Senate Floor Action for 4/24/2013



April 24, 2013

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

SB 549 (LC)Williams/ et al.

Relating to penalties for engaging in organized criminal activity.

SB 690 (CS)Ellis

Relating to the creation of Harris County Improvement District No. 23; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 722 (CS) (LC)Ellis

Relating to eligibility to serve as an interpreter in an election.

SB 1202 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to an order to conduct mediation following an application for expedited judicial foreclosure proceedings.

SB 1285 (LC)Williams

Relating to the operation of the special prosecution unit.

SB 1313 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University.

SB 1317 (CS) (LC)Whitmire

Relating to persons authorized to perform a marriage ceremony.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1471 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to the recusal or disqualification of a statutory probate judge or other judge authorized to hear probate, guardianship, or mental health matters, and the subsequent assignment of another judge.

SB 1531 (CS) (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to providing information to entering undergraduate students at certain general academic teaching institutions to promote timely graduation.

SB 1650 (LC)Campbell

Relating to Internet broadcasts of open meetings held by governmental bodies, including regional tollway authorities, regional mobility authorities, and metropolitan planning organizations.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1680 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to certain requirements applicable to contracts entered into by state agencies.

SB 1681 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to oversight and management of state contracts.

SB 1806 (LC)Eltife

Relating to the Harrison County Court at Law.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1870 (CS) (LC)Hegar

Relating to the creation of the West Fort Bend Water Authority; providing authority to issue bonds; granting the power of eminent domain; providing an administrative penalty.

1 Floor Amendment

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

SB 780 Hinojosa

Relating to the prioritization of certain available legal defense services when appointing representation for an indigent defendant in a criminal case.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1158 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte/ et al.

Relating to higher education for veterans and their families.

2 Floor Amendments

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 754 Lucio

Welcoming Leadership Mid Valley to the State Capitol.

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

Committee referral on the following:

SB 1908 West

Relating to a study conducted by the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System and the repeal of certain court fees and costs.


HB 8 Thompson, Senfronia/ Hunter/ Muñoz, Jr./ Burkett/ Gonzalez, Naomi/ et al.

Relating to the prosecution and punishment of offenses related to trafficking of persons and to certain protections for victims of trafficking of persons.

Criminal Justice

HB 13 Callegari/ Frullo/ Cook/ King, Phil/ et al.

Relating to the State Pension Review Board and public retirement systems; authorizing a fee.

State Affairs

HB 33 Menéndez

Relating to alternative methods of dispute resolution in certain disputes between the Department of Aging and Disability Services and an assisted living facility licensed by the department.

Health & Human Services

HB 64 Craddick

Relating to the liability of and the validation of certain acts of the Midland County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 220 Price/ Herrero/ Geren/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Moody/ 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 250 Miller, Doug

Relating to the designation of a segment of Interstate Highway 35 as the Trooper Randy Vetter Memorial Highway.


HB 349 Canales

Relating to electronically filing any court document in a criminal case in Hidalgo County.


HB 377 Burnam/ et al.

Relating to the designation of a portion of Interstate Highway 35W as the Cesar Chavez Memorial Freeway.


HB 403 Davis, Sarah

Relating to liability of certain certified municipal inspectors for services rendered during an emergency or disaster.

State Affairs

HB 411 King, Phil

Relating to the release of a vehicle held by a vehicle storage facility.


HB 434 Riddle

Relating to the persons authorized to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances.

Criminal Justice

HB 458 Bohac

Relating to eligibility requirements for a residential fire alarm training school instructor.

Business & Commerce

HB 460 Cortez

Relating to authorizing the county clerk in certain counties to conduct a marriage ceremony and collect a related fee.


HB 570 Alonzo

Relating to issuance of a magistrate's order for emergency protection.

Criminal Justice

HB 584 Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the posting of a notice of foreclosure sale on a county's Internet website.

Business & Commerce

HB 625 Harper-Brown

Relating to the penalty for the operation of a vehicle without a license plate.


HB 646 Patrick, Diane/ Cortez/ King, Susan

Relating to the requirements for members appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Health & Human Services

HB 666 Miller, Rick/ Miles

Relating to the elections to which certain applications for a ballot to be voted by mail are applicable.

State Affairs

HB 674 Ratliff

Relating to providing notice of certain proposed municipal zoning changes to a school district.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 729 Price

Relating to access to criminal history record information by certain hospitals and other facilities.

Criminal Justice

HB 768 Howard

Relating to the application of the public and private facilities and infrastructure contracting requirements to technology facilities.

Economic Development

HB 799 Thompson, Senfronia/ Miles

Relating to vocational training programs provided by the Windham School District.

Criminal Justice

HB 809 Davis, John/ Alvarado/ Guillen

Relating to the dissemination of information regarding employment opportunities in this state to secondary school students.

Economic Development

HB 878 Crownover/ Keffer

Relating to the filing with the state of electric logs by operators of oil-related or gas-related wells; providing a penalty.

Natural Resources

HB 908 Nevárez

Relating to the assessment of an elderly or disabled person's psychological status for purposes of an emergency order authorizing protective services.

Health & Human Services

HB 915 Kolkhorst/ Gonzalez, Naomi/ Burkett/ Naishtat/ Dukes/ et al.

Relating to the administration and monitoring of health care provided to foster children.

Health & Human Services

HB 978 Raymond

Relating to the transportation of certain patients to a mental health facility.

Health & Human Services

HB 989 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the fine or penalty for violation of a municipal rule, ordinance, or police regulation and municipal court jurisdiction to enforce certain violations.


HB 994 Bonnen, Dennis

Relating to the applicability of state law regulating the decommissioning costs of certain newly constructed commercial nuclear-powered electric generating facilities.

Business & Commerce

HB 1035 Huberty

Relating to the filing of reports of political contributions and expenditures and of personal financial statements by certain officeholders and candidates.

State Affairs

HB 1164 Thompson, Ed/ Bonnen, Dennis/ Klick/ Perry/ et al.

Relating to the territory that may be included in a single county election precinct.

State Affairs

HB 1265 Guillen

Relating to providing information to state employees about insurance available to those employees under a group coverage plan.

State Affairs

HB 1271 Martinez Fischer

Relating to providing links in the online text of proposed legislation to other state laws referenced in that legislation.


HB 1287 Hilderbran

Relating to the contents of an application by certain persons for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the person's residence homestead.


HB 1305 Sheets

Relating to the criminal penalty for acting as an agent after suspension or revocation of the agent's license.

Business & Commerce

HB 1366 Lucio III

Relating to certain procedures in family or juvenile law proceedings.


HB 1422 Geren/ Canales

Relating to the reporting in a lobbyist registration of certain persons from whom compensation or reimbursement is received.

State Affairs

HB 1427 Sheffield, Ralph

Relating to the donation of surplus real property by certain municipalities.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1479 Villarreal

Relating to establishing a committee in certain counties to recommend a uniform truancy policy.


HB 1491 Branch/ Collier/ Patrick, Diane/ Lozano/ et al.

Relating to the temporary licensing of a dentist who performs voluntary charity care.

Health & Human Services

HB 1514 Howard

Relating to privileged parking for veterans of World War II.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 1752 Patrick, Diane/ Pitts/ Allen/ Branch/ Aycock/ et al.

Relating to creating the Texas Teacher Residency Program.

Higher Education

HB 1760 Darby

Relating to the provision of services to certain individuals with developmental disabilities by a state supported living center.

Health & Human Services

HB 1818 Kuempel

Relating to the disposition of confiscated game, animal parts, and animal products.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 1994 Reynolds

Relating to the purchase of certain commodity items by a state agency.

Government Organization

HB 2016 Keffer

Relating to the receipt or consideration of a petition requesting detachment and annexation by the board of trustees of a school district after adoption of consolidation resolutions.


HB 2276 Crownover/ Ashby/ Fallon/ King, Susan/ et al.

Relating to notice of residential services available for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Health & Human Services

HB 2327 Gooden

Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the courthouse security fund; increasing fees.

Criminal Justice

HB 2422 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to consideration of cloud computing services when a state agency purchases services for a major information resources project.

Government Organization

HB 2465 Farias

Relating to the secretary of state providing information to voters regarding their voting status through an Internet website.

State Affairs

HB 2466 Farias

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for Vietnam veterans.


HB 2544 Rose

Relating to victim-offender mediation services offered by the victim services division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice

HB 2548 Burkett

Relating to the enforcement of a provision regarding the imposition of a surcharge for the use of a credit card.

Business & Commerce

HB 2710 Gonzales, Larry

Relating to the employment of an attorney by the Texas Funeral Service Commission.

Government Organization

HB 3064 Menéndez/ Moody

Relating to the disposition of unclaimed cremated remains of certain veterans.

Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

HB 3259 Wu

Relating to the ownership of and access to certain investigation records in child abuse and neglect cases.


Committee re-referral on the following:

SB 403 Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of a community development grocery store and healthy corner store revolving loan fund program.

Re-referred from Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security to Government Organization

SB 1208 Zaffirini

Relating to the creation of a regional food economy and food access task force.

Re-referred from Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security to Government Organization