Senate Floor Action for 4/23/2015



April 23, 2015

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

SB 69 Ellis/ et al.

Relating to a notification requirement if a public school campus or open-enrollment charter school does not have a nurse assigned to the campus during all instructional hours.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 107 (CS) (LC)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to the designation of campus behavior coordinators to serve at public school campuses and issues to be considered when removing a student from class.

SB 158 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to a body worn camera program for certain law enforcement agencies in this state; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 295 (LC)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to tracking career information for graduates of Texas medical schools and persons completing medical residency programs in Texas.

SB 662 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the representation of certain indigent applicants for a writ of habeas corpus.

SB 746 (CS)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators; amending provisions subject to criminal penalties.

SB 795 (CS) (LC)Perry/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Campbell/ et al.

Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.

SB 836 (CS)Watson

Relating to management services for the physical facilities of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.

SB 849 (LC)Bettencourt

Relating to access to and fees associated with binding arbitration of appraisal review board orders.

SB 873 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the courts authorized to hear certain matters relating to a capias pro fine.

SB 888 (CS)Hinojosa

Relating to the appeal of waiver of jurisdiction and transfer to criminal court in juvenile cases.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 925 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide reading instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 934 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide mathematics instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 935 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of a reading excellence team pilot program.

SB 972 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to training academies for public school teachers who provide reading comprehension instruction to students in grades four and five.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 988 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to the prohibited disposition of a decedent's remains by a person charged with certain criminal conduct against the decedent; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 1073 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the provision of a candidate's campaign mailing address and electronic mail address in the candidate's application for a place on the ballot.

SB 1149 Watson

Relating to the commitment of certain juveniles to local post-adjudication secure correctional facilities in certain counties and to the release under supervision of those juveniles.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1282 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the regulation of consumer credit transactions and the regulatory authority of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 1308 (CS)Menéndez

Relating to veterans services information provided to veterans who receive driver's licenses and personal identification certificates.

SB 1353 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the provision and administration of indigent defense services.

SB 1574 (CS) (LC)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to emergency response employees or volunteers and others exposed or potentially exposed to certain diseases or parasites.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 617 Menéndez/ Campbell

Recognizing H-E-B on the occasion of its 110th anniversary.

SR 618 Burton/ Campbell/ Creighton/ Estes/ Fraser/ et al.

Recognizing April 23, 2015, as Texas Young Republican Federation and Texas Federation of College Republicans Legislative Day.

The Senate granted the request for the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:

HB 1 (CS)Otto SP: Nelson

General Appropriations Bill.

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 8 Otto/ Aycock/ Darby/ Pickett/ Simmons/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment to dedicate certain money to the purpose of retiring state debt early.


HJR 73 Geren/ Larson/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Sheets/ Anderson, Rodney

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 4 Huberty/ Deshotel/ King, Ken/ Giddings/ Ashby/ et al.

Relating to a high quality prekindergarten program provided by public school districts.


HB 8 Otto/ Ashby/ et al.

Relating to the deposit of money received from the federal government.


HB 9 Flynn/ Otto/ Alonzo/ Turner, Sylvester/ Bonnen, Dennis/ et al.

Relating to member contributions to the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 12 Longoria/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Phillips/ Bonnen, Greg/ et al.

Relating to the border prosecution unit.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security

HB 39 Smithee/ Naishtat

Relating to guardianships for incapacitated persons.

State Affairs

HB 40 Darby/ Keffer/ King, Phil/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Oliveira/ et al.

Relating to the exclusive jurisdiction of this state to regulate oil and gas operations in this state and the express preemption of local regulation of those operations.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 100 Zerwas/ Ashby/ Otto/ Turner, Sylvester/ Clardy/ et al.

Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education.

Higher Education

HB 122 Pickett

Relating to the Texas Mobility Fund.


HB 188 Thompson, Senfronia/ Price/ Rose/ Frullo/ Alonzo/ et al.

Relating to the composition, duties, and continuation of the human trafficking prevention task force.

Criminal Justice

HB 219 White, James

Relating to the designation of Farm-to-Market Road 1293 in Hardin County as the Game Warden Wesley W. Wagstaff Memorial Highway.


HB 389 Bell/ Keough/ Metcalf

Relating to the Montgomery County Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 593 Collier/ Geren/ Giddings/ Burns/ Hughes/ et al.

Relating to canine encounter training for peace officers.

Criminal Justice

HB 679 Turner, Sylvester

Relating to a study on homeless youth.

Health & Human Services

HB 705 Farrar

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

State Affairs

HB 833 Clardy

Relating to certain holders of motor home manufacturer's and dealer's licenses.


HB 896 Hernandez

Relating to creating a criminal offense regarding the breach of computer security.

Criminal Justice

HB 931 Murphy

Relating to an individual's eligibility to receive unemployment compensation benefits on the individual's waiting period claim.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 949 Lucio III

Relating to the obligation of certain retail public utilities to mitigate their system water loss.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 975 Geren/ Larson/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Sheets/ Anderson, Rodney/ et al.

Relating to charitable raffles conducted by certain professional sports team charitable foundations; creating a criminal offense.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1077 Kuempel

Relating to the membership of the Electrical Safety and Licensing Advisory Board.

Business & Commerce

HB 1180 Burkett/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Price/ Springer/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to certain information included on a searchable database on the Department of Family and Protective Services' Internet website.

Health & Human Services

HB 1221 Lucio III

Relating to seller's disclosures in connection with residential real property subject to groundwater regulation.

Business & Commerce

HB 1224 Lucio III

Relating to the purposes for which the assets of certain revolving funds administered by the Texas Water Development Board may be used.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1657 Vo

Relating to the determination of an experience-rated employer's eligibility for a surplus credit rate under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1769 Zerwas/ Faircloth/ et al.

Relating to requirements for assisted living facility license applicants.

Health & Human Services

HB 1771 Raney/ Johnson/ et al.

Relating to the donation of sick leave by state employees.

Business & Commerce

HB 1853 Button/ Burkett/ Koop

Relating to the removal of a tenant's personal property after a writ of possession has been issued in an eviction suit.

Business & Commerce

HB 1926 Kacal/ Burkett/ Flynn/ Crownover/ Button/ et al.

Relating to the governance of certain municipal power agencies; providing authority to issue bonds.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1945 Bonnen, Greg/ Simpson/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to the provision of direct primary care.

Health & Human Services

HB 2022 Smith

Relating to the maximum capacity of a container of wine sold to a retail dealer; amending a provision subject to a criminal penalty.

Business & Commerce

HB 2052 Bohac

Relating to loss damage waivers in connection with the rental of certain heavy equipment; providing penalties.

Business & Commerce

HB 2145 Smithee/ Frullo/ Sheets

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

HB 2200 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the powers of the Greater Greenspoint Management District of Harris County.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2604 Dale/ Phillips/ Moody

Relating to a concealed handgun license application that is submitted by a peace officer or a member of the state military forces.

State Affairs

HB 2718 Parker/ King, Susan/ Rose/ Villalba/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to a program to allow faith- and community-based organizations to offer supplemental assistance to certain recipients of public assistance.

Health & Human Services

HB 3327 Alvarado/ Herrero/ Harless/ Raymond/ Turner, Sylvester/ et al.

Relating to a grant program to fund domestic violence high risk teams.

State Affairs

HB 3633 Herrero/ Collier

Relating to reimbursement for the costs of legal services provided to an indigent defendant in a criminal case.

Criminal Justice