Senate Floor Action for 5/14/2015



May 14, 2015

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

SB 202 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Schwertner

Relating to the transfer of certain occupational regulatory programs and the deregulation of certain activities and occupations.

SB 1041 Bettencourt/ et al.

Relating to required disclosures in and to the length of ballot proposition language authorizing political subdivisions to issue bonds or impose or change a tax.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1060 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of public insurance adjusters.

SB 1584 (CS)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to positive behavioral interventions and supports for students enrolled in public school who receive special education services.

SB 2066 (CS) (LC)Eltife

Relating to the creation of the Rose City Municipal Utility District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments and fees.

HB 75 González, Mary SP: Rodríguez

Relating to the exemption from vehicle registration for certain farm vehicles owned by a farmers' cooperative society or marketing association.

HB 789 (CS) (LC)Miller, Rick/ Fallon SP: Taylor, Van

Relating to license plates issued to retired members of the military.

HB 821 (LC)Sheets/ Larson/ Fallon/ Anchia SP: Creighton

Relating to the requirements of certain minors applying for a hunting or fishing license.

HB 923 (CS) (LC)Flynn/ Fallon/ King, Phil/ Guillen/ King, Susan SP: Taylor, Van

Relating to the issuance of 36th Infantry Division specialty license plates.

HB 1232 (LC)Lucio III SP: Estes

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

HB 1584 (LC)Farias/ Moody/ Walle/ Rodriguez, Justin/ Guillen SP: Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to a voluntary donation to the fund for veterans' assistance when applying for a hunting or fishing license.

HB 2119 (LC)Lozano/ Murr/ Guillen/ et al. SP: Zaffirini

Relating to charitable organizations, including charitable organizations that may conduct prescribed burning.

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

SB 1639 (CS)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the procedures for municipal annexations.

SB 1813 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to procedures for complaints filed with the Texas Medical Board against physicians.

4 Floor Amendments

SB 2063 (CS)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the establishment and administration of the Texas Safe Home Demonstration Program.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SCR 26 (LC)Fraser/ et al.

Directing the governor to award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously to Lieutenant Colonel Ed Dyess.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 596 (LC)Estes SP: Crownover

Relating to the imposition of the student centers fee at Texas Woman's University.

The Senate refused to concur in House amendments and requested the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:

SB 733 (LC)Fraser SP: Workman

Relating to the authority of certain political subdivisions to change the date of their general elections.

SB 1828 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini SP: Fletcher

Relating to the creation of the offense of cargo theft.

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

HB 751 (LC)Zerwas/ Davis, Sarah/ Sheffield/ Thompson, Senfronia/ et al. SP: Kolkhorst

Relating to the prescription and pharmaceutical substitution of biological products; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 19 King, Susan/ Burkett

Relating to a preventive services program and mental health programs for veterans and military families.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 30 Larson/ Villalba/ et al.

Relating to the development of seawater and brackish groundwater.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 177 Zedler/ Flynn/ Geren/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the research, collection, and use of adult stem cells.

Health & Human Services

HB 207 Leach/ Canales/ Shaheen/ Moody/ Simpson

Relating to creating the offense of voyeurism; providing a penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 309 White, James

Relating to a study on the feasibility and potential costs and benefits of implementing a pay-for-performance contract program for certain juvenile justice programs and services.

Criminal Justice

HB 451 Alonzo/ Vo/ Guerra

Relating to an optometry career program at the University of Houston.

Higher Education

HB 460 Bell/ Wray/ Moody/ Price

Relating to the issuance of a search warrant for taking a blood specimen from certain persons suspected of committing certain intoxication offenses.

Criminal Justice

HB 480 Bell/ Bonnen, Greg

Relating to retaining a reserve investigator by a prosecuting attorney.

Criminal Justice

HB 644 Canales/ Minjarez

Relating to the contents of a search warrant and to the offense of tampering with a governmental record consisting of a search warrant.

Criminal Justice

HB 855 Sanford/ et al.

Relating to the compatibility of state agency websites with certain devices and Internet browsers.

Business & Commerce

HB 882 Miller, Rick

Relating to the director and assistant director of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1000 Zerwas/ Faircloth

Relating to state support for general academic teaching institutions in this state.


HB 1005 Davis, Yvonne

Relating to allowing judges to use juror identification numbers when polling the jury.

State Affairs

HB 1128 Fletcher

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for recipients of the Combat Action Badge, Medal, or Ribbon.


HB 1278 Hughes/ Fletcher/ Anderson, Rodney/ Dutton/ Herrero/ et al.

Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty.

State Affairs

HB 1300 Capriglione/ Fallon

Relating to eligibility requirements for admission of certain persons to educator preparation programs.

Higher Education

HB 1306 Hughes

Relating to the reimbursement of expenses incurred by court reporters in judicial districts composed of more than one county.

State Affairs

HB 1324 Israel/ Workman/ McClendon/ Collier/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ et al.

Relating to the establishment and operation of a motor-bus-only lane pilot program in certain counties.


HB 1364 Miller, Rick

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates to honor recipients of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.


HB 1403 Sheets/ Turner, Chris/ Fallon

Relating to the definition of health care liability claim for the purposes of certain laws governing those claims.

State Affairs

HB 1532 Geren

Relating to quarterly reporting of political contributions and expenditures by certain candidates, officeholders, and political committees; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

Business & Commerce

HB 1549 McClendon

Relating to nonsubstantive corrections in statutes to references to the Texas Youth Commission and Texas Juvenile Probation Commission.

Criminal Justice

HB 1559 Parker/ Minjarez

Relating to public school Internet website information concerning local programs and services available to assist homeless students.


HB 1628 Johnson/ Kuempel/ Lucio III/ Capriglione/ Longoria

Relating to authorizing a credit union or other financial institution to conduct savings promotion raffles.

Business & Commerce

HB 1670 Sheets/ Hernandez/ Spitzer/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the possession and removal of a placenta from a hospital or birthing center.

Health & Human Services

HB 1733 Smithee

Relating to automobile liability insurance for transportation network company drivers.

Business & Commerce

HB 1783 Moody/ Dale/ Minjarez

Relating to the right of a school employee to report a crime and persons subject to the prohibition on coercing another into suppressing or failing to report information to a law enforcement agency; creating a criminal offense.

Criminal Justice

HB 1881 Capriglione/ Parker/ Landgraf/ Fallon/ Springer

Relating to authorizing certain private schools to charge fees for processing or handling certain payments or payment transactions.

Business & Commerce

HB 1995 Deshotel

Relating to the authority to modify an ad valorem tax abatement agreement to extend the abatement period if a disaster prevents the property owner from complying with the agreement.


HB 2067 Oliveira

Relating to the rescission or waiver of an acceleration of the maturity date of certain debt secured by a lien on real property.

Business & Commerce

HB 2076 Oliveira/ Harless

Relating to notice requirements and other procedures relating to the possession or sale of a motor vehicle, motorboat, vessel, or outboard motor by a possessory lienholder.

Business & Commerce

HB 2185 Clardy/ et al.

Relating to the execution of a search warrant for taking a DNA specimen.

Criminal Justice

HB 2212 Wray/ Harless/ King, Susan/ Springer/ Villalba/ et al.

Relating to the repeal of certain state taxes; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.


HB 2265 Hughes

Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 154 in Wood and Hopkins Counties as the Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins Memorial Highway.


HB 2282 Guillen

Relating to the procedures for protests and appeals of certain ad valorem tax determinations.


HB 2379 Bohac/ Springer/ Fletcher/ King, Phil

Relating to the liability of first responders who provide roadside assistance.

State Affairs

HB 2398 White, James

Relating to the establishment of judicial donation trust funds to assist needy children and families appearing before justice and municipal courts, dismissal of charges related to school attendance, and expunction of truancy records.

Criminal Justice

HB 2473 Davis, Yvonne/ Blanco

Relating to establishing a grant program in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to assist certain organizations that make residential mortgage loans to residents of certain neighborhoods.

Business & Commerce

HB 2486 Keffer/ Lucio III/ Fallon

Relating to the right of a person to enter the person's residence or former residence accompanied by a peace officer to recover certain personal property; creating an offense.

State Affairs

HB 2498 Zerwas/ Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to a compact with other states regarding the licensure of emergency medical services personnel and the authority of those personnel to perform job duties in this state and other states.

Health & Human Services

HB 2524 Coleman

Relating to legal services provided by a district or county attorney to county and precinct officials.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2540 Simpson

Relating to the designation of Spur 63 in Gregg County as the Texas Ranger Glenn Elliott Memorial Highway.


HB 2578 Price/ Faircloth

Relating to the efficiency and consolidation of powers and duties within the health and human services system.

Health & Human Services

HB 2598 Kuempel/ Ashby/ Wray

Relating to the consideration of steel slag as solid waste by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2710 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the duty of an attorney ad litem to locate and represent a defendant in a suit to collect a delinquent ad valorem tax.

State Affairs

HB 2722 Goldman/ Israel/ Simmons

Relating to prohibition of the operation and sale of certain motor vehicles resembling authorized emergency vehicles; creating a criminal offense.


HB 2739 Capriglione/ Simmons/ Goldman/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification.

State Affairs

HB 2745 Capriglione/ Guillen/ Alonzo/ Simpson/ Springer

Relating to the frequency restrictions on charitable raffles.

State Affairs

HB 2772 Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to the authority of certain economic development corporations to undertake and operate transportation-related projects.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2891 Otto/ Murr/ Fallon

Relating to certain filing and reporting requirements for certain taxable entities.

Business & Commerce

HB 2950 Klick/ Price/ Fallon/ Crownover/ et al.

Relating to the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

Health & Human Services

HB 3028 Frullo

Relating to regulation of certain conduct by discount health care program operators, or concerning discount health care programs, that relates to prescription drugs or prescription drug benefits; authorizing administrative and civil penalties.

Business & Commerce

HB 3122 Faircloth

Relating to ballots counted by the early voting ballot board.

State Affairs

HB 3167 Simmons

Relating to the governing bodies of certain local planning organizations.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3186 Farney

Relating to the qualifications of directors and the use of project funds of certain municipal development districts.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3319 Kuempel

Relating to procedures and fees for the safekeeping of wills and other fees collected by court clerks in probate matters; authorizing and increasing fees.

State Affairs

HB 3364 Schofield

Relating to the appeal of a judgment in an eviction suit.

State Affairs

HB 3402 Smith

Relating to the authority of a venue district to act as an endorsing municipality or endorsing county for purposes of games or event trust funds; authorizing a fee.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3424 Smithee

Relating to a central database containing information about certain individuals under guardianship.

State Affairs

HB 3438 Riddle

Relating to the transfer of surplus or salvage state agency property.

Business & Commerce

HB 3467 Martinez, "Mando"/ Herrero/ Canales

Relating to a postsecondary distance learning feasibility study conducted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Higher Education

HB 3476 Coleman/ Guillen/ Walle

Relating to the provision and reimbursement of, or benefits for, home telemonitoring services, telemedicine medical services, and telehealth services under Medicaid and certain health benefit plans provided to certain retired public employees.

Health & Human Services

HB 3577 Howard/ Deshotel/ Keffer/ Phelan/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"

Relating to the distribution of funds under the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program.

Higher Education

HB 3595 Morrison

Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3736 Davis, Sarah/ Fallon

Relating to conflicts of interest by members of state agency governing boards and governing officers; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 3772 Nevárez/ Guillen

Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue to construct, enhance, upgrade, and maintain arenas, sports facilities, and fields in certain municipalities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3796 Allen/ Naishtat

Relating to notice provided to persons with disabilities regarding the eligibility of persons with disabilities to use certain public transportation services.


HB 3938 Longoria

Relating to single premium term life insurance offered in connection with certain consumer loans.

Business & Commerce

HB 3944 King, Tracy O./ Moody

Relating to judicial review of final orders arising out of nutritional programs administrated by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4097 Hunter/ Lozano/ Lucio III/ Guillen/ Herrero/ et al.

Relating to seawater desalination projects.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4103 Guillen

Relating to oaths and affirmations of certain judges of municipal courts.

State Affairs

HB 4104 Guillen

Relating to the disposition of fines and costs imposed on an appeal of a misdemeanor case from municipal court.

Criminal Justice

HB 4130 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to the qualifications and method of electing directors of the Jonah Water Special Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4147 Reynolds

Relating to the creation of Missouri City Management District No. 1; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 66 Simmons/ Goldman/ King, Phil/ Naishtat/ Anchia/ et al.

Declaring Israel a major strategic ally of Texas.

State Affairs

HCR 85 Wray/ Geren/ Flynn/ Blanco/ et al.

Directing the governor of the State of Texas to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Christopher Scott Kyle.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

Committee re-referral on the following:

HB 4183 Isaac

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.

Re-referred from Intergovernmental Relations to Administration