Senate Floor Action for 5/18/2017



May 18, 2017

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

SB 2149 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to early in-person voting by voters who reside at a residential care facility.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2196 (CS)Buckingham

Relating to the requirements for annexation by a municipality of certain municipal utility districts.

HB 257 (LC)Hernandez/ Flynn/ Blanco/ Bernal/ Rodriguez, Justin/ et al. SP: Buckingham

Relating to a report by the Texas Workforce Commission regarding the transition from military service to employment.

HB 804 (CS) (LC)Dale SP: Taylor, Van

Relating to the entitlement of a lessee of property who is required to pay the ad valorem taxes on the property to receive notice of the appraised value of the property.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1106 Thompson, Senfronia SP: Hughes

Relating to the membership of the Texas Racing Commission.

HB 1257 (LC)Kacal SP: Birdwell

Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of criminal mischief involving property used for flood control purposes or a dam.

HB 1449 (CS)Simmons/ Workman/ Paddie/ Fallon/ et al. SP: Nelson/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting local governments from imposing certain fees on new construction.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1512 (CS) (LC)Isaac SP: Watson

Relating to the administration of the owner-builder loan program.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1571 (LC)Paddie SP: Hughes

Relating to energy savings performance contracts.

HB 1606 (LC)Huberty SP: Lucio

Relating to the authority of the Texas Military Department to purchase food and beverages.

HB 1648 Price SP: Seliger

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

HB 2097 (LC)Geren SP: Watson

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

HB 2126 (LC)Button SP: Birdwell

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

HB 2324 (LC)Israel SP: Zaffirini

Relating to the deadline for volunteer deputy registrars to submit voter registration applications.

HB 2615 Goldman/ et al. SP: Hancock

Relating to the licensing of towing operators and vehicle storage facility employees by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

HB 2783 (LC)Smithee SP: Watson

Relating to the assessment of litigation costs and attorney fees in certain lawsuits under the public information law.

HB 2933 (LC)Bonnen, Dennis/ Cosper SP: Taylor, Larry

Relating to the licensing and regulation of military optometrists and therapeutic optometrists who provide voluntary charity care.

HB 2989 (LC)Bonnen, Dennis SP: Taylor, Larry

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 2999 (CS) (LC)Bonnen, Dennis SP: Huffman/ et al.

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3257 Paddie SP: Hancock

Relating to the regulation and inspection of boilers.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3276 (LC)Oliverson/ Smithee/ Cook/ Turner/ et al. SP: Taylor, Larry

Relating to notice of health benefit plan provider network status provided by certain freestanding emergency medical care facilities.

HB 3481 (LC)Thierry SP: Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the terms of district courts in Harris County.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 4032 (LC)Phillips SP: Hughes

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

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

HB 25 Simmons/ Larson/ Laubenberg/ Davis, Sarah/ Fallon/ et al. SP: Hancock

Relating to the elimination of straight-party voting.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 768 Huffines

Recognizing Patrick and Fay Cosgrove on the occasion of their 70th wedding anniversary.

SR 784 Campbell

Recognizing Sharon Pierce on the occasion of her retirement.

SR 791 Lucio/ Hinojosa/ Zaffirini

Recognizing the inaugural class of the Rio Grande Valley Legislative Internship Program.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 1107 (CS)Schwertner/ Perry/ et al. SP: Price/ et al.

Relating to telemedicine and telehealth services.

Committee referral on the following:

SCR 54 Miles

Expressing support for the creation of the Sam Houston Republic of Texas Presidential Library at Sam Houston State University.


HJR 73 Burns/ Ashby/ Kacal/ Shine/ Cosper/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.

Business & Commerce

HB 34 Smithee/ Moody/ Canales/ et al.

Relating to measures to prevent wrongful convictions.

Criminal Justice

HB 296 Muñoz, Jr.

Relating to a deceptive act or practice related to the sale, marketing, packaging, or advertising of nitrous oxide.

Business & Commerce

HB 477 Collier

Relating to the provision and use of health coverage information to educate consumers purchasing individual health benefit coverage.

Business & Commerce

HB 557 Collier/ Minjarez/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Rose

Relating to the expunction of arrest records and files for certain persons who are tried for an offense and subsequently acquitted; authorizing a fee.


HB 578 Turner/ Capriglione/ Bernal

Relating to certain leave policies for state employees.

Business & Commerce

HB 744 Farrar/ Vo

Relating to recovery of attorney's fees in certain civil cases.

State Affairs

HB 849 Murr

Relating to notice to certain lienholders of cancellation of certain automobile insurance coverages.

Business & Commerce

HB 986 Guerra

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

Health & Human Services

HB 1062 Gooden

Relating to the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College District.

Higher Education

HB 1258 Clardy/ Price/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Nevárez/ Holland/ et al.

Relating to information publicly available in a state court document database; authorizing a fee.

State Affairs

HB 1290 Roberts/ Button/ Parker/ Kacal/ et al.

Relating to the required repeal of a state agency rule before adoption of a new state agency rule.

Business & Commerce

HB 1414 Cortez/ Arévalo/ Gutierrez/ Perez/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ et al.

Relating to voting procedures for certain federal postcard applicants and military personnel serving overseas.

State Affairs

HB 1480 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to a writ of mandamus by a court of appeals against an associate judge in certain cases.


HB 1605 Blanco/ Elkins/ Capriglione/ Gonzales, Larry/ Lucio III

Relating to the powers and duties of the Department of Information Resources regarding cybersecurity.

Business & Commerce

HB 1649 Muñoz, Jr.

Relating to the use of extrapolation by a health maintenance organization or an insurer to audit claims.

Business & Commerce

HB 1856 King, Ken

Relating to the creation of a defense under the Solid Waste Disposal Act for persons engaged in certain scrap metal recycling transactions.

Business & Commerce

HB 2057 Oliveira

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

Business & Commerce

HB 2122 Clardy

Relating to the adoption of the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act.

State Affairs

HB 2484 Nevárez/ Anderson, Charles "Doc"

Relating to the licensing and regulation of animal export-import processing facilities; providing penalties; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

HB 2750 Hinojosa, Gina/ Lozano/ Raney/ Clardy/ et al.

Relating to requiring a public employer to give notice to new employees of the ability of certain employees to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Business & Commerce

HB 2766 Sheffield/ Zerwas/ Miller/ White/ Raymond/ et al.

Relating to the creation and administration of a reinvestment allowance for certain long-term care facilities.

Health & Human Services

HB 3071 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the equalization of the rates of production fees charged on certain wells by the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District; authorizing an increase in the rate of the fee.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3226 Phillips

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

Business & Commerce

HB 3281 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the eligibility of certain municipalities to establish homestead preservation districts and reinvestment zones.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3702 Davis, Yvonne

Relating to the notice of rights provided to an injured employee under the Texas workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 3969 King, Ken

Relating to a study regarding the feasibility of implementing a central filing system for the filing of financing statements for agricultural liens.

Business & Commerce

HCR 106 Deshotel/ Perez/ Faircloth/ Roberts/ Cain/ et al.

Urging Congress to provide sufficient federal funding for the construction of a storm surge barrier along the Texas coast.