Senate Floor Action for 5/1/2017



May 1, 2017

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

SJR 6 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.

SJR 42 Taylor, Larry

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation real property leased to certain schools organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in educational functions.

SB 210 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the required repeal or amendment of two state agency rules before adoption of a new state agency rule that increases costs to regulated persons.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 297 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the compensatory time and overtime pay for commissioned officers of the Department of Public Safety.

SB 463 (LC)Seliger/ Nichols/ et al.

Relating to the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 589 (CS) (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the licensing and regulation of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts; requiring an occupational license; imposing fees; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

SB 625 (CS)Kolkhorst

Relating to public access to financial and tax rate information of certain special purpose districts; imposing a civil penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 922 (CS) (LC)Buckingham

Relating to the reimbursement of certain providers under the Medicaid program for the provision of telehealth services.

SB 999 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to procedures for taking possession of a child and for certain hearings in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship involving the Department of Family and Protective Services.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1001 (LC)Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Relating to vehicles exempt from vehicle safety inspections.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1030 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.

SB 1291 (LC)Creighton

Relating to permits for oversize and overweight vehicles in a certain county.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1350 (LC)Watson

Relating to the commitment of certain juveniles to local post-adjudication secure correctional facilities in certain counties and to the release under supervision of those juveniles.

SB 1367 (CS) (LC)Menéndez/ et al.

Relating to policies and training regarding the use of epinephrine auto-injectors by public institutions of higher education; providing immunity.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1395 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the powers and duties of navigation districts and port authorities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1467 (LC)West

Relating to the Texas college work-study program and to establishing a program for the off-campus employment of certain students at public or private institutions of higher education.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1477 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to ransomware; creating a criminal offense.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1480 (CS)Hughes

Relating to the guarantee of school district and charter district bonds by the permanent school fund.

SB 1677 (CS)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to information about services for women veterans provided through certain state agency applications.

SB 1729 (CS) (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the reporting and disposition of certain state-owned real property.

SB 1758 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to requirements for the court in permanency hearings for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services who are receiving transitional living services.

SB 1836 Burton/ et al.

Relating to a study on the adjudication of juveniles charged with misdemeanors punishable by fine only and the use of certain terms signifying age in the criminal justice and juvenile justice statutes of this state.

SB 1848 Bettencourt

Relating to the award of attorney's fees in a judicial appeal of certain ad valorem tax determinations.

SB 1854 (CS)Uresti

Relating to requiring the review of public school district paperwork to limit paperwork requirements.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2190 (CS)Huffman

Relating to the public retirement systems of certain municipalities.

4 Floor Amendments


The Senate laid out as postponed business, amended and passed to engrossment:

SB 515 (CS)Taylor, Van

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

4 Floor Amendments

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

SB 1733 Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to recognition of certain identification documents by governmental officials.

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

SB 196 (CS)Garcia/ et al.

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

SB 1602 (CS)Campbell/ Perry/ et al.

Relating to reporting requirements by certain health care facilities for abortion complications; authorizing a civil penalty.

SB 1812 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the authority of an appraisal district to use public money for lobbying activity.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 28 Bonnen, Dennis/ Murphy/ Springer/ Longoria/ Simmons/ et al.

Relating to the use of certain surplus state revenue, in certain circumstances, to adjust franchise tax rates to phase out the franchise tax and to the expiration of that tax.


HB 88 Martinez, "Mando"/ Guillen/ González, Mary/ Collier

Relating to an unlawful employment practice by an employer whose leave policy does not permit an employee to use leave to care for the employee's foster child.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 208 Springer

Relating to designating October 19 as Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.


HB 264 Hernandez

Relating to public outreach materials to foster awareness of certain public school curriculum requirements.


HB 322 Canales/ Miller/ Wilson/ Shine/ Blanco/ et al.

Relating to the expunction of arrest records and files for certain veterans and the waiver of fees and costs charged for the expunction.

Criminal Justice

HB 354 Raney/ Oliverson/ Hefner/ Lambert/ Wray/ et al.

Relating to the process for establishing speed limits on roads near certain schools.


HB 355 Raney/ Guillen/ Clardy/ Minjarez/ Button/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting certain sex offenders from residing on the campus of a public or private institution of higher education.

Criminal Justice

HB 789 Meyer

Relating to minimum scores required for students in certain school districts to pass an examination for acceleration or for credit.


HB 871 Roberts/ Frank/ Miller/ Wu/ Klick/ et al.

Relating to child and family support services for families in crisis, including authorization agreements.

Health & Human Services

HB 873 Pickett/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting certain establishments serving the public from restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on the premises.

State Affairs

HB 878 King, Ken/ Fallon

Relating to the extension and modification of a public school district depository contract.


HB 897 Ashby/ Raney/ King, Ken/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from the taxes imposed on the sale, use, or rental of a motor vehicle for certain motor vehicles used for religious purposes.


HB 932 Johnson, Jarvis/ Wu/ Giddings/ et al.

Relating to the collection of information concerning the number of juvenile offenders committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department who have been in foster care.

Criminal Justice

HB 1093 Alvarado

Relating to petty cash funds for county welfare departments in certain populous counties.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1117 Wray

Relating to eligibility for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 1140 Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Guillen/ Raney/ Cosper/ Israel/ et al.

Relating to the allocation categories for state funding of public transportation.


HB 1352 Pickett/ Ortega/ Moody/ Blanco

Relating to the conveyance of property by a municipality for the public purpose of economic development.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1440 Bell

Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 154; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1456 Smithee

Relating to judicial review of certain decisions under the Texas Workers' Compensation Act.

Business & Commerce

HB 1503 Frullo/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Wray

Relating to the reporting of attempted child abductions.

Criminal Justice

HB 1526 King, Phil/ Geren/ Romero, Jr./ Davis, Sarah/ Meyer/ et al.

Relating to the provision of state death benefits to peace officers employed by certain private institutions of higher education located in this state.

State Affairs

HB 1761 Smithee

Relating to jurisdiction of the Texas Supreme Court.

State Affairs

HB 1896 Bohac

Relating to the application of and use of revenue from hotel occupancy taxes imposed by municipalities and counties.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1948 Elkins

Relating to the administration and operation of certain trusts created to provide for the general care and maintenance of perpetual care cemeteries.

Business & Commerce

HB 2027 Goldman

Relating to the repeal of certain laws regulating the sale or transfer of secondhand watches.

Business & Commerce

HB 2053 Oliveira

Relating to the enforcement of workers' compensation compliance and practice requirements.

Business & Commerce

HB 2056 Oliveira

Relating to access by the division of workers' compensation to certain designated doctor contracts under the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 2061 Oliveira

Relating to service and filing requirements for a party seeking judicial review in certain workers' compensation cases.

Business & Commerce

HB 2194 King, Phil/ Springer/ Lang

Relating to the board of trustees of the Weatherford Junior College District.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2328 Lucio III/ Elkins

Relating to an expedited response by a governmental body to a request for public information.

Business & Commerce

HB 2579 Holland/ Longoria

Relating to the bond and other coverages required to be maintained by or for the benefit of a savings bank.

Business & Commerce

HB 2582 Sheffield

Relating to an exemption for certain quarries from regulation as aggregate production operations.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2999 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of property owned by certain medical centers in certain counties.


HB 4300 Koop/ Button/ Burkett/ Johnson, Eric/ Neave

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

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 30 Springer/ Stucky/ Gonzales, Larry

Urging Congress to direct the Bureau of Land Management to affirm the provisions of the Red River Boundary Compact and to acknowledge that the vegetation line on the south bank of the Red River forms the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HCR 31 Springer/ Stucky/ Gonzales, Larry

Urging Congress to encourage the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revise existing policies that promote the waste of water after an irrigated crop has been declared a failure.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs