Senate Floor Action for 2/23/2011

SENATE FLOOR ACTION



Wednesday

February 23, 2011




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


SJR 1 (CS)Ogden/ Shapiro/ et al.

Urging the Congress of the United States to propose and submit to the states for ratification a federal balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States and, in the event that Congress does not submit such an amendment on or before December 31, 2011, applying to Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to that constitution to provide, in the absence of a national emergency and on a two-thirds vote of Congress, for a federal balanced budget and requesting that the legislatures of each of the several states that compose the United States apply to Congress to call a convention to propose such an amendment.

3 Floor Amendments


The Senate adopted the following resolutions:


SR 278 Ogden

Recognizing February 23, 2011, as Sheriffs' Association of Texas Day at the State Capitol.


SR 310 Nelson

Recognizing the American Cancer Society.


SR 311 Nelson/ Harris/ Huffman/ Shapiro

Recognizing February 23, 2011, as Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas Day at the State Capitol.


SR 316 Shapiro

Recognizing the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative in celebration of T-STEM Awareness Week in Texas.


SR 320 Zaffirini

Recognizing February 23, 2011, as Rio Grande City Day at the State Capitol.


SR 352 Huffman/ Nelson

Recognizing February 23, 2011, as Texas Dental Association Day at the State Capitol.


SR 355 Shapiro/ Carona/ Deuell/ Harris/ West

Recognizing Ebby Halliday of Dallas on the occasion of her 100th birthday.


SR 358 Lucio

Recognizing February 23, 2011, as Texas Travel Industry Day at the State Capitol.


SCR 21 Whitmire SP: Legler

Granting the legislature permission to adjourn for more than three days during the period beginning on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, and ending on Monday, February 28, 2011.


The Senate confirmed all nominees as reported by the Committee on Nominations.


Committee referral on the following:


SJR 24 Watson

Proposing a constitutional amendment exempting political subdivisions from unfunded legislative mandates and authorizing the legislature to provide funding for legislative mandates on political subdivisions.

Finance


SJR 25 Hinojosa/ Hegar

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board.

Finance


SJR 26 West

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 292 Watson

Relating to changes in the single-member district boundaries of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

Natural Resources


SB 375 Wentworth

Relating to categories of information presumed to be public under the public information law.

Open Government, Select


SB 442 Wentworth

Relating to notice by a governmental entity regarding certain geospatial data products.

Open Government, Select


SB 470 Carona

Relating to an exception to disclosure under the public information law concerning officers and employees of a hospital district.

Open Government, Select


SB 602 Rodriguez

Relating to allowing a governmental body to redact certain personal information under the public information law without the necessity of requesting a decision from the attorney general and the calculation of certain deadlines under the public information law.

Open Government, Select


SB 633 Hinojosa

Relating to the educational scope of Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi.

Higher Education


SB 634 Hinojosa

Relating to the punishment for certain intoxication offenses.

Criminal Justice


SB 635 Nichols/ Gallegos/ Patrick

Relating to the authority of the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in relation to establishing water and sewer utility rates.

Natural Resources


SB 636 Nichols/ Gallegos/ Patrick

Relating to the consolidation of more than one water or sewer system under a single tariff by an investor-owned utility.

Natural Resources


SB 637 Nichols/ Gallegos/ Patrick

Relating to the recovery of certain rate case expenses by a water and sewer utility.

Natural Resources


SB 638 Jackson

Relating to the computation of a surplus credit and a surplus credit rate for certain successor employing units.

Economic Development


SB 639 Van de Putte/ Zaffirini

Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel, veterans, and dependents residing in this state.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations


SB 640 Seliger

Relating to consideration of a bidder's principal place of business in awarding certain municipal contracts.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 641 Seliger

Relating to the calculation of interest on certain ad valorem tax refunds.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 642 Seliger

Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.

State Affairs


SB 643 Seliger

Relating to the creation of a grant program to defray the cost of constructing a new health facility in a rural county.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


SB 648 Whitmire/ Hegar

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Commission on State Emergency Communications.

Government Organization


SB 649 Hinojosa/ Hegar

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation; providing penalties.

Government Organization


SB 667 Duncan

Relating to the management of groundwater resources in this state and the rights of landowners in groundwater.

Natural Resources


SB 668 Wentworth

Relating to changing the name of the Railroad Commission of Texas to the Texas Oil and Gas Commission.

Government Organization


SB 669 Wentworth

Relating to requests to inspect or be provided with copies of information under the public information law.

Open Government, Select


SB 670 Gallegos

Relating to the regulation of the location of certain halfway houses.

Criminal Justice


SB 671 Gallegos

Relating to the creation of a state occupational health and safety plan; establishing a maintenance tax.

State Affairs


SB 672 Gallegos

Relating to measuring, monitoring, and reporting emissions.

Natural Resources


SB 673 Gallegos

Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to approve certain supplemental environmental projects undertaken by local governments.

Natural Resources


SB 674 Gallegos

Relating to standards for measuring the emission of air contaminants under the Texas Clean Air Act; providing a penalty.

Natural Resources


SB 675 Gallegos

Relating to allowing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to impose more stringent conditions for existing air quality permits to avoid a condition of air pollution.

Natural Resources


SB 676 Gallegos

Relating to the regulation of toxic hotspots under the Texas Clean Air Act.

Natural Resources


SB 677 Gallegos

Relating to the enforcement of the public information law; providing for the imposition of a civil penalty.

Open Government, Select


SB 678 Gallegos

Relating to a school district policy regarding the removal of a student from a public school teacher's classroom.

Education


SB 679 Gallegos

Relating to minimum educational qualifications for open-enrollment charter school teachers.

Education


SB 680 Gallegos

Relating to a fee collected by a district clerk for certain electronic certified copies.

Jurisprudence


SB 681 West

Relating to the establishment of a task force to study the assessments of children in the child welfare system.

Health & Human Services


SB 682 Huffman

Relating to access to criminal history record information that relates to a person who is an applicant for appointment to an appraisal review board.

Criminal Justice


SB 683 Huffman

Relating to the composition of the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Water Authority.

Natural Resources


SB 684 Huffman

Relating to the transfer of the assets of and the dissolution of the Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.

Natural Resources


SB 685 Huffman

Relating to the release on bond of certain persons arrested for a misdemeanor without a warrant in certain counties.

Criminal Justice


SB 686 Huffman

Relating to the extension of the period of community supervision for certain defendants who fail to pay restitution.

Criminal Justice


SB 687 Huffman

Relating to interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications for law enforcement purposes.

Criminal Justice


SB 688 Nichols

Relating to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of criminal Medicaid fraud and certain other offenses related to Medicaid fraud; providing penalties.

Health & Human Services


SB 689 Ellis

Relating to the disclosure of electricity generation offers received by ERCOT.

Business & Commerce


SB 690 Carona

Relating to the enforcement of a self-service storage facility lien; providing a penalty.

Business & Commerce


SB 691 Estes

Relating to the exemption from permitting by groundwater conservation districts for certain water wells used for domestic, livestock, and poultry watering purposes.

Natural Resources


SB 692 Estes

Relating to exemptions from groundwater conservation district permit requirements.

Natural Resources


SB 693 Estes

Relating to permit application and amendment hearings conducted by groundwater conservation districts and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Natural Resources


SB 694 West

Relating to the regulation of metal recycling entities; providing penalties.

Natural Resources


SB 695 Watson

Relating to a suspension of the imposition of certain fees under certain conditions.

Finance


SB 696 Watson

Relating to quarterly financial condition reports on collected and anticipated state revenue.

Finance


SB 697 Watson

Relating to a state budgeting plan to foster this state's economic health.

Finance


SB 698 Watson

Relating to the analysis of certain legislative measures making an appropriation or affecting a state tax or fee.

Finance


SB 699 Watson

Relating to reporting regarding state fees by the comptroller and in the general appropriations bill.

Finance


SB 700 Watson

Relating to the maintenance by the Legislative Budget Board of a searchable database containing certain budget information.

Finance


SB 701 Watson

Relating to high-value data sets of state agencies posted on the Internet.

State Affairs


SB 702 Watson

Relating to the preparation of economic impact statements for legislative measures.

Finance


SB 703 Watson

Relating to annual reports regarding federal funding for state agencies.

Finance


SB 704 Watson

Relating to interim budget reduction requests.

Finance


SB 705 Watson

Relating to unfunded legislative mandates on local governments.

Finance


SB 706 Watson

Relating to the approval and issuance of tax and revenue anticipation notes.

Finance


SB 707 Watson

Relating to transferring the Legislative Budget Board's performance review duties to the comptroller.

Finance


SB 708 Watson

Relating to the review of the Sunset Advisory Commission by the comptroller.

Finance


SB 709 Van de Putte

Relating to the use of certain professional titles by licensed specialists in school psychology.

Health & Human Services


SB 710 Van de Putte

Relating to the disclosure of a hazardous drain in a swimming pool or spa by a seller of residential real property.

Business & Commerce


SB 711 Jackson

Relating to the confidentiality of certain identifying information regarding students of career schools or colleges and other educational entities; providing a criminal penalty.

Open Government, Select


SB 712 Hegar

Relating to the administration of the universal service fund.

Business & Commerce


SB 713 Hegar

Relating to the procedure for certain small local exchange companies to propose to offer certain services or to make a minor change in a rate or tariff.

Business & Commerce


SB 714 Patrick

Relating to the exemption of certain property from municipal drainage service charges and from related ordinances, resolutions, and rules.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 715 Harris

Relating to access to a child's medical records by the child's attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, or amicus attorney.

Jurisprudence


SB 716 Harris

Relating to the periodic review of the child support guidelines.

Jurisprudence


SB 717 Harris/ Van de Putte

Relating to the purpose and duties of the Council on Children and Families.

Health & Human Services


SB 718 Van de Putte

Relating to disciplinary action taken against public school students on the basis of serious and persistent misbehavior.

Education


SB 719 Van de Putte

Relating to discharging fines and costs assessed against certain juvenile defendants through community service or tutoring.

Criminal Justice


SB 720 Williams

Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rates of certain taxing units.

Finance


SB 721 Williams

Relating to communications with appraisal review board members outside of a proceeding before the board; providing a criminal penalty.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 722 Williams

Relating to the selection of the board of directors of an appraisal district.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 723 Williams

Relating to the proof of an applicant's identity and age required for the issuance of a marriage license.

Jurisprudence


SB 724 Williams

Relating to the revocation and reinstatement of an end user number for purposes of purchasing dyed diesel fuel.

Finance


SB 725 Williams

Relating to suits against appraisal districts and appraisal review boards.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 726 Rodriguez

Relating to the establishment of the judicial access and improvement account to provide funding for basic civil legal services, indigent defense, and judicial technical support through certain county service fees and court costs imposed to fund the account.

Finance


SB 727 Seliger

Relating to groundwater conservation district management plans.

Natural Resources


SB 728 Seliger

Relating to a groundwater conservation district's recovery of expenses in closing or capping a well.

Natural Resources


SB 729 Seliger

Relating to a joint election for trustees of an independent school district.

State Affairs


SB 730 Nichols

Relating to the conversion of a nontolled state highway or segment of the state highway system to a toll project.

Transportation & Homeland Security


SB 731 Nichols

Relating to the payment of an examination fee to the attorney general for the legal sufficiency review of a comprehensive development agreement.

Transportation & Homeland Security


SB 732 Nichols

Relating to the prohibition of certain regulations by a municipality in its extraterritorial jurisdiction involving trees and vegetation.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 733 Ellis

Relating to a notification requirement if a public school campus or open-enrollment charter school does not have a nurse assigned to the campus during all instructional hours.

Education


SB 734 Carona

Relating to the registration and regulation of appraisal management companies; providing administrative penalties.

Business & Commerce


SB 735 Carona

Relating to prohibition of certain extra hazardous coverages by title insurance companies.

Business & Commerce


SB 736 Hinojosa

Relating to membership and duties of local school health advisory councils.

Education


SB 737 Hegar

Relating to the management of groundwater production by groundwater conservation districts.

Natural Resources


SB 738 Shapiro

Relating to alternative methods of operating public schools.

Education


SB 739 Ellis

Relating to prohibition of the use of credit scoring in underwriting and rating certain personal lines of insurance coverage.

Business & Commerce


SB 740 Ellis

Relating to insurer rating practices requiring prior approval.

Business & Commerce


SB 741 Ellis

Relating to prohibition of certain insurance discrimination.

State Affairs


SB 742 Ellis/ Lucio

Relating to eligibility of certain job trainees for extended unemployment compensation benefits.

Economic Development


SB 743 Hegar

Relating to the designation of a segment of State Highway 71 as the 95th Division Memorial Highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security


SB 744 Uresti

Relating to a fee for an application filed with a county commissioners court to revise a subdivision plat.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 745 Davis

Relating to the regulation of saltwater pipelines by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Natural Resources


SB 746 Davis

Relating to membership of the state continuing advisory committee for special education services.

Education


SB 747 Carona

Relating to the professions regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Business & Commerce


SB 748 Carona

Relating to business entities and associations.

Business & Commerce


SB 749 Ellis

Relating to provision of notice regarding and limitation of attorney's fees for services provided in connection with the making of a wrongful imprisonment claim.

State Affairs


SB 750 Seliger

Relating to the creation of a groundwater conservation district in a priority groundwater management area.

Natural Resources


SB 751 Hegar

Relating to the regulation of catfish and other siluriform fish intended for human consumption; providing civil and administrative penalties.

Health & Human Services


SB 752 Birdwell

Relating to Internet access to checking account transactions of a public institution of higher education.

Higher Education


SB 753 Birdwell

Relating to the authority of certain counties to regulate outdoor lighting near astronomical observation facilities.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 754 Birdwell

Relating to a credit against the access fee for a private dock charged by the Brazos River Authority in the event of a drought.

Natural Resources


SB 755 Seliger

Relating to a priority groundwater management area designation for a water district.

Natural Resources


SB 756 Seliger

Relating to a prohibition on the transport of surface water or groundwater more than a specified distance from the water's source; providing an administrative penalty.

Natural Resources


SB 757 Deuell

Relating to certain defenses to prosecution for the offense of sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor.

Criminal Justice


SB 758 Deuell

Relating to sales and use tax information provided to certain local governmental entities.

Finance


SB 759 West

Relating to the state low income housing plan and report developed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 760 West

Relating to the term of interlocal contracts.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 761 West

Relating to the employment of physicians by certain hospitals associated with nonprofit fraternal organizations.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 762 Carona

Relating to the transfer of an ad valorem tax lien; providing for the imposition of an administrative penalty.

Business & Commerce


SB 763 Ellis

Relating to the designation of certain areas as banking development districts to encourage the establishment of financial institution branches in those areas.

Business & Commerce


SB 764 Williams

Relating to a prohibition against use of school district resources for a hotel.

Education


SB 765 Uresti

Relating to the territory of the El Paso County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 766 Estes

Relating to regulation and enforcement of laws affecting sport shooting ranges.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


SB 767 Ellis

Relating to the regulation of certain residential mortgage foreclosure consulting services; providing a criminal penalty.

Business & Commerce


SB 768 Watson

Relating to the creation of the Rio de Vida Planning and Improvement District No. 1; providing authority to levy an assessment, impose a tax, and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 769 Davis

Relating to the penalty for certain intoxication assaults.

Criminal Justice


SB 770 Davis

Relating to designating April as Water Safety Awareness Month.

Administration


SB 771 Davis

Relating to swimming pool safety alarms for certain single-family homes; providing a civil penalty.

Business & Commerce


SB 772 Davis

Relating to the use of a tracer substance in performing a hydraulic fracturing treatment operation.

Natural Resources


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