Senate Floor Action for 4/8/2013



April 8, 2013

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

SB 119 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the operation of special student recovery programs by certain school districts.

SB 302 (CS)Seliger

Relating to the management, operation, rulemaking authority, and oversight of groundwater conservation districts.

SB 307 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the transfer of adult education and literacy programs from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 505 (CS) (LC)Deuell

Relating to an exemption from the licensing requirement for certain persons who measure or fit orthoses under the supervision of a physician.

SB 545 Hancock

Relating to the peace officers authorized to operate an authorized emergency service vehicle used to conduct a police escort.

SB 611 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the irrigation powers and functions of certain water districts.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 630 (CS)Carona/ et al.

Relating to certain obligations of and limitations on residential landlords.

SB 1007 (CS)Carona

Relating to own risk and solvency assessment by insurers and insurance groups; providing a penalty.

SB 1012 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the McMullen Groundwater Conservation District.

SB 1082 (CS)Rodríguez/ Deuell

Relating to examination requirements for certain applicants for a license to practice medicine.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1109 (LC)Deuell

Relating to suspending public school accountability ratings and certain interventions and sanctions for the 2012-2013 school year.

SB 1210 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to conditions on the receipt of tuition and fee exemptions and waivers at public institutions of higher education.

3 Floor Amendments

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

SB 617 (CS)Carona

Relating to the regulation of energy efficiency professionals; providing penalties.

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

SB 121 (CS)Rodríguez

Relating to prohibited retaliation against certain state or local public employees for reporting to certain persons violations of law.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 579 Van de Putte

Recognizing April 8 through 12, 2013, as Healthy Texas Week.

SR 607 Hinojosa/ Lucio

Congratulating Captain Ken Baker on the occasion of his retirement from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

SR 618 Paxton/ et al.

In memory of Kevin Khoi Signo.

HCR 78 Rodriguez, Eddie SP: Watson

Congratulating Paul Qui of Austin on his achievements as a chef and restaurateur.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1872 Zaffirini/ Watson

Relating to the creation of Onion Creek Metro Park District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1873 Estes

Relating to the authority to issue bonds of the Mustang Special Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1874 Estes

Relating to the dissolution of the Parker County Utility District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1875 Estes

Relating to the Jack County Hospital District; authorizing the imposition of a tax.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1876 Hegar

Relating to the election of members of the board of directors of the Pecan Valley Groundwater Conservation District.

Natural Resources

SB 1877 Estes

Relating to the creation of the Venable Ranch Municipal Utility District No. 1 of Denton County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1878 Estes

Relating to the creation of Highway 380 Municipal Management District No. 1; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4 Ritter/ Price/ Johnson/ Miller, Doug/ Lucio III/ et al.

Relating to the funding of certain water-related projects by the Texas Water Development Board; authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds.

Natural Resources

HB 410 King, Phil/ Goldman/ Geren/ Crownover

Relating to the administration and operation of the appellate judicial system for the Second Court of Appeals District; changing an appellate judicial system court costs fee in certain counties.


HB 487 Bell/ Clardy/ Otto/ Guerra/ Flynn/ et al.

Relating to liability of certain persons assisting in man-made or natural disasters.

State Affairs

HB 712 Murphy

Relating to the responsibility for keeping fire-fighting equipment furnished to a volunteer fire department by a county in good working order.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 808 Zerwas

Relating to the authority of a psychologist to delegate the provision of certain care to a person under the psychologist's supervision, including a person training to become a psychologist.

Health & Human Services

HB 1120 Riddle/ Miller, Rick/ Fletcher/ Dutton/ Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to the duties of the Texas Crime Stoppers Council to encourage individuals to report criminal activity related to trafficking of persons.

Criminal Justice

HB 2256 Howard/ Naishtat

Relating to the view of the State Capitol.

Economic Development

HB 2472 Cook

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Information Resources and certain procurement functions of the comptroller of public accounts.

Government Organization