Texas Legislature
Bills Coauthored
Sen. Kirk Watson
86th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 10/20/2019

Number of Bills: 22

SB 3 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Hughes | Hinojosa | Buckingham | West | Kolkhorst | et al.
Last Action: 03/28/2019 H Referred to Public Education: Mar 28 2019 12:30AM
Caption: Relating to additional funding to school districts for classroom teacher and librarian salaries.

SB 5 Author: Bettencourt | Creighton | Flores | Hall | Hinojosa | et al.
Coauthor: Hughes | Watson | Fallon | Alvarado
Last Action: 03/26/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to an increase in the amount of the exemption of residence homesteads from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction in the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect the increased exemption amount, and the protection of school districts against the resulting loss in local revenue.

SB 7 Author: Creighton | Alvarado | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Flores | et al.
Coauthor: Johnson | Schwertner | Fallon | Campbell | Rodríguez | 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 11 Author: Taylor
Coauthor: Perry | Watson | Powell | Huffman | West | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Greg | Huberty | Metcalf | Thierry | Price
Last Action: 06/06/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

SB 14 Author: Nichols
Coauthor: Buckingham | Flores | Hinojosa | Seliger | West | et al.
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 38 Author: Zaffirini | Campbell
Coauthor: Whitmire | Hinojosa | Lucio | Watson | Perry | et al.
Sponsor: Lozano | Frullo
Last Action: 06/15/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the offense of hazing.

SB 183 Author: Miles
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 02/01/2019 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to a defense to prosecution for the criminal offense of theft of service.

SB 213 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: West | Birdwell | Watson | Flores | Perry | et al.
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 05/07/2019 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the use of individual graduation committees and other alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.

SB 236 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 02/07/2019 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the use of certain state property for community food gardens.

SB 357 Author: Nichols
Coauthor: Buckingham | Schwertner | Watson
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 401 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Watson
Sponsor: Cyrier
Last Action: 06/04/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to legislative oversight of deferred maintenance projects.

SB 442 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Campbell | Zaffirini | Buckingham | Watson
Sponsor: Perez | Lucio III | Oliverson
Last Action: 05/31/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to a disclosure regarding flood coverage under a commercial or residential property insurance policy.

SB 497 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Watson | Lucio
Sponsor: Rodriguez
Last Action: 05/20/2019 E Effective on 9/1/19
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 71 in Travis County as the Trooper Carlos Ray Warren Memorial Highway.

SB 616 Author: Birdwell
Coauthor: Watson | Buckingham | Hall | Nichols | Hughes
Sponsor: Paddie
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas, the conditional transfer of the driver licensing program to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the abolition of the Texas Private Security Board, the transfer of the motorcycle and off-highway vehicle operator training programs to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and the regulation of other programs administered by the Department of Public Safety; imposing an administrative penalty; authorizing and repealing the authorization for fees.

SB 685 Author: Alvarado
Coauthor: Hughes | Hinojosa | Watson
Last Action: 04/24/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to providing a sales and use tax refund or franchise tax credit for businesses that employ certain apprentices.

SB 686 Author: Alvarado
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Hughes | Menéndez | Powell | Hall | et al.
Sponsor: Goodwin | Talarico | Beckley | Capriglione
Last Action: 05/16/2019 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to personal financial literacy courses for high school students in public schools.

SB 1116 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 04/24/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to insurance premium tax credits for the construction or rehabilitation of a supportive housing property.

SB 1494 Author: Paxton
Coauthor: Nichols | Hughes | Flores | Lucio | Whitmire | et al.
Sponsor: Wu | Miller | Klick | Hinojosa | Rose
Last Action: 06/10/2019 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of personal information of certain employees and contractors of the Department of Family and Protective Services and of certain elected officials.

SB 2139 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 03/21/2019 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the deaf-blind with multiple disabilities waiver program.

SB 2297 Author: Powell
Coauthor: Miles | Menéndez | Huffman | Hinojosa | Seliger | et al.
Last Action: 03/21/2019 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to a review by the state auditor of certain assessment instruments administered to public school students.

SB 2299 Author: Powell
Coauthor: Watson | Rodríguez | West | Flores | Nelson | et al.
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 05/21/2019 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of operation of an unmanned aircraft over certain facilities.

SJR 71 Author: Bettencourt | Creighton | Flores | Hall | Hancock | et al.
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 03/26/2019 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to use revenue attributable to oil and gas production taxes to increase the amount of the exemption of residence homesteads from ad valorem taxation by a school district and reduce the amount of the limitation on school district ad valorem taxes imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect the increased exemption amount.

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