Senate Floor Action for 4/18/2023



April 18, 2023

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

SB 335 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to meetings of the Family and Protective Services Council held using certain telecommunication devices.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 526 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to requiring prior approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a degree or certificate program to certain persons who are incarcerated or subject to involuntary civil commitment.

SB 553 (CS) (LC)West/ Creighton

Relating to dedication ceremonies for new state buildings.

SB 593 (CS)Sparks/ et al.

Relating to an independent assessment of the Health and Human Services Commission's and the Department of Family and Protective Services' rules, minimum standards, and contract requirements that apply to certain residential child-care providers.

SB 926 Parker

Relating to certain temporary sales by a mixed beverage permit holder.

SB 1212 (CS)Johnson/ et al.

Relating to the interconnection and integration of distributed energy resources.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1232 Nichols

Relating to the determination of the sufficient balance of the economic stabilization fund for the purpose of allocating general revenue to that fund and the state highway fund.

SB 1243 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the franchise tax treatment of certain broadband grants made for the purposes of broadband deployment in this state.

SB 1269 (CS)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to admissibility and disclosure of certain evidence in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 1445 (CS)Paxton/ Johnson/ Schwertner/ Springer

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1659 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the sunset review process and certain governmental entities subject to that process.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1730 (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the processing of United States passport applications by a district court clerk; authorizing fees.

SB 1750 (CS)Bettencourt

Relating to abolishing the county elections administrator position in certain counties.

SB 1861 (CS)Bettencourt/ West

Relating to the provision of virtual education in public schools and to certain waivers and modifications by the commissioner of education to the method of calculating average daily attendance in an emergency or crisis for purposes of preserving school district funding entitlements under the Foundation School Program during that emergency or crisis; authorizing a fee.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1893 (CS) (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting the use of certain social media applications and services on devices owned or leased by governmental entities.

SB 2021 (CS)Paxton/ et al.

Relating to requirements for certain Internet websites containing sexual material harmful to minors; providing a civil penalty.

SB 2284 (CS)Middleton

Relating to the sale of distilled spirits to ultimate consumers by the holder of a distiller's and rectifier's permit.

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

SB 177 (CS)Middleton/ et al.

Relating to informed consent before provision of certain medical treatments and exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

SB 1060 (CS)Hughes/ et al.

Relating to the adoption of political shareholder proposals by insurers and insurer holding companies.

SB 1600 Hughes/ et al.

Relating to a person submitting proof of citizenship to verify eligibility to vote in Texas.

SB 2018 (CS)Flores/ et al.

Relating to prohibitions on camping in a public place.

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

SB 220 (CS)Bettencourt/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement of laws relating to elections.

SB 1807 (CS)Springer

Relating to the unlawful altering of election procedures; providing a civil penalty.

SB 2275 Hughes

Relating to the authority of the Supreme Court of Texas to adopt certain rules.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 430 Alvarado

Recognizing April 18, 2023, as Texas Music Advocacy Day.

SR 433 Birdwell/ et al.

Recognizing April 18, 2023, as Baylor Day.

SR 434 Birdwell

Recognizing the Bob Bullock Scholars Program of Baylor University.

SR 436 Middleton

Recognizing the Hitchcock High School boys' basketball team on winning a state championship.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2608 Zaffirini

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

Local Government

HB 53 Thompson, Ed/ Shine/ Ashby/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from registration fees of certain vehicles used by nonprofit disaster relief organizations.


HB 113 Ortega/ Klick/ Allison/ King, Tracy O./ et al.

Relating to the use of community health workers in Medicaid managed care.

Health & Human Services

HB 166 González, Mary/ VanDeaver/ Harris, Caroline/ Gamez/ Moody/ et al.

Relating to policies and procedures regarding certain public school students with disabilities.


HB 255 Swanson/ Reynolds

Relating to notaries public; increasing the amount of certain fees.

State Affairs

HB 279 Jetton/ Bhojani/ González, Jessica/ Shaheen/ Thierry

Relating to the prosecution and punishment of the offense of trafficking of persons.

Criminal Justice

HB 367 Jetton

Relating to the powers and duties of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

State Affairs

HB 513 Metcalf/ Cook/ Johnson, Ann/ Canales/ Vasut/ et al.

Relating to the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance or marihuana causing death or serious bodily injury; creating a criminal offense; increasing a criminal penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 542 Raymond/ Lopez, Ray

Relating to a study on state land use to facilitate health and wellness for veterans.

Veteran Affairs

HB 560 Raymond

Relating to analyzing and mitigating transportation security threats in this state.


HB 567 Bowers/ Rose/ Reynolds/ Sherman, Sr./ Buckley/ et al.

Relating to discrimination on the basis of hair texture or protective hairstyle associated with race.

State Affairs

HB 568 Bowers/ Howard/ Lalani/ Goodwin/ Meza/ et al.

Relating to education and training for peace officers on interacting with persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Criminal Justice

HB 591 Capriglione/ Guillen/ Raymond/ Morales, Eddie

Relating to an exemption from the severance tax for gas produced from certain wells that is consumed on site and would otherwise have been lawfully vented or flared.


HB 699 Frank/ Cain

Relating to determining the student enrollment of a public school that allows non-enrolled students to participate in University Interscholastic League activities for purposes of assigning a University Interscholastic League classification.


HB 728 Rose

Relating to the statewide interagency aging services coordinating council.

Health & Human Services

HB 767 Harless/ Swanson

Relating to the entry into the Texas Crime Information Center of certain information regarding conditions of bond for stalking offenses.

Criminal Justice

HB 783 Meza

Relating to cemeteries in certain municipalities and counties.

Local Government

HB 842 Patterson

Relating to prohibiting the suspension of a person's driver's license or extension of the period of a driver's license suspension for certain driving while license invalid convictions; authorizing a fee.


HB 852 Thierry/ Oliverson/ et al.

Relating to the composition of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.

Health & Human Services

HB 866 Oliverson/ Bell, Cecil/ Swanson/ et al.

Relating to approval of certain land development applications by a municipality or county.

Local Government

HB 998 Paul

Relating to the provision of property owners' association insurance by the FAIR Plan Association in certain areas.

Business & Commerce

HB 1040 Paul

Relating to the authority of entities regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance to conduct business electronically.

Business & Commerce

HB 1074 Hull

Relating to construction of certain laws prohibiting discrimination, distinctions, inducements, rebates, and certain other conduct related to property and casualty insurance.

Business & Commerce

HB 1157 Lozano/ et al.

Relating to excused absences from public school for certain students to attend mental health care appointments.


HB 1167 Romero, Jr./ Frank

Relating to the licensing of marriage and family therapists, marriage and family therapist associates, professional counselors, professional counselor associates, and social workers, including certain out-of-state applicants.

Health & Human Services

HB 1263 Thompson, Senfronia/ Walle/ Wu/ Allen/ et al.

Relating to the ability of a local authority to designate school crossing zones and school crosswalks at high school campuses located in certain municipalities.


HB 1358 Harless/ Allen

Relating to the content of a public school campus improvement plan.


HB 1389 Guillen/ Kitzman

Relating to the applicability of certain municipal governmental requirements on an agricultural operation.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 1440 Button/ Neave Criado/ Ramos

Relating to the authority to approve change orders for certain municipal contracts.

Local Government

HB 1486 Gerdes/ Orr/ Plesa/ et al.

Relating to the adoption of a mental health leave policy for certain telecommunicators.

Criminal Justice

HB 1504 Johnson, Ann

Relating to juveniles committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Criminal Justice

HB 1550 Goldman

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Office of State-Federal Relations.

Business & Commerce

HB 1602 Guillen/ et al.

Relating to performance criteria for the award of adult education and literacy funds.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1615 Button/ Murr/ Talarico/ Raney/ Morales Shaw/ et al.

Relating to strategies to increase the availability of child-care and prekindergarten programs.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1633 Ortega/ Raney/ Lopez, Ray/ Gamez/ et al.

Relating to certain offenses regarding parking privileges of veterans with disabilities.

Veteran Affairs

HB 1635 Burrows

Relating to the operation of political parties.

State Affairs

HB 1706 Perez/ Cain/ Oliverson/ Johnson, Ann

Relating to the right of an insured to enter into a contract with a public insurance adjuster.

Business & Commerce

HB 1730 Schaefer/ Cook/ et al.

Relating to the punishment for the offense of indecent exposure; increasing a criminal penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 1805 Klick/ Oliverson/ Howard/ Jetton/ Lalani/ et al.

Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis by patients with certain medical conditions.

Health & Human Services

HB 1809 Hunter

Relating to the establishment of the commercial oyster mariculture advisory board.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 1825 Turner/ Cook

Relating to the consumption, possession, and sale of alcoholic beverages at certain performing arts facilities owned by certain school districts.

State Affairs

HB 1845 Metcalf/ et al.

Relating to the licensing requirements for certain operators of wastewater systems and public water systems.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 1871 Vasut

Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 521 in Brazoria County as the Clarence "BB" Sasser Medal of Honor Highway.


HB 1901 Smithee

Relating to the filing of an annual audit report by a title insurance company, title insurance agent, or direct operation.

Business & Commerce

HB 1903 Smithee

Relating to capital stock requirements for certain insurance companies.

Business & Commerce

HB 1910 Anchía

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of forgery.

Criminal Justice

HB 1928 Guillen/ et al.

Relating to supplemental pay for members of the Texas military forces suffering an economic hardship as a result of serving on military duty.

Veteran Affairs

HB 2015 Leach

Relating to the exemption from jury service for persons over a certain age.

State Affairs

HB 2188 Paul

Relating to the qualifications of statistical agents for the commissioner of insurance.

Business & Commerce

HB 2248 Garcia

Relating to designating September 30 as Vanessa Guillén Day.

Veteran Affairs

HB 2249 Metcalf

Relating to the selection and administration of an appraisal review board in certain counties; authorizing a fee.

Local Government

HB 2309 Hunter/ Leo-Wilson

Relating to the availability of dates of birth under the public information law.

Business & Commerce

HB 2314 Canales

Relating to filing death benefits claims under the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce

HB 2484 Guillen/ Thompson, Ed/ Tepper/ Noble

Relating to the safety of a referee, judge, or other official at certain public school extracurricular activities and prohibiting certain conduct by a spectator related to those officials' safety.


HB 2732 King, Tracy O.

Relating to cemeteries in certain municipalities.

Local Government

HB 2749 Romero, Jr./ et al.

Relating to the verification of the veteran status of inmates and prisoners.

Veteran Affairs

HB 2759 Thompson, Ed

Relating to the establishment of the TexMesonet Hydrometeorology Network and creation of the TexMesonet Advisory Committee.

Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs

HB 2921 Paul

Relating to the issuance of Antarctica Service Medal specialty license plates.


HB 3106 Hefner

Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 49 in Titus County as the Titus County WWI Veterans Memorial Highway.


HB 3108 Hefner

Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm to Market Road 2348 in Titus County as the Army Staff Sergeant Clay Allen Craig Memorial Bridge.


HB 3245 Manuel/ Bernal/ Bumgarner/ Bailes

Relating to consideration of the location of a bidder's principal place of business in certain municipality contracts.

Local Government

HB 4073 Lozano

Relating to the renewal of certain expired certificates issued by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection; authorizing a fee.

Local Government