Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Robert Nichols
84th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/10/2017

Number of Bills: 84

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (68):
SB 5 Author: Nichols | Nelson
Last Action: 04/15/2015 H Referred to Transportation: Apr 15 2015 12:03PM
Caption: Relating to the allocation to the state highway fund and the available school fund of certain motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue and to the uses of the revenue allocated to the state highway fund.

SB 156 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/27/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

SB 178 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes.

SB 275 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/28/2015 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education and Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.

SB 323 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a multipurpose education building at Lamar State College--Orange.

SB 324 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program.

SB 333 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/22/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the Montgomery County Hospital District.

SB 347 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Wray | Spitzer
Last Action: 05/07/2015 H Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
Caption: Relating to the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College District.

SB 372 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the abolishment of the Orange County child support office and to the divorce and contempt fees paid in Orange County.

SB 464 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/10/2015 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to eliminating provisions authorizing or requiring public institutions of higher education to set aside portions of tuition for student financial assistance and other purposes.

SB 561 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the designation of Farm-to-Market Road 1293 in Hardin County as the Game Warden Wesley W. Wagstaff Memorial Highway.

SB 562 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Phillips
Last Action: 05/15/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to annual permits to move certain equipment; authorizing a fee.

SB 638 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Otto
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Department of Transportation to the Shepherd Independent School District; requiring the payment of certain transaction fees.

SB 732 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of farm products.

SB 918 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Otto
Last Action: 06/09/2015 E Effective on 1/1/16
Caption: Relating to the procedure for claiming an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the property of a veteran's organization.

SB 1043 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/24/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the regulation of motor vehicles by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety; creating a criminal offense; providing a penalty; authorizing fees.

SB 1171 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Paddie
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the operation of certain oversize or overweight vehicles transporting timber, timber products, or forestry equipment on certain public roadways.

SB 1172 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/07/2015 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 7 2015 12:58PM
Caption: Relating to the issuance of obligations payable from and secured by the Texas Mobility Fund.

SB 1173 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Phillips
Last Action: 05/26/2015 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to commercial driver's licenses and commercial learner's permits and the operation of commercial motor vehicles; creating a criminal offense; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty; authorizing fees.

SB 1294 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/30/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to certain limitations on design-build contracts for transportation infrastructure projects.

SB 1457 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Clardy
Last Action: 06/17/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to bad faith claims of patent infringement; providing a civil penalty.

SB 1458 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/19/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to entities operating railroads in this state.

SB 1849 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the deposit of certain amounts to the credit of the Texas emissions reduction plan fund.

SB 1850 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/21/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a sales tax exemption for the rental of equipment used in the construction or improvement of a road or highway for a governmental entity.

SB 1851 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the premises covered by mixed beverage permits for certain county-owned facilities.

SB 1852 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: White, James
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the adoption of an amendment procedure for restrictive covenants affecting real property in certain residential subdivisions.

SB 1948 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to certain holders of motor home manufacturer's and dealer's licenses.

SB 2025 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 147; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2026 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bell
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 150; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2027 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 149; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2028 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 151; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2043 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bell
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of Valley Ranch Medical Center Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2044 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bell
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of Valley Ranch Town Center Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 2049 Author: Nichols | Creighton
Sponsor: Bell
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to qualifications of members of the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

SJR 5 Author: Nichols | Nelson
Sponsor: Pickett | Otto | Harless | Parker | Davis, Yvonne
Last Action: 06/01/2015 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating a portion of the revenue derived from the state sales and use tax and the tax imposed on the sale, use, or rental of a motor vehicle to the state highway fund.

SJR 14 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year and to permit the voters of a county to establish a higher limitation not to exceed 110 percent on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead in the county.

SJR 62 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/23/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating certain revenue sources to be used for the acquisition of rights-of-way for and the construction and maintenance of public roadways.

SR 30 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/21/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Texas A&M Forest Service.

SR 77 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

SR 84 Author: Nichols | Creighton
Last Action: 02/03/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Leadership Southeast Texas Day on February 3, 2015.

SR 93 Author: Nichols | Hall
Last Action: 02/03/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming residents of Cedar Creek Lake area of Henderson County on the occasion of Cedar Creek Lake Day.

SR 129 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/09/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 11, 2015, as Lufkin-Angelina County Day.

SR 153 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association to the State Capitol.

SR 200 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Gloria Bonita Guinn Jennings on the occasion of her retirement.

SR 201 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Cherokeean Herald in Rusk on the occasion of its 165th anniversary.

SR 202 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 18 and 19, 2015, as Nacogdoches-SFA Days.

SR 203 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Michael W. Alford on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 204 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Celebrating February 18, 2015, as Athens Day.

SR 205 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of the life of William Riley Boyd Jr.

SR 206 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of W. I. Davis Jr.

SR 245 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/23/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 25 and 26, 2015, as Palestine Day.

SR 246 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/23/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas Forestry Association on the occasion of its seedling giveaway.

SR 292 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 1 through 3, 2015, as Golden Triangle Days.

SR 324 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 5, 2015, as Shelby County Day.

SR 358 Author: Nichols | Creighton | Kolkhorst
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing The 100 Club for its support of first responders.

SR 466 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/31/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Jerry Huffman on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 467 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/31/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing United Pentecostal Church of Weches on the occasion of its 90th anniversary.

SR 553 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/13/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the honorees of the American Legion Department of Texas District 2 Spring Convention.

SR 554 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/13/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Paul Ragsdale.

SR 600 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/21/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Jerry Nickerson on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 637 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/27/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 29, 2015, as Don't Mess With Texas Day.

SR 638 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/27/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Fredna Ruth West.

SR 714 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/05/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Lufkin High School boys' soccer team for winning a state championship.

SR 755 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/11/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Clyde Jordan.

SR 997 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/26/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing May 26, 2015, as John Wayne Day.

SR 1029 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/28/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas Hobo Cook-Off & Gypsy Jamboree.

SR 1035 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/29/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, S.J.R. No. 5.

SR 1049 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/30/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Rance William Humphreys.

Additional Primary Authors (16):
SB 1 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis
Last Action: 06/15/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to certain restrictions on the imposition of ad valorem taxes and to the duty of the state to reimburse certain political subdivisions for certain revenue loss; making conforming changes.

SB 7 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/12/2015 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the computation of and to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax.

SB 8 Author: Schwertner | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/05/2015 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 5 2015 5:28PM
Caption: Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.

SB 11 Author: Birdwell | Bettencourt | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Fletcher
Last Action: 06/13/2015 E Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 515 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Eltife | et al.
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed by a school district on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, and the protection of school districts against the resulting loss in local revenue.

SCR 13 Author: Seliger | Estes | Fraser | Hinojosa | Nichols | et al.
Sponsor: Anchia
Last Action: 05/28/2015 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports.

SCR 17 Author: Whitmire | Bettencourt | Creighton | Ellis | Garcia | et al.
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 05/11/2015 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: In memory of Bob Lanier.

SCR 34 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 05/11/2015 H Referred to Natural Resources: May 11 2015 9:47PM
Caption: Directing the Texas Water Development Board to conduct a feasibility study on the use of brackish groundwater sources in Montgomery County.

SJR 1 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis
Last Action: 06/01/2015 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.

SJR 28 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | et al.
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount.

SR 313 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Proclaiming March 3, 2015, as 9-1-1 Day.

SR 398 Author: Garcia | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 03/19/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Extending condolences to the families of the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

SR 429 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 03/24/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 24, 2015, as Montgomery County Day.

SR 519 Author: Hall | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 04/08/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 8, 2015, as Texas Home School Day.

SR 618 Author: Burton | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | Fraser | et al.
Last Action: 04/23/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 23, 2015, as Texas Young Republican Federation and Texas Federation of College Republicans Legislative Day.

SR 1048 Author: Campbell | Nichols
Last Action: 05/30/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Charles William McMillon for his work during the 84th legislative session.

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