Senate Floor Action for 3/31/2011



March 31, 2011

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

SJR 26 (LC)West

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.

SJR 28 (CS) (LC)Rodriguez

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the provision of parks and recreational facilities by conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County.

SB 364 (LC)Ogden/ et al.

Relating to statistical information on the prosecution of certain offenses relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

SB 548 (CS)Nichols/ Davis/ Watson/ et al.

Relating to the environmental review process for transportation projects.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 642 Seliger

Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

SB 731 (CS)Nichols

Relating to the attorney general's legal sufficiency review of a comprehensive development agreement.

SB 760 (LC)West

Relating to the term of interlocal contracts.

SB 887 (LC)Carona/ et al.

Relating to the penalty for theft of an automated teller machine or the contents or components of an automated teller machine.

SB 934 (CS)Williams

Relating to the enforcement of tax laws; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 957 (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the clarification of terminology relating to the Waco Center for Youth.

SB 1003 (LC)Fraser

Relating to penalties for, and emergency orders suspending, the operation of a rock crusher or certain concrete plants without a current permit under the Texas Clean Air Act.

SB 1020 (LC)Rodriguez

Relating to a feasibility study regarding the establishment of a dental school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso.

SB 1124 (CS)Carona

Relating to licensing and regulation of certain persons involved in residential mortgage lending pursuant to the Texas Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2009; providing penalties.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1160 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the liability of a landowner for harm to a trespasser.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 601 Van de Putte

Commending the participants in the United States Army's Senior Service College Fellows Program.

SR 671 Williams

Recognizing March 31, 2011, as Natural Gas Vehicle Day at the State Capitol.

SR 677 Lucio/ Hegar

Commending John W. Griffin, Jr. on his service as chairman of the board of the American Diabetes Association.

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

SCR 10 (LC)Ellis/ et al.

Designating February 21 through 27 of each year from 2011 through 2020 as Barbara Jordan Freedom Week.

SCR 18 (A) (LC)Hegar

Designating a portion of the city of Gonzales as the official Texas History Museum District.

1 Committee Amendment

SB 36 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to methods for increasing student success and degree completion at public institutions of higher education.

SB 86 (LC)Nelson

Relating to municipal contracts for enforcement of outstanding traffic violation arrest warrants.

SB 199 (LC)West

Relating to agricultural projects in certain schools, including the eligibility of nonprofit organizations that partner with schools to receive grants.

SB 238 (CS) (LC)West/ et al.

Relating to the regulation by a property owners' association of the installation of solar energy devices on property.

SB 310 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to the Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District.

SB 311 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to the authority of the board of directors of the Ochiltree County Hospital District to employ physicians and other health care providers.

SB 349 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the hotel occupancy tax rate in certain municipalities.

SB 410 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the name and powers of the Red River Redevelopment Authority.

SB 438 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to the number of days a winery may sell wine under a winery festival permit.

SB 475 (LC)Patrick

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 524; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

SB 479 (LC)Estes

Relating to limiting the liability of certain persons for farm animal activities.

SB 480 (LC)Hegar

Relating to certain appeals from judgments of municipal courts of record.

SB 482 (CS) (LC)Harris

Relating to authorization agreements between parents and nonparent relatives of a child.

SB 483 (CS) (LC)Harris

Relating to the powers and duties of criminal law magistrates in Tarrant County.

SB 512 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the qualification of supervisors of a fresh water supply district.

SB 519 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the period during which a motion for a new trial in a criminal proceeding in a justice or municipal court must be made.

SB 525 (LC)Deuell

Relating to the protection of water quality in certain bodies of water.

SB 564 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the election of members of the board of directors of the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation District.

SB 569 (LC)Jackson

Relating to the rates charged by certain conservation and reclamation districts for potable water or wastewater service to recreational vehicle parks.

SB 579 (CS) (LC)Hegar

Relating to the total benefit amount under a prepaid funeral contract.

SB 623 (CS) (LC)Whitmire

Relating to the disqualification of a district or county attorney who is the subject of a criminal investigation.

SB 629 (LC)Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the Ranch at Clear Fork Creek Municipal Utility District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

SB 683 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the composition of the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Water Authority.

SB 684 (CS) (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the transfer of the assets of and the dissolution of the Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.

SB 791 (CS) (LC)Duncan

Relating to electronic notification of certain state officials and agencies of certain rules and rulemaking filings.

SB 802 (LC)Hegar

Relating to allowing the Aransas County Commissioners Court to charge interest on assessments for certain county road improvements.

SB 813 (LC)Gallegos

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 528; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

SB 819 (CS) (LC)Harris/ et al.

Relating to family violence and protective orders.

SB 855 (LC)Duncan

Relating to assistance provided by the Office of Public Utility Counsel to interested parties on certain electricity matters involving certificates of convenience and necessity.

SB 1008 (LC)Carona

Relating to the composition of the Finance Commission of Texas.

SB 1166 (LC)Carona

Relating to prepaid funeral benefits contracts and the prepaid funeral contract guaranty fund.

SB 1220 (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to the advisory committee on Medicaid and child health plan program rate and expenditure disparities between the Texas-Mexico border region and other areas of the state.

The following bills were removed from the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SB 99 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte/ Birdwell

Relating to persons authorized to control the disposition of the remains of certain members of the United States armed forces.

SB 353 (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the territory and dissolution requirements of the Southern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Committee referral on the following:

SCR 39 Shapiro

Designating the month of April each year from 2011 through 2020 as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.


SB 1887 Harris

Relating to the appointment of bailiffs in certain county criminal courts of Tarrant County.


SB 1888 Hegar

Relating to the creation of the Fulshear Town Center Management District; providing authority to impose an assessment, impose a tax, and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1889 Jackson

Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association.

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