Senate Floor Action for 3/24/2015



March 24, 2015

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

SB 172 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the addition of certain substances to Penalty Groups 1-A and 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act for criminal prosecution and other purposes.

SB 173 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the designation for criminal prosecution and other purposes of certain chemicals commonly referred to as synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances and controlled substance analogues under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 179 (LC)Perry

Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.

SB 453 (LC)Seliger

Relating to minimum scores required for public school students to receive credit by an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program.

SB 461 (CS) (LC)Perry/ Eltife/ Hinojosa/ Rodríguez

Relating to false or misleading packaging, labeling, or advertising of certain abusable synthetic substances; providing civil penalties; creating a criminal offense.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 512 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the promulgation of certain forms for use in probate matters.

SB 534 Watson/ Creighton/ Ellis/ Hinojosa/ Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the oath of a person admitted to practice law in the State of Texas.

SB 562 (LC)Nichols

Relating to annual permits to move certain equipment; authorizing a fee.

SB 664 Taylor, Van

Relating to employment termination for falsification of military record in obtaining employment or employment benefits.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 671 (CS) (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the designation of Loop 567 in Granbury as the Deputy Sergeant Lance McLean Memorial Highway.

SB 757 Perry/ et al.

Relating to the repeal of the production taxes on crude petroleum and sulphur.

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

SB 652 Schwertner

Relating to excluding a franchisor as an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee's employees.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 366 Lucio

Commending Norma Pimentel and the staff of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for their efforts in an emergency situation.

SR 423 Hinojosa

Congratulating Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for receiving the 2014 Lumen Christi Award.

SCR 5 (CS)Estes/ et al.

Urging Congress to reimburse the State of Texas for bearing the financial burden of the federal government's responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico international border.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1726 Creighton

Relating to suits affecting the parent-child relationship and the enforcement of child support.

State Affairs

SB 1727 Creighton

Relating to the duties of the Title IV-D agency regarding the establishment, collection, and enforcement of child support.

State Affairs

SB 1728 Creighton

Relating to the days and hours that early voting is conducted by personal appearance.

State Affairs

SB 1729 Lucio

Relating to programs for imposing or increasing a toll on and increasing the vehicle registration fee for a commercial motor vehicle.


SB 1730 Lucio

Relating to the administration by the General Land Office of money allocated to this state from the national Housing Trust Fund.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1731 Uresti

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates to honor recipients of the Gallantry Cross Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal.


SB 1732 Uresti

Relating to state contracting standards and oversight for purchases made by certain state agencies and institutions of higher education.


SB 1733 Uresti

Relating to the confidentiality of a physician's patient information in certain judicial proceedings.

State Affairs

SB 1734 Uresti

Relating to the eradication of Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande River.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1735 Birdwell/ Bettencourt/ Hall/ Seliger

Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.

Higher Education

SB 1736 Hinojosa

Relating to the creation and re-creation of funds and accounts, the dedication and rededication of revenue, and the exemption of unappropriated money from use for general governmental purposes.


SB 1737 Hinojosa

Relating to the designation of a segment of State Highway 83 in Hidalgo County as the World War II Veterans of the 349th Regiment of the 88th Infantry Division Memorial Highway.


SB 1738 Hinojosa

Relating to the development and production of marine seawater desalination, integrated marine seawater desalination, and facilities for the storage, conveyance, and delivery of desalinated marine seawater.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1739 Hinojosa

Relating to the procedure by which the assessor for a taxing unit is required to provide certain ad valorem tax-related information to a property owner or the owner's agent.


SB 1740 Hinojosa

Relating to the authority of certain judges in criminal cases to review and modify a bail bond set by a municipal court judge or justice of the peace.

Criminal Justice

SB 1741 Hinojosa

Relating to the use of Texas Emissions Reduction Plan funds for the diesel emissions reduction incentive program.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1742 Hinojosa

Relating to immigration visa waivers for physicians.

Health & Human Services

SB 1743 Hinojosa

Relating to expanding the powers and duties of the office of capital writs and renaming the office of capital writs the Texas office of post-conviction defender.

Criminal Justice

SB 1744 Hinojosa

Relating to funding for and a study of county health care services.

Health & Human Services

SB 1745 Hinojosa

Relating to the liability of the state for a violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

State Affairs

SB 1746 Hinojosa

Relating to a prohibition on requiring a defendant to enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere as a condition of entering certain pretrial intervention programs.

Criminal Justice

SB 1747 Hinojosa

Relating to the establishment of an infrastructure improvement council by the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1748 Hinojosa

Relating to the nonpartisan election of members to the State Board of Education; providing for a fee.

State Affairs

SB 1749 Hinojosa

Relating to citrus pest and disease management.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1750 West

Relating to the requirements for employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program.

Higher Education

SB 1751 West

Relating to the provision of funding under the foundation school program on the basis of property values that exclude one-half of optional homestead exemptions.


SB 1752 West

Relating to prekindergarten programs in public schools.


SB 1753 Campbell

Relating to the identification requirements of certain health care providers associated with a hospital.

Health & Human Services

SB 1754 Campbell

Relating to advertising by certain licensed freestanding emergency medical care facilities; providing an administrative penalty.

Business & Commerce

SB 1755 Seliger

Relating to named driver insurance policies and certain related exclusions.

Business & Commerce

SB 1756 Taylor, Van

Relating to agreements between the Department of Public Safety and counties for the provision of renewal and duplicate driver's license and other identification certificate services; authorizing a fee.


SB 1757 Lucio

Relating to authorization for a school district board of trustees to grant charters for the establishment of certain charter schools.


SB 1758 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the panel of experts appointed to advise the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Business & Commerce

SB 1759 Creighton

Relating to the transportation of unsecured objects by a vehicle; creating an offense.


SB 1760 Creighton

Relating to the transparent and equitable application of ad valorem taxation procedures.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1761 Creighton

Relating to the authority and obligation of this state to comply with and implement a Clean Power Plan.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1762 Creighton

Relating to the provision of medical care to inmates confined by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

SB 1763 Creighton

Relating to the calculation of taxable wages paid by a professional employer organization for purposes of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1764 Creighton

Relating to the allocation and use of certain funds for public transportation projects.


SB 1765 Creighton

Relating to provisional authority for certain individual insurance license applicants to act as insurance agents; authorizing a fee; requiring an occupational provisional permit.

Business & Commerce

SB 1766 Creighton

Relating to exemptions from certain regulation for small honey production operations.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1767 Creighton/ Nelson

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

Business & Commerce

SB 1768 Creighton

Relating to certain diseases or illnesses suffered by firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

State Affairs

SB 1769 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the period of days in which a student is enrolled in a school in the United States for purposes of determining a number of years for which the student may receive an alternative or exemption from student assessment.


SB 1770 Taylor, Larry

Relating to a single common course numbering system for public institutions of higher education in this state.

Higher Education

SB 1771 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.


SB 1772 Menéndez

Relating to the retirement system in certain municipalities for firefighters and police officers.

State Affairs

SB 1773 Menéndez

Relating to the retirement benefits for certain elected state officials.

State Affairs

SB 1774 Menéndez

Relating to the definition of serious mental illness for purposes of certain group health benefit plans.

Business & Commerce

SB 1775 Menéndez

Relating to the acquisition of certain professional services by a school district.


SB 1776 Menéndez

Relating to the exemption from the assessment requirements of the Texas Success Initiative for students who successfully complete certain college preparatory courses.

Higher Education

SB 1777 Menéndez

Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail.

Health & Human Services

SB 1778 Menéndez

Relating to photo identification requirements for certain stored value card purchases.

Business & Commerce

SB 1779 Menéndez

Relating to the order of candidate names on a runoff expedited election ballot.

State Affairs

SB 1780 Menéndez

Relating to the administration of rabies vaccine under a local rabies control program.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1781 Menéndez

Relating to euthanasia as a last resort in a county or municipal animal shelter in certain counties.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1782 Bettencourt

Relating to the status of separate legal entities for purposes of the sales and use tax on aircraft.


SB 1783 Bettencourt

Relating to apportionment of certain receipts of a broadcaster under the franchise tax.


SB 1784 Lucio

Relating to information regarding the number of school counselors in public schools.


SB 1785 Campbell

Relating to governmental actions affecting the use or value of private property.

State Affairs

SB 1786 Garcia

Relating to the regulation of petroleum coke storage and transport.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1787 Garcia

Relating to an alert system for notification of the release of toxic chemicals by a manufacturing facility.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1788 Uresti

Relating to county energy transportation reinvestment zones.


SB 1789 Campbell

Relating to the authority of certain holders of a wine and beer retailer's permit to manufacture and sell wine and engage in certain related activities.

Business & Commerce

SB 1790 Rodríguez

Relating to the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, and use of drugs not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the false representation that a substance is a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration; creating criminal offenses.

Health & Human Services

SB 1791 Ellis

Relating to disclosures on selection or modification of an account by a customer of a financial institution.

State Affairs

SB 1792 Ellis

Relating to access to a financial institution account of a person who dies intestate.

State Affairs

SB 1793 West

Relating to the exemption of certain mobility items and daily general use items for the elderly to be exempted from sales taxes.


SB 1794 Creighton

Relating to the requirement to obtain a license to practice as an anesthesiologists assistant; imposing fees.

Health & Human Services

SB 1795 West

Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of resisting arrest, search, or transportation or the offenses of escape or permitting or facilitating escape.

Criminal Justice

SB 1796 Taylor, Van

Relating to a vacancy in the office of a member of the legislature on final conviction of a felony.

State Affairs

SB 1797 Seliger

Relating to the limitation on the amount of supplemental payments under the Texas Economic Development Act.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1798 Seliger

Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.


SB 1799 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the religious freedom of a conscientious objector to act or fail to act with respect to certain issues of marriage.

State Affairs

SB 1800 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the computation of cost of goods for purposes of the franchise tax by certain taxable entities.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 1235 Whitmire

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

Re-referred from Health & Human Services to Criminal Justice