Senate Floor Action for 4/8/2021



April 8, 2021

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

SJR 35 Campbell/ Bettencourt/ Blanco/ Gutierrez/ Hall/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

SB 4 (LC)Buckingham/ Bettencourt/ Campbell/ Creighton/ Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to provisions in agreements between governmental entities and professional sports teams requiring the United States national anthem to be played at team events.

SB 6 (CS)Hancock/ Bettencourt/ Campbell/ Creighton/ Huffman/ et al.

Relating to liability for certain claims arising during a pandemic or other disaster or emergency.

4 Floor Amendments

SB 36 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the offense of hazing.

SB 219 (CS)Hughes

Relating to civil liability and responsibility for the consequences of defects in the plans, specifications, or related documents for the construction or repair of an improvement to real property.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 224 Perry/ West/ et al.

Relating to simplified certification and recertification requirements for certain persons under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

SB 248 (CS) (LC)Johnson/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of and permits for the sale or delivery of cigarettes, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes; requiring permits; imposing fees; providing administrative penalties.

SB 424 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to state agency enforcement of laws regulating small businesses.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 460 (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to designating the 11th day of each month as Buddy Check Day.

SB 611 Campbell/ Bettencourt/ Blanco/ Gutierrez/ Hall/ et al.

Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

SB 742 (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes on property in a disaster area.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 792 Campbell/ et al.

Relating to specialty license plates and parking placards for vehicles of certain disabled veterans.

SB 796 (CS)Schwertner/ Bettencourt/ Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to hearing and public notice requirements regarding the purchase or conversion by a municipality of certain properties to house homeless individuals.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 851 Blanco

Relating to the composition of the cybersecurity council.

SB 1822 (CS)Huffman

Relating to dates of certain elections to be held in 2022.

2 Floor Amendments

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

SB 1112 (CS)Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Creighton/ Hall/ Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to requirements for an early voting ballot voted by mail; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1113 Bettencourt/ Creighton/ Hall/ Kolkhorst/ Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to a registrar's failure to cancel voter registrations under applicable law.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1114 (CS)Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Creighton/ Hall/ Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to verification of the citizenship status of certain registered voters.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 225 Schwertner

In memory of Chad Michael Walker.

SR 230 Kolkhorst

Recognizing April 8, 2021, as Victoria County Day.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2155 Creighton

Relating to the authority of the Chambers County Improvement District No. 1 to issue bonds and impose certain taxes or assessments.

Local Government

SB 2189 Kolkhorst

Relating to the creation of the Austin County Municipal Utility District No. 1; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Local Government

SB 2191 Perry

Relating to the powers, duties, and bond authority of the Lubbock Reese Redevelopment Authority; providing authority to impose a fee.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 7 Button/ Metcalf/ Rodriguez/ Thierry/ Landgraf/ et al.

Relating to the computation of the replenishment ratio used to determine an employer's unemployment compensation contribution tax rate.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 10 Paddie/ Hernandez/ et al.

Relating to the governance of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Office of Public Utility Counsel, and an independent organization certified to manage a power region.


HB 11 Paddie/ Hernandez/ Allison/ et al.

Relating to the preparedness for extreme weather emergencies of facilities that provide electricity service; providing an administrative penalty.


HB 12 Raymond/ Paddie/ Hernandez/ Bonnen/ Button/ et al.

Relating to a study on a statewide disaster alert system and implementation of that system and to notice to elected officials of a widespread power, water, or natural gas outage or emergency.


HB 13 Paddie/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Energy Disaster Reliability Council.


HB 16 Hernandez/ Paddie/ Hunter/ Morales Shaw/ et al.

Relating to the sale of wholesale indexed products by retail electric providers.

Business & Commerce

HB 17 Deshotel/ Paddie/ Reynolds/ Perez/ Harris/ et al.

Relating to a restriction on the regulation of utility services and infrastructure based on the energy source to be used or delivered.

Business & Commerce

HB 119 Landgraf/ Turner, John/ White/ Holland/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting organ transplant recipient discrimination on the basis of certain disabilities.

Health & Human Services

HB 390 Thompson, Senfronia/ Shine/ Morales, Eddie/ González, Jessica/ et al.

Relating to requirements for human trafficking awareness and prevention in commercial lodging establishments; authorizing a civil penalty.


HB 567 Frank/ Noble/ Wu/ Bell, Keith/ Dutton/ et al.

Relating to the procedures and grounds for terminating the parent-child relationship, 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.

State Affairs

HB 654 Lucio III/ Burrows/ Allison/ Leach/ et al.

Relating to the rule against perpetuities.


HB 682 Minjarez/ Toth/ Canales/ Morales, Eddie/ et al.

Relating to notifying an alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect of the person's right to request an administrative review of the department's findings after an investigation by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Health & Human Services

HB 725 Patterson/ González, Mary/ Dominguez/ Allison/ Cook/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility of certain children who are or were in foster care for free prekindergarten programs in public schools.


HB 797 Howard/ Price/ Jetton/ Guerra/ Klick/ et al.

Relating to the possession and administration of certain vaccines by a home and community support services agency or its employees.

Health & Human Services

HB 867 Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to the issuance of a qualified domestic relations order for the payment of spousal maintenance and child support obligations.

State Affairs

HB 1070 Harris/ Anderson/ Toth

Relating to the performance of pest control work by persons who hold a commercial or noncommercial applicator license issued by the Department of Agriculture.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 1445 Oliverson/ Meyer/ Allison/ Swanson SP: Nichols

Relating to the applicability of the sales and use tax to medical or dental billing services.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 41 Zaffirini

Relating to the consolidation and allocation of state civil court costs; increasing certain civil court costs.

Re-referred from State Affairs to Jurisprudence