Senate Floor Action for 4/17/2013



April 17, 2013

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

SB 17 (CS)Patrick/ Estes/ et al.

Relating to the training in school safety of certain educators of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school premises.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 34 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the administration of psychoactive medications to persons receiving services in certain facilities.

SB 116 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the consideration of ownership interests of disabled veterans in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 143 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to programs designed to enhance medical education in this state.

SB 219 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to ethics of public servants, including the functions and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission; the regulation of political contributions, political advertising, lobbying, and conduct of public servants; and the reporting of political contributions and expenditures and personal financial information; providing civil and criminal penalties.

SB 329 Huffman/ et al.

Relating to a prohibition on the use of a tanning facility by a minor.

SB 583 (CS)Carona/ et al.

Relating to eligibility for support from the universal service fund.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 634 (LC)Davis/ et al.

Relating to regulating faulty on-site sewage disposal systems in the unincorporated areas of a county as a public nuisance; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 817 (CS) (LC)Hegar

Relating to certain requirements for political parties holding conventions and for officers of certain of those parties.

SB 822 (CS)Schwertner

Relating to the regulation of certain health care provider network contract arrangements; providing an administrative penalty; authorizing a fee.

SB 887 (LC)Uresti

Relating to certain correction instruments in the conveyance of real property.

SB 900 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to the amounts of the administrative, civil, and criminal penalties for violating certain statutes under the jurisdiction of, rules or orders adopted by, or licenses, permits, or certificates issued by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

SB 976 (LC)West

Relating to the temporary approval of an institution to participate in the tuition equalization grant program.

SB 1256 (CS)Patrick/ et al.

Relating to the requirements for a sale to be considered a comparable sale for ad valorem tax purposes.

SB 1263 (CS)Taylor/ Patrick/ et al.

Relating to allowing parents to petition for repurposing, alternative management, or closure of certain public school campuses.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1292 (CS) (LC)Ellis/ et al.

Relating to DNA testing of biological evidence in certain capital cases.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1815 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to voluntary donations to the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry.

SB 1853 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the amendment of restrictions affecting real property in certain subdivisions.

SB 1857 (CS)Estes/ et al.

Relating to the certification of certain qualified handgun instructors to conduct school safety training.

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

SB 1340 (CS)Seliger

Relating to the temporary operation of a race track extension location.


The Senate suspended the regular order, read second time and postponed:

SB 834 Estes

Relating to the confidentiality of certain grand juror information.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 638 Birdwell/ et al.

Recognizing April 17, as Texas State Technical College Day.

SR 660 Deuell

Recognizing April of 2013 as Licensed Athletic Trainers Month.

SR 674 Hancock/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Carona/ Deuell/ et al.

Recognizing High School Republicans of Texas.

SR 686 Hinojosa

Recognizing April 17, 2013, as Transit Day.

SR 689 Patrick

Recognizing the William P. Clements, Jr., Scholars.

SR 690 Ellis

Recognizing April 17, 2013, as Vietnamese American Day.

SR 693 West

Recognizing April 17, 2013, as Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce Day.

SCR 33 Patrick

Recalling S.B. No. 346 from the house for further consideration.

HCR 109 Craddick SP: Seliger

Honoring Sue Brannon of Midland for her years of civic engagement.

The Senate confirmed all nominees as reported by the Committee on Nominations.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1893 Birdwell

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

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1894 Fraser

Relating to the procedure for review by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and related entities of environmental flow standards and environmental flow set-asides for river basin and bay systems and related matters.

Natural Resources

SB 1895 Garcia

Relating to the ability of a nonexempt employee to participate in certain academic, extracurricular, and developmental activities of the employee's child.

Business & Commerce

SB 1896 Garcia

Relating to the confidentiality of information in ad valorem tax appraisal records that identifies the home address of certain judges.

Open Government

SB 1897 Garcia

Relating to the territory of the East Aldine Management District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1898 Garcia

Relating to the dissolution of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 213; the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 213-A; the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 213-B; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 35 Menéndez

Relating to the authority of a property owners' association to regulate the use of certain lots for residential purposes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 38 Menéndez

Relating to the penalty for an offense involving motor vehicle airbags.


HB 115 Larson

Relating to identification numbers on vessels.

Natural Resources

HB 150 Larson/ Miller, Rick/ Sheets/ Farias/ Anderson/ et al.

Relating to the display of flags at half-staff at the Capitol building to honor service members killed in action.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 195 Farias

Relating to the availability on the Internet of reports of political expenditures and contributions filed in connection with certain county and municipal offices.

State Affairs

HB 200 Murphy/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Smith/ Coleman/ Davis, Sarah/ et al.

Relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.

State Affairs

HB 232 Guillen

Relating to allowing certain minors convicted of certain alcohol offenses to perform community service instead of attending an alcohol awareness program.

Criminal Justice

HB 326 Dutton

Relating to eligibility to serve on the appraisal review board of an appraisal district.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 389 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the enforcement of spousal maintenance agreements and property distribution agreements incident to divorce or annulment.


HB 468 Davis, John/ Button

Relating to reporting requirements and other information in connection with an award under the Texas emerging technology fund.

Economic Development

HB 474 Muñoz, Jr./ Guerra

Relating to an optional procedure for the issuance of a permit by certain governmental entities for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles carrying agricultural products; authorizing a fee.


HB 525 Aycock/ Turner, Chris/ Sheffield, Ralph/ Sheffield, J. D.

Relating to the collection of data relating to military-connected students through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).


HB 610 Larson

Relating to an exemption from license requirements for the sale of certain manufactured housing.

Business & Commerce

HB 616 Darby

Relating to the civil jurisdiction of the County Court of Glasscock County.


HB 622 Eiland

Relating to the report by the General Land Office to the legislature on the effectiveness of the coastal management program.

Natural Resources

HB 701 Farney

Relating to the Corn Hill Regional Water Authority; providing authority to impose fees and taxes.


HB 719 Morrison

Relating to the operation of a golf cart or utility vehicle on a public highway in certain counties.


HB 748 Raymond

Relating to a waiver allowing the Department of Family and Protective Services to use certain federal funds to test innovation strategies in child welfare programs.

Health & Human Services

HB 752 Longoria

Relating to the types of entities that are considered municipal water suppliers for purposes of the law governing the effect of the subdivision of certain land on certain irrigation water rights.

Natural Resources

HB 753 Villarreal

Relating to certain information to be provided by school districts to parents concerning supplemental educational services and to Texas Education Agency approval and investigation of supplemental educational services providers.


HB 807 Zerwas

Relating to the practice of psychology; authorizing a fee.

Health & Human Services

HB 838 Zerwas/ Naishtat/ Márquez/ Menéndez

Relating to the monitoring of certain medications provided to foster children.

Health & Human Services

HB 893 Geren

Relating to consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain public entertainment facilities.


HB 944 Riddle

Relating to an exemption from license requirements for a limited number of sales of manufactured housing.

Business & Commerce

HB 949 Smithee/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Alonzo

Relating to continuation of automobile insurance coverage for certain motor vehicles acquired during a personal automobile insurance policy term.

Business & Commerce

HB 984 Elkins

Relating to certain information required to be provided to an applicant for a marriage license.


HB 1222 Turner, Chris

Relating to venue for certain alleged violations or offenses under the Water Safety Act.


HB 1272 Thompson, Senfronia/ Burkett/ McClendon/ Harless/ Riddle/ et al.

Relating to the continuation and duties of the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

Criminal Justice

HB 1334 Márquez

Relating to the composition of the El Paso County juvenile board.


HB 1347 González, Mary/ Gonzalez, Naomi

Relating to the use of El Paso Mission Valley specialty license plate fees for the preservation and rehabilitation of the Socorro, San Elizario, and Ysleta Missions.


HB 1513 Lewis

Relating to increases in the records archive fees and the records management and preservation fees charged by district and county clerks.


HB 1589 Cortez/ et al.

Relating to the awarding of the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1642 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the Port of Houston Authority.


HB 1711 Fletcher

Relating to civil liability for prohibited barratry.

State Affairs

HB 1718 Guillen

Relating to the eligibility of certain terminally ill individuals to purchase a resident hunting license.

Natural Resources

HB 1738 Naishtat/ Burkett

Relating to a standard form of notification for the detention of a person with mental illness.

Health & Human Services

HB 1871 King, Tracy O.

Relating to the allocation of the expenses of a joint election to certain school districts.

State Affairs

HB 1968 Deshotel

Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to Jefferson County.

Government Organization

HB 2035 Vo

Relating to the shared work unemployment compensation program.


HB 2738 Elkins

Relating to a study by the Department of Information Resources regarding state agency technology efficiency.

Government Organization