SENATE FLOOR ACTION
May 19, 2011
The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and finally pass:
Relating to the powers of the Coastal Water Authority; affecting the authority to issue bonds.
Relating to the authority of certain volunteer firefighter and emergency services organizations to hold tax-free sales or auctions.
Relating to prohibiting certain private transfer fees and the preservation of private real property rights; providing penalties.
Relating to the temporary lowering of prima facie speed limits at a vehicular accident reconstruction site.
Relating to the prosecution and punishment of unlawful transport of a person.
2 Floor Amendments
Relating to the exemption from sales and use taxes, including the motor vehicle sales and use tax, for timber and certain items used in or on a farm, ranch, timber operation, or agricultural aircraft operation.
1 Floor Amendment
Relating to stationary tow trucks on a highway; providing a penalty.
Relating to the powers of a defense base development authority.
Relating to rules regarding return of service.
Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue to enhance and upgrade coliseums and multiuse facilities in certain municipalities.
Relating to the administering of medications to children in certain facilities; providing criminal penalties.
Relating to the continuation and functions of the office of injured employee counsel under the workers' compensation program.
Relating to the taxability of Internet hosting.
Relating to the regulation of handfishing.
Relating to the pilot program authorizing a property owner to appeal to the State Office of Administrative Hearings certain appraisal review board determinations.
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Information Resources and the transfer of certain department functions to the comptroller of public accounts.
3 Floor Amendments
Relating to the continuation and functions of the division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance.
5 Floor Amendments
Relating to the determination of incompetency in criminal cases.
2 Floor Amendments
Relating to the administration of the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry.
Relating to the plugging of inactive oil and gas wells.
Relating to the low-income vehicle repair assistance, retrofit, and accelerated vehicle retirement program.
Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states an amendment to the United States Constitution providing for a federal balanced budget.
The Senate reconsidered final passage and postponed:
Relating to the notification requirements regarding certain land use regulations in an area near military facilities.
The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and postponed:
Relating to the operation, powers, and duties of certain water districts.
2 Floor Amendments
The Senate reconsidered final passage, amended, and again finally passed:
Relating to the regulation of slaughterers by certain counties.
1 Floor Amendment
The Senate adopted the following resolutions:
In memory of Ashley Therese Perret Harrison of Dallas.
The following bills were passed on the Local and Uncontested Bills Calendar:
Expressing the legislature's support for the construction of a monument to African American Texans on the grounds of the State Capitol at the location approved by the State Preservation Board for a Juneteenth monument.
Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers from the payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education.
Relating to the coordination of rural and small community initiatives.
Relating to the authority to create and operate a defense adjustment management authority.
Relating to an African American Texans memorial monument on the Capitol grounds.
Relating to designating April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month.
Relating to an adult diabetes education program in certain county hospital systems and hospital districts.
Relating to the notification of the release of certain inmates given to certain courts, law enforcement agencies, and the United States Social Security Administration.
Relating to requiring the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to adopt rules preventing access to on-site sewage disposal systems.
Relating to the protection of children by ensuring reports of abuse or neglect, protecting children from abuse and neglect, ensuring that births are reported, and prosecuting the offense of bigamy; providing criminal penalties.
Relating to the lease of space by or for a state agency.
Relating to an analysis by the adjutant general of facility needs of state military forces before grants or conveyances of real property.
Relating to discharging fines and costs assessed against certain juvenile defendants through community service or tutoring.
Relating to requiring general academic teaching institutions to offer personal financial literacy training.
Relating to the creation of a Don't Mess with Texas Water program to prevent illegal dumping that affects the surface waters of this state.
Relating to the rendition of property for ad valorem tax purposes and to the protest of a penalty imposed for a failure to timely file a rendition statement or property report.
Relating to the disposition of a decedent's remains.
Relating to a fee collected by a district clerk for certain certified copies.
Relating to the issuance and duration of certain protective orders for victims of sexual assault.
Relating to an outreach campaign to promote fathers' involvement with their children before birth.
Relating to the requirements for an application for a tax warrant authorizing the seizure of personal property for the payment of ad valorem taxes.
Relating to an exemption for school districts from security for court costs and appeal bond.
Relating to the powers of the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority.
Relating to the election of directors of the board of the Ector County Hospital District.
Relating to the issuance of a warrant or summons by a magistrate.
Relating to business leave time for certain municipal firefighters and police officers.
Relating to the contracting authority of the Midland County Hospital District.
Relating to notice of relief available to certain members of the military required to be provided in certain real property documentation.
Relating to consent to certain medical treatments by a surrogate decision-maker on behalf of certain inmates.
Relating to an application to run for political office.
Relating to smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in residential rental units.
Relating to certification requirements for certain property tax professionals.
Relating to the creation of the offense of unauthorized acquisition or transfer of certain financial information.
Relating to the repeal of the authorization to establish a super collider facility research authority.
Relating to the purchasing of a firearm from the county by an honorably retired law enforcement officer.
Relating to the service of civil process on an inmate of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Relating to the territory of the El Paso County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4.
Relating to the collection of court costs, fees, fines, and other money by the commissioners courts of certain counties.
Relating to the use of person first respectful language in reference to individuals with disabilities.
Relating to the issuance to veterans of specially marked driver's licenses.
Relating to the offense of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.
Relating to the retention, storage, and destruction of certain court documents.
Relating to fees for process server certification.
Relating to the duration of a development agreement governing land in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of certain municipalities.
Relating to the prosecution of the offense of online impersonation.
Relating to the employment of an elections administrator.
Relating to prohibiting school districts from requiring or coercing school district employees to make charitable contributions.
Relating to the purchasing and contracting authority of certain governmental entities.
Relating to the regulation of certain benefit plans.
Relating to the provision of water and certain equipment by water supply or sewer service corporations for use in fire suppression and the liability of those corporations.
Relating to the idling of motor vehicles; providing a criminal penalty.
Relating to student loan repayment assistance for certain providers of correctional health care.
Relating to the expansion of faith- and community-based health and human services initiatives.
Relating to certain childbirths occurring before the 39th week of gestation.
Relating to the reporting of certain information to the director of the bureau of vital statistics.
Relating to the authority of a pharmacist to dispense up to a 90-day supply of dangerous drugs and accelerate refills.
Relating to electronic filing and rerecording of livestock marks and brands by county clerks.
Relating to the power of the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority to issue bonds.
Relating to physician incentive programs to reduce hospital emergency room use for non-emergent conditions by Medicaid recipients.
Relating to the use and transferability of certain state property transferred from the state to Spindletop MHMR Services.
Relating to the duties of a funeral director or an agent at the interment or entombment of a human body.
Relating to the authority of a gas corporation to use a public right-of-way along a railroad, a railroad right-of-way, an interurban railroad, or a street railroad.
Relating to the creation of a sickle cell disease program.
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.
Relating to certain notice to applicants to provide care under the permanency care assistance program.
Relating to the DNA database at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
Relating to the territory, board of directors, and powers of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority.
Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain dealer's heavy equipment inventory; providing penalties.
Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for certain offenses involving theft.
Relating to access to a child's medical records by the child's attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, or amicus attorney.
Relating to the confidentiality of certain identifying information regarding students of career schools or colleges and other educational entities; providing a criminal penalty.
Relating to the repeal of the partial tax exemption for certain beer.
Relating to convictions barring employment at or by certain facilities serving the elderly or persons with disabilities.
Relating to procedures applicable in circumstances involving family violence or other criminal conduct and military personnel.
Relating to the office of inspector general of the Texas Youth Commission.
Relating to fees charged for the management and preservation of the county clerk's records.
Relating to the regulation by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation of the application of eyelash extensions and private beauty culture schools; providing a criminal penalty.
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.
Relating to the processing fee charged for a dishonored payment device.
Relating to the creation of the Terrell County Groundwater Conservation District; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds.
Relating to the requirements for and procedures governing tuition equalization grants.
Relating to providing graduate medical education positions for Texas medical school graduates.
Relating to privileged parking for recipients of the Silver Star Medal.
Relating to access to the criminal history record information of certain individuals by public or private institutions of higher education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Relating to the required transfer of records to a new county chair of a political party; providing a penalty.
Relating to the applicability of open meetings requirements to certain meetings of the governing board of a county hospital or county hospital authority.
Relating to the requirement that certain food service establishments post a sign depicting the Heimlich maneuver.
Relating to consent for treatment for chemical dependency in a treatment facility and required training for the facility's intake personnel.
Relating to the stay of recognition or enforcement of a foreign country judgment to allow for de novo review of a contract or agreement for a sale, offer for sale, or sell under The Securities Act.
Relating to the confidentiality of certain home address information in ad valorem tax appraisal records.
Relating to rainwater harvesting systems that are connected to public water supply systems.
Relating to the period for which a school district's participation in certain tax increment financing reinvestment zones may be taken into account in determining the total taxable value of property in the school district.
Relating to the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.
Relating to a system for monitoring prescriptions of certain drugs under the Medicaid program for children in foster care.
Relating to enforcement by a local government of fire safety standards at certain child-care facilities.
Relating to priority consideration and eligibility for Texas Educational Opportunity Grants, TEXAS grants, and other state financial aid.
Relating to certain financial powers and duties of the Travis-Creedmoor Municipal Utility District.
Relating to a limitation on production fees on groundwater withdrawals assessed by the Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
Authorizing the lieutenant governor and speaker to appoint interim joint committees.
Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study human trafficking in Texas.
Urging Congress to provide a comprehensive public alert warning system.
Designating the red drum as the official State Saltwater Fish of Texas.
Committee referral on the following:
Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue to enhance and upgrade sports facilities in certain municipalities.
Relating to the rights, powers, functions, and duties of the West Travis County Municipal Utility District No. 5.
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.
Relating to the creation of the Lazy W District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.
Relating to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
Relating to the date for the election of directors of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District.
Affirming the pride of all Texans in both our one and indivisible national union and our one and indivisible state, claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist from certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.
Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states for ratification the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Urging Congress to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Business & Commerce
Notifying the U.S. Department of Education that certain career schools or colleges are legally authorized by the state of Texas to operate educational programs beyond secondary education.
Committee re-referral on the following:
Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 907 in Hidalgo County as Rudy Villarreal Road.
Re-referred from Transportation & Homeland Security to International Relations & Trade