Senate Floor Action for 4/12/2017



April 12, 2017

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

SB 43 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission; authorizing fees; providing penalties.

SB 316 (CS)Hinojosa/ Nichols/ Schwertner/ Taylor, Van/ Watson

Relating to powers and duties of certain prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances and the regulatory agencies that issue a license, certification, or registration to the prescriber or dispenser; following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 345 (LC)West

Relating to the use of tax revenue by certain municipalities for the payment of certain hotel-related bonds or other obligations.

SB 461 (CS)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the notice required before the issuance of certain debt obligations by political subdivisions.

SB 593 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the governance of certain housing authorities.

SB 627 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Creighton/ Hall/ et al.

Relating to notice of a property owner's rights relating to the examination or survey of property by an entity with eminent domain authority.

SB 736 (CS)Hancock

Relating to the authority of the General Land Office to sell retail electric power.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 813 Hughes/ Bettencourt/ Buckingham/ Hall/ Huffines/ et al.

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

SB 1083 (CS)Perry

Relating to the applicability of the sales and use tax to certain insurance services.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1361 (CS)Creighton

Relating to the powers and duties of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District of Jefferson County.

SB 1767 (CS)Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to hearings and protests before appraisal review boards involving ad valorem tax determinations.

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

SB 522 (CS)Birdwell/ Perry/ et al.

Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 549 Hall

Recognizing April 2017 as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.

SR 583 Campbell

Recognizing Morgan's Wonderland.

SR 586 Hall

Recognizing April 11 and 12, 2017, as Leadership Mesquite Days.

SR 594 Nelson

Recognizing Leadership Flower Mound.

SR 608 Bettencourt

Recognizing James and Leeshan Chuang Birney on the success of Stone Mountain Properties.

SR 614 Uresti

Recognizing April 12, 2017, as Val Verde County Day.

SR 619 Menéndez/ Campbell/ Uresti/ Zaffirini

Recognizing April 5, 2017, as Gold Star Spouses Day.

SCR 3 Creighton/ et al.

Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to halt and reverse certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2270 Lucio

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


SB 2271 Creighton

Relating to the creation of Port Neches Improvement District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2272 Creighton

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

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 10 Price/ Bonnen, Greg/ Rose/ Muñoz, Jr./ Coleman/ et al.

Relating to access to and benefits for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.

Health & Human Services

HB 256 Hernandez/ Murphy/ Bohac

Relating to the authority of a city attorney to seek an injunction to abate a common nuisance under the Alcoholic Beverage Code.

Business & Commerce

HB 268 Lozano

Relating to venue in the prosecution of certain criminal conduct involving obstruction or retaliation.

Criminal Justice

HB 351 Canales/ White/ Collier/ Leach/ Murr/ et al.

Relating to the discharge or waiver of fines and costs imposed on indigent defendants; authorizing a fee.

Criminal Justice

HB 409 Springer

Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 1810 in Jack County as the Luther G. Prunty Memorial Highway.


HB 544 Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Ashby/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to the use of the rural water assistance fund.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1020 Smithee/ Farrar

Relating to volunteer practice by an inactive member of the State Bar of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 1197 Paul

Relating to the training period for a temporary insurance agent's license.

Business & Commerce

HB 1257 Kacal

Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of criminal mischief involving property used for flood control purposes or a dam.

Criminal Justice

HB 1483 Landgraf

Relating to the designation of State Highway 191 in Ector County as the Chris Kyle Memorial Highway.


HB 1709 Gooden/ Burkett

Relating to procedures for the dissolution of the Bois D'Arc Island Levee Improvement District of Dallas and Kaufman Counties.

Intergovernmental Relations