Senate Floor Action for 5/16/2017



May 16, 2017

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

SB 610 (CS)Huffines/ et al.

Relating to the state virtual school network.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 825 (LC)Taylor, Larry

Relating to school district discretion to administer college preparation assessment instruments to public school students at state cost.

SB 1696 (CS)Lucio

Relating to a periodic study on participation of public schools in a universal lunch program offered through the United States Department of Agriculture.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1971 (CS)Kolkhorst/ Buckingham

Relating to the deposit and allocation of certain funds to the Texas Racing Commission escrow account for purses.

3 Floor Amendments

SB 1972 (CS)Kolkhorst

Relating to the deposit and distribution by the Texas Racing Commission of certain pari-mutuel wagering funds to benefit the Texas-bred program.

HB 216 (LC)Springer SP: Estes

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 380 in Young and Jack Counties as the Henry H. King Memorial Highway.

HB 256 (LC)Hernandez/ Murphy/ Bohac SP: Whitmire

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

HB 263 (LC)Lozano SP: Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the issuance of "Back the Blue" specialty license plates.

HB 791 (CS) (LC)Lozano/ Cain SP: Hinojosa

Relating to allowing individuals appointed to state office to file required financial statements by certified mail.

HB 1116 (LC)Kacal SP: Buckingham

Relating to the repeal of certain state procurement advisory and approval procedures.

HB 1526 (LC)King, Phil/ Geren/ Romero, Jr./ Davis, Sarah/ Meyer/ et al. SP: Huffman

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1655 (LC)King, Phil SP: Huffines

Relating to the reporting of certain offenses committed by members of the Texas military forces.

HB 1691 (CS) (LC)Smithee/ King, Ken/ Price/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Frullo/ et al. SP: Seliger/ et al.

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

HB 2964 (LC)Meyer/ Button SP: Hancock

Relating to abandonment of shares of a mutual fund.

1 Floor Amendment

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

SB 1151 (CS)Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.

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

HB 1774 Bonnen, Greg/ Lucio III/ Parker/ Frullo/ Phillips/ et al. SP: Hancock

Relating to actions on and liability associated with certain insurance claims.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 770 Uresti/ Menéndez

Congratulating Fred Hines on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 781 Estes

Congratulating the Texas Woman's University gymnastics team on winning the 2017 USA Gymnastics Women's Collegiate National Championships.

SR 797 Menéndez/ Uresti/ Zaffirini

Recognizing Raynaldo T. Lopez on the occasion of his retirement.

HCR 143 Lozano SP: Burton

Recalling S.B. No. 622 from the governor for clerical actions.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 44 (LC)Zaffirini SP: Schofield

Relating to requirements relating to an application for a place on the ballot.

SB 495 (LC)Uresti SP: Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to certain procedural measures in a suit affecting a parent-child relationship to protect a child against child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

SB 549 (LC)Kolkhorst SP: Bell

Relating to refunds of certain bingo licensing and registration fees.

SB 559 (CS) (LC)Hancock SP: Darby

Relating to the miscellaneous gross receipts tax on utility companies.

SB 680 (CS)Hancock/ et al. SP: Bonnen, Greg/ et al.

Relating to step therapy protocols required by a health benefit plan in connection with prescription drug coverage.

SB 1052 (CS) (LC)Hughes SP: Flynn

Relating to debt cancellation agreements offered in connection with certain retail installment contracts and leases for vehicles and deferred payments under motor vehicle retail installment contracts; providing for a civil penalty.

SB 1516 (LC)Hancock SP: Geren

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

SB 1524 (CS)Nichols/ et al. SP: Morrison, Geanie W./ et al.

Relating to the movement of certain vehicles transporting an intermodal shipping container; authorizing a fee; creating an offense.

SB 1541 (CS) (LC)Estes SP: Lambert/ et al.

Relating to the treatment and recycling for beneficial use of drill cuttings.

SB 1630 (CS) (LC)Buckingham SP: Howard

Relating to cemeteries.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 66 Guillen/ Blanco/ Alonzo/ Guerra/ et al. SP: Zaffirini

Relating to determining eligibility for a Texas Armed Services Scholarship and to the appointment by certain elected officials of students to receive that scholarship.

Higher Education

HB 168 Lucio III/ Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to creating a voluntary program to recognize licensed before-school and after-school programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Health & Human Services

HB 245 Johnson, Eric/ Price/ Thompson, Senfronia/ White/ Phillips

Relating to certain reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies; providing a civil penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 855 Capriglione/ Goldman/ Simmons/ Rodriguez, Justin/ Button/ et al.

Relating to the management and investment of the economic stabilization fund, including the determination of a sufficient balance within the economic stabilization fund.


HB 972 Giddings/ King, Ken/ et al.

Relating to the assignment of a public school student to an uncertified teacher.


HB 1009 Alonzo/ Workman

Relating to the regulation of firefighters and fire departments by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1148 Davis, Sarah SP: Nelson

Relating to emergency health care services and trauma care systems.

Health & Human Services

HB 1296 Frullo/ Oliverson/ Larson/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to health benefit coverage for prescription drug synchronization.

Business & Commerce

HB 1632 Bonnen, Greg/ Guillen/ Uresti, Tomas/ et al.

Relating to deferred payment of ad valorem taxes for certain persons serving in the United States armed forces.


HB 1904 Capriglione

Relating to the powers and compensation of criminal law magistrates in Tarrant County.

State Affairs

HB 1905 Guillen

Relating to general officers within the Texas Military Department.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2121 Cyrier/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"

Relating to damages in certain contract claims against the state.

State Affairs

HB 2886 Klick

Relating to limiting the liability of certain health care providers.

State Affairs

HB 2925 Shine

Relating to the administration of gasoline and diesel fuel motor fuels taxes and the fee on the delivery of certain petroleum products.


HB 2962 Capriglione/ Sheffield/ Springer/ Laubenberg/ Burkett/ et al.

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

Health & Human Services

HB 3204 Raymond

Relating to vendor requirements under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Health & Human Services

HB 3218 Phillips

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

Business & Commerce

HB 3236 Kacal/ King, Ken/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Ashby

Relating to the costs associated with the provision of certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials.

State Affairs

HB 3557 Murphy

Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations.


HB 3674 Roberts/ Oliverson/ Swanson

Relating to the certification of unopposed candidates for the board of directors of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority.

Intergovernmental Relations

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