ISD schools, and one who attends Texas A&M University. After receiving his BS in Physics, he pursued his MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University. After school, Giovanni went on to work for a DFW based venture capital/private equity firm.

Giovanni is now the owner and president of his own small business, Texas Adventure Capital LLC, which provides business services to various investment fund managers and business owners. His focus is investing in Texas-based small businesses. Previously, Giovanni held various positions at computer engineering companies specializing in semiconductor design and Internet products, and was senior vice president at an investment firm where he managed the loan and equity assets of various American businesses.

Giovanni was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012 and is serving his sixth term representing District 98 which encompasses all or part of Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Westlake, and Euless. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions, Investments & Financial Services, is a member of the House Committee on Elections, and the House Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety. He is Chairman of the Innovation & Technology Caucus and also chairs the Tarrant County Delegation.

Giovanni está casado con su esposa Elisa desde hace 23 años, y tiene tres hijos, dos de los cuales asisten a las escuelas de Carroll ISD, y uno que asiste a Texas A&M University. Después de recibir su título en Física, obtuvo su máster en Administración de Empresas, en Finanzas, de Santa Clara University. Después de la escuela, Giovanni pasó a trabajar para una empresa de capital de riesgo/capital privado con sede en DFW.

Giovanni ahora es propietario y presidente de su propia pequeña empresa, Texas Adventure Capital LLC, la cual brinda servicios comerciales a varios administradores de fondos de inversión y propietarios de negocios. Su enfoque es invertir en pequeñas empresas con sede en Texas. Anteriormente, Giovanni ocupó diversos cargos en empresas de ingeniería informática especializadas en el diseño de semiconductores y productos de Internet, y fue vicepresidente senior en una empresa de inversión en la que gestionó los activos de préstamos y acciones de diversas empresas estadounidenses.

Giovanni fue elegido miembro de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas en 2012 y cumple su sexto mandato en representación del Distrito 98, que abarca todo o parte de Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, Westlake y Euless. Actualmente es presidente de la Comisión de Pensiones, Inversiones y Servicios Financieros de la Cámara de Representantes, es miembro de la Comisión Electoral de la Cámara de Representantes y de la Comisión Selecta de la Cámara de Representantes sobre Salud y Seguridad de los Jóvenes. Es presidente del Caucus de Innovación Tecnológica y también preside la Delegación del Condado de Tarrant.


House Bills Passed


HB 4

For 24 years, Congress has failed to pass every attempt at a national data privacy law.  When a company makes the decision to sell our personal data it does not just open us up to targeted advertising, it takes away our control over the information that is most personal to us.  Texans must no longer suffer the consequences of inaction. Our personal data belongs to us.


Texas has chosen to lead the nation in protecting the rights of consumers by passing the Texas Data Privacy and Security Act (TDPSA) giving consumers the right to control data that is collected about them online.  Consumers will have the right to know when and why data is collected, delete or correct data, access data, opt out of targeted advertising, opt out of the sale of personal data, opt out of data profiling, and will be protected from discrimination or retribution for using their rights.  Companies will have to get consent from customers before collecting any sensitive data (genetic information, biometrics, geo-location, health diagnosis, etc.) and must limit data collection to what is necessary to provide the service to the consumer.  Any violation of the TDPSA is subject to a civil penalty of $7,500 per violation from the Attorney General.


HB 584

State Information Security positions require a high degree of skill and pay well below the market rate for those skills.  Current state hiring guidelines recommend that all entry-level information technology jobs should require graduation from a four-year college or university.  However, programs such as Texas is IT and Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education have demonstrated that tailored curriculum at the community college level, coupled with apprenticeships and on-the-job training can successfully prepare students for positions in IT that traditionally require a four-year degree.


HB 584 allows the state to develop a State Information Technology credential tailored to address shortages in the state information resources workforce.


HB 591

Oil producers across Texas struggle with stranded gas that naturally occurs as a by-product of drilling oil.  Recently, multiple companies created systems that utilize the gas that would have been flared or vented to power mobile Bitcoin mines.  While the program has achieved large-scale adoption, it remains uncertain whether gas purchases for such operations should be subject to the severance tax of 7.5% of the market value of gas produced. Many producers do not pay severance tax, but those who do find it difficult to determine the market value of the gas that would have otherwise been flared.


HB 591 clarifies the circumstances in which gas that would otherwise be lawfully vented or flared is not subject to severance taxes when used for a productive purpose.


HB 611

Internet crime is a growing problem in our technology focused world, including "doxing" which refers to gathering an individual's personal information and posting it publicly without permission.  21% of Americans have personally experienced doxing, with 52% of doxing attacks coming from online interactions with strangers and almost 1-in-4 attackers are personally known to the targets.


HB 611 makes the disclosure of residence address or phone number, with intent to harm, a Class B misdemeanor.  The penalty increases to a Class A misdemeanor if the offense results in bodily injury to the targeted person or a family member.


HB 1666

Over 8.5 million Texans have invested in cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, the vast majority of which are held by third-party custodial account holders, or "digital asset service providers," which facilitate the trade and maintain custody of the asset.  Recently, multiple digital asset service providers betrayed the trust of their consumers by commingling investor funds with corporate assets, leading consumers to lose billions in their investments.


HB 1666 regulates digital asset service providers in the state of Texas to ensure consumer funds are secure and protected. It requires providers to ensure consumer funds are not comingled with corporate assets, keep adequate levels of reserves, always allow consumers to withdraw funds, and submit to yearly audits with the Department of Banking. 


HB 1673

By the age of 80, 75% of people with Alzheimer’s live in a long-term care setting, compared with just 4% of the general population.  The Alzheimer’s Association has noted that the single most important determinant of quality Dementia care across all care settings is direct care staff. These providers help shape the daily lives of people with Dementia and assist with all aspects of care.  Current law states that assisted-living staff serving Alzheimer’s residents should be trained in Alzheimer’s, but does not specify content or number of hours.


HB 1673 requires assisted living facility employees receive an initial 4 hours of Dementia-training and 2 hours of continuing education annually.


HB 1817

In the 84th Legislative Session, I passed HB 1295 requiring governmental entities to file a disclosure of interested parties for certain contracts.  In 2022, a development company sued a Texas city for breach of contract for not having a disclosure form on file and the judge found the contract to be void.  With this ruling, the potential existed for any applicable government contract without a form on file to be found void.


HB 1817 allows for a cure period in a disclosure of interested parties form is not on file and allows governmental entities to come into compliance with the original law.


HB 2060

In 2019, the legislature passed 86(R) SB 64, which, among other things, encouraged state agencies to consider artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Since then, many agencies have used AI systems to streamline government services.  However, as these applications have become more expansive the legislature has very few oversight tools to ensure these systems are developed in a responsible manner.


HB 2060 establishes the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council to study and monitor the use of AI systems by state agencies in Texas.  The council is tasked with assessing the need for a state code of ethics for AI systems in state government, making recommendations for administrative actions that state agencies can take without further legislative authorization, and making recommendations for the 89th Texas Legislature. Additionally, every state agency will complete an inventory report of all AI systems used and submit the reports to the council. 


HB 2545

Many websites allow individuals to explore their familial heritage through at-home DNA testing kits.  Our genetic information is the most personal identifying information we have.  If a credit card number is stolen, the card can be cancelled.  If a personal ID is stolen, a new one can be ordered.  When our genetic information is shared to third-parties we did not consent to, that damage cannot be undone.


HB 2545 requires genetic testing companies to receive express consent from the consumer before sharing their genetic information with a third-party, using the genetic data for a purpose other than service purchased by the consumer, or retaining a sample after the testing is completed.


HB 2878

Food Trucks have become increasingly popular across Texas. Unlike traditional restaurants who apply for health department permits in just the city they are located, Mobile Food Trucks must apply for a separate permit in each municipality in which they wish to operate.  In a time of inflation when margins are stretched thin, spending extra time and money on additional permits is a costly barrier to doing business for many of these vendors.


HB 2878 turns over the responsibility of inspecting Mobile Food Trucks solely to Tarrant County and allow them to issue one permit that would be valid in any municipality within the county.



Senate Bills Passed


SB 621

Currently, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) employees a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  The CISO assists state agencies and local governments in protecting their resources and provides digital risk management guidelines and requirements.  The CISO also maintains the security of the State network and citizen confidence in government.  However, this role is not defined in state statute.


SB 621 codifies the position, clarifying in statute that DIR employs a CISO with oversight over cybersecurity matters for the state.


SB 768

The Texas Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act (ITEPA) requires certain businesses that experience a data breach to provide notice of the breach to affected individuals and the Texas Attorney General if the breach affects 250 or more Texans.  Current law requires that notification within 60 days.


SB 768 reduces that timeline to within 30 days and requires notifications to the Attorney General to be submitted electronically.


SB 1089

In current practice, any unopposed candidate for office is declared elected and listed at the end of a voting ballot.  Excluding the uncontested candidate from being listed on a ballot under the office for which they are running can be seen as a violation of the democratic principles of transparency, fairness, and inclusivity.


SB 1089 repeals the ability to declare unopposed candidates for office as elected and restores their names to the proper order on a ballot to maintain the integrity and credibility of the electoral process. 


SB 1780

In 2019, the 85th Texas Legislature enacted legislation to allow for Remote Online Notarization with several safeguards in place including identity proofing and credential analysis.  The current Remote Online Notary statute does not accommodate the use of a Remote Ink Notary, allowing  a person to use a “wet ink” signature rather than an electronic signature.  During the COVID pandemic, Governor Abbott provided a temporary accommodation in a proclamation allowing for Remote Ink Notary.


SB 1780 codifies the Governor's proclamation and allows for the continuous usage of Remote Ink Notary.


SB 2035

In some bond elections, voters will reject bond propositions placed on the ballot by their local governments.  However, some local governments do not always follow the will of the voters and have tried to utilize alternative methods of finance, like Certificates of Obligation (COs) and Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs), to fund projects previously rejected by voters.


SB 2035 protects the will of the voters by prohibiting a taxing entity from issuing COs and TANs to finance a voter-rejected project within five years of a bond proposition's rejection.



This Concurrent Resolution honors and celebrates 500,000 Italian Americans who have chosen Texas as their home by designating June 2nd as Italian Heritage Day.  By designating this important day, we recognize the important contributions Italian immigrants have made in building Texas communities and the economic, political, social, and cultural achievements of Italian Americans throughout our state.

General Appropriations Act


Several additions and improvements I offered to the General Appropriations Act passed and are a part of the state's 2023-2024 budget.  Some of my specific high points across the budget:


Alzheimer's Disease Program

  • The Department of State Health Services' Alzheimer's Disease Program funding was increased from $1 million to $5.7 million.
  • This significant milestone in our state's commitment to support those diagnosed with dementia will allow the program to provide even more significant educational opportunities for healthcare professionals about early detection and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, maintain up-to-date Alzheimer's data, and coordinate implementation of the Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease.


Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Grant Program

  • A rider in the budget for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Grant Program will allow the Office of the Governor to accept and administer federal funds from the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program and distribute those funds to local government entities once approved by the Cybersecurity Planning Committee.


Nonprofit Security Grant Program of Texas

  • There have been several violent attacks on religious sites in our state, including the deadliest church shooting in the United States at First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs. Gun violence has also occurred at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Congregation Emanu El in Houston, and Starrville Methodist Church in Winona, just to name a few.
  • The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) is intended to help nonprofit organizations (like those listed above) increase their physical security posture against acts of terrorism defined by federal law.
  • This rider appropriates $2 million to meet increased demand for facility hardening for eligible nonprofit organizations.


Amachi Texas - Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • This rider doubles funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Texas from $2.5 million to $5 million.
  • More about Big Brothers Big Sisters:
    • More than five million children across the U.S. have a parent in prison.  Children with 1-2 incarcerated parents have a 70%-90% chance of ending up in prison themselves and are more likely to face immense challenges including cycles of poverty, abuse, academic failure, dropping out of school, and even incarceration themselves.  Amachi mentoring supports children who could greatly benefit from one more supportive, caring adult in their lives to help them reach their full potential and thrive as productive members of society.


Computer Science Pipeline Initiative

  • Currently, only 47% of Texas public schools offer a foundational computer science course, which means many high schools are not in compliance with the mandatory requirement that they offer computer science courses.  This is largely due to only 27% of Texas High schools having a certified computer science teacher.
  • $14 million was added to the budget to consolidate and streamline computer science education by establishing a statewide Computer Science Pipeline Imitative.
  • The Computer Science Pipeline Initiative will provide 1,750 K-12 public school teachers the resources to obtain a computer science teaching certification through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and education service centers.  This will bring computer science courses to an estimated 87,500 more Texas students. 


DFPS Business Process Redesign

  • Business Process redesign is a broad concept describing the effort of capturing an organization’s hidden capacity, reducing activities that do not add value, and decreasing cycle times required to process work. This rider directs the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to redesign its child protective investigations process with the goal of increasing the agency’s staffing capacity, ensuring consistency in investigations, collecting and reporting all necessary documentation, and improving the overall quality of investigations.


Bills I Joint-Authored and Co-Authored


HB 3   Relating to measures for ensuring public school safety, including the development and implementation of purchases relating to and funding for public school safety and security requirements and the provision of safety-related resources.

HB 5   Relating to agreements authorizing a limitation on taxable value of certain property to provide for the creation of jobs and the generation of state and local tax revenue; authorizing fees; authorizing penalties.

HB 6   Relating to the designation of fentanyl poisoning or fentanyl toxicity for purposes of the death certificate and to the criminal penalties for certain controlled substance offenses; increasing a criminal penalty.

HB 8   Relating to public higher education, including the public junior college state finance program.

HB 9   Relating to the development and funding of broadband and telecommunications services.

HB 12   Relating to the duration of services provided under Medicaid to women following a pregnancy.

HB 14   Relating to third-party review of plats and property development plans, permits, and similar documents, and the inspection of an improvement related to such a document.

HB 17   Relating to official misconduct by and removal of prosecuting attorneys.

HB 18   Relating to the protection of minors from harmful, deceptive, or unfair trade practices in connection with the use of certain digital services and electronic devices, including the use and transfer of electronic devices to students by a public school.

HB 19   Relating to the creation of a specialty trial court to hear certain cases; authorizing fees.

HB 219   Relating to the release of a deed of trust or other contract lien securing a home loan after payoff by mortgagor.

HB 246   Relating to establishing a pilot program for recording ballot counting activity.

HB 357   Relating to the requirements to access the online tracker of an application for a ballot to be voted by mail and to the date of runoff elections.

HB 471   Relating to the entitlement to and claims for benefits for certain first responders and other employees related to illness and injury.

HB 568   Relating to education and training for peace officers on interacting with persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

HB 900   Relating to the regulation of library materials sold to or included in public school libraries.

HB 968   Relating to procedures in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

HB 1217   Relating to the administration of and procedures relating to early voting by personal appearance.

HB 1393   Relating to an optional service retirement annuity that provides an increasing annuity under the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

HB 1755   Relating to the creation of the Lone Star Workforce of the Future Fund.

HB 2127   Relating to state preemption of and the effect of certain state or federal law on certain municipal and county regulation.

HB 2837   Relating to prohibiting a person or entity from surveilling, reporting, or tracking the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and accessories through the use of certain merchant category codes; imposing a civil penalty.

HB 2961   Relating to criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator.

HB 2969   Relating to prohibiting a maximum age or age differential for prospective adoptive parents.

Bills I Joint-Authored and Co-Authored (cont'd)


HB 3372   Relating to the reporting of political contributions, including in-kind contributions, and expenditures made using a credit card.

HB 4077   Relating to the procedure for qualifying for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of an elderly person.

HB 4337   Relating to licenses and similar documents issued by certain foreign governments.

HB 4797   Relating to training on the treatment of toll project roadways during inclement weather.

HB 5012   Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to use certain tax revenue for hotel and convention center projects and other qualified projects.

HB 5174   Relating to the establishment and administration of the Texas Semiconductor Innovation Consortium.

HB 5358   Relating to the creation of the Ranger Ridge Municipal Utility District of Palo Pinto County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

HJR 2         Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the 88th Legislature to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to certain annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

HJR 134    Proposing a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of county treasurer of Galveston County.

SB 10         Relating to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

SB 14         Relating to prohibitions on the provision to certain children of procedures and treatments for gender transitioning, gender reassignment, or gender dysphoria and on the use of public money or public assistance to provide those procedures and treatments.

SB 15         Relating to requiring public institution of higher education students who compete in intercollegiate athletic competitions to compete based on biological sex.

SB 24         Relating to the powers and duties of the Health and Human Services Commission and the transfer to the commission of certain powers and duties from the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 28         Relating to financial assistance provided and programs administered by the Texas Water Development Board.

SB 58         Relating to prohibitions in connection with the online sale of goods.

SB 379   Relating to an exemption from sales and use taxes for certain family care items.

SB 490   Relating to itemized billing for health care services and supplies provided by health care providers.

SB 1040    Relating to health benefit plan coverage of a transplant of an organ that originated from or is transplanted in a country known to have participated in forced organ harvesting.

SB 1045    Relating to the creation of the Fifteenth Court of Appeals with jurisdiction over certain civil cases, the compensation of the justices of that court, and the jurisdiction of the courts of appeals in this state.

SB 1639    Relating to prohibitions in connection with ticket sales on an Internet website; providing a civil penalty.

SB 1653    Relating to the punishment for the offense of promotion of prostitution.

SB 2144    Relating to advanced air mobility technology.

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