Senate Floor Action for 4/29/2011

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

SCR 25 (LC)Hinojosa/ Van de Putte

Expressing continued support for the construction of a monument on Capitol grounds recognizing Texans who served in the Vietnam War.

SB 35 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to transition and employment services for public school students enrolled in special education programs.

SB 530 Huffman/ et al.

Relating to granting limited state law enforcement authority to special agents of the Office of Inspector General of the United States Social Security Administration and to updating certain references related to the grant of that authority to other federal law enforcement personnel.

SB 533 (LC)Davis

Relating to the minimum standards for the certifications of sexual assault training programs and sexual assault nurse examiners and for certification renewal by those entities.

SB 615 Rodriguez/ et al.

Relating to requiring a retail seller of motor vehicle tires to render certain tires unusable and to the regulation of scrap tires; providing civil penalties.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 637 (CS)Nichols/ Gallegos/ Patrick

Relating to the recovery of certain rate case expenses by an investor-owned water and sewer utility.

SB 710 (LC)Van de Putte

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

SB 841 (CS) (LC)Patrick/ et al.

Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of breach of computer security.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1066 (LC)Estes

Relating to adding certain synthetic stimulants to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

SB 1104 (CS) (LC)Jackson

Relating to the operation, powers, and duties of ship channel districts.

SB 1107 (CS)Davis/ et al.

Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1200 (CS) (LC)Patrick

Relating to the venue for prosecution of misdemeanor cases in justice of the peace courts located in certain counties.

SB 1414 (CS) (LC)Duncan

Relating to sexual abuse and child molestation training and examination for employees of certain programs for minors held on campuses of institutions of higher education; providing penalties.

SB 1443 Zaffirini

Relating to the mailing of notices, decisions, and reports by the Texas Ethics Commission.

SB 1450 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to the regulation of crafted precious metal dealers and dealerships; providing a criminal penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1472 (CS) (LC)Shapiro

Relating to the coordinated dissemination of online information regarding the operation and performance of certain for-profit educational entities.

SB 1511 (CS)West

Relating to minimum standards for approval of educator preparation programs.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1534 (CS) (LC)Shapiro

Relating to the operation and certification of career schools or colleges.

SB 1560 (LC)Ellis

Relating to liability of certain local emergency management or homeland security organizations.

SB 1608 (CS)Carona

Relating to operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license or financial responsibility; creating a penalty.

SB 1667 (CS)Duncan

Relating to the administration of and benefits payable by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and to certain domestic relations orders.

SB 1681 (CS) (LC)Ellis

Relating to the appointment of counsel and the rights of an accused and other requirements for the purposes of appellate proceedings or community supervision revocation proceedings.

SB 1686 (CS)Ellis

Relating to group health benefits coverage for persons wrongfully imprisoned.

SB 1798 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to retailers engaged in business in this state for purposes of sales and use taxes.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1811 (CS)Duncan

Relating to state fiscal matters; providing penalties.

8 Floor Amendments

HB 600 (CS)Solomons SP: Seliger

Relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the State Board of Education.

HB 861 (LC)Patrick, Diane SP: Davis

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

HB 906 Thompson SP: Rodriguez

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1956 Thompson SP: Carona

Relating to appeal of an order of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission or the commission's administrator refusing, canceling, or suspending a license or permit.

1 Floor Amendment

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

SB 152 Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the admissibility of evidence of other similar offenses in the prosecution of certain sexual offenses.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 506 (CS)Deuell

Relating to consumption advisories for mercury contamination in fish, crustaceans, molluscan shellfish, and other aquatic and terrestrial animals.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1580 (CS)Ogden

Relating to state fiscal matters related to health and human services and state agencies administering health and human services programs.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1582 (CS)Ogden

Relating to state fiscal matters related to the judiciary.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 865 Van de Putte

Recognizing April 29, 2011, as Korean Veterans Day at the State Capitol.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 423 (LC)Lucio/ et al. SP: Menendez

Relating to health insurance coverage and financial assistance for eligible survivors of certain public servants killed in the line of duty.

Committee referral on the following:

SJR 53 Ellis

Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the periodic review of state and local tax preferences and providing an expiration date for certain tax preferences.


SB 1921 Lucio

Relating to the development, hosting, and management of computer software for state agencies.

Government Organization

SB 1922 Lucio

Relating to the creation of the Port Isabel Improvement District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.

International Relations & Trade

HB 3 Thompson/ Woolley/ Button/ Alvarado/ Truitt/ et al.

Relating to the imposition of a sentence of life without parole on certain defendants who commit certain sexual offenses.

Criminal Justice

HB 34 Branch/ Lewis/ et al.

Relating to including in the public high school curriculum instruction in methods of paying for postsecondary education and training.


HB 91 Cook

Relating to the extent of extraterritorial jurisdiction for certain municipalities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 157 Raymond

Relating to the filing of an application for a place on the general primary election ballot.

State Affairs

HB 240 Parker

Relating to requiring the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to adopt rules preventing accidental or unintentional access to on-site sewage disposal systems.

Natural Resources

HB 260 Hilderbran

Relating to the prosecution and punishment of unlawful transport of a person.

Criminal Justice

HB 384 Menendez

Relating to the proper identification of boats and outboard motors; creating an offense.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 470 Anderson, Charles "Doc"/ Martinez, "Mando"/ Schwertner/ Shelton/ Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the addition of Salvia divinorum and its derivatives and extracts to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

Criminal Justice

HB 559 Sheffield/ Miller, Sid/ Aycock/ Farias

Relating to Bronze Star Medal and Bronze Star Medal with Valor specialty license plates.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 649 Gallego

Relating to the issuance and duration of certain protective orders for victims of sexual assault.

Criminal Justice

HB 663 Kleinschmidt

Relating to procedures for amending restrictions governing certain residential subdivisions.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 692 Farias

Relating to high school graduation requirements for a student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to disability or illness.


HB 772 Riddle

Relating to the applicability of certain laws to certain sex offenders.

Criminal Justice

HB 787 Kuempel

Relating to abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, discarded, and inoperable aircraft and vessels.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 896 Howard, Charlie

Relating to auxiliary members of an appraisal review board.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 969 Lewis

Relating to the election of directors of the board of the Ector County Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1053 Patrick, Diane

Relating to the tuition exemption offered by public institutions of higher education to firefighters enrolled in certain courses.

Higher Education

HB 1061 Otto

Relating to the expiration of certain investment authority of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 1120 Weber

Relating to the dissolution of the Country Place Management District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1162 Bonnen

Relating to the provision of notice to vacate to certain commercial tenants in an eviction suit.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1163 Keffer

Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain peace officers and firefighters.

Higher Education

HB 1207 Davis, Sarah/ Eiland

Relating to adoption of the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act.


HB 1381 Madden

Relating to the service of civil process on an inmate of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 1486 Gutierrez/ Pitts

Relating to signs posted under the memorial sign program for victims of certain vehicle accidents.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1541 McClendon

Relating to the prevention of automobile burglary and theft.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1601 Price/ Gallego/ Carter/ Burkett/ Geren/ et al.

Relating to consecutive sentences for certain offenses involving injury to a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled individual and arising out of the same criminal episode.

Criminal Justice

HB 1633 Bonnen/ et al.

Relating to a person's ability to read and write in English as a qualification for service as a petit juror.


HB 1651 Alonzo

Relating to the North Oak Cliff Municipal Management District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1658 Davis, Yvonne

Relating to the refund of a cash bond to a defendant in a criminal case.

Criminal Justice

HB 1682 Weber/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting school districts from requiring or coercing school district employees to make charitable contributions.


HB 1694 Coleman

Relating to the purchasing and contracting authority of certain governmental entities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1795 Aliseda

Relating to permits issued for moving certain oil well servicing or drilling machinery.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 1822 Harless

Relating to the withdrawal of security by a bail bond surety.

Criminal Justice

HB 1854 Rodriguez, Eddie/ Naishtat/ Dukes

Relating to certain arrangements to provide care for a child during an investigation of abuse or neglect.

Health & Human Services

HB 1859 Hochberg

Relating to the applicability of architectural barrier standards.

Business & Commerce

HB 1887 Villarreal

Relating to the procedures for property tax protests and appeals.


HB 1907 Madden

Relating to notification requirements concerning offenses committed by students and school district discretion over admission or placement of certain students.

Criminal Justice

HB 1964 Villarreal/ et al.

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

Criminal Justice

HB 2135 Hochberg/ et al.

Relating to the administration of end-of-course assessment instruments to public school students enrolled below the high school level.


HB 2138 Guillen

Relating to the search for and rescue of victims of water-oriented accidents.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2139 Guillen

Relating to the establishment of an Adopt-A-Library program and state employee charitable contributions to the program.

Government Organization

HB 2315 Coleman

Relating to a county's general revenue levy for indigent health care.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2325 McClendon

Relating to the competitive bidding and notice requirements for contracts of certain mass transportation authorities.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2354 Madden

Relating to the installation and use of a pen register, ESN reader, trap and trace device, mobile tracking device, or similar equipment in a correctional facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 2457 Davis, John/ Reynolds

Relating to the amendment of Texas Enterprise Fund grant agreements.

Economic Development

HB 2468 Phillips

Relating to providing a patron of a pay-to-park or valet parking service with certain information; providing a civil penalty.

Business & Commerce

HB 2469 Phillips

Relating to a memorial sign program for victims of motorcycle accidents.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2600 Ritter

Relating to the records and reports required for purposes of the taxes imposed on cigars and other tobacco products.


HB 2619 Callegari

Relating to emergency preparedness information about water facilities.

Business & Commerce

HB 2632 Driver

Relating to access to the criminal history record information of certain persons by the Texas Facilities Commission.

Government Organization

HB 2662 Hochberg/ Parker/ Gallego

Relating to child abduction.

Criminal Justice

HB 2717 Darby

Relating to the duties and responsibilities of certain county officials and the functions of county government.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2734 Madden

Relating to certain mandatory conditions of parole or mandatory supervision for illegal criminal aliens and the revocation of parole or mandatory supervision as a result of violating those conditions.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2809 Phillips

Relating to the authority of the board of the Greater Texoma Utility Authority to approve changes in a construction contract.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2908 Branch/ Davis, Sarah

Relating to providing graduate medical education positions for Texas medical school graduates.

Higher Education

HB 2910 Branch/ Dukes

Relating to agreements between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and certain organizations for increasing degree completion rates.

Higher Education

HB 2959 Price

Relating to the required transfer of records to a new county chair of a political party; providing a penalty.

State Affairs

HB 3065 Sheffield

Relating to the requirement that certain food service establishments post a sign depicting the Heimlich maneuver.

Health & Human Services

HB 3141 Hartnett

Relating to the registration and protection of trademarks.

Business & Commerce

HB 3302 Reynolds/ Zerwas

Relating to the authority of certain Type A economic development corporations to undertake certain categories of projects.

Economic Development

HB 3314 Carter

Relating to a requirement that an attorney ad litem appointed for a child file a statement with the court regarding the attorney ad litem's meeting with the child or other specified person.


HB 3336 Coleman

Relating to information regarding pertussis for parents of newborn children.

Health & Human Services

HB 3389 Workman

Relating to a seller's disclosure of natural or liquid propane gas on residential real property.

Business & Commerce

HB 3404 Naishtat

Relating to establishing a child care advisory committee to advise the Texas Facilities Commission.

Government Organization

HB 3577 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to eligibility requirements for the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant.

Higher Education

HB 3806 Hardcastle

Relating to the authority of the board of directors of the Haskell County Hospital District to employ physicians and other health care providers.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3809 Hardcastle

Relating to the authority of the board of directors of the Muenster Hospital District to employ physicians and other health care providers.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3816 Hardcastle

Relating to the authority of the board of directors of the Nocona Hospital District to employ physicians and other health care providers.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3817 Hardcastle

Relating to the authority of the Gainesville Hospital District to employ physicians and other health care providers.

Intergovernmental Relations