Senate Floor Action for 3/17/2011



March 17, 2011

The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and finally pass:

SB 160 (CS) (LC)Williams/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of certain aggregate production operations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; providing penalties.

SB 173 (LC)West

Relating to civil remedy of violations of certain municipal health and safety ordinances.

SB 312 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the exemption of certain electric cooperatives from certain regulations.

SB 350 (LC)Williams

Relating to the restructuring of fund obligations and accounts of the Texas Municipal Retirement System and related actuarial and accounting procedures.

SB 361 Duncan

Relating to indemnification provisions in construction contracts.

SB 370 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance for certain projects if the applicant has failed to complete a request for information relevant to the project.

SB 425 (CS) (LC)Carona/ et al.

Relating to property and casualty certificates of insurance and approval of property and casualty certificate of insurance forms by the Texas Department of Insurance; providing penalties.

SB 527 (CS) (LC)Fraser/ Estes/ Harris/ Nelson/ Shapiro/ et al.

Relating to projects funded through the Texas emissions reduction plan.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 566 (CS) (LC)Williams

Relating to the regulation of the practice of public accountancy.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 605 (LC)Rodriguez

Relating to the creation of an appellate judicial system for the Eighth Court of Appeals District.

SB 781 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to the repeal of certain legislative oversight committees.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 447 Estes

In memory of Mundy Ingalls Peale, Jr., of Lake Kiowa.

SR 535 Uresti

Commending the citizens of Uvalde County on their many contributions to our state.

SR 542 Duncan

In memory of acclaimed Western novelist Elmer Kelton of San Angelo.

SR 552 Zaffirini

Recognizing March 1, 2011, as Bee County Day at the State Capitol.

The following bills were passed on the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SCR 5 (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to provide for a joint interim legislative study regarding the development and potential economic impact of a cruise industry on the Texas coast between Calhoun and Cameron Counties.

SB 41 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the use of restraints in state supported living centers.

SB 43 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the civil liability of an employer or former employer of a mental health services provider who engages in sexual exploitation of a patient or former patient.

SB 67 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to leave for junior college district or university system employees who are physically assaulted while on duty.

SB 74 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the disposition of surplus or salvage data processing equipment of a university system or an institution or agency of higher education.

SB 78 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.

SB 79 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the contents and applicability of a school district's grading policy.

SB 81 (LC)Nelson

Relating to food manufacturers, food wholesalers, and warehouse operators required to hold a license.

SB 85 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the duties of the county tax assessor-collector and voter registrar regarding exemptions from jury service.

SB 118 (LC)Uresti

Relating to a court's authority to order a proposed patient to receive extended outpatient mental health services.

SB 131 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to cemeteries in certain municipalities.

SB 140 (CS) (LC)Shapiro

Relating to minimum public school attendance for class credit or a final grade.

SB 155 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the eligibility of certain school district employees to participate or be enrolled in certain group health benefit programs.

SB 156 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to health care data collected by the Department of State Health Services and access to certain confidential patient information within the department.

SB 176 (LC)Huffman

Relating to student eligibility for tuition rebates offered by general academic teaching institutions.

SB 179 (LC)Estes

Relating to the service area of the North Central Texas College District.

SB 187 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to human body and anatomical specimen donation.

SB 189 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the eligibility of certain aliens for a license to practice medicine in this state.

SB 190 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to the licensing and regulation of physicians, physician assistants, acupuncturists, and surgical assistants.

SB 191 (LC)Nelson

Relating to disposition of a contested case by the Texas Medical Board.

SB 192 (LC)Nelson

Relating to patient advocacy activities by nurses and certain other persons; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 209 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the supervision of certain juvenile case managers.

SB 244 (LC)Patrick

Relating to the continuing education requirements for certain peace officers.

SB 247 (LC)Shapiro/ et al.

Relating to the authority of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to participate in the establishment and operation of an affiliated nonprofit organization and provide grants.

SB 263 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to the revocation, suspension, or restriction of the license of a physician placed on deferred adjudication community supervision or arrested for certain offenses.

SB 316 (LC)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to criminal asset forfeiture, the disposition of proceeds and property from criminal asset forfeiture, and accountability for that disposition; providing civil penalties.

SB 322 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to the requirements for reinsurance contracts covering title insurance policies issued in this state.

SB 323 (LC)Carona

Relating to the applicability of certain laws governing corporations to limited liability companies.

SB 328 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to notice of a hospital lien.

SB 386 (LC)Williams

Relating to the Lone Star College System District service area.

SB 391 (CS) (LC)Patrick

Relating to the provision of electronic sample copies of a textbook adopted by the State Board of Education.

SB 396 (LC)Deuell

Relating to the state fire marshal's investigation of the death of a firefighter who dies in the line of duty or in connection with an on-duty incident.

SB 416 (CS) (LC)Deuell

Relating to the amount of outstanding total liability of a mortgage guaranty insurer.

SB 422 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the authority of a municipality or county to contract with another entity to collect certain assessments levied by the municipality or county.

SB 426 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the liability of and payment of legal fees for court-appointed trustees of certain facilities.

SB 428 (LC)Huffman

Relating to notice to a judgment debtor of the filing of a foreign judgment.

SB 436 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the authority of a county to inspect day-care centers and group day-care homes.

SB 472 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to voting practices and elections of property owners' associations.

SB 489 (LC)Fraser/ Duncan/ Estes

Relating to the Texas State Technical College System.

SB 508 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the extent of extraterritorial jurisdiction of certain less populous municipalities located on a barrier island.

SB 509 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the validation of a home-rule charter for certain municipalities.

SB 510 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte

Relating to a voluntary statewide diabetes mellitus registry.

SB 528 (LC)Huffman

Relating to meetings of the University of Houston System Board of Regents.

SB 539 (LC)Carona

Relating to the award of costs and attorney's fees in certain proceedings concerning mechanic's, contractor's, or materialman's liens.

SB 735 (LC)Carona

Relating to prohibition of certain extra hazardous coverages by title insurance companies.

SB 747 (LC)Carona

Relating to the professions regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

SB 748 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to business entities and associations.

SB 796 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to reporting on and assessing programs for the prevention and treatment of diabetes in the state.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 454 Ellis

Relating to improving state energy conservation, including through the use of thermostat settings and building efficiency.

Natural Resources

SB 457 Ellis

Relating to minimum efficiency standards for certain products; providing a civil penalty.

Natural Resources

SB 459 Seliger

Relating to voluntary assessment of property owners by a municipality to finance water or energy efficiency improvements.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 492 Fraser/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a distributed solar generation incentive program.

Natural Resources

SB 552 Carona

Relating to the creation of the Energy Efficiency Coordination Council and to statewide energy efficiency; providing penalties.

Natural Resources

SB 619 Rodriguez

Relating to requiring solar panels to be offered by certain builders of new homes.

Business & Commerce

SB 898 Carona

Relating to energy efficiency programs in institutions of higher education and certain governmental entities.

Business & Commerce

SB 908 Fraser

Relating to requirements for businesses that offer plastic checkout bags to customers.

Natural Resources

SB 924 Carona

Relating to energy efficiency reports by municipally owned utilities and electric cooperatives.

Business & Commerce

SB 937 Lucio

Relating to priorities for restoration of electric service following an extended power outage.

Business & Commerce

SB 940 Estes

Relating to competition in the electric utility market of certain municipalities.

Business & Commerce

SB 943 Carona

Relating to the classification and use of energy storage equipment or facilities and the provision of studies and reports regarding energy storage equipment or those facilities.

Business & Commerce

SB 948 Davis

Relating to the requirement that electric utilities offer a standard retail service package on a standard form with standard terms to a customer.

Business & Commerce

SB 950 Davis

Relating to retail electric provider customer choice information.

Business & Commerce

SB 979 Carona

Relating to energy efficiency market emission reduction credit programs established by emission reduction credit organizations.

Natural Resources

SB 981 Carona

Relating to the regulation of distributed generation of electricity.

Business & Commerce

Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 825 Lucio

Relating to the provision of affordable housing in rural communities and small municipalities.

Re-referred from Intergovernmental Relations to International Relations & Trade

SB 992 Lucio

Relating to allocation of loans made under the owner-builder loan program.

Re-referred from Intergovernmental Relations to International Relations & Trade

SB 1167 Carona

Relating to cemeteries and perpetual care cemetery corporations.

Re-referred from Health & Human Services to Business & Commerce