As of June 22, 2015 Governor Abbott signed into law S.B. 582 which eliminates the authority of a local health jurisdiction to require certain fees. The law states: A food service worker trained in a food handler training course accredited by the American National Standards Institute is considered to have met a local health jurisdiction's training, testing, and permitting requirements. A local health jurisdiction may require a food establishment to maintain on the premises of the food establishment a certificate of completion of the training course for employees of the food establishment.
September 1, 2016 the Health District was no longer able to accept "Lifetime" food handler cards due to the Texas Food Establishment Rules update. Enforcement began January 1, 2020 and includes any food handler cards provided by the Health District with an expiration date exceeding 3 years from the date the class was taken. -25 TAC 228.33(e)