Senate Floor Action for 4/7/2011



April 7, 2011

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

SB 6 (CS)Shapiro/ et al.

Relating to the foundation curriculum, the establishment of the instructional materials allotment, and the adoption, review, and purchase of instructional materials and technological equipment for public schools.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 20 (CS)Williams/ et al.

Relating to a grant program for certain natural gas motor vehicles.

SB 201 (CS) (LC)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to the calculation of ad valorem taxes on the residence homestead of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran for the tax year in which the veteran qualifies or ceases to qualify for an exemption from taxation of the homestead.

SB 285 (CS) (LC)Harris

Relating to exempting certain judicial officers from certain requirements for obtaining or renewing a concealed handgun license and to the authority of certain judicial officers to carry certain weapons.

SB 293 (CS) (LC)Watson/ et al.

Relating to telemedicine medical services, telehealth services, and home telemonitoring services provided to certain Medicaid recipients.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 326 Duncan/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain tangible personal property stored temporarily at a location in this state.

SB 501 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to the disproportionality of certain groups in the juvenile justice, child welfare, health, and mental health systems and the disproportionality of the delivery of certain services in the education system.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 693 (CS) (LC)Estes

Relating to permit application and amendment hearings conducted by groundwater conservation districts and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

SB 714 (CS)Patrick

Relating to the exemption of certain property from municipal drainage service charges and from related ordinances, resolutions, and rules.

SB 937 (CS)Lucio

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 980 (CS) (LC)Carona/ Van de Putte

Relating to communications services and markets.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1047 (CS)Jackson

Relating to the eligibility of an innovation and commercialization organization associated with the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center to receive funding from the Texas emerging technology fund.

SB 1153 (CS) (LC)Williams

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to participate in certain proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

SB 1613 (CS) (LC)Ogden

Relating to the application of the public meetings and public information laws to public power utilities.

SB 1719 (LC)Williams

Relating to certain comprehensive development agreements of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 696 Watson

Recognizing April 7, 2011, as BCL of Texas Day at the State Capitol.

SR 707 Uresti

Recognizing Brandon Allen, Kelsey Bruce, Haley Hale, Ayland Letsinger, and Josh Smith for their achievements as student-athletes for Brackett High School.

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

SCR 2 (CS) (LC)Uresti

Urging Congress to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, Section 5056, and to appropriate sufficient funds so that efforts to solve the salt problem in the Amistad International Reservoir can continue.

SB 71 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to certain reports submitted and analyses conducted by health and human services agencies.

SB 82 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of stalking.

SB 182 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to the penalty for the offense of reckless driving.

SB 217 (LC)Huffman

Relating to expulsion of a public school student who commits certain criminal acts involving a computer, computer network, or computer system owned by or operated on behalf of a school district.

SB 222 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to access to certain long-term care services and supports under the medical assistance program.

SB 227 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the nondisciplinary resolution of certain complaints filed against physicians.

SB 229 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to newborn hearing screenings and hearing services for certain children.

SB 249 (LC)Estes

Relating to the composition of the Finance Commission of Texas.

SB 258 (LC)Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the pledge of allegiance to the state flag during a state flag retirement ceremony.

SB 327 (LC)Van de Putte/ Davis

Relating to including certain veterans service organizations as small businesses for the purpose of state contracting.

SB 372 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to certain reports, communications, publications, and other documents involving the attorney general.

SB 403 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the consideration of pension and other postemployment benefits in establishing the rates of a gas utility.

SB 419 (LC)West

Relating to prohibiting state funding to public junior colleges for physical education courses offered for joint high school and junior college credit.

SB 420 (CS) (LC)Deuell/ et al.

Relating to determining eligibility for indigent health care.

SB 423 (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to health insurance coverage for eligible survivors of certain public servants killed in the line of duty.

SB 432 (LC)Jackson

Relating to the penalty for failure to make a timely installment payment of ad valorem taxes on property in a disaster area.

SB 460 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to regulation of the import, export, and management of mule deer; providing penalties.

SB 498 (LC)Jackson

Relating to the trapping and transport of surplus white-tailed deer.

SB 499 (CS) (LC)Jackson

Relating to the identification of breeder deer by microchips.

SB 551 (LC)Williams/ et al.

Relating to liability for interest on ad valorem taxes on improvements that escaped taxation in a previous year.

SB 596 (CS) (LC)Shapiro/ et al.

Relating to transition planning for a public school student receiving special education services.

SB 628 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the authority of the Childress County Hospital District to provide facilities and services for persons who are elderly or disabled; providing authority to issue bonds and notes.

SB 630 (CS) (LC)Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the Ranch at Clear Fork Creek Municipal Utility District No. 2; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

SB 639 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte/ Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel, veterans, and dependents residing in this state.

SB 680 (CS) (LC)Gallegos

Relating to a fee collected by a district clerk for certain certified copies.

SB 692 (LC)Estes

Relating to exemptions from groundwater conservation district permit requirements.

SB 715 (LC)Harris/ et al.

Relating to access to a child's medical records by the child's attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, or amicus attorney.

SB 729 (LC)Seliger

Relating to a joint election for trustees of an independent school district.

SB 743 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the designation of a segment of State Highway 71 as the 95th Division Memorial Highway.

SB 759 (LC)West

Relating to the state low income housing plan and report developed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

SB 778 (LC)Williams/ et al.

Relating to the inclusion of professional staff who educate students with disabilities on district-level and campus-level planning and decision-making committees.

SB 779 (CS) (LC)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to a central database containing information about certain persons who have been convicted of or received a grant of deferred adjudication for certain offenses involving animal cruelty; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 782 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to uniform law on secured transactions.

SB 789 (LC)Harris/ et al.

Relating to the duration of a protective order against family violence.

SB 794 (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to the use of money from the permanent fund for health-related programs to provide grants to nursing education programs.

SB 795 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to regulation of nurse aides.

SB 800 (CS) (LC)Duncan

Relating to the qualifications and operations of workers' compensation data collection agents.

SB 803 (CS) (LC)Hegar

Relating to venue projects in certain counties.

SB 804 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the use of revenue from the hotel occupancy tax by certain counties.

SB 816 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the appointment and recommendations of the Border Trade Advisory Committee.

SB 867 (LC)Deuell

Relating to testing accommodations for a person with dyslexia taking a licensing examination administered by a state agency.

SB 873 (LC)Duncan/ et al.

Relating to rate and damage schedules governing certain easements or other interests in land of The University of Texas System.

SB 874 (LC)Fraser

Relating to establishing a separate provider type for prosthetic and orthotic providers under the medical assistance program.

SB 882 (LC)Whitmire

Relating to the filing of a copy of certain records related to the release of accused persons on personal bond.

SB 893 (CS) (LC)Whitmire

Relating to motor fuel quality and testing.

SB 894 (CS) (LC)Duncan/ Seliger/ West/ et al.

Relating to employment of physicians by certain hospitals.

SB 900 (CS) (LC)Gallegos

Relating to the Aldine Improvement District; providing authority to impose a tax.

SB 901 (LC)Hegar

Relating to approval from the Department of State Health Services for disposal of ambulances purchased with certain grant funds.

SB 914 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to the applicability to certain regional water districts of provisions concerning bond approval by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

SB 959 (CS) (LC)Wentworth

Relating to toll collection and enforcement.

SB 969 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to the establishment of the Public Health Funding and Policy Committee within the Department of State Health Services.

SB 978 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to procedures for the dissolution of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 3.

SB 981 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to the regulation of distributed renewable generation of electricity.

SB 992 (CS) (LC)Lucio

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

SB 997 (LC)Shapiro

Relating to the public inspection of an application for a ballot to be voted early by mail.

SB 1009 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to notify the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding the withdrawal or nonattendance of certain foreign students.

SB 1017 (CS) (LC)Davis/ Harris/ Nelson

Relating to certain comprehensive development agreements of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1025 (LC)Harris

Relating to service of citation and appointment of an attorney ad litem for an indigent parent in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

SB 1069 (CS) (LC)Jackson

Relating to the Texas emerging technology fund reporting requirement.

SB 1121 (LC)Estes

Relating to the student fees for the university center at Midwestern State University.

SB 1144 (CS) (LC)Shapiro/ Harris/ Nelson

Relating to certain comprehensive development agreements of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1145 (CS) (LC)Shapiro/ Harris/ et al.

Relating to certain comprehensive development agreements of the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1151 (LC)Jackson

Relating to notice of utility rate increases.

SB 1167 (CS) (LC)Carona

Relating to cemeteries and perpetual care cemetery corporations; providing a penalty.

SB 1176 (CS) (LC)Jackson

Relating to the definition of a postsecondary program in regard to non-baccalaureate career schools and colleges.

SB 1185 (LC)Nichols

Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax for the operation and maintenance of a fairground in the county.

SB 1226 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the ballot language for junior college district annexation elections.

SB 1228 (LC)Hegar

Relating to the duties of district clerks regarding certain electronic filing systems.

SB 1241 (LC)West

Relating to authorizing certain courts to access information in the juvenile justice information system.

SB 1242 (LC)West

Relating to the judicial immunity and powers of certain magistrates.

SB 1322 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the operation of the Kimble County, McCulloch County, Mason County, and Menard County Juvenile Boards.

SB 1343 (LC)Eltife

Relating to archeological cemeteries.

SB 1518 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Historical Commission; imposing a penalty.

SB 1714 (LC)Duncan

Relating to certain actions against an employer by an employee who is not covered by workers' compensation insurance.

SB 1716 (CS) (LC)Duncan

Relating to voidability of contracts procured through and liability arising from conduct constituting barratry; providing a civil penalty.

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

SB 371 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility for service retirement annuities of certain elected officials convicted of certain crimes.

SB 821 (LC)Watson

Relating to the authority of the Travis County Healthcare District to make capital or financial contributions to charitable organizations.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1892 Zaffirini

Relating to the Bexar County district courts.


SB 1893 Zaffirini

Relating to the appointment of a court reporter by criminal law magistrates, civil law associate judges, and juvenile law masters in Bexar County.


SB 1894 Zaffirini

Relating to proceedings that may be referred to and the powers of a criminal law magistrate in Bexar County.


SB 1895 Hegar

Relating to director elections and powers of the Texana Groundwater Conservation District.

Natural Resources

HB 92 Cook/ Pitts

Relating to the regulation of slaughterers by certain counties.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 314 Hardcastle

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 81 as the Corporal David Slaton Memorial Highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 315 Flynn

Relating to the creation of the Hunt County Municipal Utility District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 370 Hochberg

Relating to the eligibility of a student to participate in extracurricular activities or competitions after transferring or moving from one public school to another.


HB 378 Guillen

Relating to stationary tow trucks on a highway; providing a penalty.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 434 Parker/ Gonzalez, Naomi/ Laubenberg/ Davis, John/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the minimum standards for licensed child-care facilities and registered family homes.

Health & Human Services

HB 451 Lucio III/ Creighton/ Branch/ Bohac

Relating to the creation of a Don't Mess with Texas Water program to prevent illegal dumping that affects the surface waters of this state.

Natural Resources

HB 591 Miller, Doug

Relating to naming a segment of Interstate Highway 10 in Kendall County the Trooper Kurt David Knapp Memorial Highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 612 Hopson

Relating to the criminal penalty for failure of a trustee to pay the beneficiaries of the trust the purchase price for timber sold by the trustee.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 613 Hopson/ Farrar

Relating to the unauthorized harvesting of standing timber; providing for the imposition of a criminal penalty.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 646 Orr

Relating to reporting requirements for salvage motor vehicles by insurance companies.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1130 Huberty

Relating to information provided by the Texas Education Agency to school districts regarding placement of students receiving special education services.


HB 1674 Jackson, Jim

Relating to procedures for establishment, modification, and enforcement of child support obligations.


HCR 45 Kleinschmidt

Designating Giddings as the official Depot Capital of Texas.