Senate Floor Action for 5/3/2011



May 3, 2011

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

SB 63 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the individual development account program to provide savings incentives and opportunities for certain foster children to pursue home ownership, postsecondary education, and business development.

SB 150 West

Relating to granting limited state law enforcement authority to special agents of the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and to updating certain references related to the grant of that authority to other federal law enforcement personnel.

SB 687 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications for law enforcement purposes.

SB 730 (CS)Nichols

Relating to the conversion of a nontolled state highway or segment of the state highway system to a toll project.

SB 947 Patrick

Relating to granting limited state law enforcement authority to certain criminal investigators of the United States and to other federal law enforcement personnel.

SB 1059 (CS) (LC)Nichols

Relating to the program for improvement of collection of court costs, fees, and fines imposed in criminal cases.

SB 1070 (CS) (LC)Jackson

Relating to the composition of the permanent advisory committee to advise the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding the implementation of the ad valorem tax exemption for pollution control property.

SB 1117 (LC)Whitmire

Relating to the prosecution of a parent contributing to the nonattendance of a public school student.

SB 1138 (CS)Watson

Relating to design-build contracts and comprehensive development agreements of regional mobility authorities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1196 (CS)Rodriguez

Relating to guardianships and alternatives to guardianship for persons who have physical disabilities or who are incapacitated.

SB 1197 (CS)Rodriguez

Relating to trusts.

SB 1231 (LC)Estes

Relating to the regulation of health spas by the secretary of state.

SB 1237 (LC)Williams

Relating to persons authorized to access or use electronically readable information derived from a driver's license, commercial driver's license, or personal identification certificate.

SB 1328 (CS)Watson

Relating to optional dispute resolution methods regarding educational services for students with a disability, including individualized education program facilitation.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1399 (CS)Patrick

Relating to the regulation of foundation repair contractors; providing penalties.

SB 1445 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to the contents of reports of political contributions and expenditures.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1488 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to the purchasing and contracting practices of junior college districts; providing criminal penalties.

SB 1557 (CS)Carona

Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.

SB 1841 (CS)Van de Putte

Relating to the preservation and maintenance of the Alamo by the General Land Office.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1899 (LC)Nichols

Relating to compensation for services and reimbursement for expenses of a member of the board of directors of the Lake View Management and Development District.

HB 905 (LC)Thompson/ Gonzalez, Naomi SP: Harris

Relating to the admissibility of certain hearsay statements of a child in hearings on an application for a protective order.

HB 984 (CS) (LC)Truitt SP: Harris

Relating to agreements between neighboring municipalities regarding jurisdiction of cases in municipal courts.

HB 1808 Cook SP: Nichols

Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The Senate suspended the regular order, read third time and finally passed:

HB 15 (CS)Miller, Sid/ Callegari/ Harless/ Kolkhorst/ Patrick, Diane/ et al. SP: Patrick/ et al.

Relating to informed consent to an abortion.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate refused to suspend the regular order to consider:

HB 1 (CS)Pitts SP: Ogden

General Appropriations Bill.


The Senate laid out as unfinished business:


SB 5 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the administration and business affairs of public institutions of higher education.

Committee report printed and distributed 06:20 PM, 04/11/11

2 Floor Amendments

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 330 Lucio

In memory of Jamie Jorge Zapata.

SR 810 Davis/ Ellis

In memory of Jean Moffett Dendy.

SR 850 Duncan

In memory of Jimmy Dean.

SR 885 Ogden

Recognizing the cadets of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.

SR 896 Lucio/ Hinojosa/ Jackson/ Zaffirini

Recognizing the University of Texas Community Outreach Program.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1927 Zaffirini

Relating to the authority of certain volunteer firefighter and emergency services organizations to hold tax-free sales or auctions.


HB 38 Menendez

Relating to the criminal penalty for and certain civil consequences of damaging property with graffiti.

Criminal Justice

HB 127 Alvarado/ King, Susan/ Lucio III/ Zerwas/ Patrick, Diane/ et al.

Relating to the types of beverages that may be sold to students on public school campuses.


HB 215 Gallego/ Hartnett/ Giddings/ Carter/ Branch

Relating to photograph and live lineup identification procedures in criminal cases.

Criminal Justice

HB 397 Gonzales, Veronica/ Martinez, "Mando"/ Lucio III/ Margo/ Gallego/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the Bureau for Economic Development of the Border Region.

International Relations & Trade

HB 598 Jackson, Jim/ Otto/ Flynn/ et al.

Relating to requiring certain applicants for motor vehicle registration to provide proof that the applicant holds a valid driver's license.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 736 Patrick, Diane/ Branch/ et al.

Relating to required online information regarding public institutions of higher education.

Higher Education

HB 1029 Carter

Relating to the conditions of release on bond for certain defendants charged with the offense of burglary.

Criminal Justice

HB 1127 Gutierrez

Relating to notice of relief available to certain members of the military required to be provided in certain real property documentation.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1451 Thompson/ Pitts/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Lucio III/ Branch/ et al.

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain dog and cat breeders; providing penalties.

Criminal Justice

HB 1559 Davis, Sarah/ Bohac/ Sheets/ Garza/ et al.

Relating to the retention, storage, and destruction of certain court documents.


HB 1593 Isaac

Relating to the inclusion of a candidate's e-mail address on an official application for a place on the ballot.

State Affairs

HB 1627 Flynn

Relating to the eligibility requirements of election judges.

State Affairs

HB 1665 King, Susan

Relating to the notification requirements regarding certain land use regulations in an area near military facilities.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1683 Fletcher

Relating to parking placards for vehicles of persons with disabilities.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1721 Lucio III/ Hartnett

Relating to protective orders for certain victims of stalking or sexual assault.

Criminal Justice

HB 1737 Bohac

Relating to the installation of a speed feedback sign by a property owners' association.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1750 Darby

Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Transportation to lease and contract for the operation of rolling stock during certain emergencies.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1767 Munoz, Jr.

Relating to the enforcement of county subdivision regulations prohibiting more than one residential dwelling on each subdivision lot; creating an offense.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1771 Madden

Relating to the establishment of the Specialty Courts Advisory Council.


HB 1823 Harless

Relating to the authority of certain persons to execute bail bonds and act as sureties.

Criminal Justice

HB 1841 Hartnett/ Hilderbran

Relating to the taxability of Internet hosting.


HB 1898 Pickett

Relating to optional fees for the registration of motor vehicles in certain municipalities.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1906 Howard, Donna

Relating to the idling of motor vehicles; providing a criminal penalty.

Natural Resources

HB 1940 Perry

Relating to the requirement of a preliminary hearing for certain persons released from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who are alleged to have violated a condition of release.

Criminal Justice

HB 2033 Hamilton

Relating to the separate statement of the mixed beverage tax for informational purposes.

Business & Commerce

HB 2047 Lewis

Relating to service of process at the registered office of certain registered agents.


HB 2067 Callegari

Relating to the regulation of the practice of engineering by individuals engaged in the evaluation of oil and gas resources.

Business & Commerce

HB 2091 Craddick

Relating to the authority of the State Cemetery Committee.


HB 2108 Paxton/ Hardcastle

Relating to electronic filing and rerecording of livestock marks and brands by county clerks.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2133 Solomons

Relating to the Public Utility Commission of Texas' authority to disgorge revenue obtained as a result of certain violations; providing an administrative penalty.

Natural Resources

HB 2144 Garza

Relating to the use of uniform election dates by newly incorporated municipalities.

State Affairs

HB 2223 Davis, Yvonne

Relating to the contracts of certain regional transportation authorities that are required to be competitively bid.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2226 Truitt

Relating to authorized investments for governmental entities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2238 Creighton

Relating to the powers and duties of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 112.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2245 Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to physician incentive programs to reduce hospital emergency room use for non-emergent conditions by Medicaid recipients.

Health & Human Services

HB 2277 Eiland

Relating to the sale, exchange, or replacement of life insurance and annuity contracts.

State Affairs

HB 2286 Gonzales, Veronica

Relating to the duties of a funeral director or an agent at the interment or entombment of a human body.

Health & Human Services

HB 2289 Crownover

Relating to the authority of a gas corporation to use a public right-of-way along a railroad, a railroad right-of-way, an interurban railroad, or a street railroad.

Natural Resources

HB 2344 Castro

Relating to the authority of the commissioners court of a county to create a law enforcement technology fund and to require certain defendants to pay court costs for deposit in the fund.

Criminal Justice

HB 2346 Bonnen

Relating to authorized investments for ports and navigation districts.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2403 Otto/ Hilderbran/ Villarreal/ Naishtat/ Branch/ et al.

Relating to retailers engaged in business in this state for purposes of sales and use taxes.


HB 2466 Phillips

Relating to the licensing and operation of motor vehicles by minors.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2472 Marquez

Relating to the reporting of certain warrant or capias information to the national crime information center.

Criminal Justice

HB 2476 Harless/ Hilderbran/ Villarreal/ Ritter

Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain dealer's heavy equipment inventory; providing penalties.


HB 2518 Kolkhorst

Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Board of Criminal Justice to the board of regents of The Texas A&M University System for the use and benefit of the Texas Forest Service.

Government Organization

HB 2575 Phillips

Relating to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles' electronic lien system.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2579 Davis, John/ Miles

Relating to relief for certain employers from penalties and sanctions under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

Economic Development

HB 2615 Veasey

Relating to the provision of information on financial literacy resources to the public.

Business & Commerce

HB 2623 Beck

Relating to certain energy security technologies for critical governmental facilities.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2624 Sheffield

Relating to procedures applicable in circumstances involving family violence or other criminal conduct and military personnel.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 2769 Frullo

Relating to the authority of the Texas Facilities Commission regarding gifts, grants, and donations.

Government Organization

HB 2869 Harper-Brown

Relating to the powers and duties of certain master mixed-use property owners' associations.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2900 Hartnett

Relating to guardianship matters and proceedings.


HB 2920 Reynolds/ Zerwas

Relating to the authority of a governing body of a Type C General Law City to adopt an ordinance to determine the manner of when commissioners run for elected office.

State Affairs

HB 2928 Farias

Relating to privileged parking for recipients of the Silver Star Medal.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 2935 Castro

Relating to the appointment of a court reporter by a criminal law magistrate in Bexar County.


HB 2936 Castro

Relating to the administration of district courts in Bexar County.


HB 2937 Lewis

Relating to access to the criminal history record information of certain individuals by public or private institutions of higher education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Higher Education

HB 2966 Naishtat

Relating to the confidentiality of certain communications and records made or collected in reference to certain sexual assault survivors.

Criminal Justice

HB 3003 Hughes

Relating to the issuance of an identification card to certain individuals to permit entrance into certain county buildings without passing through security services.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3051 Pickett/ Raymond/ Taylor, Van

Relating to the provision of child care by certain facilities exempt from child-care licensing requirements.

Health & Human Services

HB 3208 Burkett

Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 80 in the town of Sunnyvale as a Blue Star Memorial Highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3272 Burnam/ Chisum

Relating to the low-income vehicle repair assistance, retrofit, and accelerated vehicle retirement program.

Natural Resources

HB 3459 Eiland

Relating to the containment of costs incurred in the correctional health care system.

Criminal Justice

HB 3465 Sheffield

Relating to the period for which a school district's participation in certain tax increment financing reinvestment zones may be taken into account in determining the total taxable value of property in the school district.

Economic Development

HB 3470 Patrick, Diane/ Otto/ Pickett/ Villarreal/ Lucio III

Relating to the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 3531 Strama/ Marquez/ Dukes/ Naishtat

Relating to a system for monitoring prescriptions of certain drugs under the Medicaid program for children in foster care.

Health & Human Services

HB 3788 Marquez

Relating to the authority of a county civil service commission to administer oaths and issue subpoenas; providing a penalty.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3803 Phillips

Relating to the creation of the Cottonwood Municipal Utility District No. 2 of Grayson County; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 18 Creighton/ Raymond/ Pitts/ Truitt/ Pena/ et al.

Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states an amendment to the United States Constitution providing for a federal balanced budget.

State Affairs

HCR 24 Darby

Designating Nymphaea Texas Dawn as the official State Waterlily of Texas.

Government Organization