Senate Floor Action for 5/13/2011



May 13, 2011

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

SB 1424 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to the issuance of cease and desist orders by the Texas Medical Board.

SB 1520 Uresti

Relating to the consideration of applications for permits for certain commercial solid waste processing or treatment facilities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1652 (CS) (LC)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the implementation of new processes for the purposes of budget transparency, fiscal responsibility, and open government.

SB 1658 (CS)Hinojosa

Relating to the duties of and investigations conducted by the Texas Forensic Science Commission, the administrative attachment of the Texas Forensic Science Commission to Sam Houston State University, and the accreditation of criminal laboratories by the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1695 (CS)Williams

Relating to penalties for engaging in organized criminal activity.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1696 (CS)Williams

Relating to the creation of an automatic license plate reader pilot program.

SB 1697 (CS)Williams

Relating to duties and restrictions regarding the special Texas Rangers.

SB 1698 (CS)Williams

Relating to reporting concerning inmates who are confined in county jails and subject to federal immigration detainers.

SB 1699 (CS)Williams

Relating to authorizing the use of an image verification system to determine whether an applicant for a driver's license or personal identification certificate is a fugitive from justice.

SB 1826 (CS)Gallegos

Relating to the definition in the open meetings law of the term "deliberation."

HB 92 (CS) (LC)Cook/ Pitts SP: Estes

Relating to the regulation of slaughterers by certain counties.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 205 (LC)Pickett SP: Rodriguez

Relating to the imposition by certain municipalities and municipal transit departments of the local sales and use tax in certain federal military installations.

HB 328 (LC)Guillen SP: Zaffirini

Relating to information provided to a person applying for a state tax permit or license.

HB 848 (CS) (LC)Guillen/ Raymond SP: Zaffirini

Relating to an agreement authorizing certain persons to make decisions regarding a child during an investigation of child abuse or neglect.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1254 (LC)Pickett/ Margo SP: Rodriguez

Relating to consideration of the consolidation of school district employment of peace officers and security personnel in certain counties.

HB 1286 (LC)Howard, Donna/ Hochberg/ et al. SP: Davis

Relating to adoption of rules by the University Interscholastic League.

3 Floor Amendments

HB 1401 (LC)Laubenberg SP: Estes

Relating to who may participate in certain local option elections to prohibit or authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages.

HB 1450 (LC)Guillen SP: Zaffirini

Relating to a study regarding tort liability arising from a volunteer's operation of a Parks and Wildlife Department vehicle.

HB 1789 Farias SP: Van de Putte

Relating to the payment of state funds directly to an entity that conducts a primary election under contract in certain counties.

HB 1840 Phillips/ Hunter/ Aliseda/ Pitts/ Laubenberg SP: Estes

Relating to the creation and functions of the Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Board.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1936 Gutierrez SP: Lucio

Relating to importation and shipment of alcoholic beverages for personal consumption.

HB 2002 (LC)Marquez SP: Rodriguez

Relating to the county ethics commission for certain counties.

HB 2014 (CS) (LC)Thompson/ Branch/ Raymond/ Davis, Sarah/ Bonnen/ et al. SP: Van de Putte/ et al.

Relating to certain criminal and civil consequences of trafficking of persons, compelling prostitution, and certain other related criminal offenses and to the prevention, prosecution, and punishment of those offenses.

HB 2067 (LC)Callegari SP: Seliger

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

HB 2403 Otto/ Hilderbran/ Villarreal/ Naishtat/ Branch/ et al. SP: West/ et al.

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

HB 2468 (LC)Phillips SP: Seliger

Relating to providing a patron of a pay-to-park or valet parking service with certain information; providing a civil penalty.

HB 2936 (LC)Castro SP: Zaffirini

Relating to the administration of district courts in Bexar County.

HB 3000 (LC)Thompson/ Anchia/ Weber/ Christian/ Gallego/ et al. SP: Van de Putte/ et al.

Relating to creating the offense of continuous trafficking of persons; providing a penalty and other civil consequences.

HB 3487 Taylor, Van SP: Carona

Relating to regulations concerning certain service animals; providing a criminal penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate suspended the regular order, read second time and passed to engrossment:

SB 1485 (CS)West

Relating to the authority of a school district to implement a school bus monitoring system that records images, including images of vehicles that pass a stopped school bus; providing for the imposition of penalties.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 969 Zaffirini

Recognizing Destiny Bailey for being selected as Laredo's 2011 Youth of the Year.

SR 986 Lucio

Recognizing Amadeo Saenz, Jr. on his retirement from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 48 Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Farias/ McClendon/ Carter/ Miller, Sid/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran in an amount equal to the amount of the residence homestead exemption to which the disabled veteran was entitled on the same property.


HB 9 Branch/ Pitts/ Taylor, Larry/ Patrick, Diane/ Villarreal/ et al.

Relating to student success-based funding for and reporting regarding public institutions of higher education.

Higher Education

HB 13 Kolkhorst/ King, Susan/ Truitt/ Zerwas

Relating to the Medicaid program and alternate methods of providing health services to low-income persons in this state.

Health & Human Services

HB 14 Murphy/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility for unemployment benefits of a person receiving certain forms of remuneration.

Economic Development

HB 36 Menendez

Relating to the punishment for and certain civil consequences of committing the offense of prostitution.

Criminal Justice

HB 142 Laubenberg

Relating to the practice of psychological associates.

Health & Human Services

HB 242 Craddick/ Torres

Relating to the authority of certain retired peace officers to carry certain firearms.

Criminal Justice

HB 351 Veasey

Relating to the expunction of records and files relating to a person's arrest.

Criminal Justice

HB 738 Otto

Relating to the authority of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to invest in hedge funds.

State Affairs

HB 748 Menendez/ Hartnett

Relating to a criminal defendant's incompetency to stand trial, to certain related time credits, and to the maximum period allowed for restoration of the defendant to competency.

Criminal Justice

HB 1043 Christian/ Lucio III/ Zedler/ Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to creating an offense for engaging in certain conduct relating to cockfighting.

Criminal Justice

HB 1119 Weber

Relating to the maintenance tax rate of the Brazoria County Conservation and Reclamation District Number Three.

Natural Resources

HB 1205 Turner/ Allen/ Aliseda/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Gallego

Relating to the procedures for reducing or terminating community supervision and the establishment of certain time credits through which a defendant's period of community supervision is reduced.

Criminal Justice

HB 1241 Zedler

Relating to surety bond requirements for reserve deputy constables.

Criminal Justice

HB 1528 Miller, Sid

Relating to consolidating precincts in a primary election.

State Affairs

HB 1576 Garza

Relating to the monitoring of compliance with low-income and moderate-income housing ad valorem tax exemptions.


HB 1580 Brown

Relating to the training and certification of state agency employees or contractors performing service work on pressure vessels.

Business & Commerce

HB 1689 Brown/ Pitts/ Raymond/ Cook

Relating to the monitoring and enhancement of health and human services information technology.

Health & Human Services

HB 1728 Keffer

Relating to energy savings performance contracts and energy efficiency planning.

Government Organization

HB 1745 Coleman/ Alvarado

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to impose term limits on the members of their governing bodies.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1776 Lozano/ Hancock/ Munoz, Jr./ Sheffield/ Creighton

Relating to contracts between dentists and health maintenance organizations or insurers.

State Affairs

HB 1784 Farias

Relating to requiring an interagency memorandum of understanding regarding the Public Assistance Reporting Information System and to the use of data from that system.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1799 Bonnen

Relating to the exemption of certain real estate professionals from registration as property tax consultants.

Business & Commerce

HB 1871 Giddings

Relating to the amount and payment of attorney's fees in certain workers' compensation cases.

State Affairs

HB 1872 Giddings

Relating to requirements regarding information to be provided to employees covered by workers' compensation health care networks.

State Affairs

HB 1886 Morrison/ et al.

Relating to unclaimed property.


HB 1897 Flynn

Relating to the jurisdiction of, number of jurors in, and the clerk serving the County Court at Law of Van Zandt County.


HB 1951 Taylor, Larry SP: Hegar

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 1960 Deshotel/ Ritter/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of boat manufacturers, distributors, and dealers; providing a civil penalty.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1994 Weber/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a first offender prostitution prevention program.

Criminal Justice

HB 2006 Bonnen

Relating to the release of a photograph of a police officer and access to records maintained by internal investigative divisions in certain municipalities.

Criminal Justice

HB 2104 Jackson, Jim

Relating to the amount of the bond for county taxes required to be given by the county assessor-collector for certain counties.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2136 Guillen

Relating to regional contracted brokers and subcontractors of regional contracted brokers providing Medicaid nonemergency medical transportation services.

Health & Human Services

HB 2169 Aycock

Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit to rescind a discount for early payment of ad valorem taxes.


HB 2194 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the conduct and administration of elections and of state conventions of political parties.

State Affairs

HB 2233 Huberty/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ et al.

Relating to certain contracts entered into by school districts for another entity to provide food services at one or more district schools.


HB 2382 Murphy/ Torres

Relating to notice required upon nonrenewal of property and casualty insurance policies.

Business & Commerce

HB 2460 Truitt

Relating to confidentiality of information held by a public retirement system.

Open Government, Select

HB 2470 Phillips

Relating to the regulation of sport bikes and certain other motorcycles.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2589 Pena

Relating to the distribution and delivery of voter registration applications by volunteer deputy registrars; providing criminal penalties.

State Affairs

HB 2592 Truitt/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Harless/ Farias/ McClendon/ et al.

Relating to notice and disclosure requirements for certain credit services organizations regarding charges and consumer borrowing.

Business & Commerce

HB 2649 Allen

Relating to the award of diligent participation credit to defendants confined in a state jail felony facility.

Criminal Justice

HB 2728 Thompson/ Guillen

Relating to the operation and regulation of charitable bingo.

State Affairs

HB 2975 Hunter/ Naishtat/ Parker/ Brown/ et al.

Relating to continuing education for physicians and nurses regarding the treatment of tick-borne diseases.

Health & Human Services

HB 2982 Orr

Relating to the composition of the Finance Commission of Texas.

Business & Commerce

HB 3199 Cain

Relating to the repeal of requirements and penalties related to the grading of roses.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 3326 Woolley

Relating to the classification of certain entities as primarily engaged in retail trade for purposes of the franchise tax.


HB 3328 Keffer/ Crownover/ Burnam/ Parker/ Strama/ et al.

Relating to the disclosure of the composition of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in hydraulic fracturing treatments.

Natural Resources

HB 3341 Anchia/ Hartnett/ Murphy/ Harper-Brown/ Martinez Fischer

Relating to the rebate, refund, or payment of tax proceeds to a qualified hotel project.

Economic Development

HB 3352 Smith, Wayne

Relating to the sale of park land owned by certain municipalities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3371 King, Susan

Relating to the exemption of registered dental laboratories from certain distributing and manufacturing licensing requirements.

Health & Human Services

HB 3423 Lozano

Relating to certain criminal offenses committed in relation to a federal special investigator; providing criminal penalties.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3486 Taylor, Van

Relating to municipal regulation of dogs used for search and rescue or law enforcement purposes.

Criminal Justice

HB 3488 Menendez/ et al.

Relating to the requirements for demonstrating eligibility for an ad valorem tax exemption for the residence homestead of an elderly or disabled person.


HB 3578 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to clarification of the authorized uses for loans under public institution of higher education emergency loan programs.

Higher Education

HB 3579 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to repayment assistance for certain physician education loans.

Higher Education

HB 3580 Frullo

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for surviving spouses of disabled veterans of the United States armed forces.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 3813 Isaac

Relating to the Hudson Ranch Fresh Water Supply District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3829 Anderson, Charles "Doc"

Relating to gifts and donations to the McLennan County Juvenile Board.

Criminal Justice

HB 3837 Isaac

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 183 as the Cpl. Jason K. LaFleur Memorial Highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3840 Parker

Relating to the extension of the deadline for holding the confirmation and initial directors' election of the Tradition Municipal Utility District No. 2 of Denton County.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3843 Thompson

Relating to excluding certain territory from the Harris County Road Improvement District No. 2.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 3844 Aycock

Relating to the creation of criminal law magistrates for Burnet County.


HB 3849 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the powers and duties of the Galveston County Municipal Utility District No. 6.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3852 Pitts

Relating to the creation of the Midlothian Municipal Management District No. 2; providing authority to impose a tax, levy an assessment, and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3856 Naishtat

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


HB 3858 Thompson

Relating to the jurisdiction of a county criminal court at law in Harris County.


HB 3859 Laubenberg

Relating to the creation of the Club Municipal Management District No. 1; providing authority to levy an assessment and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3862 Smith, Wayne

Relating to temporary directors and the continuation in existence of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 510.

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 55 Flynn

Designating Canton as the official Home of the World Famous First Monday Trade Days.


HCR 83 Pitts

Redesignating the Lake Whitney area as the Getaway Capital of Texas.


HCR 117 Parker

Designating Roanoke as the Unique Dining Capital of Texas.


HCR 130 Button/ Madden/ Carter

Designating the city of Richardson as the official International Business Capital of North Texas.