Senate Floor Action for 4/28/2015



April 28, 2015

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

SJR 12 (LC)Perry/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment prescribing the purposes for which revenue from motor vehicle registration fees, certain motor vehicle-related taxes, and certain revenues received from the federal government may be used.

SB 19 (CS)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the ethics of public officers and related requirements; creating criminal offenses.

10 Floor Amendments

SB 139 (LC)Perry/ et al.

Relating to use of money in the state highway fund.

SB 677 (CS) (LC)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the savings incentive program for state agencies.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 735 (CS)Fraser/ et al.

Relating to discovery of evidence of the net worth of a defendant in connection with a claim for exemplary damages.

SB 762 (LC)Bettencourt/ Hall/ Huffines/ Kolkhorst/ Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of income-producing tangible personal property having a value of less than a certain amount.

SB 854 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the renewal or amendment of certain permits issued by groundwater conservation districts.

SB 918 (LC)Nichols

Relating to the procedure for claiming an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the property of a veteran's organization.

SB 1133 (LC)Taylor, Van

Relating to the repossession of an aircraft.

SB 1655 (LC)West

Relating to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board fees for the administration of certificates of authorization and certificates of authority issued to certain postsecondary educational institutions; authorizing fees.

SB 1734 Uresti/ et al.

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

SB 1756 (LC)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 1880 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to the authority of the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals receiving services from certain providers.

SB 1929 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ et al.

Relating to the transfer of jurisdiction and the appointment of an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

SB 2048 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader.

SB 2049 (LC)Nichols/ Creighton

Relating to qualifications of members of the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

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

SB 837 Watson

Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 644 Uresti/ Menéndez/ Zaffirini

Recognizing the City of San Antonio and Bexar County for their efforts to gain World Heritage Site designation for San Antonio's five Spanish Colonial missions.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2065 Estes

Relating to the rights of certain religious organizations and individuals relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief.

State Affairs

HB 698 King, Tracy O.

Relating to the regulation of the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.

Health & Human Services

HB 744 Huberty

Relating to the purchase of certain insurance by public school districts.


HB 824 Kuempel

Relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages to customers of a package store during certain hours.

Business & Commerce

HB 1042 Frank/ Springer

Relating to the designation of a site of unique value for the construction of a reservoir.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1049 Rodriguez, Eddie/ Koop

Relating to the classification of licensed massage therapy programs as postsecondary education programs.

Business & Commerce

HB 1246 Koop/ et al.

Relating to the methods of delivery for required financial statement forms sent to certain municipal officeholders and candidates for municipal office.

State Affairs

HB 1378 Flynn/ Murphy/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ et al.

Relating to the fiscal transparency and accountability of certain entities responsible for public money.


HB 1717 Oliveira

Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy taxes by certain municipalities for ecological and space exploration-related tourism.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1804 Naishtat

Relating to notice by campuses and open-enrollment charter schools about events that may significantly impact the education of certain foster children.

Health & Human Services

HB 1833 Pickett

Relating to agreements of certain counties to acquire, construct, maintain, or operate a toll bridge.


HB 1933 Darby

Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes.


HB 1937 Darby

Relating to procedures and eligibility for terminating participation in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas deferred retirement option plan.

State Affairs

HB 2019 Craddick

Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2089 Darby/ Harless/ Gonzales, Larry/ Flynn/ Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to the repeal of certain occupational license fees and taxes.


HB 2133 Raymond/ Larson

Relating to health benefit plan coverage for certain equipment and supplies associated with diabetes treatment.

Business & Commerce

HB 2152 Fletcher

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

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 2213 Metcalf

Relating to the tow rotation list in certain counties.

Business & Commerce

HB 2491 Pickett

Relating to licensing and appointment of title insurance escrow officers; changing the limit applicable to a fee; authorizing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 2538 Oliveira/ Lucio III

Relating to the designation of certain customer bill payment assistance program costs as an expense of operation that is a first lien against revenue securing certain public securities or obligations in certain municipalities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2628 Clardy

Relating to the development and alignment by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of curricula for certain educational programs.

Higher Education

HB 2717 Goldman/ Gutierrez/ Simmons/ Collier

Relating to the deregulation of hair braiding.

Business & Commerce

HB 3545 Oliveira

Relating to the establishment of an infrastructure improvement council by the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority; providing authority to impose a voluntary assessment.

Intergovernmental Relations