Senate Floor Action for 2/15/2017



February 15, 2017

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

SB 505 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to restrictions on lobbyist expenditures from certain political contributions.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 142 West

Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Best Southwest Day.

SR 169 West

Congratulating the DeSoto High School football team for winning the 2016 University Interscholastic League Class 6A Division II state championship.

SR 193 Zaffirini/ Bettencourt/ Buckingham/ Campbell/ Creighton/ et al.

Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Orange and Maroon Legislative Day.

SR 194 Zaffirini

Recognizing February 15, 2017, as San Patricio County Day.

SR 199 Huffines/ Hall

Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Garland Day.

Committee referral on the following:

SJR 36 Perry

Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting a tax on the sale or purchase of water at wholesale.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 661 Huffines

Relating to the repeal of the driver responsibility program.


SB 662 Huffines

Relating to the reporting of proceeds and property from asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

State Affairs

SB 663 Huffines

Relating to disposition of proceeds and property from asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

State Affairs

SB 664 Huffines

Relating to the punishment for certain intoxication offenses.

Criminal Justice

SB 665 Rodríguez

Relating to education requirements for a notary public appointment; authorizing a fee.

State Affairs

SB 666 Kolkhorst

Relating to signs required to be posted in the restrooms of sexually oriented businesses; providing a criminal penalty.

Business & Commerce

SB 667 Zaffirini/ Birdwell/ Creighton/ Estes/ Huffman/ et al.

Relating to establishing a guardianship compliance program.

State Affairs

SB 668 Kolkhorst

Relating to the cessation of tolls by toll project entities in certain circumstances.


SB 669 Nelson

Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations; authorizing a fee.


SB 670 Birdwell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the appointment of the commissioners of the health and human services agencies by the governor.


SB 671 Campbell

Relating to the public high school graduation credit requirements for a language other than English.


SB 672 Lucio

Relating to the collection and publication of the number of security personnel or commissioned peace officers employed by each school district and assigned to each district campus.


SB 673 Miles

Relating to a notification requirement if a public school campus or open-enrollment charter school does not have a nurse assigned to the campus during all instructional hours.


SB 674 Schwertner

Relating to an expedited licensing process for certain physicians specializing in psychiatry; authorizing a fee.

Health & Human Services

SB 675 Seliger

Relating to the development of and contracting for reclaimed water facilities in certain municipalities.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 676 Seliger

Relating to the listing of separate interests in minerals in place in ad valorem tax appraisal records.


SB 677 Miles

Relating to the creation of a task force to identify opportunities for academic credit and industry recognition for inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

SB 678 Nichols/ Perry/ Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program.


SB 679 Hancock

Relating to the authority of chiropractors to form certain business entities with certain other professions.

Business & Commerce

SB 680 Hancock

Relating to step therapy protocols required by a health benefit plan in connection with prescription drug coverage.

Business & Commerce

SB 681 Hancock/ et al.

Relating to the licensing and authority of advanced practice registered nurses.

Health & Human Services

SB 682 Zaffirini

Relating to the applicability of the law governing the mineral use of subdivided land.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 683 Seliger

Relating to determining eligibility of a county for a grant from the transportation infrastructure fund.


SB 684 Seliger

Relating to the local regulation of the operation of utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles on public roadways.


SB 685 Seliger

Relating to the standard service retirement annuity for certain members of the elected class of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

SB 686 Uresti

Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 687 Uresti

Relating to the collection and use of certain information relating to child abuse and neglect and the provision of prevention and early intervention services.

Health & Human Services

SB 688 Uresti

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of aggravated kidnapping.

Criminal Justice

SB 689 Seliger

Relating to the powers and election dates of the Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 690 West

Relating to the use of a mechanical or electronic device by a person occupying a voting station.

State Affairs

SB 691 Rodríguez

Relating to the fees collected by justices of the peace on the filing of certain civil actions to fund a law library.

State Affairs

SB 692 Rodríguez

Relating to regulation by certain counties of lots in platted subdivisions that have remained undeveloped for 25 years or more.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 693 Garcia

Relating to three-point seat belts on buses that transport schoolchildren.


SB 694 Buckingham/ Hinojosa

Relating to the creation of the National Museum of the Pacific War museum fund.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 695 Garcia/ Hinojosa/ Lucio/ Menéndez/ Miles/ et al.

Relating to elective courses in ethnic studies for middle school and high school students.


SB 696 Perry

Relating to a requirement that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtain or develop updated water availability models for certain river basins.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 697 Buckingham/ Campbell/ Estes/ Schwertner

Relating to health benefit coverage for prescription drug synchronization.

Business & Commerce

SB 698 Watson

Relating to certain duties of the Department of Family and Protective Services regarding parental child safety placements.

Health & Human Services

SB 699 Watson

Relating to the establishment of a kinship caregiver navigator program by the Health and Human Services Commission.

Health & Human Services

SB 700 Zaffirini

Relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.