Senate Floor Action for 3/28/2017



March 28, 2017

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

SB 1 (CS)Nelson

General Appropriations Bill.

SB 22 (CS)Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to the repeal of the tech-prep program.

SB 27 Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the mental health program for veterans.

SB 115 (CS)Huffines/ et al.

Relating to the Internet broadcast of certain open meetings.

SB 259 (CS) (LC)Huffines

Relating to jury summons questionnaires.

SB 407 (CS)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the exception from disclosure under the public information law for information related to competition or bidding.

SB 408 (CS)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the definition of a governmental body for the purposes of the public information law.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 492 (LC)West

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

SB 507 (CS)Hancock/ et al.

Relating to mediation of the settlement of certain out-of-network health benefit claims involving balance billing.

SB 550 Campbell

Relating to the sale or assignment of tax credits for the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures.

SB 578 (CS)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the creation by the Health and Human Services Commission of a veteran suicide prevention action plan.

SB 945 Bettencourt

Relating to the authority of the chief appraiser of an appraisal district to correct an ad valorem tax appraisal roll.

SB 1033 (LC)Perry

Relating to authorization for the conveyance of certain real property from Texas Tech University to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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

SB 5 (CS)Huffman/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Burton/ et al.

Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 23 (CS)Schwertner/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Campbell/ et al.

Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.

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

SB 330 Rodríguez/ et al.

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

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 456 Rodríguez/ Watson

Commending the Texas Army National Guard on its commitment to pursuing energy efficiency and water conservation.

SR 511 Hughes

Recognizing March 27 and 28, 2017, as Upshur County Days.

SCR 32 (LC)Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Urging Congress to provide sufficient federal funding for the construction of a storm surge barrier along the Texas coast.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2041 Zaffirini

Relating to a human papillomavirus immunization report.

Health & Human Services

SB 2042 Zaffirini

Relating to the administration of a medication, immunization, or vaccination by a pharmacist.

Health & Human Services

SB 2043 Bettencourt

Relating to the number of days that certain tangible personal property that is exempt from ad valorem taxation due to its location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for the purpose of qualifying for the tax exemption.


SB 2044 Bettencourt

Relating to the use of tax proceeds for lobbying activities or lobbyists.

State Affairs

SB 2045 Bettencourt

Relating to the reporting by local governmental entities of expenditures for lobbying.

State Affairs

SB 2046 Bettencourt

Relating to voting by the qualified voters of a water or sewer district wholly or partly annexed by a municipality.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2047 Bettencourt

Relating to the creation, territory, and operation of municipal management districts and public improvement districts.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2048 Bettencourt

Relating to the student loan program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and to the repeal of a related bond program.

Higher Education

SB 2049 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the adoption and administration of certain assessment instruments in primary and secondary education.


SB 2050 Taylor, Larry

Relating to staff development and continuing education requirements for public school educators regarding digital education methods.


SB 2051 Taylor, Larry

Relating to evaluating public school performance.


SB 2052 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the first day of the school year for public schools.


SB 2053 West

Relating to the distribution of the consolidated court cost.

State Affairs

SB 2054 West

Relating to the offense of possessing a weapon in a secured area of an airport.

State Affairs

SB 2055 West

Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for the repair, remodeling, or maintenance of aircraft.


SB 2056 Perry

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

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2057 Perry

Relating to the creation, administration, and funding of a state infrastructure endowment fund outside of the state treasury.


SB 2058 Estes

Relating to criminal history record information obtained by the savings and mortgage lending commissioner.

Criminal Justice

SB 2059 Campbell

Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.

State Affairs

SB 2060 Campbell

Relating to compensation and restitution to crime victims and the disposition of unclaimed restitution payments; providing for an administrative penalty.

Criminal Justice

SB 2061 Kolkhorst

Relating to the correction of an ad valorem tax appraisal roll.


SB 2062 Kolkhorst

Relating to the membership of the Texas Funeral Service Commission.

Business & Commerce

SB 2063 Kolkhorst

Relating to eligibility for designation as and to accountability for districts of innovation.


SB 2064 Hancock

Relating to unconscionable prices charged by certain health care facilities for medical care.

Business & Commerce

SB 2065 Hancock

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities.

Business & Commerce

SB 2066 Hancock

Relating to the attachment of a hospital lien on a cause of action or claim of an injured person who receives hospital services.

Business & Commerce

SB 2067 Hancock

Relating to the financial exploitation of certain vulnerable adults.

Business & Commerce

SB 2068 Buckingham

Relating to the plugging or capping of abandoned, deteriorated, open, or uncovered water wells in the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 2069 Buckingham

Relating to the management and operation of certain municipally owned electric utilities.

Business & Commerce

SB 2070 Buckingham

Relating to limitations on the use of municipal electric utility system revenues by certain municipalities.

Business & Commerce

SB 2071 Lucio

Relating to the first day of instruction for an open-enrollment charter school.


SB 2072 Lucio

Relating to the appeal to the commissioner of education of certain actions or decisions of an open-enrollment charter school governing body.


SB 2073 Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to a mechanic's or materialman's lien for retained funds under certain construction contracts.

Business & Commerce

SB 2074 Rodríguez

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

Health & Human Services

SB 2075 Rodríguez

Relating to vehicle registration.


SB 2076 Rodríguez

Relating to the titling of motor vehicles; creating a criminal offense and authorizing fees.


SB 2077 Zaffirini

Relating to the provision of protective services and the conduct of certain investigations through the adult protective services program of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Health & Human Services

SB 2078 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the duties of school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and the Texas Education Agency regarding multihazard emergency operations plans and other school safety measures.


SB 2079 Taylor, Larry

Relating to a requirement that a student's postsecondary transcript include the average or median grade awarded in each class.

Higher Education

SB 2080 Taylor, Larry

Relating to a requirement that school districts and open-enrollment charter schools report certain information regarding children with disabilities who reside in residential facilities.


SB 2081 Taylor, Larry

Relating to information regarding the number of public school students receiving certain special education services.


SB 2082 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the work-study student mentorship program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Higher Education

SB 2083 Seliger

Relating to the sale of beer and ale by the holders of Manufacturer's Licenses and Brewer's permits.

Business & Commerce

SB 2084 Taylor, Larry

Relating to attendance of public school students in blended learning programs and attendance through the state virtual school network.


SB 2085 West

Relating to certain identifying information regarding career school or college students.

Business & Commerce

SB 2086 West

Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer of students and course credit within the public higher education system.

Higher Education

SB 2087 Hancock

Relating to the creation of a temporary health insurance risk pool.

Business & Commerce

SB 2088 Perry

Relating to the reimbursement of rural hospitals in the Texas Medicaid program.

Health & Human Services

SB 2089 West

Relating to calculation of average daily attendance for school districts providing certain full-day prekindergarten programs.


SB 2090 Hall

Relating to procedures for uniform procedures for conducting an election.

State Affairs

SB 2091 Hall

Relating to an election authorizing the issuance of bonds or an increase in taxes by a political subdivision.

State Affairs

SB 2092 Hall

Relating to the process for review after a decision to terminate a teacher's contract or suspend a teacher without pay.


SB 2093 Hall

Relating to the regulation of motor vehicle dealers, manufacturers, and distributors.

Business & Commerce

SB 2094 Hall/ Perry

Relating to establishment of the immigration authority delegation training grant program for local law enforcement agencies.

State Affairs

SB 2095 Hall

Relating to regulation of steroid use by students participating in athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.


SB 2096 Hall

Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.

State Affairs

SB 2097 Hall

Relating to the use of gold and silver coins and bullion.


SB 2098 Hall

Relating to requirements for underground facility damage prevention and safety.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2099 Hall

Relating to the authority of the Railroad Commission of Texas to enforce requirements for the prevention of damage to interstate and intrastate underground facilities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2100 Garcia

Relating to a study of the fees charged by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2101 Garcia

Relating to the inspection, maintenance, and repair of guardrails by the Texas Department of Transportation.


SB 2102 Garcia

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to lower speed limits on certain highways.


SB 2103 Garcia

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to alter prima facie speed limits.


SB 2104 Uresti

Relating to a study on the feasibility of using the statewide system of health care data collection to create a public database of charges billed by health care providers.

Business & Commerce

SB 2105 Miles

Relating to the requirement that the Texas Workforce Commission provide certain employment information for secondary school students.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2106 Menéndez

Relating to authorizing a fee for certain pretrial intervention programs.

Criminal Justice

SB 2107 Menéndez

Relating to the requirements for the issuance of identification documentation for foster care youth.

Health & Human Services

SB 2108 Menéndez

Relating to registration and regulation of real-time captioning providers; imposing a civil penalty; authorizing fees.

Business & Commerce

SB 2109 Menéndez

Relating to a requirement that each public institution of higher education develop and implement a strategic plan for the prevention of sexual assault and unplanned pregnancy.

Higher Education

SB 2110 Menéndez

Relating to the composition of the Port Authority Advisory Committee.


SB 2111 Menéndez

Relating to creating an offense for the administration of illegal drugs to breeder deer.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 2112 Lucio

Relating to creating a single countywide school district in certain counties.


SB 2113 Lucio

Relating to requiring the Texas Education Agency to conduct a study regarding school district consolidation in Cameron County.


SB 2114 Campbell

Relating to certain duties of a parent or guardian regarding information in reports prepared by the Department of Family and Protective Services in adoption cases.

State Affairs

SB 2115 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the regulation of motor vehicle towing and booting.

Business & Commerce

SB 2116 Seliger

Relating to a revision of rules applicable to hospital construction by the Department of State Health Services.

Health & Human Services

SB 2117 Seliger

Relating to the creation and operations of a health care provider participation program by the City of Amarillo Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2118 Seliger

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

Higher Education

SB 2119 Seliger/ Creighton

Relating to eliminating the automatic admission of students to certain public institutions of higher education and scholarships for certain students who qualify for automatic admission.

Higher Education

SB 2120 Seliger

Relating to the continuation of the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2121 Seliger

Relating to a defense against a libel claim based on the claimant's status as a public official or public figure.

State Affairs

SB 2122 West

Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement transfer policy for lower division courses among Texas public institutions of higher education.

Higher Education

SB 2123 Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a pilot program to allow high schools in certain counties to connect to high-speed fiber-optic networks.


SB 2124 Perry

Relating to a pilot program for assisting certain recipients of public benefits with gaining self-sufficiency.


SB 2125 Zaffirini

Relating to the period for which a defendant with an intellectual disability who is found incompetent to stand trial may be civilly committed before the court holds a hearing to determine whether the defendant's release is appropriate.

Criminal Justice

SB 2126 Zaffirini

Relating to the development of a quality-based outcome measure for the child health plan program and Medicaid regarding certain persons with HIV.

Health & Human Services

SB 2127 Taylor, Larry

Relating to limitations on reporting of certain consumer credit information.

Business & Commerce

SB 2128 Nelson

Relating to the Health and Human Services Commission's procurement and oversight of managed care organization contracts serving individuals in Texas Medicaid with serious mental illness.

Health & Human Services

SB 2129 Nelson

Relating to the establishment of a program for marketing, promotion, research, and education efforts regarding Texas wine; authorizing assessments.

Business & Commerce

SB 2130 West

Relating to an application for a charter for an open-enrollment charter school and to the expansion of an open-enrollment charter school.


SB 2131 West

Relating to requirements for providing postsecondary education counseling to high school students.


SB 2132 Lucio

Relating to certain identifying information regarding career school or college students.

Business & Commerce

SB 2133 Lucio

Relating to the political activities of certain county elections administrators.

State Affairs

SB 2134 Lucio

Relating to a plan to increase the use of telemedicine medical services and telehealth services in this state.

Health & Human Services

SB 2135 Lucio

Relating to services provided to veterans who have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense.

Criminal Justice

SB 2136 Lucio

Relating to the establishment of a matching grant program for community development in certain municipalities and counties.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

SB 2137 Lucio

Relating to a fee associated with a required inspection of a motor vehicle for certain title transfers; authorizing a fee.


SB 2138 Lucio

Relating to the establishment of a pilot program for the issuance of digital driver's licenses.


SB 2139 Lucio

Relating to the creation of regional transit authorities; granting the power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds and charge fees; creating a criminal offense.


SB 2140 Lucio/ Hinojosa/ Perry

Relating to the provision by the Texas Water Development Board of financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 4 Burkett/ Raymond/ Frank/ Klick/ Davis, Sarah/ et al.

Relating to monetary assistance provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services to certain relative or designated caregivers; creating a criminal offense; creating a civil penalty.

Health & Human Services

HB 5 Frank/ Raymond/ Burkett/ Keough/ Minjarez/ et al.

Relating to the powers and duties of the Department of Family and Protective Services and the transfer of certain powers and duties from the Health and Human Services Commission.

Health & Human Services