Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Robert Nichols
86th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 7/15/2019

Number of Bills: 94

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (56):
SB 14 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Kuempel | Ashby | Bell, Keith | King, Phil | Price
Last Action: 06/07/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to broadband service or facilities provided by an electric cooperative.

SB 135 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/26/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of land used as an ecological laboratory for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

SB 169 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/01/2019 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on escort flag vehicles.

SB 356 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/06/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Mar 6 2019 2:28PM
Caption: Relating to the enforcement of commercial motor vehicle safety standards in certain municipalities.

SB 357 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Canales
Last Action: 06/14/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to outdoor advertising signs regulated by the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 610 Author: Nichols | Birdwell
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Medical Board; authorizing a fee.

SB 611 Author: Nichols | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Watson
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and to the continuation and transfer of the regulation of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and social workers to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council; providing civil and administrative penalties; authorizing a fee.

SB 614 Author: Nichols | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall
Sponsor: Lambert
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Finance Commission of Texas, the Texas Department of Banking, and the Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, to the training requirements applicable to the agencies overseen by the Finance Commission of Texas, and to the regulation of certain financial institutions and businesses.

SB 621 Author: Nichols | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall
Sponsor: Lambert
Last Action: 05/26/2019 H Motion to reconsider fails
Caption: Relating to the transfer of the regulation of plumbing to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; requiring an occupational license; authorizing a fee.

SB 622 Author: Nichols | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Watson
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Securities Board.

SB 624 Author: Nichols | Birdwell
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 05/31/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board; changing fees.

SB 661 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the establishment of rates for certain non-ERCOT utilities.

SB 700 Author: Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 06/14/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to retail public utilities that provide water or sewer service.

SB 701 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/16/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the qualification of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as timber land or restricted-use timber land.

SB 768 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 100.

SB 769 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/14/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 101.

SB 770 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the board of directors of the Rayburn Country Municipal Utility District.

SB 808 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Clardy
Last Action: 05/19/2019 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the construction manager-at-risk method of contracting for governmental construction projects.

SB 962 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Zerwas
Last Action: 06/15/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the determination of the sufficient balance of the economic stabilization fund for the purpose of allocating general revenue to that fund and the state highway fund.

SB 1091 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Ashby
Last Action: 06/14/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to vehicles eligible for veteran toll discount programs.

SB 1092 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Canales
Last Action: 06/04/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to certain contracts requiring competitive bidding by the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1126 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/07/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 173; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 1213 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Phelan
Last Action: 05/20/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the exchange of certain state property in Orange County by the Public Safety Commission.

SB 1363 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Lang | Talarico | Lambert | Buckley
Last Action: 05/14/2019 H Returned to Local & Consent Calendars Comm.
Caption: Relating to highway maintenance or construction vehicles and certain service vehicles.

SB 1364 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/07/2019 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the operation of a vehicle transporting equipment used to load timber.

SB 1370 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Ashby
Last Action: 06/02/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to invoices and payments under certain state contracts for outside legal services.

SB 1371 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/09/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Liberty Grand Municipal Utility District No. 1; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 1459 Author: Nichols | Birdwell
Last Action: 03/14/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board; changing fees.

SB 1460 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/14/2019 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to the conveyance of certain state forest land in Cherokee County under the control of the board of regents of The Texas A&M University System.

SB 1461 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/26/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages on certain property owned by the Texas State Railroad Authority.

SB 1511 Author: Nichols | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Cyrier | Toth | Martinez | Holland | Bucy
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the operation of the Battleship "Texas."

SB 2208 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Phelan
Last Action: 06/04/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the use of hotel occupancy tax revenue by certain counties.

SB 2272 Author: Nichols | Creighton
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the procedure for amending or revoking certificates of public convenience and necessity issued to certain water utilities.

SB 2418 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/21/2019 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the determination of the sufficient balance within the economic stabilization fund and to the adjustment of allocations of amounts to be transferred to the economic stabilization fund and the state highway fund under Section 49-g, Article III, Texas Constitution.

SB 2453 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 23 2019 11:15AM
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 178; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2481 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bell, Cecil
Last Action: 05/28/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 164; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose a tax.

SB 2482 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 23 2019 11:18AM
Caption: Relating to the creation of Tarkington Management District No. 1 of Liberty County; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2483 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 23 2019 11:25AM
Caption: Relating to the creation of Plum Creek Management District No. 1 of Liberty County; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2500 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 23 2019 11:26AM
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 180; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2501 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/01/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the effect of municipal annexation of territory in the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 147.

SB 2516 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 23 2019 11:17AM
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 179; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2517 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bailes
Last Action: 05/28/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the conversion of the May Public Utility District to the Harris-Liberty Counties Municipal Utility District No. 1; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2527 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bailes
Last Action: 05/28/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the conversion of the Liberty Public Utility District to the Liberty County Municipal Utility District No. 7; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2528 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/04/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 176 of Montgomery County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2529 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/04/2019 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 177 of Montgomery County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SR 29 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/23/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

SR 119 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/05/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 4, 2019, as Cedar Creek Lake Area Day.

SR 131 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/06/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 6, 2019, as Athens Day.

SR 141 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/07/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Excelsior School for its role in the history of Shelby County.

SR 445 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/20/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Baker Pattillo.

SR 474 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/25/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.

SR 537 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/03/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Shelbyville High School boys' basketball team for winning a state championship.

SR 569 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/11/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

SR 592 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/16/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas Basket Company on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

SR 599 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/17/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Roger I. Van Horn for his service to the Nacogdoches community.

SR 605 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 2019 as National Counseling Awareness Month in Texas.

Additional Primary Authors (38):
SB 6 Author: Kolkhorst | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Morrison
Last Action: 06/13/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to emergency and disaster management, response, and recovery.

SB 7 Author: Creighton | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Flores | et al.
Sponsor: Phelan
Last Action: 06/13/2019 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.

SB 8 Author: Perry | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | et al.
Sponsor: Larson
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to state and regional flood planning.

SB 10 Author: Nelson | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | et al.
Sponsor: Zerwas | Price | Button | Allison | Coleman
Last Action: 05/21/2019 H Returned to committee: May 21 2019 7:16PM
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium.

SB 12 Author: Huffman | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Flores | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Greg | Murphy | González, Mary | Meyer | Walle
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the contributions to and benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

SB 22 Author: Campbell | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Noble | Morrison | King, Phil | Klick | Springer
Last Action: 06/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to prohibiting certain transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate of the provider.

SB 552 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Fallon | et al.
Last Action: 04/26/2019 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to notice of a property owner's rights relating to the examination or survey of property by an entity with eminent domain authority.

SB 553 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Fallon | et al.
Last Action: 04/26/2019 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the acquisition of certain real property in conjunction with the acquisition of real property for a public use through eminent domain procedures.

SB 554 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Fallon | et al.
Last Action: 03/28/2019 H Referred to Land & Resource Management: Mar 28 2019 12:30AM
Caption: Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity.

SB 555 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Fallon | et al.
Last Action: 04/26/2019 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the qualification of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as agricultural land and the liability for the additional tax imposed on such land if the use of the land changes as a result of a condemnation.

SB 601 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Flynn
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Veterans Commission.

SB 602 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols | Watson
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Vet Affairs & Border Security
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Military Department.

SB 603 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and the licensing and registration of persons regulated by that state agency.

SB 606 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols
Sponsor: Nevárez
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the Lower Colorado River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 607 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols
Sponsor: Flynn
Last Action: 06/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the operations and functions of the Veterans' Land Board and the sunset review date for and programs administered by the board.

SB 608 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols
Sponsor: Paddie
Last Action: 06/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the School Land Board.

SB 609 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.

SB 612 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Nevárez
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Office of Risk Management.

SB 613 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

SB 615 Author: Buckingham | Birdwell | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Paddie
Last Action: 06/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the operations and functions of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the sunset review date for and programs administered by the association; authorizing a fee.

SB 617 Author: Buckingham | Birdwell | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation of the regulation of land surveyors and the transfer of the regulation to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; changing fees.

SB 618 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols | Watson
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

SB 619 Author: Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Paddie
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the sunset review process and certain governmental entities subject to that process.

SB 620 Author: Hall | Birdwell | Buckingham | Nichols | Watson
Last Action: 03/01/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Funeral Service Commission.

SB 625 Author: Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the Nueces River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 626 Author: Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Flynn
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority; following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 627 Author: Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols | Watson
Sponsor: Nevárez
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the Red River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 933 Author: Bettencourt | Buckingham | Campbell | Creighton | Fallon | et al.
Last Action: 05/06/2019 H Referred to Public Education: May 6 2019 9:04PM
Caption: Relating to the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education.

SB 1891 Author: Hancock | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 04/11/2019 H Referred to Appropriations: Apr 11 2019 4:54PM
Caption: Relating to a limit on the rate of growth of certain appropriations.

SJR 24 Author: Kolkhorst | Buckingham | Campbell | Flores | Hinojosa | et al.
Sponsor: Cyrier | Price | Zerwas | Turner, Chris | Rose
Last Action: 05/28/2019 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the appropriation of the net revenue received from the imposition of state sales and use taxes on sporting goods.

SR 50 Author: Creighton | Alvarado | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 03/11/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Senator José Menéndez on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

SR 89 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 02/12/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 11 and 12, 2019, as Golden Triangle Days.

SR 118 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 02/26/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the members of the Montgomery County Coalition of Chambers to the State Capitol.

SR 525 Author: Watson | Birdwell | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols
Last Action: 04/01/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Ken Levine on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 535 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Last Action: 04/02/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Declaring the crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an emergency and requesting Congress to adopt a budget that fully funds all means necessary to fully secure the Texas-Mexico International Border.

SR 555 Author: Buckingham | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 04/10/2019 S Again read
Caption: Recognizing Gary P. Nunn for his contributions to music.

SR 559 Author: Hancock | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | et al.
Last Action: 04/10/2019 S Again read
Caption: Recognizing Friends of the Governor's Mansion on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

SR 843 Author: Whitmire | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | et al.
Last Action: 05/27/2019 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Patsy Spaw for her loyalty and service to the Texas Senate.

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