Senate Floor Action for 5/13/2021



May 13, 2021

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

SB 962 (CS)Hughes

Relating to restrictions on the use and disclosure of certain genetic material and genetic information; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 993 (CS)Hancock/ et al.

Relating to the practice of therapeutic optometry.

SB 1059 (CS)Paxton/ et al.

Relating to the process for determining the Medicaid eligibility of certain former foster care youth.

SB 1984 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to the reassignment of the carryforward designation of certain private activity bonds.

SB 2089 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to the use of certain tax revenue to acquire, construct, enhance, upgrade, operate, and maintain convention center facilities, multipurpose arenas, venues, and spaceport and spacecraft observation facilities in certain municipalities.

SB 2232 (CS)Hall/ et al.

Relating to a study on the effect of a change to the period for voting.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 54 (LC)Talarico/ White/ Israel/ Bucy/ Patterson/ et al. SP: Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to accompanying and filming peace officers of state and local law enforcement agencies for producing reality television programs.

HB 454 (LC)Metcalf SP: Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a specialty treatment court for certain individuals residing with a child who is the subject of a juvenile court case.

HB 569 (LC)Sanford/ Rose/ Krause/ White/ Crockett/ et al. SP: West/ et al.

Relating to credit toward payment of a fine and costs for certain misdemeanants confined in jail or prison before sentencing.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 604 (LC)Noble/ Stucky/ Buckley/ Thierry/ Anderson/ et al. SP: Zaffirini/ et al.

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

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

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

HB 977 (LC)Metcalf/ Toth SP: Creighton

Relating to a petition filed for a place on the ballot for the board of directors for the Montgomery County Hospital District.

HB 1057 (LC)Oliverson/ Shaheen/ Parker/ Hefner/ Bell, Cecil/ et al. SP: Creighton/ et al.

Relating to designating November 7 as Victims of Communism Day.

HB 1147 (CS) (LC)Huberty/ Guillen SP: Taylor/ et al.

Relating to military readiness for purposes of the indicators of achievement under the public school accountability system and the college, career, or military readiness outcomes bonus under the Foundation School Program.

HB 1322 (CS) (LC)Shaheen/ Ellzey/ Jetton/ Crockett/ Ordaz Perez SP: Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to a summary of a rule proposed by a state agency.

HB 1363 (LC)Minjarez/ Guillen SP: Hughes/ et al.

Relating to treatment of a patient by a physical therapist without a referral.

HB 1763 Oliverson/ Hefner/ Lucio III/ Bell, Cecil/ Raymond/ et al. SP: Hughes/ et al.

Relating to the contractual relationship between a pharmacist or pharmacy and a health benefit plan issuer or pharmacy benefit manager.

HB 2127 (LC)Turner, Chris/ Meza/ González, Jessica/ Cason/ Davis SP: Hancock/ et al.

Relating to consumption of alcoholic beverages in public entertainment facilities and zones.

HB 3529 (LC)Meyer SP: Zaffirini

Relating to consent for the use or possession of personal identifying information under the Identity Theft Enforcement and Protection Act.

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

SB 1572 (CS)Paxton/ et al.

Relating to the numbering and signing of ballots by early voting clerks and deputy early voting clerks.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 8 (CS)Hughes/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Campbell/ et al. SP: Slawson/ Burrows/ et al.

Relating to abortion, including abortions after detection of an unborn child's heartbeat; authorizing a private civil right of action.

SB 230 (CS) (LC)Seliger/ et al. SP: Ortega

Relating to the continuing education requirement for county commissioners.

SB 1126 Springer/ Miles/ et al. SP: Stucky

Relating to the establishment and administration of the Texas Woman's University System.

SB 1230 (CS) (LC)Taylor/ et al. SP: Pacheco

Relating to establishing the Texas Commission on Community College Finance.

SB 1448 (CS) (LC)Taylor/ et al. SP: Bonnen

Relating to the powers and duties of the windstorm insurance legislative oversight board and to certain studies by the board relating to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan.

SB 1774 (CS) (LC)Alvarado/ Gutierrez/ Hinojosa/ Huffman/ Nichols/ et al. SP: Canales

Relating to the conveyance of certain real property by certain navigation districts.

SB 2093 (CS) (LC)Hughes SP: Swanson

Relating to filing fees for certain candidates for office in primary elections.

The Senate granted the request for the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:

HB 1927 Schaefer/ White/ Hefner/ Guillen/ Canales/ et al. SP: Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to provisions governing the carrying of a firearm by a person who is 21 years of age or older and not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm and to other provisions related to the carrying, possessing, transporting, or storing of a firearm or other weapon; creating criminal offenses.

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 4 Kacal/ Price/ Lambert/ Murr

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail under some circumstances to a person accused of a violent or sexual offense or of continuous trafficking of persons.


HJR 140 Paddie/ Meyer/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a tax on certain transactions that either convey a security or involve specified derivative contracts.


HB 3 Burrows

Relating to state and local government responses to a pandemic disaster, including the establishment of the Pandemic Disaster Legislative Oversight Committee, and to in-person hospital visitation during a disaster.

State Affairs

HB 30 Talarico/ Murr/ White/ Wu/ Minjarez

Relating to educational programs provided by the Windham School District in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for certain inmates.

Criminal Justice

HB 130 Rodriguez/ Guillen

Relating to a highway toll exemption for public school buses.


HB 158 Thierry/ Hull/ Rose/ Walle/ et al.

Relating to a pilot program to provide Medicaid coverage of doula services.

Health & Human Services

HB 222 Murr

Relating to liability of burn bosses in connection with certain prescribed burns.


HB 246 Murr/ Cook/ Ellzey

Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of improper relationship between educator and student.


HB 262 Murr

Relating to the payment of certain costs associated with certain assignments of a statutory probate court judge.


HB 295 Murr/ Collier/ Smith/ Moody/ Johnson, Ann

Relating to the provision of funding for indigent defense services.


HB 404 Hernandez/ Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to sexual assault and domestic violence awareness continuing education for cosmetology license holders.

Business & Commerce

HB 619 Thompson, Senfronia/ Lopez/ Button/ Talarico/ et al.

Relating to developing a strategic plan to support the child-care workforce.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 663 Cortez/ Guillen

Relating to the eligibility of certain at-risk developments to receive low income housing tax credits.

Local Government

HB 674 Ramos/ Beckley/ Johnson, Julie/ Ordaz Perez/ Rodriguez/ et al.

Relating to informing the public about the availability of provisions in protective orders, including provisions regarding pets and other companion animals.


HB 692 Shine/ Bell, Keith/ Darby/ Bell, Cecil/ et al.

Relating to retainage requirements for certain public works construction projects.

Business & Commerce

HB 697 Rosenthal/ Geren

Relating to requiring entities that provide mental health services to veterans or veterans' families to provide military informed care or military cultural competency training to certain entity personnel to accept a grant from a state agency.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 746 Bernal

Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes imposed on residence homesteads in certain counties.

Local Government

HB 769 Middleton/ Hunter/ Lozano/ Dominguez/ et al.

Relating to the administration of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 827 Huberty/ et al.

Relating to the disclosure of vehicle speed information to a law enforcement agency by an entity that operates a toll project.


HB 854 Burns

Relating to the punishment for the offense of unlawfully carrying a handgun by a license holder.

State Affairs

HB 1068 Allen/ Guillen/ Reynolds/ Crockett

Relating to the use of personal leave during school holidays by school district employees.


HB 1154 Jetton/ Metcalf/ Bell, Cecil/ et al.

Relating to a requirement that certain political subdivisions cause certain financial and operating information to be posted on an Internet website.

Local Government

HB 1159 Murr

Relating to the maximum judgment amount awarded by a justice court in certain civil cases regarding the repair of residential rental property.


HB 1284 Paddie

Relating to the regulation of the injection and geologic storage of carbon dioxide in this state.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1307 González, Mary/ Allen/ Guillen

Relating to the care of pregnant women in county jail or in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 1427 Shaheen/ Frank/ Lucio III/ Turner, John/ Buckley

Relating to the disclosure of negotiated rates requested by members of the legislature from certain health care vendors that contract with this state.

Business & Commerce

HB 1505 Paddie/ et al.

Relating to attachments for broadband service on utility poles owned by an electric cooperative and establishing and funding a pole replacement program for deployment of certain broadband facilities.


HB 1520 Paddie/ et al.

Relating to the recovery and securitization of certain extraordinary costs incurred by certain gas utilities; providing authority to issue bonds and impose fees and assessments.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1565 Paddie

Relating to the continuation and transfer of the regulation of willed body programs to the Texas Funeral Service Commission and to the creation of the State Anatomical Advisory Committee; authorizing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 1570 Paddie

Relating to the Brazos River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission; specifying grounds for the removal of a member of the board of directors.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1683 Landgraf/ Guillen/ Ellzey/ Toth/ Morales, Eddie

Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating oil and gas operations within the State of Texas.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1694 Raney/ Guillen/ Leach/ Guerra/ Johnson, Jarvis/ et al.

Relating to a defense to prosecution for certain offenses involving possession of small amounts of controlled substances, marihuana, dangerous drugs, or abusable volatile chemicals, or possession of drug paraphernalia for defendants seeking assistance for a suspected overdose.

Criminal Justice

HB 1810 Capriglione/ et al.

Relating to maintenance and production of electronic public information under the public information law.

Business & Commerce

HB 1919 Harris/ et al.

Relating to certain prohibited practices for certain health benefit plan issuers and certain required and prohibited practices for certain pharmacy benefit managers, including pharmacy benefit managers participating in the Medicaid and child health plan programs.

Health & Human Services

HB 1987 Vasut/ et al.

Relating to eligibility requirements to hold a political party office.

State Affairs

HB 2242 Patterson/ Shaheen/ Krause/ Perez/ et al.

Relating to illness or injury leave of absence for county and municipal firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical services personnel.

Local Government

HB 2430 Murr

Relating to the mileage expense reimbursement for certain temporary justices of the peace.


HB 2445 White

Relating to veterans placed on community supervision or confined in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 2701 Slaton/ Guillen/ Biedermann/ Raymond/ et al.

Relating to the requirement that individuals joining the Texas National Guard sign a notice regarding active combat duty.

State Affairs

HB 2803 Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to a commercial landlord's or tenant's remedies regarding certain unlawful activities in a multiunit commercial property.


HB 2822 Hull/ Oliverson/ Guillen/ et al.

Relating to the availability of antipsychotic prescription drugs under the vendor drug program and Medicaid managed care.

Health & Human Services

HB 2911 White/ Stephenson

Relating to next generation 9-1-1 service; increasing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 2912 Vasut/ Jetton/ White/ et al.

Relating to a violation of the Texas Residential Property Owners Protection Act or a dedicatory instrument by a board member of a property owners' association and to the recall of a board member.

Business & Commerce

HB 2926 Parker/ Krause/ Minjarez/ Talarico/ et al.

Relating to the reinstatement of the parent-child relationship with respect to a person whose parental rights have been involuntarily terminated and to certain requirements in relation to the termination of the parent-child relationship or placement of a child in substitute care.

State Affairs

HB 2951 Jetton

Relating to the appointment and removal of directors of a levee improvement district; validating certain appointments and actions of certain levee improvement districts.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2988 Minjarez/ Middleton/ King, Phil/ Hull/ Vasut

Relating to copayments required by a health maintenance organization or preferred provider benefit plan for visiting physical therapists.

Business & Commerce

HB 2998 Smith

Relating to the requirement that certain business entities obtain a license from the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Business & Commerce

HB 3081 Krause/ Bailes/ Martinez/ Noble/ Canales/ et al.

Relating to the issuance of digital tags for the taking of certain animals.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 3098 Cason/ Lopez/ et al.

Relating to conducting certain medical examinations using telemedicine under the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 3115 Shine

Relating to the release of a judgment lien on homestead property.

Business & Commerce

HB 3276 Parker/ Cain/ Schofield/ Lozano/ Canales

Relating to the security of voted ballots.

State Affairs

HB 3360 Murr

Relating to civil actions by a civilly committed individual.


HB 3400 Paddie

Relating to the transfer of certain public school students who are children of peace officers.


HB 3417 Fierro

Relating to the regulation of manufactured homes.

Business & Commerce

HB 3474 Thierry

Relating to motor fuel taxes.


HB 3489 Parker/ Dutton/ Ordaz Perez/ Buckley/ Price

Relating to development of guidelines for the use of digital devices in public schools and a school district or open-enrollment charter school policy for the effective integration of those devices.


HB 3660 White/ Collier

Relating to youth diversion programs for children accused of certain fine-only offenses and related criminal justice matters; authorizing and imposing fees and fines.

Criminal Justice

HB 3702 Paddie/ Meyer/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a tax on certain transactions that either convey a security or involve specified derivative contracts.


HB 3853 Anderson/ Guillen/ King, Tracy O./ Ashby/ King, Ken/ et al.

Relating to middle mile broadband service provided by an electric utility.


HB 3948 King, Tracy O./ Guillen/ Ramos/ Morales, Eddie/ Israel/ et al.

Relating to the production and regulation of hemp and consumable hemp products; authorizing a fee.

Business & Commerce

HB 3949 Martinez

Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Transportation to sell a portion of a state highway to the owner or operator of an international port of entry.


HB 3976 Collier

Relating to the authorized activities of a manufacturer's agent's warehousing permit holder.

Business & Commerce

HB 4012 Bonnen

Relating to an explanation of benefits provided by certain health benefit plans to enrollees regarding certain preauthorized medical care and health care services.

Business & Commerce

HB 4018 Capriglione/ Guillen/ Frank/ Shaheen/ Morales, Eddie

Relating to legislative oversight and funding of improvement and modernization projects for state agency information resources.


HB 4066 Lucio III/ Larson

Relating to the adoption by the Railroad Commission of Texas of a permit by rule for the beneficial reuse of domestic wastewater and mobile drinking water treatment system wastewater produced at certain oil and gas drilling sites.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 4166 Wu/ Leach/ Schofield/ Davis

Relating to exemption of certain civil actions from being subject to a motion to dismiss on the basis of involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.

State Affairs

HB 4454 Guillen/ et al.

Relating to the powers and duties of the Willacy County Drainage District No. 2.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 4474 Parker/ Anchia/ Stephenson/ Capriglione/ Perez/ et al.

Relating to the control of virtual currency and the rights of purchasers who obtain control of virtual currency for purposes of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Business & Commerce

HB 4492 Paddie

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

Business & Commerce

HB 4563 Guillen

Relating to notice of the form to be used by a person to request a written statement stating whether there are any delinquent ad valorem taxes owed by the person to certain taxing units.

Local Government