Senate Floor Action for 3/24/2011



March 24, 2011

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

SB 117 (LC)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to allowing municipally owned utility systems in certain cities to fund a program to aid low-income residents in paying their bills.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 219 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to health and mental health services for children in foster care and kinship care.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 356 (LC)Watson

Relating to awards for certain members of the state military forces inducted into federal service in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom.

SB 387 (LC)Williams

Relating to the sale and consumption in this state of raw oysters harvested from Texas waters.

SB 430 (LC)Nichols

Relating to written notice to a groundwater conservation district of groundwater contamination.

SB 478 (LC)Estes

Relating to the protection of stray bison.

SB 622 (CS)Nelson

Relating to the privacy of protected health information and personal information; providing civil and criminal penalties.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 690 (CS) (LC)Carona

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

SB 762 (CS) (LC)Carona

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

SB 798 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the amounts of administrative penalties assessed or imposed against certain health facilities.

SB 889 (LC)Carona

Relating to assignment of rents to holders of certain security interests in real property.

SB 945 (LC)Patrick/ et al.

Relating to authorizing a public junior college to award an associate degree to a student enrolled in a four-year public institution of higher education who previously attended the junior college.

SB 966 (CS) (LC)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to high school diplomas for certain military veterans.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 616 Watson

Recognizing March of 2011 as Child Identity Theft Protection and Awareness Month.

SR 624 Harris

In memory of Senator Don Kennard of Arlington.

HCR 62 Workman SP: Watson

Congratulating the Regents School of Austin football team on winning the 2010 TAPPS Division III state championship.

The following bills were passed on the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:

SCR 11 (LC)Hegar

Designating May 22 of each year from 2011 through 2020 as William Elmo Merrem Day in honor of the first Eagle Scout from Texas.

SCR 16 (LC)Nelson/ Davis/ Huffman/ Shapiro/ Van de Putte/ et al.

Designating the month of March each year from 2011 through 2020 as Women Veterans Month in tribute to the immeasurable contributions that women in the military have made to this nation.

SB 37 (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the duration of the interagency task force on ensuring appropriate care settings for persons with disabilities.

SB 61 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to juvenile case managers.

SB 72 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to streamlining of and utilization management in Medicaid long-term care waiver programs.

SB 77 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to certain requirements for certain sponsoring organizations and other institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

SB 80 (LC)Nelson

Relating to public health laboratories administered by the Department of State Health Services.

SB 101 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of nonjudicial foreclosure on residences owned by certain members of the military, including foreclosure by a property owners' association.

SB 132 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to registration with the Selective Service System of certain applicants for a driver's license or personal identification certificate.

SB 193 (CS) (LC)Nelson

Relating to the regulation of the practice of nursing.

SB 221 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the Department of Family and Protective Services, including protective services and investigations of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation for certain adults who are elderly or disabled; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 228 (LC)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to reporting requirements for institutions of higher education conducting human stem cell research.

SB 250 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to protective orders for stalking victims.

SB 256 (LC)Nelson

Relating to requiring a private autopsy facility to post a notice for filing a complaint against a physician; providing a penalty.

SB 279 (LC)Davis

Relating to inclusion of pets and other companion animals in protective orders; providing a penalty.

SB 282 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to eliminating certain reporting, planning, student developmental, and other requirements imposed on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or public institutions of higher education.

SB 283 (LC)Harris

Relating to the appointment of associate judges in child protective services cases.

SB 286 (LC)Harris

Relating to attorney's fees and other amounts taxed as costs in guardianship proceedings.

SB 333 (LC)Fraser

Relating to election procedures and qualifications of members of boards of directors for water supply or sewer service corporations.

SB 335 (LC)Fraser

Relating to an exemption from regulation as health spas for certain governmental hospitals and clinics.

SB 351 (LC)Williams/ et al.

Relating to the maximum capacity of a container of wine sold to a retail dealer.

SB 360 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the composition and use of money in the rural water assistance fund.

SB 398 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the board of hospital managers of the Lubbock County Hospital District.

SB 400 (LC)Shapiro/ et al.

Relating to the entities eligible to make purchases using the cooperative purchasing program administered by the comptroller.

SB 439 (LC)Van de Putte

Relating to an exclusion from unemployment compensation chargebacks for certain employers of uniformed service members.

SB 458 (LC)Seliger

Relating to initial claims under the unemployment compensation system.

SB 481 (LC)Harris

Relating to the removal of a guardian of an incapacitated person ordered by a court.

SB 485 (LC)Huffman

Relating to proper venue for certain criminal prosecutions of mortgage fraud.

SB 488 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte

Relating to criminal background checks on users of online dating services and to disclosures of online dating safety measures; providing a civil penalty.

SB 490 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the Hamilton County Hospital District.

SB 494 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the authority of certain local governmental entities to borrow money for a public hospital.

SB 502 (LC)West

Relating to determinations of paternity; creating an offense.

SB 503 (LC)Jackson

Relating to coverage for certain towing and storage expenses under a motor vehicle insurance policy.

SB 542 (CS) (LC)Hegar

Relating to the regulation of law enforcement officers by the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

SB 543 (LC)Hegar

Relating to a probate fee exemption for estates of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and others killed in the line of duty.

SB 545 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to employment records for law enforcement officers, including procedures to correct employment termination reports; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 558 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the Swisher Memorial Hospital District.

SB 559 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the Rankin County Hospital District.

SB 563 (LC)Jackson

Relating to information regarding job matching services provided by the Texas Workforce Commission; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 567 (LC)Williams

Relating to the Texas Life, Accident, Health, and Hospital Service Insurance Guaranty Association.

SB 582 (LC)Harris/ et al.

Relating to service of process on certain domestic and foreign entities for the collection of delinquent property taxes.

SB 594 (LC)Van de Putte/ et al.

Relating to certain procedures applicable to electronic prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances.

SB 633 (LC)Hinojosa

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

SB 638 (CS) (LC)Jackson

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

SB 716 (CS) (LC)Harris

Relating to the periodic review of the child support guidelines.

SB 761 (CS) (LC)West

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

SB 764 (LC)Williams

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

SB 785 (CS) (LC)Harris

Relating to the termination of the parent-child relationship and the duty to pay child support in circumstances involving mistaken paternity.

SB 792 (LC)Duncan

Relating to the duties of the secretary of state.

SB 799 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the definition of "first sale" for purposes of the taxes imposed on certain liquor.

SB 850 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to formula funding for certain semester credit hours earned for dual course credit.

SB 851 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to a uniform deadline for student financial assistance for public institutions of higher education other than public junior colleges.

SB 859 (LC)Duncan/ Hegar/ Nelson

Relating to small and large employer health group cooperatives.

SB 886 (LC)Carona

Relating to the execution docket and other records of certain court clerks.

SB 890 (LC)Carona

Relating to certain promotional activities for certain alcoholic beverage permit holders.

SB 892 (LC)Carona

Relating to the approval of designs, plans, and specifications of industrialized housing and buildings.

SB 918 (LC)Wentworth

Relating to immunity for reporting insurance fraud.

SB 944 (LC)Jackson

Relating to the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the commissioner of insurance regarding certain automobile insurance claims.

SB 983 (LC)Carona

Relating to the elimination of certain requirements for certain customer-specific communications contracts.

Committee referral on the following:

SJR 46 Williams

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to county delegation of authority regarding the disposition of county school lands and proceeds of a county permanent school fund.


SJR 47 Williams

Proposing a constitutional amendment revising the order of legislative business to permit either house to act on bills and resolutions after the first 15 days of a regular session.


SJR 48 Williams

Proposing a constitutional amendment revising the order of legislative business to permit legislative committees to consider matters during the first 60 days of a regular session.


SJR 49 Patrick

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to an individual's or a religious organization's free exercise of religion.

State Affairs

SJR 50 West

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance educational loans to students and for authority to enter into bond enhancement agreements with respect to general obligation bonds issued for that purpose.

Higher Education

SJR 51 Duncan/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment imposing a state property tax for public education, authorizing the legislature to establish for purposes of that tax a limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead of 105 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year, prohibiting school district property taxes for maintenance purposes, and authorizing school district property taxes for educational enrichment.


SB 1801 Lucio

Relating to benefits from the Employees Retirement System of Texas for certain peace officers and custodial officers.

State Affairs

SB 1802 Lucio

Relating to subcontracting opportunities for historically underutilized businesses under certain state purchasing contracts.

State Affairs

SB 1803 Lucio

Relating to investments in Texas businesses by certain public retirement systems in this state.

State Affairs

SB 1804 Lucio

Relating to residential property and personal lines automobile insurance.

Business & Commerce

SB 1805 Lucio

Relating to required use by insurers of certain standard insurance policy forms for residential property insurance.

Business & Commerce

SB 1806 Lucio

Relating to timely filing of surplus lines policy; providing penalties.

Business & Commerce

SB 1807 Lucio

Relating to the 444th Judicial District.


SB 1808 Lucio

Relating to pediatric equipment and supplies for emergency medical services vehicles and pediatric care training for emergency medical services personnel.

Health & Human Services

SB 1809 Lucio

Relating to a study by the comptroller of public accounts of the economic impact of the Texas-Mexico border wall in the State of Texas.

International Relations & Trade

SB 1810 Carona

Relating to the exemption of certain retirement accounts from access by creditors.

Business & Commerce

SB 1811 Duncan

Relating to state fiscal matters.


SB 1812 Nichols

Relating to criminal history record information of certain applicants for a certificate of registration issued by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Business & Commerce

SB 1813 Zaffirini

Relating to the state definition of public school.


SB 1814 Zaffirini

Relating to the time permitted for the abatement of a public nuisance.

Criminal Justice

SB 1815 Zaffirini

Relating to electioneering on the premises of certain privately owned polling places.

State Affairs

SB 1816 Zaffirini

Relating to county and municipal land development regulation.

International Relations & Trade

SB 1817 Zaffirini

Relating to the Children's Policy Council, including the transfer of the duties and activities of the consortium that oversees the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative to the Children's Policy Council.

Health & Human Services

SB 1818 Zaffirini

Relating to consent for inclusion in the statewide Internet-based registry of organ, tissue, and eye donors.

Health & Human Services

SB 1819 Ellis

Relating to charity care provided by certain nonprofit hospitals.

Health & Human Services

SB 1820 Ellis

Relating to the authority of the attorney general to recover a civil penalty from certain nonprofit hospitals.

State Affairs

SB 1821 Ellis

Relating to the creation of the Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee.

Health & Human Services

SB 1822 Patrick

Relating to the administration of certain supplemental student loan programs and the issuance of private activity bonds by qualified nonprofit corporations.

Higher Education

SB 1823 Patrick/ Hinojosa

Relating to guaranteed student loans and alternative education loans.

Higher Education

SB 1824 Harris

Relating to the regulation of title insurance; providing criminal and administrative penalties.

Business & Commerce

SB 1825 Gallegos

Relating to the design and installation of signs at low-water crossings.

S/C on Flooding & Evacuations

SB 1826 Gallegos

Relating to the definition in the open meetings law of the term "deliberation."

Open Government, Select

SB 1827 Gallegos

Relating to inspections of flood-prone areas by political subdivisions.

S/C on Flooding & Evacuations

SB 1828 Wentworth

Relating to the regulation of structural engineers.

Business & Commerce

SB 1829 Wentworth

Relating to excluding certain entities from the definition of a governmental body for the purposes of the public information law.

Open Government, Select

SB 1830 Wentworth

Relating to increasing certain fees for preservation and archiving of district court records.


SB 1831 Wentworth

Relating to the designation of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail as a historic highway.

Transportation & Homeland Security

SB 1832 Ellis

Relating to notice to inmates and their attorneys of lethal substance or substances to be used in lethal injection.

Criminal Justice

SB 1833 Ellis

Relating to liability insurance requirements for daycare facilities.

Health & Human Services

SB 1834 Ellis

Relating to the payment of excess proceeds from ad valorem tax foreclosure sales to the comptroller for deposit to the credit of the fair defense account.


SB 1835 Ellis

Relating to the creation of a commission to investigate and prevent wrongful convictions.

Criminal Justice

SB 1836 Van de Putte/ Davis

Relating to revision of open-enrollment charter school charters to add charter schools under certain circumstances.


SB 1837 Van de Putte

Relating to exemptions to persons required to hold a limited property and casualty license.

Business & Commerce

SB 1838 Van de Putte

Relating to the transfer of housing funds from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to the Texas Veterans Commission.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

SB 1839 Van de Putte

Relating to an annual report of the private entity granted care and custody of the Alamo.


SB 1840 Van de Putte

Relating to the preservation and maintenance of the Alamo and the financial accountability and transparency of persons granted care and custody over certain historic state real properties.


SB 1841 Van de Putte

Relating to the preservation and maintenance of the Alamo by the Texas Historical Commission.


SB 1842 Fraser

Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to the resolution of certain disputes concerning claims made to that association.

Business & Commerce

SB 1843 Carona

Relating to providing resources designed to combat crimes against children, especially crimes regarding child exploitation and child pornography trafficking involving the Internet.

Criminal Justice

SB 1844 Lucio

Relating to specifying the precinct in a notice to appear before a magistrate issued to a person arrested for a traffic violation.

Transportation & Homeland Security

SB 1845 Lucio

Relating to the change of the name of Texas A&M University--Kingsville to Texas A&I University.

Higher Education

SB 1846 Lucio

Relating to immunity and liability issues regarding unincorporated charitable organizations, charitable organizations that utilize self-insured retentions in their insurance coverage, and charitable organizations that utilize Lloyd's plans and indemnity policies.

Business & Commerce

SB 1847 Lucio

Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.


SB 1848 Hegar

Relating to the distribution of the emergency service fee for wireless telecommunications connections and the prepaid 9-1-1 emergency service fee.

Business & Commerce

SB 1849 Hegar

Relating to furthering stability and affordable service in the communications industry.

Business & Commerce

SB 1850 Van de Putte

Relating to appeals regarding cruelly treated animals.

Criminal Justice

SB 1851 Gallegos

Relating to oversight of emergency services districts.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1852 Gallegos

Relating to the recovery and storage of vessels following natural disasters; providing penalties.

S/C on Flooding & Evacuations

SB 1853 Deuell

Relating to hospital and emergency medical services lien notice requirements.

State Affairs

SB 1854 Deuell

Relating to the women's health program.

Health & Human Services

SB 1855 Deuell

Relating to the authority of certain foreign insurers to engage in the business of health and accident insurance in this state.

State Affairs

SB 1856 Deuell

Relating to the recovery of medical or health care expenses in civil actions.

State Affairs

SB 1857 Zaffirini

Relating to the administration of medications for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Health & Human Services

SB 1858 Duncan

Relating to public school finance matters, including the imposition of a state ad valorem tax for elementary and secondary school purposes.


SB 1859 Ellis

Relating to certain health and safety matters regarding appropriate places of employment and places that are accessible to the public.

Health & Human Services

SB 1860 Wentworth/ Zaffirini

Relating to funding for transportation needs in certain counties.

Transportation & Homeland Security

SB 1861 Van de Putte

Relating to the ability of a nonexempt employee to participate in certain academic, extracurricular, and developmental activities of the employee's child.

Economic Development

SB 1862 Davis/ West

Relating to the requirements for certain extensions of credit to consumers.

Business & Commerce

SB 1863 Davis

Relating to authorizing certain brewers and manufacturers to conduct tours of their premises after which beer or ale is provided to ultimate consumers for off-premises consumption.

Business & Commerce

SB 1864 Davis

Relating to the awarding of contracts by the Texas Department of Transportation to private sector providers.

Transportation & Homeland Security

SB 1865 Davis

Relating to contract award considerations by certain conservation and reclamation districts.

Natural Resources

SB 1866 Davis

Relating to the selection of providers of professional services by governmental entities.

State Affairs

SB 1867 Lucio

Relating to premarital education courses.

Health & Human Services

SB 1868 Davis

Relating to an allotment under the public school finance system for dropout prevention.


SB 1869 Davis

Relating to the creation, fines, and funding of the Railroad Commission of Texas operating account.


SB 1870 Davis

Relating to the regulation of mineral interest pooling by the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Natural Resources

SB 1871 Davis

Relating to a contracted services program for certain students with pervasive developmental disorder or intellectual disability.


SB 1872 Van de Putte/ Davis/ Shapiro

Relating to revision of open-enrollment charter school charters to add charter schools under certain circumstances.


SB 1873 Davis

Relating to the creation and funding of the well inspection fund.

Natural Resources

SB 1874 Zaffirini

Relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to make certain faculty information available to the public on the institution's Internet website.

Higher Education

SB 1875 Hinojosa

Relating to the governing body of the Agua Special Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1876 Uresti

Relating to the creation of the Lajitas Utility District No. 1 of Brewster County; providing authority to impose taxes and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1877 Hegar

Relating to the creation of the Oatman Hill Municipal Utility District; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1880 Huffman

Relating to the powers and duties of the Imperial Redevelopment District; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1881 Wentworth

Relating to certain financial powers and duties of the Travis-Creedmoor Municipal Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1882 Patrick

Relating to the creation of Harris County Improvement District No. 22; providing authority to levy an assessment, impose a tax, and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations