Senate Floor Action for 5/9/2017



May 9, 2017

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

SJR 54 Taylor, Larry

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing a municipal charter amendment election to be held on certain election dates.

SB 50 Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the offense of hazing.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 83 (CS)Hall/ et al.

Relating to protection of energy critical infrastructure from electromagnetic, geomagnetic, physical, and cyber-attack threats.

SB 349 (LC)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.

SB 384 Burton

Relating to the scheduling of the administration of certain postsecondary readiness assessment instruments to public high school students.

SB 436 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the operation of the special education continuing advisory committee.

SB 748 (CS)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to transition planning for a public school student enrolled in a special education program.

SB 1143 Hall/ et al.

Relating to a prohibition on converting high occupancy vehicle highway lanes to tolled lanes.

SB 1239 (CS)Taylor, Van

Relating to the authority of a municipality to remove directors of the North Texas Municipal Water District.

SB 1294 Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to election of professional staff representatives to certain school district planning and decision-making committees.

SB 1314 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the regulation of substance abuse facilities and programs for juveniles.

SB 1660 (CS)Taylor, Larry

Relating to the minimum amount of student instruction required to be provided by school districts and calculation of average daily attendance for public school students.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1679 (CS)Lucio

Relating to the use of the fund for veterans' assistance to provide grants to support veterans county service offices.

SB 1794 (LC)Menéndez

Relating to the elimination of a specific requirement that certain school districts develop and implement a plan to increase enrollment of the district's students at institutions of higher education.

SB 1873 (CS)Hinojosa

Relating to a report regarding certain health and safety information prepared by the Texas Education Agency.

SB 1981 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to selection of statewide competition locations by the University Interscholastic League.

SB 2068 (LC)Buckingham

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

SB 2140 (CS)Lucio/ Hinojosa/ Perry/ et al.

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

HB 409 (LC)Springer SP: Estes

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

HB 1483 (LC)Landgraf SP: Seliger

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

HB 1612 (LC)Romero, Jr. SP: Hancock

Relating to the authority of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to offer a civil penalty in lieu of suspending a permit or license.

HB 1818 Gonzales, Larry/ Raymond/ Darby/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Flynn SP: Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Railroad Commission of Texas; providing for the imposition of fees.

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

SB 764 Huffines/ et al.

Relating to accounting for costs incurred by this state as a result of the presence of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.

SB 2094 (CS)Hall/ Perry/ et al.

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

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

SB 1018 (CS)Hughes/ Perry/ et al.

Relating to the licensing of family residential centers by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the detention of certain juveniles.

SB 2095 (LC)Hall/ et al.

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

The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and postponed:

HB 2328 (LC)Lucio III/ Elkins SP: Watson/ et al.

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

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 682 Hall

Recognizing May 7 through 9, 2017, as Hopkins County Adult Leadership Days.

SR 704 Seliger/ Nelson

Recognizing May 9, 2017, as Texas Medical Association Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching Day.

SR 740 Huffines/ Campbell/ Kolkhorst/ Seliger/ Taylor, Larry/ et al.

Recognizing the fifth class of Governor William P. Clements Jr. Scholars for their commitment to public service.

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 21 Bell/ Metcalf/ Guillen/ Shine/ Blanco/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead and harmonizing certain related provisions of the Texas Constitution.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HJR 36 González, Mary/ Sheffield/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Walle/ Murr/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board to provide assistance to economically distressed areas.


HB 21 Huberty/ Zerwas/ Turner/ King, Ken/ Dutton/ et al.

Relating to the public school finance system.


HB 62 Craddick/ Cook/ Lucio III/ Davis, Yvonne/ Wu/ et al.

Relating to the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; creating a criminal offense; modifying existing criminal penalties.

State Affairs

HB 72 Keough

Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of victim-offender mediation programs; authorizing fees.

Criminal Justice

HB 92 Guillen/ et al.

Relating to the entitlement of spouses of certain veterans with disabilities to a veteran's employment preference.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 100 Paddie/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Nevárez/ Kuempel/ Morrison, Geanie W./ et al. SP: Schwertner

Relating to the regulation of transportation network companies; requiring an occupational permit; authorizing a fee.

State Affairs

HB 117 White/ Anderson, Rodney

Relating to ethyl alcohol monitoring as a condition of community supervision for certain intoxication offenses; authorizing the imposition of costs.

Criminal Justice

HB 132 Minjarez/ Bernal/ Thierry/ Rodriguez, Justin/ Miller/ et al.

Relating to the ability of certain relative caretakers of dependent children to receive supplemental financial assistance and be assigned as protective payees for financial assistance payments; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

Health & Human Services

HB 150 Bell/ Alonzo/ Guillen/ Shine/ Blanco/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the appraised value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value of the residence homestead.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 214 Canales

Relating to a recording of certain proceedings of the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals and the publication of the recordings.

State Affairs

HB 238 Hernandez/ Romero, Jr./ Faircloth

Relating to the creation of records of the DNA of certain defendants for inclusion in the DNA database system.

Criminal Justice

HB 239 Hernandez/ White

Relating to a report regarding the confinement of pregnant inmates by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 337 Collier/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Coleman/ Longoria/ Phelan

Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance benefits, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail.

Health & Human Services

HB 362 Moody

Relating to the procedure for rearrest and adjustment of the bond amount in certain criminal cases.

Criminal Justice

HB 367 Bernal/ VanDeaver/ Price/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Minjarez/ et al.

Relating to the authority of a public school to donate food to a nonprofit organization to be served to students of the school.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 431 Metcalf/ et al.

Relating to a temporary justice of the peace.

State Affairs

HB 478 Israel/ Laubenberg/ Rinaldi/ Gutierrez/ Neave/ et al.

Relating to civil liability for removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.

State Affairs

HB 523 Schofield/ Fallon/ Uresti, Tomas/ Rinaldi/ et al.

Relating to the requirement that certain elected school district boards make audio and video recordings of certain work sessions and special called meetings available on the Internet.


HB 555 Springer/ Frank/ King, Ken/ Phillips/ VanDeaver

Relating to an additional fee for issuing a marriage license to applicants who are not residents of this state.

State Affairs

HB 590 Bohac/ Fallon/ Springer

Relating to the liability of first responders who provide roadside assistance.

State Affairs

HB 639 Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Huberty/ Kacal/ Stephenson

Relating to authorizing the purchase of certain insurance coverage by public schools for the benefit of businesses and students participating in career and technology programs and providing for immunity from liability of certain public school students participating in career and technology programs.


HB 683 Wu/ Phillips/ Herrero/ King, Phil/ Hinojosa, Gina/ et al.

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possession or use of law enforcement identification, insignia, or vehicles in a municipality and the clarification of the offenses of false identification as a peace officer and misrepresentation of property.

Criminal Justice

HB 785 Raney/ Zerwas/ Sheffield/ Burkett/ Klick/ et al.

Relating to the provision of embryo donation information.

Health & Human Services

HB 812 Wu/ Davis, Sarah/ Murphy/ Alvarado

Relating to standing in a roadway; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.


HB 874 Kuempel

Relating to a charitable raffle ticket awarded as a bingo prize.

State Affairs

HB 998 Alvarado

Relating to the confidentiality of certain information stored as part of the preparation of campaign finance reports required to be filed with the clerk of certain counties or municipalities.

State Affairs

HB 1036 Thompson, Senfronia/ Hernandez/ Laubenberg/ Collier/ Sheffield/ et al.

Relating to coverage for certain breast cancer screening procedures under certain health benefit plans.

Business & Commerce

HB 1055 Burkett/ et al.

Relating to a limitation on the amount of certain licensing fees charged by state agencies.

Business & Commerce

HB 1066 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the collection of certain judgments through court proceeding.

State Affairs

HB 1075 Thompson, Ed

Relating to the frequency of criminal background checks for sports officials registered with the University Interscholastic League.


HB 1081 Arévalo/ Allen/ Dutton

Relating to the new instructional facility allotment under the foundation school program.


HB 1103 Hernandez

Relating to excluding a person on the suspense list from jury duty.

State Affairs

HB 1174 Hinojosa, Gina/ Gonzales, Larry/ Koop

Relating to indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system.


HB 1216 Deshotel/ Thierry

Relating to disclosure regarding the existence of a gestational agreement in a suit for the dissolution of a marriage and standing of an intended parent under a gestational agreement to file a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

State Affairs

HB 1217 Parker

Relating to appointment of and performance of notarial acts by an online notary public and online acknowledgment and proof of written instruments; authorizing a fee and creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 1470 Villalba/ Oliveira

Relating to the public sale of real property under a power of sale in a security instrument.

Business & Commerce

HB 1504 Allen

Relating to a community supervision and corrections department policy regarding supervision officer meetings and visits.

Criminal Justice

HB 1522 White/ et al.

Relating to a task force to coordinate and make recommendations on parent engagement and education programs provided by state agencies.

Health & Human Services

HB 1549 Burkett/ Raymond/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Price/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the provision of services by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including child protective services and prevention and early intervention services.

Health & Human Services

HB 1556 González, Mary/ Frank/ Cook/ Giddings/ Simmons

Relating to the appointment of foster parents and other qualified persons to serve as educational decision-makers for certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Health & Human Services

HB 1630 Dale

Relating to the approval of expenditures for the Texas Military Department.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 1730 Cyrier

Relating to certification of the state's primary standards of weights and measures.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 1744 Murr

Relating to the payment of certain costs associated with certain assignments of a statutory probate court judge.

State Affairs

HB 1787 Wray

Relating to the execution of a declaration for mental health treatment.

Health & Human Services

HB 1819 Springer/ Dale/ Canales/ Moody/ Capriglione/ et al.

Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a firearm silencer.

State Affairs

HB 1877 Murr

Relating to a penalty for independent executors who misrepresent in an affidavit in lieu of the inventory, appraisement, and list of claims that certain beneficiaries received the inventory and appraisement.

State Affairs

HB 1917 Raymond/ Price/ Zerwas/ Longoria/ Davis, Sarah/ et al.

Relating to contract requirements for prescription drug benefits provided by Medicaid managed care organizations.

Business & Commerce

HB 1957 Laubenberg

Relating to the treatment of political contributions by a person's spouse under the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

State Affairs

HB 2008 Cosper/ Bernal/ Craddick/ Shine

Relating to deferred presentment transactions made to military borrowers.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2048 Dutton

Relating to certain procedures for cases and orders relating to the Title IV-D agency.

State Affairs

HB 2101 Frullo/ Villalba

Relating to the issuance of a food and beverage certificate to holders of certain alcoholic beverage permits and licenses.

Business & Commerce

HB 2207 Kuempel

Relating to procedures and fees for the deposit and safekeeping of wills and other fees collected by court clerks in probate matters; authorizing and increasing fees.

State Affairs

HB 2223 Giddings/ White

Relating to developmental coursework offered by public institutions of higher education under the Texas Success Initiative.

Higher Education

HB 2277 Darby

Relating to the temporary exemption or tax reduction for certain high-cost gas.


HB 2285 Thompson, Ed/ Raney/ Paul/ Alvarado/ Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Institute for Coastal Prairie Research and Education at the University of Houston.

Higher Education

HB 2306 Guillen/ Longoria/ King, Tracy O.

Relating to the use of auction proceeds from the sale of certain abandoned motor vehicles to reimburse law enforcement agencies for compensation paid to certain property owners.

Criminal Justice

HB 2373 Miller

Relating to the period for filing a claim for reimbursement for certain ancillary services under the Medicaid program.

Health & Human Services

HB 2425 Price/ Rose/ Larson/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Oliverson/ et al.

Relating to a requirement that a hospital allow a patient to designate a caregiver to receive aftercare instruction regarding the patient.

Health & Human Services

HB 2463 Price

Relating to requiring state agencies to develop written succession plans.

Business & Commerce

HB 2475 Davis, Sarah

Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for certain amusement services.


HB 2486 Stucky/ Darby/ Raney/ Frank/ Lambert

Relating to restoration of the position of public employees when relieved of duty from the Texas military forces or a similar unit.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2508 Kuempel

Relating to the licensing and regulation of tow truck companies, tow truck operators, vehicle storage facilities, and vehicle storage facility employees, the regulation of parking facilities and parking facility owners, and the elimination of required state licensing for vehicle booting companies and operators.

Business & Commerce

HB 2765 Clardy

Relating to the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact; authorizing fees.

Business & Commerce

HB 2776 Smithee

Relating to the right of certain appellants to supersede a judgment or order on appeal.

State Affairs

HB 2819 Darby/ Anchia

Relating to the establishment of an advisory committee for the TexNet seismic monitoring program.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2849 Burkett/ Bonnen, Greg

Relating to the procedures for removing certain persons' names from the child abuse and neglect central registry.

State Affairs

HB 2993 Phillips

Relating to the public transportation advisory committee.


HB 3016 Thompson, Senfronia/ Alonzo/ Workman/ Collier

Relating to the eligibility of a criminal defendant for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information.

Criminal Justice

HB 3019 Burkett/ Button

Relating to the prosecution for the offense of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual.

Criminal Justice

HB 3056 Meyer/ Flynn

Relating to the participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System of certain employees of certain municipalities subject to the Texas Local Fire Fighters Retirement Act.

State Affairs

HB 3062 Kacal

Relating to the sale of property for delinquent ad valorem taxes.


HB 3078 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to transfer of the regulation of podiatry to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; authorizing a reduction in fees.

Health & Human Services

HB 3082 Capriglione

Relating to the investment training requirement for certain local government officers.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3124 Gooden

Relating to certain physician-specific comparison data compiled by a health benefit plan issuer, including the release of that data to physicians participating in certain physician-led organizations.

Business & Commerce

HB 3125 Kuempel/ Gutierrez/ Raymond/ Dale/ Herrero

Relating to charitable raffles conducted by the charitable foundations of certain professional sports teams.

State Affairs

HB 3131 Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to the disposal of certain motor vehicles to a motor vehicle demolisher; increasing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 3151 Sheffield

Relating to demonstration projects to coordinate eligibility renewal and eligibility recertification for certain children in the Medicaid and child health plan programs.

Health & Human Services

HB 3158 Flynn/ Villalba/ Koop/ Alonzo/ Meyer/ et al.

Relating to the retirement systems for and the provision of other benefits to police and fire fighters in certain municipalities; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 3166 Lucio III

Relating to the consideration of modeled sustainable groundwater pumping in the adoption of desired future conditions in groundwater conservation districts.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 3177 Lucio III

Relating to the delegation of matters to the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3188 Alvarado

Relating to the number of civil works projects certain municipally owned water utilities may contract for in a fiscal year.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 3189 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the reporting of and access to information related to court-ordered prescription drug substance abuse treatment; providing a criminal penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 3223 Goldman/ Raney/ King, Phil/ et al.

Relating to liability for the sale or transfer of law enforcement vehicles before removal of certain equipment and insignia; providing civil penalties.

Business & Commerce

HB 3232 Darby

Relating to the penalty imposed on certain delinquent oil and gas severance taxes.


HB 3356 King, Tracy O.

Relating to privacy of certain structured settlement information.

State Affairs

HB 3537 Geren

Relating to the use of money subject to restrictions under federal law that is credited to the deferred maintenance fund account.


HB 3781 Phelan

Relating to the uses of the lifetime license endowment account by the Parks and Wildlife Department.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 3948 Geren

Relating to the punishment for the offense of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Criminal Justice

HB 4032 Phillips

Relating to annual limitations on the reimbursement of expenses incurred by district court reporters.

State Affairs

HB 4102 Neave/ González, Mary/ Villalba/ Minjarez/ Blanco/ et al.

Relating to establishing and funding a grant program for testing evidence collected in relation to sexual assaults or other sex offenses; authorizing voluntary contributions.

Criminal Justice

HB 4122 Kacal/ Guerra

Relating to the transference of certain territory from one groundwater conservation district to another.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

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