Senate Floor Action for 4/20/2015



April 20, 2015

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

SJR 52 Campbell

Proposing a constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.

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.

6 Floor Amendments

SB 168 (LC)Uresti

Relating to temporary waiver of superintendent certification for employment of public school district superintendents.

SB 268 (LC)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the duties of a magistrate to inform an arrested person of consequences of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

SB 473 (LC)Perry/ et al.

Relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms, and related items.

SB 503 (CS)Perry/ et al.

Relating to financial assistance to local governmental entities affected by the realignment of defense jobs or facilities.

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.

1 Committee Amendment

2 Floor Amendments

SB 914 (LC)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to a council on long-term care facility surveys and informal dispute resolution.

SB 950 (LC)Uresti

Relating to certain procedural measures in a suit affecting a parent-child relationship to protect a child against child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 953 (CS) (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to an exemption for certain persons who sell signs from the requirement to be licensed as an electrician.

SB 1020 (LC)Creighton

Relating to the designation of the trustee of an express trust as a beneficiary of a trust account or a P.O.D. payee of a P.O.D. account.

SB 1056 Hinojosa

Relating to the eligibility for indigent status for purposes of the driver responsibility program.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1071 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1213 (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to prohibiting the reidentification of certain deidentified information and the release of any reidentified information; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1364 (LC)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to electronic filing of certain reports; providing a penalty.

SB 1366 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to the allocation to the Parks and Wildlife Department of the proceeds from taxes imposed on the sale, storage, or use of sporting goods.

SB 1385 (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

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

SB 1394 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to the presentation of evidence in appraisal review board hearings on protests.

SB 1406 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

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

SB 1420 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to notices of appraised value sent to property owners by the chief appraisers of appraisal districts.

SB 1452 (CS) (LC)Bettencourt/ et al.

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

SB 1512 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles fund.

SB 1522 (LC)Estes

Relating to designating the fourth Saturday in July as National Day of the Cowboy.

SB 1714 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the release of student academic information by a public institution of higher education for certain purposes and the manner in which the information is used.

SB 1766 (LC)Creighton/ et al.

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

SB 1791 Ellis

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1879 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the allocation of certain grants from the fund for veterans' assistance.

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

SB 4 (CS)Taylor, Larry/ Bettencourt/ Campbell

Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 476 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the duties of certain law enforcement officials under procedures regulating the making or transfer of firearms.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SCR 34 (LC)Creighton/ Nichols

Directing the Texas Water Development Board to conduct a feasibility study on the use of brackish groundwater sources in Montgomery County.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2056 Bettencourt/ Lucio

Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 148; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2057 Taylor, Van

Relating to the creation of the Double R Municipal Utility Districts Nos. 1 and 2 of Hunt County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2058 Lucio

Relating to food allergen awareness in food service establishments; authorizing a fee; requiring a food allergen awareness certification for certain food service employees.

Health & Human Services

SB 2059 Bettencourt

Relating to the composition of the governing body of certain metropolitan rapid transit authorities.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2060 Creighton

Relating to the boundaries of the Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No. 58.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2061 Creighton

Relating to powers and duties of the Porter Special Utility District; providing authority to establish defined areas or designated property, to issue bonds, and to impose taxes for the benefit of defined areas or designated property; granting a limited power of eminent domain in the defined areas or designated property.

Intergovernmental Relations

Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 2020 Creighton

Relating to the powers, operations, and boundaries of The Woodlands Township; authorizing a fee.

Re-referred from Transportation to Intergovernmental Relations