Senate Floor Action for 4/9/2015



April 9, 2015

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

SB 9 (CS)Hancock/ et al.

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

2 Floor Amendments

SB 12 (CS)Uresti/ et al.

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

2 Floor Amendments

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 125 (CS)West/ et al.

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

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.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 332 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

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

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 386 Taylor, Van/ et al.

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

SB 387 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to trusts and certain other forms of asset protection.

SB 408 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

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

SB 432 (LC)West

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

SB 449 (CS)Bettencourt

Relating to titling and registration of an autocycle.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 474 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

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

SB 481 Hancock/ et al.

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

SB 523 (CS)Birdwell/ Estes/ Fraser/ Kolkhorst/ Perry/ et al.

Relating to the sunset review of river authorities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 655 (CS) (LC)Eltife

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

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.

1 Floor Amendment

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.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 790 Kolkhorst

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 835 Taylor, Van/ et al.

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

1 Floor Amendment

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 911 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

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

SB 928 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the abolition of the equine incentive program.

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 987 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the regulation of dangerous wild animals.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1132 (LC)Perry

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

SB 1191 (CS)Seliger/ et al.

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

SB 1339 (CS) (LC)Perry/ et al.

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

SB 1466 (CS) (LC)Watson

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

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

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.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 511 Taylor, Larry

Recognizing April 10, 2015, as Texas Ending Modern Slavery Day.

SCR 28 (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Recognizing April 2015 as Autism Awareness Month.

The following bills were passed on the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SB 57 (CS) (LC)Nelson

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

SB 59 (LC)Nelson

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

SB 60 (LC)Nelson

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

SB 94 (LC)Hinojosa/ Nelson/ et al.

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

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 277 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

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

SB 287 (LC)West

Relating to the elimination of certain court fees and costs.

SB 291 (CS) (LC)Nelson

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

SB 292 (LC)Nelson/ et al.

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

SB 344 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

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

SB 345 (LC)Huffman

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

SB 347 (LC)Nichols

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

SB 363 (CS) (LC)Fraser

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

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 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 529 (LC)Hancock

Relating to the eligibility of a landman for unemployment compensation.

SB 530 (CS) (LC)Hancock

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

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 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 569 (CS) (LC)Creighton

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

SB 572 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to certain title insurance policy liability and reinsurance requirements.

SB 578 (LC)Hinojosa/ Rodríguez

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

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 584 (LC)Uresti

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

SB 596 (LC)Estes

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

SB 603 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

SB 622 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the physician assistant board.

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 643 (LC)Creighton

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

SB 657 (LC)Eltife

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

SB 660 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to regional coordinators within the veteran entrepreneur program.

SB 667 (LC)Eltife

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

SB 679 (LC)Nelson

Relating to public meetings of joint airport boards.

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 734 (LC)Fraser

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

SB 742 (CS) (LC)Ellis

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

SB 774 (CS) (LC)Fraser

Relating to studies on the rates of electric utilities.

SB 775 (LC)Fraser

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

SB 782 (CS) (LC)Eltife

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

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 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 812 (LC)Rodríguez

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

SB 814 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to waivers of citation in certain family law suits.

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 844 (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

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

SB 855 (LC)Zaffirini

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

SB 858 (LC)Eltife

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

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 875 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the regulation of state trust companies.

SB 876 (CS) (LC)Eltife

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

SB 880 (LC)Nelson

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

SB 899 (LC)Eltife

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

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 979 (LC)Creighton

Relating to individual indemnity health insurance.

SB 1051 (LC)Kolkhorst

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

SB 1077 (LC)Eltife

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

SB 1099 (CS) (LC)Estes/ et al.

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

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 1264 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the regulation of certain industrialized housing and industrialized buildings.

SB 1301 (LC)Perry

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

SB 1407 (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

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

SB 1459 (LC)Bettencourt

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

SB 1703 (LC)Huffman

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

SB 1707 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the sealing of certain juvenile records.

SB 2004 (CS) (LC)Eltife/ Nelson

Relating to deferred maintenance funding for state facilities.

The following bills were removed from the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SB 670 (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the Texas Identification Number system.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2030 Seliger

Relating to the election date of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 2039 Creighton

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 546; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2040 Creighton

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 544; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2041 Seliger

Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 191 in Midland County as the Sergeant Michael Naylor Memorial Highway.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 1255 Birdwell

Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain counties.

Re-referred from Health & Human Services to Intergovernmental Relations