Senate Floor Action for 5/25/2015



May 25, 2015

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

HB 14 (CS)Morrison/ Isaac/ Reynolds SP: Watson/ et al.

Relating to the Texas emissions reduction plan.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 274 Miles/ Schaefer/ Guillen SP: Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement of municipal rules, ordinances, or police regulations prohibiting illegal dumping; increasing a penalty.

HB 283 (LC)Fallon/ Márquez/ Capriglione/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Rinaldi/ et al. SP: Creighton

Relating to the requirement that certain governmental bodies make audio and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet.

HB 549 Johnson/ Geren/ Kuempel/ et al. SP: Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to certain duties of the Commission on Jail Standards regarding visitation periods for county jail prisoners.

HB 565 Burkett/ Flynn/ Sheets/ Button/ et al. SP: Kolkhorst

Relating to powers of private toll project entities.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 743 (CS)Huberty/ Isaac/ et al. SP: Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and to certain assessment instruments for public school students.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 939 Dale/ Schaefer/ Oliveira/ Canales SP: Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Relating to unenforceable restrictive covenants regarding standby electric generators affecting residential homes.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 966 Crownover/ Flynn/ Miller, Doug/ Zerwas/ Burkett/ et al. SP: Hancock/ et al.

Relating to the creation of an optional consumer-directed health plan for certain individuals eligible to participate in the group benefits program provided under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Act and their qualified dependents.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1114 (LC)Gonzales, Larry SP: Bettencourt

Relating to the authority with whom certain political committees must file reports of political contributions and expenditures.

HB 1144 Dukes SP: Hinojosa

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

HB 1164 (CS)VanDeaver/ González, Mary/ Guillen/ Huberty/ et al. SP: Garcia

Relating to requiring the Texas Education Agency to conduct a study to develop a writing assessment method for public school students and establish a pilot program to administer the assessment method developed.

HB 1252 (LC)Pickett SP: Nichols

Relating to uniform weighing procedures requirements for motor vehicle weight enforcement officers.

HB 1289 (LC)Giddings SP: West

Relating to the acquisition and sale of unimproved real property by an urban land bank.

HB 1295 (LC)Capriglione/ Geren/ Fallon SP: Hancock

Relating to the disclosure of interested parties by persons contracting with governmental entities and state agencies.

2 Floor Amendments

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

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1364 (CS) (LC)Miller, Rick SP: Taylor, Van

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

HB 1626 (LC)Johnson/ Price/ Darby/ Deshotel/ Longoria SP: West

Relating to the designation of certain areas as banking or credit union development districts to encourage the establishment of branches of banks or credit unions in those areas.

HB 1690 (CS)King, Phil/ Bonnen, Dennis/ Davis, Sarah/ Sheets/ Smithee/ et al. SP: Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the investigation and prosecution of offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses.

HB 1774 Lucio III SP: Lucio

Relating to the jurisdiction and powers of and the referral of certain proceedings to a criminal law hearing officer in Cameron County.

HB 1786 (CS) (LC)Dutton SP: Campbell

Relating to the transfer of driver and traffic safety education from the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; changing the amounts of certain fees.

HB 1888 (CS)Capriglione SP: Taylor, Van

Relating to punishment for the offense of driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver's license; increasing a penalty.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 2037 Geren/ Darby/ et al. SP: Hinojosa

Relating to compensation and leave for certain peace officers.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2123 King, Phil/ Fallon/ Flynn SP: Perry

Relating to participation of the state military forces in the state group benefits program.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2159 Moody SP: Huffman

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.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2168 (LC)Muñoz, Jr. SP: Lucio

Relating to the payment date for annuities from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

HB 2185 Clardy/ et al. SP: Huffman

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2235 (LC)Anderson, Rodney SP: Birdwell

Relating to the eligibility requirements of a notary public.

HB 2265 (LC)Hughes SP: Hall

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 2391 Bohac SP: Watson

Relating to the redemption of certain stored value cards, including gift cards, for cash.

HB 2498 Zerwas/ Martinez, "Mando" SP: Eltife

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.

HB 2641 (CS) (LC)Zerwas/ Guillen/ Shaheen SP: Schwertner

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2665 (LC)Moody SP: Zaffirini

Relating to access to and receipt of certain information regarding a ward by certain relatives of the ward.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2712 (LC)Geren/ Bohac SP: Hancock

Relating to the temporary exemption of certain tangible personal property related to large data center projects from the sales and use tax.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2739 Capriglione/ Simmons/ Goldman/ Fallon/ et al. SP: Birdwell/ et al.

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

HB 2794 (LC)Farney/ Thompson, Senfronia/ et al. SP: Zaffirini

Relating to a delayed birth certificate; creating a criminal offense.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2804 (CS) (LC)Aycock/ Meyer SP: Taylor, Larry

Relating to evaluation of public school performance.

HB 2830 Martinez, "Mando"/ Springer SP: Hinojosa

Relating to the duty of a county to refund an amount of $2 or less paid to the county clerk or district clerk.

HB 2861 (CS)Raymond SP: Zaffirini

Relating to an optional procedure for the issuance of a permit by the City of Laredo for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles carrying cargo in Webb County; authorizing a fee.

HB 2921 Paul SP: Taylor, Larry

Relating to authorizing a recreation and wellness facility fee at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

HB 2968 (CS)Guillen/ Bernal/ Larson SP: Menéndez

Relating to the preservation of the Alamo complex.

HB 3150 Huberty/ Hunter SP: Creighton

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

HB 3348 (CS) (LC)Clardy/ Schaefer SP: Eltife

Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

HB 3456 (LC)Paul/ Miller, Rick SP: Estes

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

HB 3618 Isaac SP: Campbell

Relating to prohibiting camping and building fires in certain areas; creating a criminal offense.

HB 4147 (CS) (LC)Reynolds SP: Ellis

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

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

HB 3562 Thompson, Senfronia SP: Rodríguez

Relating to the adoption of a policy allowing a grace period after the exhaustion of the balance of a meal card or account used by students to purchase meals in public schools.


The Senate suspended the regular order:

HB 1514 Sheffield SP: Creighton

Relating to health insurance identification cards issued by qualified health plan issuers.

HB 3994 Morrison/ Bonnen, Greg/ King, Phil/ Krause/ Simmons/ et al. SP: Perry/ et al.

Relating to notice of and consent to an abortion for a minor and associated requirements; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

1 Floor Amendment


The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 979 Hall

In memory of Tanner Stone Higgins.

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

SB 1 (CS)Nelson/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Campbell/ et al. SP: Bonnen, Dennis/ et al.

Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed by a school district on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, and the protection of school districts against the resulting loss in state and local revenue.

SB 1139 (CS)Huffman/ et al. SP: Smithee/ et al.

Relating to the operation and administration of and practice in courts in the judicial branch of state government, the composition of certain juvenile boards, and the increase of certain filing fees.

SB 1191 (CS)Seliger/ et al. SP: Crownover

Relating to the amount and allocation of the annual constitutional appropriation to certain agencies and institutions of higher education.

SB 1465 (LC)Watson SP: Phillips

Relating to creating limited purpose disaster declaration authority for the governor.

SB 1574 (CS) (LC)Uresti/ et al. SP: Martinez, "Mando"

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

SB 1750 (CS)West/ et al. SP: Murphy

Relating to the requirements for employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program.

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

HB 5 (CS) (LC)Otto/ Burkett/ et al. SP: Nelson

Relating to strategic fiscal reviews of state agencies and programs.

HB 100 (CS)Zerwas/ Ashby/ Otto/ Turner, Sylvester/ Clardy/ et al. SP: Seliger/ et al.

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

HB 200 Keffer/ Lucio III SP: Perry/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of groundwater.

HB 482 (CS) (LC)Geren SP: Eltife

Relating to allowing the holder of a brewpub license to sell beer, ale, and malt liquor to certain wholesalers, distributors, and qualified persons outside the state.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 18 Aycock SP: Perry

Relating to college and career readiness training for certain public school counselors and postsecondary advisors.


HB 217 Márquez/ Guillen/ Longoria/ González, Mary/ Raymond/ et al.

Relating to the services provided by a colonia self-help center.

State Affairs

HB 2345 Dutton

Relating to the boundaries and territory of the Near Northside Management District.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 4180 Zerwas SP: Kolkhorst

Relating to the conversion of the Harris-Fort Bend Counties Municipal Utility District No. 4 to the Katy Management District No. 1; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.


HB 4192 Zerwas SP: Kolkhorst

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