Senate Floor Action for 4/21/2021



April 21, 2021

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

SB 22 (CS)Springer/ Alvarado/ Bettencourt/ Blanco/ Campbell/ et al.

Relating to certain claims for benefits or compensation by certain public safety employees.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 462 (CS) (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to funding under the transportation allotment for transporting meals and instructional materials to students during a declared disaster.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 474 (LC)Lucio/ et al.

Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating a criminal offense.

SB 642 (CS) (LC)West/ et al.

Relating to the provision of mental health services for certain children at risk of relinquishment.

SB 739 (CS)Birdwell

Relating to the presiding officers of the boards of directors of certain river authorities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 787 (LC)Lucio

Relating to the designation of Farm-to-Market Road 1479 in Cameron County as the Bobby Morrow Memorial Highway.

SB 885 (CS) (LC)Hughes

Relating to quitclaim deeds.

SB 922 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to contracts for fingerprinting services entered into by the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 968 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to public health disaster and public health emergency preparedness and response; providing a civil penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 969 (CS)Kolkhorst

Relating to reporting procedures for and information concerning public health disasters and to certain public health studies; providing a civil penalty.

SB 1267 (CS)West

Relating to continuing education and training requirements for educators and other school district personnel.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1295 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to financial support and incentives for comprehensive regional universities.

SB 1524 (CS)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to a sales and use tax refund pilot program for certain persons who employ apprentices.

SB 1585 (CS)Hughes

Relating to requirements for the designation of a property as a historic landmark and the inclusion of a property in a historic district by a municipality.

SB 1677 (CS) (LC)Buckingham

Relating to eliminating certain reporting and posting requirements for public institutions of higher education and other state agencies and the requirement for a plan by certain school districts to increase enrollment in public institutions of higher education.

SB 1780 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the protection of public health in this state, including through the establishment of the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

SB 1818 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

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

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

SB 1261 (CS)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in this state and the express preemption of local regulation of those emissions.

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

SB 1146 Perry/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hall/ et al.

Relating to abortion reporting and exemptions to abortion facility licensing; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1158 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to state contracts with and investments in social media companies that censor political speech.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 250 Springer

Recognizing the 45th anniversary of Germanfest in Muenster.

SR 287 Birdwell/ Creighton/ Eckhardt/ Hancock/ Hughes/ et al.

Recognizing James Allan Curry on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 290 Lucio

In memory of Bobby Joe Morrow.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2221 Creighton

Relating to the powers, duties, territory, and governance of the Westwood Magnolia Parkway Improvement District; creating a criminal offense.

Local Government

SB 2222 Nelson/ Huffman

Relating to requiring rifle resistant windshields for certain Department of Public Safety automobiles.


HB 53 Fierro

Relating to the designation of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.


HB 574 Bonnen/ Goldman/ et al.

Relating to the elements of the criminal offense of election fraud; increasing criminal penalties.

State Affairs

HB 604 Noble/ Stucky/ Buckley/ Thierry/ Anderson/ et al.

Relating to a microchip scan of animals in the custody of an animal shelter or releasing agency, including an animal rescue organization.

Local Government

HB 636 Thompson, Senfronia/ Paddie/ Lambert/ Hernandez/ Geren/ et al.

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners; authorizing a fee.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1135 Morales, Christina/ Swanson/ et al.

Relating to the terms and conditions of a standard possession order in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

State Affairs

HB 1510 Metcalf/ Moody/ Burrows/ Paddie/ Hefner/ et al.

Relating to the response and resilience of certain electricity service providers to major weather-related events or other natural disasters; granting authority to issue bonds.


HB 1622 Guillen/ et al.

Relating to reporting of early voting rosters.

State Affairs

HB 1699 Raney

Relating to the taking of unbanded pen-reared pheasant and quail by certain landowners.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2083 Darby/ et al.

Relating to the general manager of the Upper Colorado River Authority.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2139 Lambert/ Clardy/ Rogers

Relating to the designation of state musicians for classical and nonclassical genres.


HB 3402 VanDeaver

Relating to the powers and duties of the Franklin County Water District.

Local Government

HB 3788 Holland

Relating to the training and education of appraisal review board members.

Local Government