Senate Floor Action for 5/12/2011



May 12, 2011

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

SJR 14 (CS)Van de Putte/ Davis/ Deuell/ Ellis/ Hinojosa/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.

SB 270 (CS)Uresti

Relating to newborn hearing screenings.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 516 (CS) (LC)Patrick/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the appraised value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.

SB 578 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the testimony of children in criminal cases.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1164 (CS) (LC)Wentworth

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

SB 1175 (CS)Jackson

Relating to the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas emerging technology fund.

SB 1402 (CS)Williams

Relating to motor vehicles; providing penalties.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1441 (LC)Ellis

Relating to the correction of an ad valorem tax appraisal roll.

SB 1572 (CS)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the operations and monitoring of fusion centers in this state.

SB 1787 (LC)Patrick

Relating to the information provided by a peace officer before requesting a specimen to determine intoxication.

SB 1843 (CS) (LC)Carona/ et al.

Relating to investigations of certain offenses involving the Internet-based sexual exploitation of a minor; creating the Internet crimes against children account to support those activities.

HB 563 (CS)Pickett/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Harper-Brown/ Martinez, "Mando" SP: Nichols

Relating to the purposes and designation of a transportation reinvestment zone.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2694 (CS)Smith, Wayne SP: Huffman

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and abolishing the On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council.

3 Floor Amendments

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 892 Davis

Commending the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and its PATHS Forward leadership development program.

SR 909 Ogden

Commending Joemarie Ortiz on his bravery and heroic actions.

SR 967 Lucio/ Hinojosa

Recognizing Roland Castaneda on his retirement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

HCR 154 Craddick SP: Seliger

Congratulating Stephen Hartmann of Midland on his retirement as executive director of University Lands for The University of Texas System.

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

SB 1643 (LC)Uresti

Relating to mandatory dismissal deadlines and extended jurisdiction in suits affecting the parent-child relationship to which the Department of Family and Protective Services is a party.

SB 1926 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the Colonel H. William "Bill" Card, Jr., Outpatient Clinic.

HB 11 (LC)Cook/ Hilderbran/ Kolkhorst/ Schwertner/ Lozano/ et al. SP: Eltife

Relating to reports filed with the comptroller regarding certain alcoholic beverage sales; providing a penalty.

HB 734 (LC)Patrick, Diane/ et al. SP: Nelson

Relating to the jurisdiction of constitutional county courts over truancy cases and the appointment of magistrates to hear truancy cases in certain counties.

HB 965 (LC)Callegari/ Creighton SP: Hegar

Relating to continuing education requirements for persons holding licenses issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

HB 1064 (LC)Pitts/ Cook/ Shelton/ Anderson, Charles "Doc" SP: Eltife/ et al.

Relating to exempting certain customers from certain demand charges by transmission and distribution utilities.

HB 1300 (LC)Guillen/ Frullo/ Farias SP: Eltife

Relating to funding for state sites and programs of the Parks and Wildlife Department through private contributions and partnerships and to commercial advertising on certain state sites.

HB 1889 (LC)Burkett SP: Deuell

Relating to the creation of municipal courts of record in the city of Mesquite.

HB 1901 (LC)Keffer SP: Birdwell

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

HB 1952 (LC)Kuempel SP: Eltife

Relating to alcoholic beverage seller-servers and to seller training programs.

HB 1953 (LC)Kuempel SP: Eltife

Relating to notice by sign of an alcoholic beverage permit or license application.

HB 2131 (LC)Geren/ Solomons/ et al. SP: Eltife

Relating to the issuance of a pass for expedited access to the State Capitol.

HB 2503 (LC)Thompson SP: Eltife

Relating to insurance agent licenses issued to certain foreign corporations and partnerships.

HB 2831 (LC)Darby SP: Eltife/ et al.

Relating to maximizing federal funding of extended unemployment benefits.

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 109 Orr/ Aycock/ Hochberg/ Pitts/ Otto/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment to clarify references to the permanent school fund and to allow the General Land Office or other entity to distribute revenue derived from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund.


HB 272 Smithee/ Chisum/ Hancock/ Margo/ Sheets/ et al.

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

Business & Commerce

HB 398 Jackson, Jim

Relating to the eligibility of employees convicted of certain offenses to provide services under a contract with a public school.


HB 590 Thompson

Relating to amended sales tax reports and the reallocation of sales tax revenue.


HB 1128 Menendez

Relating to consent to certain medical treatments by a surrogate decision-maker on behalf of certain inmates.


HB 1228 Dutton

Relating to foreclosure of a property owners' association assessment lien.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1355 Orr/ Smithee/ Vo

Relating to title insurance coverage for minerals and surface damage resulting from mineral extraction and development.

Business & Commerce

HB 1359 Veasey

Relating to authorization for a caregiver who is a relative to enroll a child in school.


HB 1797 Naishtat

Relating to a person's eligibility to obtain a license in social work.

Health & Human Services

HB 1951 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the continuation and operation of the Texas Department of Insurance and the operation of certain insurance programs; imposing administrative penalties.

Government Organization

HB 2078 Villarreal

Relating to the independence of appraisal review boards and the enforcement of appraisal review board orders; changing the elements of an offense.


HB 2096 Thompson

Relating to the filing of writs of habeas corpus in mental health cases.

Criminal Justice

HB 2098 Davis, John

Relating to the authority of physicians and physician assistants to form certain entities.

State Affairs

HB 2102 Hernandez Luna/ Sheets/ Thompson/ Harless/ Woolley/ et al.

Relating to the requirement that certain health benefit plans provide coverage for supplemental breast cancer screening.

State Affairs

HB 2103 Jackson, Jim

Relating to the consideration of a letter of credit issued by a federal home loan bank as an eligible security for collateral to secure public funds.

Business & Commerce

HB 2190 Elkins

Relating to the deadlines by which provisional ballots must be processed and the state canvass must be conducted for certain elections.

State Affairs

HB 2247 King, Phil/ Berman/ Flynn

Relating to the eligibility of the adjutant general's department to receive Foundation School Program funding for students enrolled in the Texas ChalleNGe Academy.


HB 2316 Coleman

Relating to county powers, duties, and services, including the powers and duties of certain districts, and the authorization of certain health care programs and studies.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2340 Larson/ Button

Relating to the creation of a cybersecurity, education, and economic development council.

Economic Development

HB 2359 Hopson

Relating to direct campaign expenditures.

State Affairs

HB 2363 Flynn

Relating to the creation of the Bearpen Creek Municipal Utility District of Hunt County; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2425 Thompson

Relating to notice to the attorney general of challenges to the constitutionality of Texas statutes.

State Affairs

HB 2492 Naishtat

Relating to the family allowance, treatment of exempt property, and an allowance in lieu of exempt property in the administration of a decedent's estate.


HB 2510 Lavender/ Beck/ Burkett/ Hughes/ et al.

Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of certain incandescent light bulbs from federal regulation.

Natural Resources

HB 2595 Isaac/ et al.

Relating to the electronic submission and recording of documents associated with voting by mail.

State Affairs

HB 2702 Solomons

Relating to the application of statutes that classify political subdivisions according to population.


HB 2707 Burnam/ Quintanilla/ Gutierrez/ Menendez

Relating to the holding of an interest in certain alcoholic beverage licenses, permits, or premises by certain persons whose alcoholic beverage license or permit has been revoked.

Business & Commerce

HB 2746 Martinez Fischer

Relating to liability for the additional tax imposed on land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land in the event of a change of use of the land if the land is transferred to a charitable organization for purposes of building housing for sale without profit to a low-income individual or family.


HB 2960 Darby/ Guillen/ Miller, Sid/ et al.

Relating to vehicles used for the purpose of participating in equine activities or attending livestock shows.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2994 Miles

Relating to the creation, operation, and funding of the urban farm microenterprise support program.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2996 Miles

Relating to the creation of the Texas Urban Agricultural Innovation Authority.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2997 Miles

Relating to the creation and funding of the urban farming pilot program and the creation of the Select Committee on Urban Farming.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 3001 Thompson/ et al.

Relating to the monitoring of and provision of certain information regarding certain high-risk sex offenders; providing a penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 3036 Alvarado

Relating to the municipal sales and use tax for street maintenance.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3079 Darby

Relating to dealer agreements regarding the purchase and sale of certain equipment or machinery used for agricultural, construction, industrial, mining, outdoor power, forestry, and landscaping purposes.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3111 Craddick

Relating to fees to finance capital improvements in certain municipalities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3125 Thompson

Relating to the offenses of unauthorized duplication, unauthorized recording, unauthorized operation of recording device, and improper labeling of recordings.


HB 3152 Torres

Relating to recovery of the value of fraudulently obtained health care services provided or paid by the Nueces County Hospital District.

State Affairs

HB 3216 Otto

Relating to electronic communication between property owners and chief appraisers, appraisal districts, appraisal review boards, or any combination of those persons.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3283 Guillen

Relating to the authority of certain development corporations to undertake projects with respect to community libraries.

Economic Development

HB 3369 King, Susan

Relating to the registration of certain physical therapy facilities by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Health & Human Services

HB 3387 Rodriguez, Eddie/ Workman/ Isaac/ Aliseda/ Hughes/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of food prepared, stored, distributed, or sold at farmers' markets.

Health & Human Services

HB 3399 Legler/ Strama/ Reynolds/ Chisum

Relating to the requirements for grant programs funded through the Texas emissions reduction plan.

Natural Resources

HB 3475 Gallego

Relating to the recusal and disqualification of municipal judges.


HB 3595 Chisum/ Strama

Relating to energy efficiency goals and energy efficiency programs.

Business & Commerce

HB 3647 Turner

Relating to directing payment, after approval, of certain miscellaneous claims and judgments against the state out of funds designated by this Act; making appropriations.


HB 3723 Guillen

Relating to optional fees on the registration of a vehicle imposed by a county.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3730 Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to certain privatization of maintenance contracts awarded by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3797 Gallego

Relating to the validation of the creation of, and certain acts related to, a venue project, and the dissolution of certain venue districts.

Economic Development

HCR 42 Madden

Expressing support for the current FBI effort to reevaluate existing policies, standards, and protocols for forensic DNA testing laboratories and expressing support for any new policies, standards, and protocols that would hold public and private labs to the same standards, audits, and review process, urging Congress to pass any necessary federal legislation that ensures continued quality in forensic science while holding public and private lab DNA analysis to the same standards, and encouraging Texas law enforcement agencies to use forensic science review methods that will eliminate DNA testing backlogs.

Transportation & Homeland Security