Senate Floor Action for 3/19/2015



March 19, 2015

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

SB 219 (CS)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to the provision of health and human services in this state, including the powers and duties of the Health and Human Services Commission and other state agencies, and the licensing of certain health professionals; clarifying certain statutory provisions; authorizing the imposition of fees.

SB 610 Perry

Relating to limited liability for an agritourism entity involved in an agritourism activity.

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

SB 11 (CS)Birdwell/ Bettencourt/ Burton/ Campbell/ Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 398 Garcia/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Campbell/ et al.

Extending condolences to the families of the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

SR 399 Hall

Recognizing March 29, 2015, as Sunnyvale Day.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1451 Ellis

Relating to the disputed payment by a credit card or debit card of a vehicle registration fee.


SB 1452 Bettencourt

Relating to the power of certain commissioners courts to authorize ad valorem tax sales of real property to be conducted by means of online auctions.


SB 1453 Zaffirini

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to propose a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1454 Zaffirini

Relating to authorizing counties to require the submission of digital maps in connection with the county plat approval process.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1455 Zaffirini

Relating to certain required reports, plans, and other documents prepared by state agencies and institutions of higher education.

Business & Commerce

SB 1456 Zaffirini

Relating to improving the accountability of local workforce development boards and consumer information regarding job training programs.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1457 Nichols

Relating to bad faith claims of patent infringement; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

SB 1458 Nichols

Relating to entities operating railroads in this state.


SB 1459 Bettencourt

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

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1460 Bettencourt

Relating to the evaluation and ranking of similar offers submitted to a governmental entity for certain construction-related contracts.

Business & Commerce

SB 1461 West

Relating to the appointment and terms of the board of hospital managers of the Dallas County Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1462 West

Relating to the prescription, administration, and possession of certain opioid antagonists for the treatment of suspected opioid overdoses.

Health & Human Services

SB 1463 Lucio

Relating to improving the delivery of health care services to veterans in this state.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

SB 1464 Lucio

Relating to the creation of the organized crime and criminal activity division within the office of the attorney general.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security

SB 1465 Watson

Relating to creating limited purpose disaster declaration authority for the Governor.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1466 Watson

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

Higher Education

SB 1467 Watson

Relating to authorizing the collection of a service charge on certain electronic toll collection customer account payments.


SB 1468 Watson

Relating to the selection and removal of officials involved in the process of appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes.


SB 1469 Watson

Relating to regular reapplication for certain pollution control exemptions from ad valorem taxation granted for certain property.


SB 1470 Watson

Relating to the establishment of state authorization reciprocity agreements for postsecondary distance learning courses.

Higher Education

SB 1471 Watson

Relating to the use of home telemonitoring services under the Medicaid program.

Health & Human Services

SB 1472 Garcia

Relating to providing information and other services relating to emergency contraception to sexual assault survivors.

Health & Human Services

SB 1473 Garcia/ Watson

Relating to liability of persons who lease dwellings to persons with criminal records.

State Affairs

SB 1474 Garcia

Relating to the eligibility for participation in veterans court programs.

Criminal Justice

SB 1475 Garcia

Relating to establishing an enhanced Medicaid managed care consumer support system.

Health & Human Services

SB 1476 Garcia

Relating to strategic plan goals to address hunger, food, nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in this state.

Health & Human Services

SB 1477 Garcia

Relating to the continuity of care and service program for offenders with mental impairments.

Criminal Justice

SB 1478 Garcia

Relating to coverage of certain eating disorders as serious mental illnesses under certain group health benefit plans.

Business & Commerce

SB 1479 Garcia

Relating to reasonable break times and facilities for school district educators expressing breast milk.


SB 1480 Garcia

Relating to the development and alignment by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of curricula for certain educational programs.

Higher Education

SB 1481 Garcia

Relating to requiring the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to notify employees of an open-enrollment charter school of the revocation, nonrenewal, expiration, or surrender of a charter.

State Affairs

SB 1482 Garcia

Relating to alternative education programs for middle school students.


SB 1483 Garcia

Relating to community schools.


SB 1484 Garcia

Relating to the establishment of a community school grant program.


SB 1485 Garcia

Relating to the availability of death records of unidentified persons.

Business & Commerce

SB 1486 Garcia

Relating to the presumption of intent in the prosecution of certain criminal cases involving theft by check or issuance of a bad check.

Criminal Justice

SB 1487 Garcia

Relating to the licensing and regulation of a journeyman lineman.

Business & Commerce

SB 1488 Garcia

Relating to the filing of financial disclosure statements by trustees of an independent school district and a junior college district; creating a criminal offense.

Higher Education

SB 1489 Garcia

Relating to information regarding provisional voting.

State Affairs

SB 1490 Garcia

Relating to issuance of a receipt for a voter registration application that may be used for the purpose of voting.

State Affairs

SB 1491 Garcia

Relating to the use of a mobile phone by a person occupying a voting station.

State Affairs

SB 1492 Uresti

Relating to restrictions on future employment for state officers and employees who participate in a procurement or contract negotiation on behalf of a state agency; creating an offense.

Business & Commerce

SB 1493 Uresti

Relating to emergency medical air transportation funding.


SB 1494 Uresti

Relating to the educational needs of homeless students.


SB 1495 Uresti

Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue to enhance, upgrade, and maintain sports facilities and fields in certain municipalities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1496 Uresti

Relating to background checks conducted by the Department of Family and Protective Services for certain child-care providers.

Health & Human Services

SB 1497 Taylor, Van

Relating to a requirement that a school district, open-enrollment charter school, or shared services arrangement terminate or refuse to hire an employee or applicant convicted of certain offenses.


SB 1498 Lucio

Relating to job performance on behalf of a fire fighter or police officer during illness or injury.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1499 Lucio

Relating to longevity pay for peace officers and firefighters in certain municipalities.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1500 Lucio

Relating to an electric utility surcharge to assist owners of certain historic structures with electric bill payments and to promote energy conservation and efficiency.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2004 Eltife/ Nelson

Relating to deferred maintenance for state facilities.