Senate Floor Action for 4/26/2017



April 26, 2017

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

SB 693 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ et al.

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

SB 714 (LC)Seliger

Relating to certain account disclosures provided by a financial institution to a customer.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 772 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the authority of a code enforcement officer when performing official duties to possess or carry an instrument used for deterring the bite of an animal.

SB 966 (CS) (LC)Watson/ et al.

Relating to criminal offenses regarding the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1183 (CS)Perry

Relating to procedures regarding criminal defendants who are or may be persons with a mental illness or an intellectual disability and to the period for which a person may be committed to receive certain temporary mental health services.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1229 (CS) (LC)Menéndez

Relating to solid waste services for rental property and solid waste management programs in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of municipalities in certain counties; authorizing penalties.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1413 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to health maintenance organization contracts with certain entities to provide health care services.

SB 1490 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the premium surcharge certain automobile insurers are required to assess against an insured convicted of certain offenses.

SB 1548 (CS) (LC)Menéndez

Relating to post-discharge services offered by a juvenile board or juvenile probation department to a child after the child's probation period ends.

SB 1560 (LC)Taylor, Larry

Relating to the offense of operating certain vehicles without a license plate.

SB 1976 (CS)Whitmire

Relating to benefit programs provided by retail electric providers and certificated telecommunications utilities for low-income customers.

SB 2006 (CS)Watson

Relating to erecting or maintaining certain outdoor signs regulated by the Texas Department of Transportation.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2075 Rodríguez

Relating to vehicle registration.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2227 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to an increase in the fee for permits issued for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles carrying cargo in Hidalgo County.

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

SB 518 (CS)Miles/ et al.

Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities that employ certain students in certain paid internship or similar programs.

4 Floor Amendments

SB 692 (CS)Rodríguez

Relating to regulation by certain counties of lots in platted subdivisions that have remained undeveloped.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and postponed:

SB 515 (CS)Taylor, Van

Relating to the right of certain public officers to access public information, documents, records, and property; creating criminal offenses.

2 Floor Amendments

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 685 Menéndez/ Campbell/ Uresti/ Zaffirini

Recognizing George "Iceman" Gervin on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

The following bills were passed on the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SB 379 (CS) (LC)Perry

Relating to eminent domain reporting requirements for certain entities.

SB 400 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to the verification of information provided to the comptroller and contained in reports on compliance with agreements under the Texas Economic Development Act.

SB 470 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to the establishment of one or more supplemental county civil service commissions in certain counties.

SB 547 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to the provision of services and resources to certain individuals by a state supported living center and to the creation of a schedule of support services a state supported living center may provide and procedures for establishing applicable fees for those services.

SB 849 (CS) (LC)Huffines

Relating to an exemption from licensing requirements for physicians associated with certain sports teams.

SB 877 (LC)Hancock

Relating to liability of certain political subdivisions in certain workers' compensation actions.

SB 1037 (LC)Perry

Relating to the designation of the structure on State Highway 6 in Eastland County adjacent to Lake Cisco connecting the north and south banks of Sandy Creek as the Bedford-Carmichael Bridge.

SB 1087 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the regulation of the hours of instruction for cosmetology licensing.

SB 1088 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to cosmetology licensing and sanitation requirements.

SB 1123 (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to conditions on the receipt of tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for adopted students formerly in foster or other residential care.

SB 1131 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the powers and duties of a designated officer of a navigation district.

SB 1133 (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from taxes and special assessments of property of a navigation district.

SB 1152 (LC)Menéndez/ et al.

Relating to excused absences from public school for the purpose of pursuing enlistment in a branch of the armed services of the United States or the Texas National Guard.

SB 1153 (CS) (LC)Menéndez/ et al.

Relating to parental rights and information regarding certain intervention strategies used with public school students.

SB 1199 (CS) (LC)Campbell/ Menéndez

Relating to service contract providers.

SB 1298 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the selection and summons of prospective grand jurors.

SB 1300 (LC)Perry

Relating to the designation of the San Angelo State Supported Living Center as a forensic state supported living center.

SB 1384 (LC)Perry

Relating to the designation of certain legislation on contract carriers as the Justin Little Act.

SB 1401 (CS) (LC)Campbell

Relating to the regulation of banks and trust companies.

SB 1444 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to de novo hearings in child protection cases.

SB 1487 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to preventing racial profiling and video and audio equipment and recordings of certain law enforcement motor vehicle stops; creating an offense.

SB 1498 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the regulation of temporary common worker employers.

SB 1502 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the regulation of barbering and cosmetology.

SB 1503 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to abolishing shampoo apprentice permits and shampoo specialty certificates.

SB 1516 (LC)Hancock

Relating to the registration and regulation of appraisal management companies; authorizing fees; expanding the applicability of an occupational registration.

SB 1565 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to the procedure for ordering medical or dental services for certain persons admitted to or committed to care at certain state facilities.

SB 1566 (CS) (LC)Kolkhorst

Relating to certain powers and duties of the board of trustees of an independent school district and the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school.

SB 1571 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the release of a child taken into possession by a law enforcement officer.

SB 1654 (LC)Watson

Relating to the electronic transmission of a notice of toll nonpayment by the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1666 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the conduct of primary elections; increasing a criminal penalty.

SB 1667 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to the nature, funding, and functions of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission.

SB 1739 (LC)Miles/ et al.

Relating to the suspension, termination, and reinstatement of certain services provided to military service members who are serving on active duty.

SB 1763 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the procedures of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

SB 1764 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the investment of funds in, and operation of guardianships of the estate in relation to, accounts established under the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.

SB 1784 (CS) (LC)Taylor, Larry

Relating to state-developed open-source instructional material for public schools.

SB 1806 (CS) (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to requiring the use of multidisciplinary teams appointed by children's advocacy centers in certain child abuse investigations.

SB 1837 (CS) (LC)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to financial accountability standards for charter schools operated by a public institution of higher education.

SB 1895 (CS) (LC)Taylor, Larry

Relating to the assessment of administrative penalties under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

SB 1901 (LC)Campbell

Relating to Texas Military Heroes Day in public schools.

SB 1911 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to posting notice of self-help resources on the Internet website of a state court and in the office of the court clerk.

SB 1940 (LC)Hughes

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 271 as the Veterans Memorial Highway.

SB 1944 (LC)Hughes

Relating to the issuance of specialty plates to honor recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross medal with Valor.

SB 1955 (CS) (LC)Hughes

Relating to expunction of a notice of lis pendens.

SB 1968 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the state flag code.

SB 1977 (LC)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to the authority of the independent ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to investigate and evaluate certain juvenile facilities.

SB 2020 (CS) (LC)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to voter information used for juror selections.

SB 2048 (LC)Bettencourt

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

SB 2087 (LC)Hancock

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

SB 2100 (LC)Garcia

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

SB 2105 (LC)Miles/ et al.

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

SB 2189 (CS) (LC)Huffman

Relating to the appointment of an attorney pro tem for certain criminal proceedings.

SB 2204 (LC)Hancock

Relating to the administration of the certified capital company program by the office of the comptroller of public accounts.

SB 2255 (CS) (LC)Campbell

Relating to the composition of the Comal County Juvenile Board.

The following bills were removed from the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SB 693 (CS) (LC)Garcia/ et al.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 324 Buckingham

Relating to the authority of the Travis County Municipal Utility District No. 3 to enter into certain agreements relating to the ad valorem taxation of certain property located in the district.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 2287 Creighton

Relating to the powers and duties of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 525.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 518 Darby/ Parker/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Murphy/ Oliverson/ et al.

Relating to the retention and use of sales tax revenue collected by certain retailers to provide job training and placement services to certain persons.


HB 728 Guerra/ Cook/ Bohac/ Parker/ Howard/ et al.

Relating to the establishment by the State Board of Education of an advanced computer science program for high school students.


HB 776 Ashby

Relating to the removal of home addresses from personal financial statements filed by certain persons.


HB 1270 Smithee/ Blanco/ Cyrier/ Lucio III/ et al.

Relating to excused absences from public school for the purpose of visiting a military recruitment center.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 1331 Zerwas

Relating to the creation of the Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 224; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.


HB 2029 Lozano/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Villalba/ et al.

Relating to the exemption of certain commercial weighing or measuring devices from registration and inspection requirements.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 2060 Oliveira

Relating to the eligibility requirements for employment as an ombudsman of the Office of Injured Employee Counsel under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

Business & Commerce

HB 2253 Darby

Relating to the calculation of interest on an ad valorem tax refund resulting from the final determination of an appeal that decreases a property owner's liability.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 1410 Menéndez

Relating to establishing a pilot program to assist small business in obtaining capital.

Re-referred from Business & Commerce to Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1681 Lucio

Relating to the establishment of the Communicable Disease and Public Health Center.

Re-referred from Health & Human Services to Intergovernmental Relations

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