Senate Floor Action for 5/7/2015



May 7, 2015

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

SB 339 (CS)Eltife/ et al.

Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis and the regulation of related organizations and individuals; requiring a dispensing organization to obtain a license to dispense low-THC cannabis and any employee of a dispensing organization to obtain a registration; authorizing fees.

SB 374 Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to requiring state agencies to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.

SB 669 (CS)West

Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District for educating students at certain low-performing campuses.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 722 Perry/ et al.

Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test.

SB 848 (CS) (LC)Estes

Relating to the regulation of medical radiologic technology; providing an administrative penalty; imposing fees; requiring an occupational license.

SB 968 (LC)West

Relating to a prescription drug misuse awareness component of the health curriculum used in public schools.

SB 996 (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to notifying a parent or guardian whether an employee of a school is appointed school marshal and the confidentiality of information submitted to or collected by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement in connection with a certification for appointment as school marshal.

SB 1317 (LC)Menéndez

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of invasive visual recording.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1583 (CS) (LC)Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to classifying synthetic cannabinoid or cathinone as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Texas Controlled Substances Act; affecting the prosecution of a criminal offense.

SB 1918 (LC)Watson

Relating to the use of certain lighting equipment on motorcycles.

SB 1968 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the organization of public employees.

SB 2030 (LC)Seliger

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

SB 2055 (LC)Watson

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

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

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

11 Floor Amendments

HB 1016 (LC)King, Tracy O. SP: Uresti

Relating to the designation of certain river or stream segments as being of unique ecological value.

HB 1042 (LC)Frank/ Springer SP: Estes

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

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

SB 62 (CS)Huffines/ et al.

Relating to accounting for costs incurred by this state as a result of the presence of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.

SB 723 (CS)Perry/ et al.

Relating to mandatory participation in certain TANF employment and other programs by certain persons.

SB 1242 Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to the sale, storage, transportation, and disposal of scrap or used tires; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1252 (CS)Hall/ et al.

Relating to an interstate compact on border security and immigration enforcement.

SB 1679 (CS)Huffines

Relating to procedures for a municipality to adopt or amend a national model building code.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 720 Schwertner/ Bettencourt

Congratulating Michael K. Young on assuming the position of president of Texas A&M University.

SR 733 Seliger

Recognizing May 7, 2015, as Salad Day 2015.

Committee referral on the following:

SCR 43 Campbell

Directing the governor of the State of Texas to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Matthew E. Mendoza.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

SCR 44 Campbell

Directing the governor of the State of Texas to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Cleto L. Rodriguez in recognition of his valiant service during World War II.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

SB 2070 Campbell

Relating to the powers and duties of the Headwaters Municipal Utility District; providing authority to issue bonds and impose taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2071 Campbell

Relating to the dissolution of the Rebecca Creek Municipal Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2072 Campbell

Relating to the creation of the Hays County Municipal Utility District No. 7; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2073 Campbell

Relating to the Hays County Development District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2074 Campbell

Relating to the creation of the Legacy Municipal Utility District No. 1; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 15 Otto/ Walle/ et al.

Relating to the management and oversight of state contracts, including contracts for information technology commodity items.


HB 157 Larson/ Springer

Relating to the rates of sales and use taxes imposed by municipalities; authorizing an increase or decrease in the rate of those taxes.


HB 158 Larson/ Keffer/ Smith/ Guillen/ Kacal/ et al.

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


HB 200 Keffer/ Lucio III

Relating to the regulation of groundwater.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 218 Márquez/ Moody/ González, Mary

Relating to certification requirements for teachers in bilingual education.


HB 239 Springer/ Isaac/ Guillen

Relating to storage of flammable liquids at retail service stations in unincorporated areas and certain municipalities.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 256 Howard/ Burkett/ Márquez/ Galindo/ Deshotel/ et al.

Relating to compensatory education allotment funding.


HB 262 Miles/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Farrar

Relating to liability of an owner, lessee, or occupant of land that allows land to be used as a community garden.

State Affairs

HB 327 Wu/ Guillen

Relating to a study on the availability of information regarding convictions and deferred dispositions for certain fine-only misdemeanors.

State Affairs

HB 381 Burkett

Relating to the punishment for the offense of burglary of a vehicle; increasing a criminal penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 565 Burkett/ Flynn/ Sheets/ Button/ et al.

Relating to powers of private toll project entities.


HB 621 Lozano/ et al.

Relating to the termination of a volunteer deputy registrar appointment.

State Affairs

HB 684 Sheets

Relating to the authority of a county to adopt a fire code.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 691 Walle

Relating to the regulation of automotive wrecking and salvage yards in certain counties; increasing the civil penalty.


HB 699 Nevárez/ Alvarado/ Villalba/ et al.

Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to establish a policy on campus sexual assault.

Higher Education

HB 943 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the applicability of a wage and salary presumption to an incarcerated person for purposes of determining child support obligations.

State Affairs

HB 1110 King, Phil/ Burns/ Huberty/ Price/ Phillips/ et al.

Relating to the qualifications, duties, and limitations of Texas delegates to a convention called under Article V of the United States Constitution.

State Affairs

HB 1143 Dukes

Relating to information and services for foster children who are pregnant or minor parents.

Health & Human Services

HB 1155 Alvarado/ Gonzales, Larry/ Button/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Johnson/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the Recruit Texas Program to facilitate the relocation to or expansion in this state of employers offering complex or high-skilled employment opportunities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1232 Lucio III

Relating to a study by the Texas Water Development Board of the hydrology and geology of the confined and unconfined aquifers in this state.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1261 King, Susan

Relating to the comptroller's report on the effect of certain tax provisions.


HB 1336 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to fees of office for the Velasco Drainage District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1337 Naishtat

Relating to requiring institutions and assisted living facilities to maintain guardianship orders of residents.

Health & Human Services

HB 1338 Naishtat

Relating to training for peace officers and first responders on certain persons affected by trauma.

Criminal Justice

HB 1363 Johnson/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Riddle/ Harless/ Moody/ et al.

Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of prostitution; creating a criminal offense.

Criminal Justice

HB 1386 Raymond

Relating to the prohibition of more than one counsel appearing in a misdemeanor case.

Criminal Justice

HB 1474 VanDeaver/ Guillen/ Bernal/ et al.

Relating to the placement of money in the state instructional materials fund and payment of the instructional materials allotment.


HB 1486 Galindo/ Fallon

Relating to a prohibition on a vendor contact with a member of the board of trustees of certain independent school districts during the procurement process.

Business & Commerce

HB 1558 Parker

Relating to the authority of a municipality to regulate churches that provide overnight shelter for children.

State Affairs

HB 1588 Villalba

Relating to the validity of certain timeshare interests.

Business & Commerce

HB 1596 Guerra/ Martinez, "Mando"/ Longoria/ Muñoz, Jr./ Canales

Relating to the Hidalgo County Healthcare District; decreasing the possible maximum rate of a tax.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1701 Villalba

Relating to the approval period for a proposal for an award of a grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1846 King, Susan

Relating to public comments on federal grants and contracts related to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Health & Human Services

HB 1871 Bonnen, Greg/ Fallon

Relating to the duty of the comptroller to report sales and use tax information to certain taxing entities.


HB 1919 Phillips

Relating to the applicability of certain provisions concerning invasive species.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1936 Oliveira/ Flynn/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Guerra/ Walle/ et al.

Relating to notice by a property owner to a mortgage servicer that the owner intends to enter into a contract with a property tax lender.

Business & Commerce

HB 2007 Raymond

Relating to fees imposed by a county for licensing a junkyard or automotive wrecking and salvage yard.


HB 2171 Sheffield/ Zerwas/ Zedler/ Miller, Rick/ Collier/ et al.

Relating to information maintained in the immunization registry with the consent of an individual after the individual becomes an adult.

Health & Human Services

HB 2182 Clardy/ Kuempel/ Faircloth/ et al.

Relating to the collection and refunding of certain fees and deposits by a county clerk or district clerk; increasing certain fees.

State Affairs

HB 2301 Riddle/ Guillen/ Miller, Rick/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"

Relating to time credits awarded against the cumulative period of commitment or treatment of certain defendants determined to be incompetent to stand trial.

Criminal Justice

HB 2340 Sheffield

Relating to regulation of prescribed pediatric extended care centers; amending a provision subject to a criminal penalty.

Health & Human Services

HB 2366 Goldman/ et al.

Relating to the notation on the precinct list of registered voters that a voter voted early.

State Affairs

HB 2390 Bohac

Relating to civil liability arising from an employee wellness program.

State Affairs

HB 2424 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to fees paid to the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority.

Business & Commerce

HB 2466 Collier/ Guillen

Relating to the creation of a safety reimbursement program for employers participating in the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 2507 Kacal/ Raney/ Springer

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain equipment used for digital audio broadcasting.


HB 2528 Harless/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Riddle/ Fletcher/ Walle

Relating to the authority of a water district to accept donations to fund certain economic development programs.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2568 Morrison

Relating to authorizing a student center fee at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Higher Education

HB 2573 Johnson/ Hernandez

Relating to a deceptive trade practice related to the use of certain words to imply that a person who is not an attorney is authorized to practice law and the prosecution of a cause of action arising from that practice.

State Affairs

HB 2574 Johnson/ Guillen

Relating to increasing awareness of the danger of heatstroke for a child left unattended in a motor vehicle.

Health & Human Services

HB 2588 Naishtat/ Guillen

Relating to disclosures by nursing facilities and assisted living facilities regarding certification or classification to provide specialized care, treatment, or personal care services to residents with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders; adding requirements for an occupational license.

Health & Human Services

HB 2590 Johnson/ et al.

Relating to providing a remedy for fraud committed in certain real estate and stock transactions.

State Affairs

HB 2597 Reynolds/ Zerwas/ Miller, Rick/ Stephenson

Relating to the creation of a mental health treatment for incarceration diversion pilot program.

Health & Human Services

HB 2655 Frank/ Guillen

Relating to requiring the Department of Family and Protective Services to study the effectiveness of the relative and other designated caregiver placement program.

Health & Human Services

HB 2667 Ashby

Relating to the abolishment of certain programs administered by the Texas Economic Development Bank.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2681 Smith

Relating to information required in a notice of sale of real property under contract lien.

Business & Commerce

HB 2708 Coleman

Relating to the qualifications for teaching a driver education course.


HB 2747 Landgraf/ Faircloth

Relating to qualifications to serve as a petit juror.

State Affairs

HB 2812 Springer/ Deshotel/ Fallon/ Guillen

Relating to the limit on junior college courses that a high school student may enroll in for dual credit.

Higher Education

HB 2826 Murphy/ Parker/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Keffer

Relating to the eligibility of certain property located in multiple school districts for a limitation on appraised value for school district maintenance and operations ad valorem tax purposes under the Texas Economic Development Act.


HB 2839 Capriglione

Relating to the production of public information under the public information law.

Business & Commerce

HB 2844 Raney

Relating to the application of the sales and use tax to the lease or rental to a full service event business of certain tangible personal property.


HB 2883 Simmons

Relating to the addition of territory to a crime control and prevention district and to a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2945 Alonzo

Relating to the use of the juvenile case manager fund.

Criminal Justice

HB 2986 Israel

Relating to recording of minutes for a local canvassing authority.

State Affairs

HB 3105 Bonnen, Greg/ Lucio III/ Blanco/ Guillen

Relating to the establishment of a multi-stakeholder advisory committee on health literacy.

Health & Human Services

HB 3212 King, Phil

Relating to peace officer identification cards.

Criminal Justice

HB 3227 Hernandez/ Rodriguez, Justin

Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 3236 Fletcher

Relating to the extension of the portion of U.S. Highway 290 in Harris County designated as the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway.


HB 3264 Guillen

Relating to the enforcement of permit requirements for the operation of a domestic wastewater treatment facility.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 3333 Clardy

Relating to the investment of funds by certain municipal hospital authorities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3357 Lucio III

Relating to permitted methods for certain political subdivisions to post notice of a meeting.

Business & Commerce

HB 3474 Coleman

Relating to issues affecting counties and political subdivisions within counties.

Health & Human Services

HB 3506 Guillen

Relating to the appointment by certain elected officials of students to receive a Texas Armed Services Scholarship.

Higher Education

HB 3610 Collier

Relating to the issuance of Texas Juneteenth specialty license plates.


HB 3791 Geren

Relating to the provision of recordings of certain interactions with a peace officer relating to intoxication offenses.

Criminal Justice

HB 3910 Paul

Relating to completion of continuing education requirements for insurance agents and adjusters.

Business & Commerce

HB 4086 Muñoz, Jr.

Relating to the right to a de novo hearing before the referring court regarding a temporary order rendered by an associate judge in certain family law proceedings.

State Affairs

HB 4152 Zerwas

Relating to the board of directors of the Fulshear Town Center Management District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 46 Farias/ Guillen

Urging Congress to require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide VA services to incarcerated veterans detained in state hospitals and to consider expanding such services to all incarcerated veterans.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HCR 56 Geren

Authorizing the lieutenant governor and speaker to appoint interim joint committees.


HCR 65 Naishtat

Designating the western honey bee as the official State Pollinator of Texas.


HCR 69 White, James

Designating the city of Jasper as the official Butterfly Capital of Texas.


HCR 70 Flynn/ Fletcher/ King, Susan/ Tinderholt/ Guillen/ et al.

Authorizing the State Preservation Board to approve and permit the construction of a monument at the state Capitol Complex, at a site outside the historic Capitol grounds, honoring veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


HCR 77 Guillen

Redesignating Jim Hogg County as the official Vaquero Capital of Texas.


HCR 78 Guillen

Designating "the Lone Star State" as the official nickname of Texas.