Senate Floor Action for 4/9/2013



April 9, 2013

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

SB 291 (CS)Nelson

Relating to notice requirements for gas utilities entering certain real property; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 427 Nelson

Relating to the regulation of certain child-care facilities and administrators of those facilities.

SB 449 (CS)Hinojosa

Relating to a prohibition on the issuance of certain capital appreciation bonds by local governments.

SB 547 Hancock

Relating to the applicability of certain laws to open-enrollment charter schools.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 552 (CS) (LC)Uresti

Relating to an application filed with a county commissioners court to revise a subdivision plat; authorizing a fee.

SB 953 (CS)Carona

Relating to the adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

SB 966 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to creation of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission and the consolidation of judicial profession regulation; imposing penalties; authorizing fees.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1115 (CS) (LC)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to reporting, standards, restrictions, and requirements regarding public school disciplinary actions.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1367 (CS) (LC)Duncan

Relating to abolishing the Texas Health Insurance Pool.

SB 1437 (CS) (LC)Paxton

Relating to authorizing certain persons to file documents electronically for recording with a county clerk.

SB 1530 Seliger

Relating to the admission of undergraduate students to public institutions of higher education.

SB 1538 (CS)Van de Putte/ Lucio/ et al.

Relating to evaluating the performance, including computing dropout and completion rates, of public schools designated as dropout recovery schools.

SB 1803 (CS)Huffman

Relating to the office of inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission.

2 Floor Amendments

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

SB 121 (CS)Rodríguez

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

1 Floor Amendment

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

SB 1467 Estes

Relating to economic development incentives for firearms manufacturers, firearms accessory manufacturers, and ammunition manufacturers.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 531 Williams

Recognizing The John Cooper School on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

SR 591 Birdwell

In memory of Chad Hutson Littlefield.

SR 608 Hinojosa

Welcoming Mariela Hernandez, the reigning queen of Feria de las Flores, and the contestants of the 2013 Scholarship Pageant to the State Capitol.

SR 619 Carona

Recognizing April 9, 2013, as Texas Realtor Appreciation Day.

SR 622 Zaffirini/ Davis/ Ellis/ Garcia/ Hinojosa/ et al.

Recognizing April 9, 2013, as Blue Ribbon Lobby Day.

SR 627 Lucio

Recognizing April 9, 2013, as Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1879 Eltife

Relating to the powers of the TexAmericas Center.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1880 Eltife

Relating to the County Court at Law of Lamar County.


SB 1881 Nichols

Relating to the composition of the 12th and 369th Judicial Districts, the redesignation of the district attorney for the 12th Judicial District as the district attorney for the 369th Judicial District, and the composition of the Leon County juvenile board.


SB 1882 Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to information for legislative purposes requested under the Texas Public Information Act.

Open Government

SB 1883 Schwertner

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

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 144 Raymond

Relating to a mental examination of a child subject to the juvenile justice system.

Criminal Justice

HB 174 Alonzo/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Anchia/ White/ Nevárez/ et al.

Relating to creating American Indian Heritage Day.


HB 222 Huberty/ Patrick, Diane

Relating to a public school student's eligibility for a public education grant to attend another public school.


HB 241 Otto/ et al.

Relating to the notice provided by the chief appraiser of an appraisal district of the availability of agreement forms authorizing certain electronic communications.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 242 Otto

Relating to the requirement that certain ad valorem tax-related notices be delivered to a property owner by certified mail.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 281 Lucio III/ Carter/ Alvarado

Relating to the right of one immediate family member of certain deceased peace officers to make an oral statement regarding the terms of a plea bargain agreement.

Criminal Justice

HB 402 Davis, Sarah

Relating to a medal for certain members of the state military forces who served during the Cold War; authorizing a fee.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 419 Farias

Relating to designating the first Friday in November as Texas Arbor Day.


HB 597 Guillen/ Lozano

Relating to boater education and examinations on preventing the spread of exotic harmful or potentially harmful aquatic plants, fish, and shellfish.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 1186 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the Texas Racing Commission's ability to share investigatory information with other state regulatory agencies.

State Affairs

HB 1187 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the power of stewards or judges to impose penalties under the Texas Racing Act; providing penalties.

State Affairs

HB 1241 Guillen/ Lozano

Relating to the adoption of rules by the Parks and Wildlife Commission to protect the public water of this state from the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 1493 King, Tracy O.

Relating to the transfer of programs from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs to the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 2377 Geren

Relating to the use of legislatively produced audio or visual materials; providing penalties.