Senate Floor Action for 4/13/2011



April 13, 2011

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

SB 127 (CS)Patrick

Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of charter schools; providing administrative penalties.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 218 (CS)Nelson

Relating to procedures in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship and the operation of the child protective services and foster care systems.

SB 496 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the punishment for the offense of evading arrest or detention.

SB 652 (CS)Hegar

Relating to governmental entities subject to the sunset review process.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 653 (CS)Whitmire/ Hegar/ Hinojosa

Relating to abolishing the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and transferring the powers and duties of those agencies to the newly created Texas Juvenile Justice Department and to the functions of the independent ombudsman for the Texas Youth Commission.

SB 932 (CS) (LC)Williams

Relating to oyster beds and shells and an oyster shell recovery and replacement program.

SB 1010 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to providing a victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim with notice of a plea bargain agreement in certain criminal cases.

SB 1154 (LC)Uresti

Relating to a task force for the development of a strategy to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve child welfare.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1273 (LC)Williams

Relating to the lawful manufacture, distribution, and possession of and prescriptions for controlled substances under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

SB 1301 (CS) (LC)Deuell

Relating to manufacturers' inclusion of denatonium benzoate in certain products containing ethylene glycol.

SB 1341 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the participation by a taxing unit in a suit to compel an appraisal review board to order a change in an appraisal roll.

SB 1361 (LC)Estes

Relating to the audit report exemption for certain general and special law districts.

SB 1504 (CS)Seliger/ Hinojosa

Relating to the disposal of low-level radioactive waste at the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact waste disposal facility.

5 Floor Amendments

SB 1605 (CS)Seliger

Relating to the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1612 (CS) (LC)Ogden

Relating to the monitoring, oversight, and funding of certain public retirement systems.

SB 1630 (CS) (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the regulation of residential appliance installation, including pool-related electrical devices, under the Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act.

SB 1846 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to organizations that are covered by the Charitable Immunity and Liability Act of 1987.

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

SB 898 Carona

Relating to energy efficiency programs in institutions of higher education and certain governmental entities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 916 (CS)Wentworth

Relating to ad valorem tax lien transfers.

SB 917 Wentworth

Relating to emergency service districts.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 689 Ogden

Recognizing April 13, 2011, as Williamson County Day at the State Capitol.

SR 755 West

Recognizing April 13, 2011, as County Government Day at the State Capitol.

SR 758 Lucio

Recognizing April 13, 2011, as Texas Bow Tie Day at the State Capitol.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SCR 41 Hinojosa

Designating the red drum as the official State Saltwater Fish of Texas.


SB 12 Shapiro/ Davis/ Duncan/ Patrick/ West

Relating to the flexibility of the board of trustees of a school district in the management and operation of public schools in the district.


SB 1896 Lucio

Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 907 in Hidalgo County as Rudy Villarreal Boulevard.

Transportation & Homeland Security

SB 1897 Patrick

Relating to the creation of the Vintage Municipal Management District; providing authority to impose a tax, levy an assessment, and issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1898 Uresti

Relating to the appointment of a conservator for and authorizing the dissolution of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District; providing a penalty.

Natural Resources

SB 1899 Nichols

Relating to compensation for services and reimbursement for expenses of a member of the board of directors of the Lake View Management and Development District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1901 Wentworth

Relating to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Natural Resources

SB 1902 Eltife

Relating to the Riverbend Water Resources District.

Natural Resources

SB 1903 Eltife

Relating to the dissolution of the Riverbend Water Resources District.

Natural Resources

HB 149 Raymond

Relating to the appointment of a parenting coordinator or parenting facilitator in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.


HB 200 Parker

Relating to the notification of the release of certain inmates given to certain courts and law enforcement agencies.

Criminal Justice

HB 350 Walle

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

Criminal Justice

HB 361 Otto

Relating to the agricultural advisory board of an appraisal district.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 422 Guillen

Relating to certain oversize and overweight permits issued by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 447 Menendez

Relating to the powers of a defense base development authority.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 457 Craddick

Relating to restrictions on the promotion and operation of charitable raffles.

State Affairs

HB 462 Kleinschmidt

Relating to the assignment of special judges in county courts in certain counties.


HB 478 Orr

Relating to certain court costs associated with the offense of failing to secure a child passenger in a motor vehicle.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 549 Dutton

Relating to the disposition of a decedent's remains.


HB 805 Callegari

Relating to the requirement that certain water service providers ensure emergency operations during an extended power outage.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 824 Villarreal/ et al.

Relating to an outreach campaign to promote fathers' involvement with their children before birth.

Health & Human Services

HB 843 Geren/ et al.

Relating to the use of electronic means for the delivery of ad valorem tax bills to certain property owners and agents.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 848 Guillen/ Raymond

Relating to an agreement authorizing certain persons to make decisions regarding a child during an investigation of child abuse or neglect.

Health & Human Services

HB 885 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the operation and movement of a vehicle when certain traffic-control signals do not display an indication.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 904 Thompson

Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the municipal court building security fund.


HB 905 Thompson/ Gonzalez, Naomi

Relating to the admissibility of certain hearsay statements of a child in hearings on an application for a protective order.


HB 906 Thompson

Relating to appointments made in and the appeal of certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.


HB 984 Truitt

Relating to agreements between contiguous municipalities regarding jurisdiction of cases in municipal courts.


HB 993 Rodriguez, Eddie/ Martinez, "Mando"/ et al.

Relating to the closure of a road or highway by certain firefighters.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1110 Craddick

Relating to the contracting authority of the Midland County Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1251 Deshotel

Relating to the election of the members of the Board of Port Commissioners of the Port of Port Arthur Navigation District of Jefferson County.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1286 Howard, Donna/ Hochberg/ et al.

Relating to adoption of rules by the University Interscholastic League.


HB 1481 Truitt/ Naishtat/ Davis, John/ Raymond/ Menendez/ et al.

Relating to the use of person first respectful language in reference to individuals with disabilities.

Health & Human Services

HB 1551 Aycock

Relating to the power of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 to issue bonds.

Natural Resources

HB 1703 Martinez Fischer

Relating to the schedule for administration of state-administered assessment instruments in public schools.


HB 1844 Guillen

Relating to storage of local government records by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 1354 Carona/ Rodriguez

Relating to the regulation of off-premise signs in the unincorporated area of a county.

Re-referred from Transportation & Homeland Security to Intergovernmental Relations