Regular Order of Business for 4/7/2015



April 7, 2015


(Calendar Order)


(Second Reading)

SJR 26 Hancock

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to appropriations for the preservation and perpetuation of certain items of historical value; allowing the legislature and state agencies to accept on behalf of the state gifts of items of historical value and contributions to purchase such items.

SJR 39 Fraser/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

SJR 2 (CS)Hancock/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations.


(Second Reading)

SCR 1 Creighton/ et al.

Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to halt and reverse certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.

SCR 28 (LC)Lucio

Recognizing April 2015 as Autism Awareness Month.


(Third Reading)

SB 267 (CS)Perry/ et al.

Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations.


(Second Reading)

SB 356 Hancock

Relating to the creation, purpose, implementation, and funding of the County Park Beautification and Improvement Program.

SB 541 Taylor, Van

Relating to the eligibility of presidential general election debates for distributions from a Major Events trust fund.

SB 488 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the criteria for awarding the Texas Purple Heart Medal to members of the armed forces wounded or killed at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.

SB 408 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to consideration of a bidder's principal place of business in awarding certain county contracts.

SB 569 (CS) (LC)Creighton

Relating to the presumption of abandonment of certain tangible personal property held by a county.

SB 209 (LC)Hinojosa/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including assumption of the duties of the Texas Skill Standards Board.

SB 529 (LC)Hancock

Relating to the eligibility of a landman for unemployment compensation.

SB 722 Perry/ et al.

Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test.

SB 60 (LC)Nelson

Relating to video recordings made by children's advocacy centers.

SB 287 (LC)West

Relating to the elimination of certain court fees and costs.

SB 450 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the liability of a political subdivision of this state for certain claims relating to land acquired by the political subdivision under certain circumstances.

SB 462 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to authorizing a revocable deed that transfers real property at the transferor's death.

SB 463 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the restructuring of certain fund accounts of the Texas County and District Retirement System.

SB 527 (CS) (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Highway.

SB 55 (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans with mental illness.

SB 660 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to regional coordinators within the veteran entrepreneur program.

SB 835 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to increasing the punishment for the offense of fraudulent or fictitious military record.

SB 759 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the repeal of certain state taxes.

SB 551 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the duty of the Water Conservation Advisory Council to submit a report and recommendations regarding water conservation in this state.

SB 10 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the investigation and prosecution of offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses, and offenses involving insurance fraud or the imposition of the motor fuels tax.

SB 815 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to a temporary restraining order for preservation of property and protection of the parties in a suit for the dissolution of marriage.

SB 822 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the applicability of certain definitions and certain laws governing attorneys ad litem, guardians ad litem, and amicus attorneys in family law proceedings.

SB 932 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to retain assistance for federal proceedings affecting certain electric utilities and consumers.

SB 775 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the repeal of the goal for natural gas use.

SB 734 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the setting of annual interest rates for utility deposits by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

SB 444 Hall/ et al.

Relating to the exercise of eminent domain by certain toll road corporations.

SB 347 (LC)Nichols

Relating to the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College District.

SB 345 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of breach of computer security.

SB 638 (CS) (LC)Nichols

Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Department of Transportation to the Shepherd Independent School District; requiring the payment of certain transaction fees.

SB 742 (CS) (LC)Ellis

Relating to the issuance of Texas Medical Center specialty license plates.

SB 807 (CS) (LC)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to occupational license application and examination fees for certain military service members, military veterans, and military spouses.

SB 3 (CS)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety, military and law enforcement training, and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty; authorizing fees.

SB 679 (LC)Nelson

Relating to public meetings of joint airport boards.

SB 59 (LC)Nelson

Relating to exempting the procurement of services for victims of family violence from competitive bidding requirements.

SB 657 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the appointment of the commissioners of certain financial regulatory agencies by the Finance Commission of Texas.

SB 680 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages in areas annexed or owned by certain municipalities.

SB 700 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the use of electronic processes by and electronic information submitted to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; authorizing a fee.

SB 784 (LC)Eltife

Relating to collection and use of certain information reported to and by the Texas Department of Insurance and certain approval authority and hearings held in connection with reported information.

SB 641 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to debit card or stored value card surcharges; providing a civil penalty.

SB 859 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to partnerships and limited liability companies.

SB 860 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to corporations and fundamental business transactions.

SB 177 (A)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education in this state.

SB 203 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Health Services Authority as a quasi-governmental entity and the electronic exchange of health care information.

SB 292 (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to a request for a waiver of the waiting period before human remains may be cremated.

SB 460 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the licensing and regulation of pharmacists and pharmacies.

SB 814 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to waivers of citation in certain family law suits.

SB 909 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the county courts at law in Bexar County.

SB 1165 Fraser/ Campbell/ Eltife/ Lucio/ Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the express preemption of regulation of oil and gas operations and the exclusive jurisdiction of those operations by the state.

SB 596 (LC)Estes

Relating to the imposition of the student centers fee at Texas Woman's University.

SB 344 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of online solicitation of a minor.

SB 578 (LC)Hinojosa/ Rodríguez

Relating to providing inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with information regarding reentry and reintegration resources.

SB 892 (CS)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to educator preparation programs and teacher certification examinations.

SB 505 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to painting and marking requirements for certain meteorological evaluation towers; creating an offense.

SB 394 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the use of supplemental environmental projects by a local government to come into compliance with environmental laws or remediate environmental harm caused by the local government.

SB 987 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the regulation of dangerous wild animals.

SB 611 (LC)Perry

Relating to the confidentiality of certain water well reports.

SB 1132 (LC)Perry

Relating to the protection and use of certain products, information, and technology of the Parks and Wildlife Department.

SB 970 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the failure to handle certain animals in accordance with rules of the Texas Animal Health Commission; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 584 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the indexing of correction instruments in a county index to real property records.

SB 530 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to the licensing of vehicles for hire by certain airport governing boards; authorizing the imposition of fees.

SB 57 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to information collected by a regional tollway authority, regional transportation authority, or coordinated county transportation authority.

SB 188 Watson

Relating to certain insurers' insurance rating and underwriting practices based on certain consumer inquiries.

SB 783 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the development of antifraud educational programs by the Texas Department of Insurance and acceptance of gifts, grants, and donations for the department's fraud unit.

SB 858 (LC)Eltife

Relating to license holders authorized to obtain label approval for beer, ale, and malt liquor.

SB 901 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the amount of temporary income benefits to which an injured employee is entitled under the workers' compensation system.

SB 189 (CS)Watson

Relating to certain practices in the business of personal automobile insurance.

SB 782 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the investigation by the commissioner of insurance of acts of insurance fraud.

SB 667 (LC)Eltife

Relating to reinsurance, distributions, and pooling arrangements by captive insurance companies.

SB 844 (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the expiration of licenses for insurance agents and adjusters.

SB 876 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the licensing of insurance agents and adjusters; providing a penalty.

SB 760 (CS)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to provider access and assignment requirements for a Medicaid managed care organization.

SB 622 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the physician assistant board.

SB 582 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to education and training programs for food handlers; eliminating the authority of a local health jurisdiction to require certain fees.

SB 791 (CS)Kolkhorst

Relating to testing for and education about congenital cytomegalovirus in infants.

SB 2004 (CS) (LC)Eltife/ Nelson

Relating to deferred maintenance funding for state facilities.

SB 699 (CS)Eltife

Relating to the Texas Real Estate Commission and the regulation of certain real estate professionals.

SB 1191 (CS)Seliger

Relating to the amount and allocation of the annual constitutional appropriation to certain agencies and institutions of higher education.

SB 777 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to restrict participation in the retail electric market for significant violations.

SB 774 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to studies on the rates of electric utilities.

SB 633 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to a Pan American Games reimbursement fund, an Olympic Games reimbursement fund, a Major Events reimbursement fund, a Motor Sports Racing reimbursement fund, an Events reimbursement fund for sporting and non-sporting events, and a special event trust fund.

SB 931 (CS)Fraser

Relating to the goal for renewable energy and competitive renewable energy zones.

SB 933 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to review transmission interconnections that enable imports or exports from the ERCOT power grid.

SB 893 (CS)Seliger/ Campbell

Relating to public school teacher performance appraisals, continuing education, professional development, career advancement, and compensation.

SB 1117 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to housing services provided through the transitional living services program to certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 1407 (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to encouraging age-appropriate normalcy activities for children in the managing conservatorship of the state.

SB 18 (CS)Nelson/ Hinojosa/ Seliger/ et al.

Relating to measures to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state, including the transfer of certain assets from the Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association to the permanent fund supporting graduate medical education.

SB 420 (CS)Birdwell

Relating to the creation of a campus of the Texas State Technical College System in Ellis County.

SB 776 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to the operations of a municipally owned utility or municipal power agency; affecting a provision that is subject to criminal penalties; providing authority to issue bonds.

SB 432 (LC)West

Relating to continuation of an additional fee for filing civil cases in certain Dallas County courts.

SB 643 (LC)Creighton

Relating to proceedings held in auxiliary facilities outside certain county seats.

SB 812 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the appointment of an associate judge in a family law proceeding involving a name change.

SB 1703 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the deadlines for certain processes and procedures involving an election.

SB 474 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the recovery of costs and fees in connection with certain eminent domain proceedings.

SB 1707 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the sealing of certain juvenile records.

SB 125 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to certain assessments for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 277 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the abolition of certain health-related task forces and advisory committees.

SB 572 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to certain title insurance policy liability and reinsurance requirements.

SB 1077 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the definition of "person" under the Uniform Commercial Code.

SB 94 (LC)Hinojosa/ Nelson/ et al.

Relating to certain fees charged for the adjudication of pharmacy benefit claims.

SB 540 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the hours during which a holder of a retail dealer's on-premise late hours license may sell beer.

SB 670 (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the Texas Identification Number system.

SB 875 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the regulation of state trust companies.

SB 899 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the regulation of money services businesses; affecting the prosecution of a criminal offense.

SB 880 (LC)Nelson

Relating to certain committees and programs to develop the wine industry in this state through the Department of Agriculture.

SB 979 (LC)Creighton

Relating to individual indemnity health insurance.

SB 387 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to trusts and certain other forms of asset protection.

SB 824 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to civil jurisdiction of, and the number of jurors required in, certain civil cases pending in a statutory county court.

SB 291 (CS) (LC)Nelson

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

SB 481 Hancock/ et al.

Relating to notice and availability of mediation for balance billing by a facility-based physician.

SB 655 (CS) (LC)Eltife

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

SB 1301 (LC)Perry

Relating to the governance and administration of the Texas Water Resources Finance Authority.

SB 1101 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the authority to determine the supply of groundwater in certain regional water plans.

SB 1051 (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to the powers and duties of the North Fort Bend Water Authority.

SB 928 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the abolition of the equine incentive program.

SB 363 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to the election dates for directors of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.

SB 521 (A)Fraser/ Watson/ Zaffirini

Relating to the period for which the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality may grant or renew an emergency authorization relating to the use of state water.

SB 1099 (CS) (LC)Estes/ et al.

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

SB 523 (CS)Birdwell/ Estes/ Fraser/ Kolkhorst/ Perry

Relating to the sunset review of river authorities.

SB 855 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the territory and board of the Canyon Regional Water Authority.

SB 1137 (LC)Creighton

Relating to improvement projects of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District of Jefferson County, Texas; providing authority to issue anticipation notes and time warrants.

SB 1204 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to a waiver of fees by the Department of Agriculture and the Parks and Wildlife Department for certain educational programs involving aquaculture and hydroponics.

SB 1459 (LC)Bettencourt

Relating to the powers and duties of the West Harris County Regional Water Authority.

SB 195 (CS)Schwertner

Relating to prescriptions for certain controlled substances, access to information about those prescriptions, and the duties of prescribers and other entities registered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration; authorizing fees; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 898 Fraser/ et al.

Relating to charitable raffles conducted by certain professional sports team charitable foundations; providing penalties.

SB 603 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

SB 332 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the use of maximum allowable cost lists related to pharmacy benefits.

SB 543 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to certain requirements applicable to contracts entered into by, and the contract management process of, state agencies.

SB 1337 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance to political subdivisions for water supply projects.

SB 912 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to a volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills from wastewater facilities.

SB 1339 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the perfection and priority of an agricultural lien on an agricultural crop.

SB 413 (CS)Seliger

Relating to the qualifications for membership on the Texas Water Development Board.

SB 1336 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the powers and duties, the construction of laws, and the election dates of certain groundwater conservation districts.

SB 607 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless.

SB 1210 Kolkhorst

Relating to the regulation of amusement redemption machine game rooms in certain counties.

SB 917 Seliger

Relating to the applicability of the Texas Mass Gatherings Act to certain horse and greyhound races.

SB 866 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the regulation of amusement redemption machine game rooms in certain counties.

SB 871 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the compensation of county auditors for certain counties.

SB 1235 (LC)Whitmire

Relating to defining the duties and to the penalties concerning pain management clinics.

SB 589 Rodríguez/ Hinojosa

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

SB 790 Kolkhorst

Relating to the procedures applicable to the revocation of a person's release on parole or to mandatory supervision.

SB 130 (LC)West

Relating to the eligibility of criminal defendants for an order of nondisclosure; authorizing a fee.

SB 112 (LC)Taylor, Van

Relating to the authority of a magistrate to prohibit certain communications in an order for emergency protection.

SB 1704 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the transfer of certain inmates to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following pronouncement of the inmate's sentence.

SB 1385 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the authorization of the imposition of administrative penalties on providers participating in certain Medicaid waiver programs.

SB 380 (CS)Rodríguez/ Burton/ Hinojosa/ Perry

Relating to procedures for certain persons charged with a violation of a condition of release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on parole or to mandatory supervision.

SB 393 (CS) (LC)Burton/ Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to the punishment for certain offenses against property or against public administration.

SB 1071 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to requiring notice of the scheduling of an execution date and the issuance of a warrant of execution.

SB 1353 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the provision and administration of indigent defense services.

SB 1135 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ Huffman/ Zaffirini

Relating to civil and criminal liability for the unlawful disclosure or promotion of certain intimate visual material; creating an offense.

SB 694 (CS)Bettencourt/ Burton/ Creighton/ Ellis/ Eltife/ et al.

Relating to authorizing patients with certain terminal illnesses to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials.

SB 1406 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the protection of certain children through the operation of the child safety check alert list.

SB 386 Taylor, Van

Relating to the appointment of school marshals by public junior colleges.

SB 1656 (LC)West

Relating to the administration of the scholarship program for certain students graduating in the top 10 percent of the students' high school graduating class.

SB 27 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the online broadcast of open meetings of institutions of higher education.

SB 207 (CS)Hinojosa/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

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

SB 206 (CS)Schwertner/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Nelson/ et al.

Relating to the functions of the Department of Family and Protective Services and procedures applicable to suits affecting the parent-child relationship, investigations of child abuse and neglect, and conservatorship of a child; affecting fee amounts and authorizing an administrative penalty.

SB 200 (CS)Nelson/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Schwertner

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state.

SB 204 (CS)Hinojosa/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the functions and operations of the Department of Aging and Disability Services; increasing penalties.

SB 359 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to the authority of a peace officer to apprehend a person for emergency detention and the authority of certain facilities to temporarily detain a person with mental illness.

SB 9 (CS)Hancock/ et al.

Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations.

SB 106 (CS)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to court jurisdiction and procedures relating to truancy; providing criminal penalties; imposing a court cost.

SB 1630 (CS)Whitmire

Relating to the commitment of juveniles in post-adjudication secure correctional facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and by local probation departments.

SB 1466 (CS) (LC)Watson

Relating to the definition of medical schools for medical residency programs.

SB 686 (CS)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program.

SB 150 (CS)Seliger

Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education.

SB 12 (CS)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to alternative fuel fleets of certain governmental entities, including funding for motor vehicles, infrastructure, and equipment.

SB 911 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to the eligibility for grants for natural gas fueling stations under the Texas natural gas vehicle grant program.

SB 1214 (LC)Taylor, Van

Relating to the use of human remains for forensic science education, including the training of search and rescue animals.

SB 449 (CS)Bettencourt

Relating to the definition of a motorcycle.

SB 1171 (CS) (LC)Nichols

Relating to the operation of certain oversize or overweight vehicles transporting timber, timber products, or forestry equipment on certain public roadways.

SB 1172 (CS)Nichols

Relating to the issuance of obligations payable from and secured by the Texas Mobility Fund.

SB 1173 (CS)Nichols

Relating to commercial driver's licenses and commercial learner's permits and the operation of commercial motor vehicles; creating a criminal offense; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty; authorizing fees.

SB 709 (CS)Fraser

Relating to environmental permitting procedures for applications filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

SB 183 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the offenses of the violation of civil rights of and improper sexual activity with individuals in custody; imposing a criminal penalty.