Senate Floor Action for 2/14/2017



February 14, 2017

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

SB 504 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to lobbying by former members of the legislature; creating an offense.

1 Floor Amendment

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

SB 505 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to restrictions on lobbyist expenditures from certain political contributions.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 192 Zaffirini

Recognizing February 14, 2017, as Bee County Day.

SCR 20 Whitmire

Granting the legislature permission to adjourn for more than three days during the period beginning on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, and ending on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SJR 38 Estes

Rescinding each and every application made at any time by the Texas Legislature to the United States Congress to call a national convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing any amendment to that Constitution.

State Affairs

SB 10 Hancock/ Birdwell/ Creighton/ Huffman/ Lucio/ et al.

Relating to insurance claims and certain prohibited acts and practices in the business of insurance.

Business & Commerce

SB 651 Perry/ Birdwell/ Hughes

Relating to discrimination by a state agency against an applicant for or holder of an occupational license.

Business & Commerce

SB 652 Taylor, Van

Relating to the eligibility for service retirement annuities from the Employees Retirement System of Texas or the Teacher Retirement System of Texas of certain employees convicted of certain offenses.

State Affairs

SB 653 Taylor, Van

Relating to improper relationships between educators or certain other school personnel and students; creating an offense and expanding the applicability of existing offenses.


SB 654 Seliger

Relating to the participation of an advanced practice registered nurse as a primary care or network provider for certain governmental and other health benefit plans.

Business & Commerce

SB 655 Bettencourt/ Campbell/ Hall

Relating to certain notice of the extent of a municipality or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 656 Zaffirini

Relating to the establishment of an agriculture and rural ombudsman office.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 657 Zaffirini

Relating to the filing of oaths of office and signed statements by certain judicial officers and judicial appointees with the secretary of state.

State Affairs

SB 658 Perry

Relating to a landowner's liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.

State Affairs

SB 659 Campbell

Relating to the availability of personal information of a statewide elected official or member of the legislature.

Business & Commerce

SB 660 Watson

Relating to the use of certain mobile devices at a polling place.

State Affairs