Senate Floor Action for 4/27/2021



April 27, 2021

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

SJR 47 Huffman/ Birdwell/ Hinojosa/ Nichols/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for certain judicial offices.

SB 275 (LC)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to the use of an entity name that falsely implies governmental affiliation.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 280 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the composition and duties of the capital and forensic writs committee.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 286 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to suits affecting the parent-child relationship and the calculation and enforcement of child support.

SB 784 Creighton/ et al.

Relating to rates established by municipalities for water and sewer services.

SB 912 (LC)Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to increasing the criminal penalty for certain conduct engaged in while participating in a riot and to restitution for property damage resulting from participating in a riot.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 997 (CS)Nichols

Relating to procedural requirements for the review of a contractual rate charged for the furnishing of raw or treated water or water or sewer service.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1105 (CS)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to the resumption of employment by certain retirees within the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

SB 1138 (CS) (LC)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to a study on streamlining public safety net programs to reduce costs and improve outcomes for recipients under the programs.

SB 1259 (CS) (LC)Birdwell

Relating to causes of action for withholding payments of the proceeds from the sale of oil and gas production.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1315 Lucio

Relating to the determination that certain property is used as an aid or facility incidental to or useful in the operation or development of a port or waterway or in aid of navigation-related commerce for purposes of the application of certain ad valorem tax laws.

SB 1341 Springer

Relating to eligibility for certain benefits provided under public assistance programs.

SB 1413 (CS)Paxton

Relating to the electronic delivery of certain communications and payments required or permitted under the Property Tax Code; authorizing a fee.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1480 (LC)Johnson

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain drug and alcohol related court-ordered educational programs; providing administrative penalties; requiring occupational licenses; authorizing fees; creating criminal offenses.

SB 1815 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to motor vehicle size and weight limitations.

SB 1831 (CS) (LC)Taylor/ et al.

Relating to the punishment for trafficking of persons, online solicitation of a minor, and prostitution and warning signs regarding certain penalties for trafficking of persons; increasing criminal penalties.

SB 1879 (CS)Bettencourt/ Hall/ Paxton

Relating to the authorization and reporting of expenditures for lobbying activities by certain political subdivisions and other public entities.

SB 1896 (CS)Kolkhorst

Relating to the regulation of child-care facilities and foster care placements and services and the creation of the Office of Community-Based Care Transition.

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

SB 1439 (CS) (LC)Campbell/ Bettencourt/ Hall/ Hughes/ Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to required written consent of a physician, intern, or resident of an educational institution before directly or indirectly performing or participating in an elective abortion.

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

SB 513 Hall/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; creating a criminal offense.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 566 Buckingham

Relating to electricity service provided by certain municipally owned utilities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1111 Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Creighton/ Hall/ Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the residence address of a voter for purposes of a response to a confirmation notice sent by the voter registrar.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1428 Bettencourt

Relating to the applicability of the exemptions in the event of a disaster from certain limitations on the ad valorem tax rate of a taxing unit.

SB 1499 (CS)Buckingham

Relating to the municipal disannexation of certain areas formerly designated as a census designated place.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1508 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of the election integrity division in the office of the attorney general.

SB 1509 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to identification requirements for early voting by mail.

SB 1589 (CS)Bettencourt/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement of laws relating to elections.

SB 1646 (CS)Perry/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the definition of abuse of a child.

SB 2202 (CS)Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the social studies curriculum in public schools.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SCR 41 Springer/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Campbell/ et al.

Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states for ratification the "Keep Nine" amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2220 Hughes

Relating to the creation of an additional judicial district composed of Smith County.


SB 2223 Buckingham

Relating to the creation of the Travis County Municipal Utility District No. 27; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Local Government

SB 2225 Eckhardt

Relating to the Cottonwood Creek Development District.

Local Government

SB 2226 Hughes

Relating to the effect of procedural rules adopted by the Supreme Court of Texas.

State Affairs

SB 2227 Hughes

Relating to securitizing costs associated with electric markets; granting authority to issue bonds.

Business & Commerce

SB 2228 Taylor

Relating to the authority of the City of Kemah Municipal Management District No. 1 to provide water and sewer service, exercise certain powers, issue bonds, and impose fees, taxes, and assessments and to the validation of certain acts and proceedings of the district.

Local Government

SB 2229 Hinojosa

Relating to the powers of the Hidalgo County Drainage District Number 1; authorizing the issuance of bonds.

Local Government

SB 2230 Schwertner

Relating to the operation and administration of the Texas Bullion Depository.


SB 2231 Hall

Relating to the resilience of the electric grid and certain municipalities.

State Affairs

SB 2232 Hall

Relating to elections.

State Affairs

SB 2233 Menéndez

Relating to requiring sexual harassment prevention training and ethics training to register as a lobbyist.

State Affairs

Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 1741 Birdwell

Relating to pretrial procedures, conditions for community supervision, and criminal punishment for conduct endangering the public safety; creating a criminal offense and increasing criminal penalties.

Re-referred from Criminal Justice to Jurisprudence