Senate Floor Action for 5/18/2015



May 18, 2015

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

HB 158 Larson/ Keffer/ Smith/ Guillen/ Kacal/ et al. SP: Estes

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 SP: Perry/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of groundwater.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 495 (LC)Howard SP: Hinojosa

Relating to the use of money from the permanent fund for health-related programs to provide grants to nursing education programs.

HB 655 Larson/ Lucio III/ Workman/ Fallon/ Villalba SP: Perry/ et al.

Relating to the storage and recovery of water in aquifers; authorizing fees and surcharges; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1925 (CS)Geren SP: Kolkhorst

Relating to the transfer of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Parks and Wildlife Department.

HB 2145 (CS)Smithee/ Frullo/ Sheets SP: Creighton

Relating to provisional authority for certain individual insurance license applicants to act as insurance agents; authorizing a fee; requiring an occupational provisional permit; adding provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty.

HB 2167 (LC)Smith SP: Zaffirini

Relating to certain images captured by an unmanned aircraft.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2208 Herrero SP: Hinojosa

Relating to access to criminal history record information by a county tax assessor-collector.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 689 Rodríguez

Recognizing May 18, 2015, as Texas Promotores and Community Health Workers Day.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 97 (CS)Hinojosa/ et al. SP: Alvarado/ et al.

Relating to regulation of the sale, distribution, possession, use, and advertising of e-cigarettes, cigarettes, and tobacco products.

SB 425 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ et al. SP: Bonnen, Greg

Relating to health care information provided by and notice of facility fees charged by certain freestanding emergency medical care facilities.

SB 797 (CS)Lucio/ et al. SP: Guerra

Relating to a grant program to reduce wait times for agricultural inspections of vehicles at ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border.

SB 1128 (LC)Zaffirini SP: Davis, Sarah

Relating to certain diagnostic testing during pregnancy.

SB 1507 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ Rodríguez SP: Naishtat/ et al.

Relating to the appointment of a forensic director responsible for statewide coordination and oversight of forensic mental health services overseen by the Department of State Health Services.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 48 McClendon/ Leach/ Herrero/ Moody/ Simpson/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a commission to review convictions after exoneration and to prevent wrongful convictions.

State Affairs

HB 249 Leach

Relating to the reporting of proceeds and property forfeited under criminal asset forfeiture proceedings.

Criminal Justice

HB 302 Wu

Relating to the creation of a certificate program to promote travel to and throughout this state; authorizing fees.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 681 Sheets/ Fallon/ Johnson/ Button/ Anderson, Rodney/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility for service retirement annuities of certain persons, including elected officials convicted of certain crimes.

State Affairs

HB 710 Turner, Sylvester/ Guillen/ Deshotel/ Miles

Relating to procedures for certain persons charged with a violation of a condition of release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on parole or to mandatory supervision.

Criminal Justice

HB 731 Lucio III

Relating to a pilot program under the foundation school program for funding prekindergarten programs provided by certain school districts with early high school graduation programs.


HB 777 Riddle/ Anderson, Rodney

Relating to the punishment for the offense of indecent exposure.

Criminal Justice

HB 790 Burkett/ Villalba/ et al.

Relating to a study on the implementation and effectiveness of sound mitigation measures on certain highways.


HB 799 Capriglione/ King, Phil/ Parker/ Simmons/ Goldman/ et al.

Relating to a study conducted by the Legislative Budget Board on the impact to state agencies of federal regulations and mandates enacted by federal law.

Business & Commerce

HB 873 Sanford

Relating to the publication of certain information regarding the vocational rehabilitation program on the Internet.

Health & Human Services

HB 1090 Herrero

Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service.

State Affairs

HB 1144 Dukes

Relating to establishing a task force to examine the adjudication, disposition, and registration of juvenile sex offenders.

Criminal Justice

HB 1171 Farney/ Villalba/ Fallon

Relating to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to open-enrollment charter schools.


HB 1237 Tinderholt/ Isaac/ et al.

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 290 in Hays and Travis Counties as the Lieutenant Clay Crabb Memorial Highway.


HB 1313 Fletcher

Relating to ensuring the removal of the names of deceased persons from the jury wheel.

State Affairs

HB 1332 Schofield

Relating to the notice to vacate required to be given by a landlord to a tenant before filing an eviction suit.

Business & Commerce

HB 1438 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to probate matters, including guardianships and other matters related to incapacitated persons.

State Affairs

HB 1491 McClendon

Relating to the publication of confidential criminal and juvenile justice records of certain juveniles; providing civil penalties.

Criminal Justice

HB 1585 Paul

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

Business & Commerce

HB 1612 Guillen

Relating to a requirement that public institutions of higher education provide certain information to students and school districts regarding student performance on Texas Success Initiative assessment instruments.

Higher Education

HB 1624 Smithee

Relating to transparency of certain information related to certain health benefit plan coverage.

Business & Commerce

HB 1639 Farias/ Kuempel/ Gutierrez/ Larson

Relating to providing information to the public and to purchasers of real property regarding the impact of military installations.

Business & Commerce

HB 1695 Capriglione

Relating to Internet access to certain district court family dockets.

State Affairs

HB 1754 Pickett

Relating to the conveyance of property by a municipality for the public purpose of economic development.

Business & Commerce

HB 1782 Bonnen, Greg

Relating to protective orders against certain persons who are convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for an offense involving family violence.

Criminal Justice

HB 1908 Naishtat

Relating to the continuity of care for offenders with mental impairments.

Criminal Justice

HB 2048 Naishtat

Relating to the delivery of mental health services and supports under a system of care framework to minors who have or are at risk of developing a serious emotional disturbance or who are at risk of being removed from the minor's home.

Health & Human Services

HB 2082 Laubenberg/ Coleman/ Guerra/ Bonnen, Greg/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to developing a program to provide telemedicine medical services to certain children.

Health & Human Services

HB 2131 Davis, Sarah/ Zerwas/ Burkett

Relating to the designation of centers of excellence to achieve healthy fetal outcomes in this state.

Health & Human Services

HB 2150 Alvarado/ Herrero/ Riddle/ Moody/ Wu

Relating to the organization of a grand jury and qualifications for service as a grand juror.

Criminal Justice

HB 2159 Moody

Relating to requiring the payment of restitution as a condition of community supervision for offenses involving family violence committed in the presence of certain children.

Criminal Justice

HB 2160 Paul

Relating to the release of election judges' and clerks' contact information.

State Affairs

HB 2205 Crownover/ VanDeaver

Relating to educator preparation programs and appointment to the State Board for Educator Certification, including the appointment of a nonvoting member with experience and knowledge of alternative educator preparation programs.

Higher Education

HB 2206 Crownover

Relating to transfer of the oversight of the Texas State Cemetery to the State Preservation Board.


HB 2235 Anderson, Rodney

Relating to the eligibility requirements of a notary public.

State Affairs

HB 2251 Anchia

Relating to an established schedule of payments from the foundation school fund of the yearly entitlement of certain open-enrollment charter schools.


HB 2259 Isaac

Relating to the Driftwood Economic Development Municipal Management District; removing conditions to imposing a tax on residential property; providing authority to issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2286 Parker/ Meyer/ Moody/ Fallon

Relating to the eligibility of certain victims of trafficking of persons for an order of nondisclosure; authorizing a fee.

Criminal Justice

HB 2318 Ashby/ Darby/ King, Ken/ Paddie/ Guillen

Relating to a credit or refund for diesel fuel taxes paid on diesel fuel used in this state by auxiliary power units or power take-off equipment.


HB 2353 Davis, Sarah/ Wu

Relating to the creation of Saint George Place Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2356 Bohac/ Fallon

Relating to the territory that may be included in a single county election precinct.

State Affairs

HB 2381 Reynolds

Relating to the appointment and duties of election officers.

State Affairs

HB 2404 Anderson, Rodney

Relating to certain security devices for residential tenancies.

Business & Commerce

HB 2475 Geren

Relating to the establishment of the center for alternative finance and procurement within the Texas Facilities Commission and to public and private partnerships; authorizing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 2503 Zerwas

Relating to examination requirements for certain applicants for a license to practice medicine.

Health & Human Services

HB 2558 Isaac

Relating to the length of a billing month for a propane gas customer.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2593 Price

Relating to the sparsity adjustment for certain school districts under the Foundation School Program.


HB 2596 Leach/ Dale

Relating to the date by which certain protective order information must be entered by a local law enforcement agency into the statewide law enforcement information system.

Criminal Justice

HB 2641 Zerwas/ Guillen/ Shaheen

Relating to the exchange of health information in this state; creating a criminal offense.

Health & Human Services

HB 2646 Giddings

Relating to the disclosure of information regarding communicable diseases to first responders and certain entities.

Health & Human Services

HB 2703 Simmons/ Gonzales, Larry

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and the requirement to obtain a license to practice as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst; imposing fees; providing an administrative penalty.

Health & Human Services

HB 2720 Goldman

Relating to abolishing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates.

Business & Commerce

HB 2721 Blanco

Relating to public notice of the time for voting during an early voting period.

State Affairs

HB 2744 Capriglione

Relating to the use of automatic license plate readers by a law enforcement agency or municipal parking enforcement authority.

Criminal Justice

HB 2775 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to a petition filed in connection with an application for a place on the ballot.

State Affairs

HB 2804 Aycock/ Meyer SP: Taylor, Larry

Relating to evaluation of public school performance and to student physical fitness assessment.


HB 2818 Nevárez

Relating to the designation of portions of State Highway 17 and United States Highway 67 as the Alfred Q. Valenzuela Memorial Highway.


HB 2840 Cyrier

Relating to the eligibility of certain citizens residing outside the United States to vote a full ballot.

State Affairs

HB 3012 Parker

Relating to appraisal review boards; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.


HB 3074 Springer/ Cook/ Turner, Sylvester/ Klick/ Wray/ et al.

Relating to the provision of artificially administered nutrition and hydration and life-sustaining treatment.

Health & Human Services

HB 3095 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to durable powers of attorney and advance directives.

State Affairs

HB 3128 Dale

Relating to service of a temporary ex parte order issued in response to an application for a protective order in circumstances involving family violence.

Criminal Justice

HB 3139 Naishtat

Relating to prompt action by certain holders of preferred debt and lien claims against secured property of a decedent's estate.

State Affairs

HB 3144 Lozano

Relating to expanding the memorial sign program for motorcyclists to include bicyclists.


HB 3157 Faircloth

Relating to notice of cancellation of elections.

State Affairs

HB 3159 Fallon

Relating to a contract with a county for election services.

State Affairs

HB 3163 Cyrier/ Isaac

Relating to civil suits filed against board members of a groundwater conservation district and the liability of a member for certain actions taken by the board.

State Affairs

HB 3283 Zerwas/ Harless/ et al.

Relating to contributions and registrations for an anatomical gift registry; authorizing a fee.


HB 3297 Parker

Relating to pretrial settlement discussions during ad valorem tax appeals.


HB 3316 Miller, Doug

Relating to the time for recording a durable power of attorney for certain real property transactions.

State Affairs

HB 3369 Paul/ Miller, Rick/ Schofield/ Cyrier/ et al.

Relating to supervision of the conduct of a primary election; creating an offense.

State Affairs

HB 3374 Morrison/ Landgraf/ Farrar/ Geren/ et al.

Relating to information regarding Down syndrome.

Health & Human Services

HB 3395 Phillips

Relating to the requirement that a candidate appoint a campaign treasurer before making certain expenditures.

State Affairs

HB 3456 Paul/ Miller, Rick

Relating to the composition of a district executive committee of a political party.

State Affairs

HB 3481 Goldman/ Harless/ Larson/ Guillen/ Darby/ et al.

Relating to a fishing license fee waiver for certain residents.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 3484 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the application of sales and use taxes to certain food items; adding a provision subject to a criminal penalty.


HB 3532 Herrero

Relating to access to certain confidential information provided in an application for an exemption from ad valorem taxation.


HB 3573 Alonzo

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

State Affairs

HB 3575 Turner, Sylvester

Relating to eligibility for supplemental financial assistance provided to certain grandparents.

Health & Human Services

HB 3657 Blanco

Relating to a study of the use of regional rating for health coverage provided under the uniform group coverage program for certain active school employees and their dependents.

State Affairs

HB 3662 Hughes/ Clardy

Relating to recovery of damages, attorney's fees, and costs related to frivolous regulatory actions by state agencies.

State Affairs

HB 3666 Workman

Relating to the withdrawal of the territory of an emergency services district from the territory of a metropolitan rapid transit authority.


HB 3670 Naishtat

Relating to an environmental service fee charged by an institution of higher education.

Higher Education

HB 3672 Naishtat/ Raymond

Relating to expedited credentialing for certain licensed clinical social workers under the Medicaid managed care program.

Health & Human Services

HB 3739 Vo

Relating to preferred qualifications for serving on an appraisal review board or panel of the board that hears ad valorem tax protests concerning commercial real property in certain appraisal districts.


HB 3756 Otto

Relating to the methods and procedures used by the comptroller to determine the total taxable value of property in each school district.


HB 3778 Koop

Relating to procedures of a county tax assessor-collector for collection of dishonored checks and invoices; authorizing a fee.


HB 3781 Crownover/ Coleman/ Zerwas/ Ashby/ Collier

Relating to the creation of the Texas Health Improvement Network.

Health & Human Services

HB 3884 Dutton

Relating to the carrying of knives; creating a criminal offense.

Criminal Justice

HB 3920 Guerra/ Parker

Relating to financing arrangements between political subdivisions and private entities for the implementation of pay for success initiatives.

Business & Commerce

HB 3940 Meyer

Relating to extending claim-handling deadlines after certain emergency declarations.

Business & Commerce

HB 3951 Huberty

Relating to the eligibility of persons to participate in an ad valorem tax sale of real property; creating a criminal offense.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3977 Dukes/ Leach

Relating to increasing the penalty for causing injury to a child; changing the eligibility for community supervision.

Criminal Justice

HB 3996 Blanco

Relating to the donation of juror reimbursements.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 4032 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to erecting certain signs on private property before an election.

State Affairs

HB 4037 Guillen

Relating to the rate of the hotel occupancy tax in certain counties and the use of revenue from the hotel occupancy tax by certain counties; authorizing an increase in the rate of a tax.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 4049 Isaac

Relating to authorizing a production fee on certain non-exempt wells in the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4099 Fletcher

Relating to the issuance of K9s4COPs specialty license plates.


HB 4136 Vo

Relating to the board of directors, authority to impose assessments, and territory of the International Management District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4148 Morrison

Relating to compensation and reimbursement of expenses for the board of directors of the Refugio County Drainage District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4174 Reynolds

Relating to the creation of a defined area in the Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4176 Crownover

Relating to the territory, board, and operation of the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4184 Isaac

Relating to the Hays County Development District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4185 Isaac

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

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4186 Smith

Relating to the creation of the East Lake Houston Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 4187 Farney

Relating to renaming the Corn Hill Regional Water Authority as the Lone Star Regional Water Authority; altering the governing body's membership.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4199 Paddie

Relating to the Harrison County Court at Law.


HB 4207 Morrison

Relating to the creation of the Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District; providing authority to issue bonds and impose a tax; providing general law authority to impose fees and surcharges.


HCR 108 Hunter

Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker to create a joint interim committee to study the development and potential economic impact of a cruise industry on the Texas coast between Calhoun and Cameron Counties.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HCR 111 Guerra/ Muñoz, Jr./ Martinez, "Mando"/ Canales/ Longoria

Urging Hidalgo County to reduce its tax rate upon establishment of the Hidalgo County Healthcare District.

Intergovernmental Relations

Committee re-referral on the following:

HB 3150 Huberty/ Hunter

Relating to the calculation of taxable wages paid by a professional employer organization for purposes of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

Re-referred from Natural Resources & Economic Development to Business & Commerce