Senate Floor Action for 5/11/2011



May 11, 2011

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

SB 197 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to the compulsory inspection of motor vehicles; providing penalties.

SB 975 (CS)Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to the operation of dropout recovery programs by certain public junior colleges in partnership with school districts.

SB 995 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the sale of souvenir bottles of distilled spirits by the holder of a distiller's and rectifier's permit.

SB 1074 (LC)Jackson

Relating to water districts' authority to set rates and a presumption of validity.

SB 1265 (CS) (LC)Uresti

Relating to the accreditation of paramedic training programs.

SB 1360 (CS) (LC)Harris/ et al.

Relating to continuing education for physicians and nurses regarding the treatment of tick-borne diseases.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1493 (CS) (LC)Uresti

Relating to the directors of a defense base management authority and to a study on the effectiveness of the authority.

SB 1588 (CS)Ogden

Relating to the creation and re-creation of funds and accounts, the dedication and rededication of revenue, and the exemption of unappropriated money from use for general governmental purposes.

2 Floor Amendments

SB 1610 Lucio/ Williams

Relating to seat belt requirements for certain vehicles.

SB 1611 (CS)Wentworth

Relating to the funding of projects in the boundaries of certain intermunicipal commuter rail districts.

SB 1829 (CS)Wentworth

Relating to the application of the public information law to chambers of commerce and nonprofit corporations that provide economic services to a governmental body.

HB 564 (LC)Craddick SP: Seliger

Relating to maintenance of portable fire extinguishers in government-owned vehicles in certain local governmental jurisdictions.

HB 716 (CS) (LC)Miller, Sid/ Christian/ Deshotel SP: Fraser/ et al.

Relating to the taking of certain feral hogs and coyotes using a helicopter.

HB 994 Castro SP: Zaffirini

Relating to proceedings that may be referred to and the powers of a criminal law magistrate in Bexar County.

HB 1112 (CS)Phillips SP: Nichols

Relating to the authority and powers of regional mobility authorities.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1251 (LC)Deshotel SP: Williams

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

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 965 Williams

In memory of James E. Grayson of Houston and Montgomery.

HCR 155 Branch/ Howard, Donna SP: Watson

In memory of Shirley Bird Perry, senior vice president of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 748 (CS) (LC)Carona SP: Giddings

Relating to business entities and associations.

SB 1107 (CS)Davis/ et al. SP: Howard, Charlie

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

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

Committee referral on the following:

SJR 54 West

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing an appropriation from the economic stabilization fund for the Foundation School Program.


SB 1931 West

Relating to making an appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund for the Foundation School Program.


SB 1932 Hegar

Relating to the appointment of a master in chancery to oversee, and payment of certain expenses in, an insurance receivership.

Business & Commerce

HB 12 Solomons/ Bohac/ Harless/ et al.

Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 174 Jackson, Jim/ Burkett/ Branch/ Bohac/ Patrick, Diane/ et al.

Relating to the cancellation of the voter registration and to the eligibility to vote of persons who are deceased or not citizens of the United States.

State Affairs

HB 1818 Harper-Brown

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation and to the appointment of commissioners of a municipal housing authority; providing penalties.

Government Organization

HB 2203 Otto

Relating to the pilot program authorizing a property owner to appeal to the State Office of Administrative Hearings certain appraisal review board determinations.


HB 2237 Lyne/ et al.

Relating to the taxation and titling of certain off-road vehicles.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2389 Fletcher

Relating to records of a holder of a motor vehicle title service license.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2439 Gallego

Relating to posting suggestions and ideas on cost-efficiency and certain budget documents on certain state agency websites.

Government Organization

HB 2596 Garza

Relating to the authority of local governments to set speed limits on certain roadways.

Transportation & Homeland Security

HB 2660 Davis, John/ Dutton

Relating to the functions of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and transferring certain department functions to the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2759 Hartnett SP: Duncan

Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of provisions of the Texas Probate Code relating to durable powers of attorney, guardianships, and other related proceedings and alternatives, and the redesignation of certain other provisions of the Texas Probate Code, including conforming amendments and repeals.


HB 2817 Taylor, Larry

Relating to certain election practices and procedures; providing penalties.

State Affairs

HB 2825 Otto

Relating to the composition and appointment of the board of directors of a corporation to which the board of regents of The University of Texas System delegates investment authority for the permanent university fund or other funds under the control of the board of regents.


HB 2889 Madden

Relating to the expunction of records and files relating to a person's arrest.

Criminal Justice

HB 3017 Smithee

Relating to the prohibited use of discretionary clauses in certain health maintenance organization and insurance contracts.

State Affairs

HB 3025 Branch/ Guillen/ Lozano

Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer of students within the public higher education system and the timely graduation of students from public institutions of higher education.

Higher Education

HB 3133 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property on which housing is being or has been built or repaired for sale to a low-income individual or family.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3727 Hilderbran/ Martinez Fischer

Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain commercial aircraft that are temporarily located in this state for manufacturing or assembly purposes.


HB 3807 Woolley

Relating to the option of providing electronic recordings of proceedings in the municipal court of record for the City of Houston.

Criminal Justice