Senate Floor Action for 5/3/2017



May 3, 2017

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

SB 179 (CS)Menéndez/ Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying of a public school student or minor and injury to or death of a minor; creating a criminal offense.

6 Floor Amendments

SB 323 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ Buckingham/ Burton/ Campbell/ Garcia/ et al.

Relating to the offense of female genital mutilation.

SB 537 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to requiring the disclosure of special course fees at public institutions of higher education.

SB 754 (LC)Perry

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

SB 833 (CS) (LC)Hughes

Relating to the regulation of certain health organizations certified by the Texas Medical Board; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 879 (CS)Uresti

Relating to a review of a person's disqualification to serve as a relative or other designated caregiver for a child.

SB 900 (CS) (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to penalties for certain family violence offenses and for assultive offenses against certain persons; imposing court costs.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1021 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to reports on the consolidation and certain functions of the health and human services system, including advisory committees within the system, and the re-creation of the Texas system of care framework.

SB 1023 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to the confidentiality of personal identifying information collected by certain airport governing boards.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1289 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the purchase of iron and steel products made in the United States for certain governmental entity projects.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1404 (CS)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to requiring school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report certain information regarding expanded learning opportunities.

SB 1437 (CS)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to payment for the use of a highway toll project.

SB 1520 (CS) (LC)Hancock

Relating to duties of physicians and certain other entities regarding patient records.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1676 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to the veterans county service office.

SB 1680 (CS) (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to a task force of border health officials.

SB 1693 (CS) (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to a study of seniors with a visual impairment by the Aging Texas Well Advisory Committee.

SB 1799 (LC)West

Relating to the student loan default prevention and financial aid literacy pilot program.

SB 1834 (CS)Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to the allocation of money associated with delays of transportation projects.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1913 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the administrative, civil, and criminal consequences, including fines, fees, and costs, imposed on persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of certain criminal offenses.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1936 (CS)Hughes

Relating to the issuance of specially marked driver's licenses and personal identification certificates to disabled veterans.

SB 2054 (CS)West/ et al.

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

SB 2056 (CS) (LC)Perry

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

SB 2118 (CS)Seliger/ et al.

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

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2188 (CS)Taylor, Larry

Relating to the average daily attendance calculation for students over 18 years of age who are in an off home campus instructional arrangement.

SB 2265 (CS)Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Relating to the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority and expanding the territory and powers of the authority; authorizing fees and the issuance of bonds.

SB 2270 (A)Lucio/ et al.

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 2282 (CS) (LC)Nichols

Relating to the dissolution of the Angelina County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 and the territory of the Angelina County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1.

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

SB 515 (CS)Taylor, Van

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

SB 762 (CS)Menéndez

Relating to the prosecution of offenses involving cruelty to animals; increasing a criminal penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1812 Taylor, Van/ et al.

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

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 415 Lucio

Recognizing May 3, 2017, as County Government Day.

SR 703 Huffines

Recognizing Tony Romo for his many achievements.

SR 714 Miles

Recognizing May 3, 2017, as Asian Real Estate Association of America Day.

SR 715 Taylor, Van

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of J. C. Penney Corporation in Texas.

SCR 51 (LC)Creighton

Urging appropriate state agencies to support the establishment of a veterans memorial in Conroe.

SCR 52 (CS) (LC)Creighton

Urging Congress to pass S.2896, the Care Veterans Deserve Act of 2016.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 4 (CS)Perry/ et al. SP: Geren/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement by campus police departments and certain local governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to related duties and liability of certain persons in the criminal justice system; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

Committee referral on the following:

SR 706 Rodríguez

Honoring the economic contributions made by immigrants to the Lone Star State.

State Affairs

SR 712 Seliger

Urging Congress to enact legislation to expand and extend the current federal tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage under Section 45Q of the Internal Revenue Code.

Business & Commerce

SB 2291 Lucio

Relating to the Texas Medal for the Defense of Freedom award.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

SB 2292 Campbell

Relating to the powers and duties of the Meyer Ranch Municipal Utility District of Comal County; affecting an existing limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose fees and taxes.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 8 Capriglione/ Elkins/ Parker/ Dale/ Dean/ et al.

Relating to cybersecurity for state agency information resources.

Business & Commerce

HB 16 Lozano/ Canales/ Zerwas/ Howard/ Davis, Sarah/ et al.

Relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at public and private postsecondary educational institutions.

Higher Education

HB 51 Guillen/ Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to regulation of the commercial oyster industry in this state; increasing criminal penalties; authorizing a fee.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 180 Lucio III

Relating to the review of groundwater conservation districts by the state auditor.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 265 Hernandez/ Flynn/ Faircloth

Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 294 Walle/ Bohac/ Dutton/ Oliverson/ Larson

Relating to appointment of a receiver for a water or sewer utility.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 418 White

Relating to certain duties of the Commission on Jail Standards regarding guidelines for the transportation of inmates by private vendors.

Criminal Justice

HB 448 Guillen

Relating to the transfer of certain revenue into the state parks account.


HB 561 Murphy

Relating to the operation of certain vehicles used for package delivery; authorizing a fee.


HB 655 Clardy/ Rodriguez, Justin/ et al.

Relating to the filing of a degree plan by students at public junior colleges.

Higher Education

HB 740 Burkett

Relating to the issuance and renewal of licenses and registrations for certain child-care facilities and the amount of the fees for those licenses.

Health & Human Services

HB 755 Parker

Relating to the use by certain tax-exempt organizations of certain payments made in connection with real property transfers to provide educational activities through certain schools.


HB 1014 Alonzo/ Hinojosa, Gina

Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 1041 González, Mary

Relating to the review of certain privately operated residential facilities for persons released on parole or to mandatory supervision.

Criminal Justice

HB 1099 Canales/ Turner/ Faircloth/ Longoria/ Metcalf

Relating to a residential tenant's right to summon police or other emergency assistance.

Business & Commerce

HB 1107 Reynolds/ Zerwas/ Miller/ Stephenson

Relating to county regulation of roadside vendors and solicitors.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1406 Blanco

Relating to the authority of the asset management division of the General Land Office to sell real property to a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1428 Smithee

Relating to mediation of the settlement of certain out-of-network health benefit claims involving balance billing for members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 1469 Bailes/ Schaefer

Relating to qualifications for certain teachers employed by certain open-enrollment charter schools.


HB 1512 Isaac

Relating to the maximum loan amount made to persons under the owner-builder loan program.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1555 Kuempel

Relating to the sale of lottery tickets by certain wine and beer retailers.

Business & Commerce

HB 1593 Bohac

Relating to the engagement strategies included in a school district's family engagement plan.


HB 1625 Bonnen, Greg/ Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the procedures for the enforcement by the General Land Office of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1648 Price

Relating to the designation of a water conservation coordinator by a retail public water utility to implement a water conservation plan.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1657 Phelan/ Arévalo

Relating to the renewal of a certificate of registration by certain interior designers.

Business & Commerce

HB 1691 Smithee/ King, Ken/ Price/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Frullo/ et al.

Relating to the designation of certain rest areas on Interstate Highway 27 in Hale County as the Nelda Laney Safety Stops.


HB 1727 Faircloth

Relating to the issuance of certain search warrants.

Criminal Justice

HB 1735 Faircloth

Relating to certain election officers.

State Affairs

HB 1861 Elkins

Relating to the confidentiality of certain information related to a computer security incident.

Business & Commerce

HB 1913 Geren

Relating to the required qualifications for serving as president of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and to the prohibition against the award of certain degrees by the center's governing board.

Higher Education

HB 1978 Sheffield

Relating to physician assistant services performed as volunteer care.

Health & Human Services

HB 2097 Geren

Relating to the sale of malt liquor, ale, and beer by the holder of a brewpub license.

Business & Commerce

HB 2113 Goldman/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of for-profit legal service contract companies.

Business & Commerce

HB 2126 Button

Relating to the franchise tax rate applicable to certain taxable entities that sell telephone prepaid calling cards.


HB 2275 Paddie

Relating to the regulation of a service contract.

Business & Commerce

HB 2308 Lambert/ Miller

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for veterans with disabilities that include the emblem from military academy license plates.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2386 Bailes/ Paddie/ et al.

Relating to volunteer firefighter supervision of outdoor burning of waste consisting of plant growth.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2546 Zerwas

Relating to completion of work status reports by a physician assistant under the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 2562 Shine

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for property used in master recordings and admissions to certain amusement services.


HB 2580 Holland/ Longoria

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

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2675 Dean

Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 31 in Gregg County as the Jack Ward Memorial Highway.


HB 2729 Lucio III

Relating to an inventory of credentials and certificates that may be earned by a public high school student through a career and technology education program.


HB 2823 Dean

Relating to the issuance and enforcement of a subpoena during the course of an investigation of a residential mortgage loan servicer.

Business & Commerce

HB 2989 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to payment of an ad valorem tax refund in the event of a tax roll correction that decreases a property owner's tax liability.


HB 3101 Kuempel

Relating to authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages on certain passenger buses; authorizing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 3215 Goldman

Relating to the authority of a licensed auctioneer to sell a business that owns vehicles without engaging in business as a motor vehicle dealer.

Business & Commerce

HB 3275 Capriglione

Relating to the monitoring of major information resources projects by the Department of Information Resources.

Business & Commerce

HB 3563 Koop

Relating to parental notification regarding public school teacher qualifications.


HB 4279 King, Tracy O.

Relating to expansion of the territory of the Frio Hospital District and to the election of the board of directors of the district.

Intergovernmental Relations

HCR 32 Springer/ Bernal

Designating the Bowie knife as the official State Knife of Texas.


HCR 53 Gooden

Authorizing the State Preservation Board, subject to state law and rules of the board, to approve and permit the relocation of the Texas Game Warden Memorial to a site at the State Capitol, south of the Sam Houston Building, just outside of the historic grounds.


Committee re-referral on the following:

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.

Re-referred from Finance to Administration