Senate Floor Action for 4/22/2013



April 22, 2013

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

SB 190 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the prescription and pharmaceutical substitution of biological products.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 991 (CS)West

Relating to the release of certain inmates on medically recommended intensive supervision.

SB 1247 (CS)Carona

Relating to credit services organizations and extensions of consumer credit facilitated by credit services organizations; providing a civil penalty.

14 Floor Amendments

SB 1670 (CS)Nichols

Relating to the fees for oversize and overweight vehicle permits.

SB 1671 (CS)Nichols

Relating to the fines for and other enforcement of laws providing for the operation of oversize or overweight vehicles.

SB 1756 (CS)Uresti

Relating to the expedited processing of certain applications for permits under the Clean Air Act; authorizing a surcharge.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1795 (CS)Watson/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of navigators for health benefit exchanges.

1 Floor Amendment

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

SJR 55 (CS)Williams/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment appropriating money from the system benefit fund for the purpose of returning system benefit fund fees to retail electric customers.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1655 (CS)Williams/ et al.

Relating to authorizing the Public Utility Commission of Texas to direct the comptroller to return the unappropriated balance of the system benefit fund to retail electric customers.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 583 Rodríguez

Commending Mitchell Marcus and Jon Montanez.

SR 592 Huffman

In memory of Suzanne McDaniel.

SR 662 Uresti/ et al.

Recognizing the seventh class of the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program.

SR 732 Lucio

Recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Charro Days Fiesta.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1905 Rodríguez

Relating to the transfer of territory, assets, liabilities, and duties of the former Cuadrilla Improvement Corporation to the Lower Valley Water District.

Natural Resources

SB 1906 Hegar

Relating to the creation of Fort Bend County Municipal Management District No. 1; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1907 Hegar

Relating to the transportation and storage of concealed handguns and ammunition by students in vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.

Criminal Justice

HB 15 Kolkhorst/ Coleman/ Zerwas/ Geren/ Cortez/ et al.

Relating to level of care designations for hospitals that provide neonatal and maternal services.

Health & Human Services

HB 32 Menéndez

Relating to the punishment for and certain other consequences of committing the offense of prostitution.

Criminal Justice

HB 63 Craddick/ Cook/ Lucio III/ Harless/ Menéndez/ et al.

Relating to the creation of an offense for use of a handheld wireless communication device for text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle.


HB 252 Larson/ Burnam

Relating to water shortage reporting by water utilities and providers of wholesale water supplies.

Natural Resources

HB 278 Craddick/ Davis, John

Relating to the liability of a municipality for certain space flight activities.

State Affairs

HB 407 King, Phil/ Cook/ Keffer

Relating to the Weatherford College District service area.


HB 436 Pitts

Relating to the authority to issue bonds of the Rockett Special Utility District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 441 Davis, John

Relating to the designation of the NASA Road 1 Bypass connecting State Highway NASA Road 1 to Interstate Highway 45 as the Captain John Young Flyover.


HB 477 Harper-Brown

Relating to the authority of a county to advertise on leased vehicles.


HB 518 Pitts

Relating to the creation of the Windsor Hills Municipal Management District No. 1; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments and fees.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 749 Raymond/ et al.

Relating to a plan to increase outcomes in the summer food service program.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 788 Smith/ Reynolds

Relating to permitting of greenhouse gas emissions by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; limiting the amount of a fee.

Natural Resources

HB 839 Guillen

Relating to the powers, duties, and compensation of the board of directors of the Duval County Groundwater Conservation District.

Natural Resources

HB 845 Lucio III

Relating to possession of or access to a child.


HB 847 Lucio III

Relating to the enforcement of an order to pay child support by contempt and the awarding of costs and fees in certain proceedings.


HB 938 Hughes

Relating to the designation of a segment of Farm-to-Market Road 2348 in Titus County as the Army Staff Sergeant Chauncy Mays Memorial Highway.


HB 952 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to assignment of certain death benefits payable by the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

State Affairs

HB 1043 Lewis/ Farrar/ Otto/ Paddie

Relating to the offense of the unauthorized duplication of certain recordings.


HB 1104 Harper-Brown

Relating to an exemption from the requirement that a legislative caucus file reports of contributions and expenditures if no reportable activity occurs.

State Affairs

HB 1127 Smith/ Bohac/ Allen/ Harless/ Guillen/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of game rooms in certain counties; providing penalties; authorizing a fee.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1205 Parker/ Raymond/ Zerwas/ Fallon/ Naishtat/ et al.

Relating to the offense of failure to report abuse or neglect of a child.

Criminal Justice

HB 1227 Dukes

Relating to the use of an Internet application to allow access by court-appointed volunteer advocates to child protective services case information.

Health & Human Services

HB 1237 Keffer

Relating to the Eastland Memorial Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1259 Keffer

Relating to the dissolution of the Cisco Hospital District; authorizing the imposition of a tax.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1741 Naishtat

Relating to requiring child safety alarms in certain vehicles used by child-care facilities to transport children.

Health & Human Services

HB 1844 Branch/ Johnson/ Anchia

Relating to the official name of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Higher Education

HB 1969 Craddick

Relating to the McCamey County Hospital District; authorizing the issuance of bonds; authorizing the imposition of a tax.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2304 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the certification of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs to enforce commercial motor vehicle safety standards in certain counties.


HB 3163 Smith

Relating to the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board.

Natural Resources