Senate Floor Action for 4/15/2015



April 15, 2015

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

SB 14 (CS)Taylor, Larry/ Creighton/ et al.

Relating to empowering the parents of students to petition for the reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure of low-performing public school campuses.

4 Floor Amendments

SB 66 (CS)Hinojosa

Relating to the use of epinephrine auto-injectors on public school and open-enrollment charter school campuses and at or in transit to or from off-campus school events.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 106 (CS)Whitmire/ et al.

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

3 Floor Amendments

SB 130 (LC)West

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

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.

15 Floor Amendments

SB 212 (CS)Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the abolishment of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities and the transfer of its functions to the comptroller of public accounts.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 335 (CS) (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the right of officers of counties, county boards of school trustees, and county boards of education to obtain information, documents, and records.

SB 337 (CS) (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the right of directors of special districts to obtain district information, documents, and records.

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 574 (LC)Watson

Relating to the creation of the State Cemetery preservation trust fund.

SB 641 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 683 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to the payment of certain ad valorem tax refunds.

SB 824 (CS) (LC)Huffman

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 853 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the signature requirement for a sales tax permit application filed electronically.

SB 1093 (CS) (LC)Creighton

Relating to credit to certain ceding insurers for reinsurance ceded to certain assuming insurers.

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 1451 (LC)Ellis

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

SB 1507 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ Rodríguez

Relating to the appointment of a forensic director responsible for statewide coordination and oversight of forensic mental health services overseen by the Department of State Health Services.

SB 1654 (CS) (LC)Hancock/ Eltife/ et al.

Relating to the standard valuation for life insurance, accident and health insurance, and annuities and the nonforfeiture requirements of certain life insurance policies; amending provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 1664 (LC)Perry/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; authorizing the imposition of fees.

SB 1725 (LC)Creighton

Relating to notice of excess proceeds following an ad valorem tax sale.

SB 1753 (CS)Campbell

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

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 548 Seliger

Recognizing April 15, 2015, as County Government Day.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2051 Bettencourt

Relating to the study of public education performance.


SB 2052 Creighton

Relating to the powers and duties of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 141; providing authority to issue bonds and impose taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2053 Bettencourt

Relating to the powers and duties of the Pine Forest Municipal Utility District; providing authority to issue bonds and impose a tax.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2054 Birdwell

Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to the State Orphans Home Alumni Association.

Criminal Justice

SB 2055 Watson

Relating to the designation of Loop 223 in Bastrop County as the Captain Jesse Billingsley Memorial Loop.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 661 Estes

Relating to the confidentiality of certain information concerning service members of the state military forces.

Re-referred from Business & Commerce to Veteran Affairs & Military Installations