Senate Floor Action for 5/13/2013



May 13, 2013

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

SB 1304 (CS) (LC)Davis

Relating to school district reports concerning corporal punishment and the issuance of citations by a peace officer.

SB 1459 (CS)Duncan/ et al.

Relating to the powers and duties of and contributions to and benefits from the systems and programs administered by the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

6 Floor Amendments

SB 1512 (CS) (LC)Ellis/ et al.

Relating to the confidentiality of certain crime scene photographs and video recordings.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 1871 (CS) (LC)Estes

Relating to eligibility for burial in the state cemetery.

HJR 79 Branch/ Turner, Scott SP: Birdwell

Proposing a constitutional amendment to eliminate an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund.

HB 458 (LC)Bohac SP: Estes

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

HB 525 (LC)Aycock/ Turner, Chris/ Sheffield, Ralph/ Sheffield, J. D. SP: Fraser/ et al.

Relating to the collection of data relating to military-connected students through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS).

HB 740 Crownover/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Keffer/ et al. SP: Deuell/ et al.

Relating to newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease and other disorders.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 752 (LC)Longoria SP: Hinojosa

Relating to the types of entities that are considered municipal water suppliers for purposes of the law governing the effect of the subdivision of certain land on certain irrigation water rights.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 839 (LC)Guillen SP: Zaffirini

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

HB 857 (CS)Lucio III/ Burnam SP: Ellis

Relating to the frequency of water audits by certain retail public utilities.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 1061 Branch SP: Birdwell

Relating to the repeal of the statutory authority for the State Medical Education Board.

HB 1106 (LC)Larson SP: Estes

Relating to the identification and operation of vessels in the waters of this state; authorizing a change in fees.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1238 (LC)Price SP: Seliger

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 287 in Sherman and Dallam Counties as the Trooper Bobby Steve Booth Memorial Highway.

HB 1717 Price/ et al. SP: Nichols

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners; changing certain fees.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1738 (CS) (LC)Naishtat/ Burkett SP: Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the emergency detention by a peace officer of a person who may have mental illness, including information provided to the person subject to detention and a standard form of notification of detention to be provided to a facility by a peace officer.

HB 1768 (LC)Canales SP: Hinojosa

Relating to identification requirements for certain fire hydrants and flush valves.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1844 (LC)Branch/ Johnson/ Anchia SP: West

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

HB 2311 Kacal/ Ashby/ Geren/ Guerra/ White/ et al. SP: Schwertner

Relating to an animal identification program.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 567 (CS)Watson/ Nichols/ et al. SP: Geren

Relating to rates for water service, to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and to the duties of the Office of Public Utility Counsel regarding the economic regulation of water and sewer service.

SB 822 (CS)Schwertner SP: Eiland

Relating to the regulation of certain health care provider network contract arrangements; providing an administrative penalty; authorizing a fee.

The Senate refused to concur in House amendments and requested the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:

SB 1546 Eltife SP: Guillen

Relating to the management and use of the Texas preservation trust fund.

The Senate adopted conference committee reports on the following bills:

HB 1600 (CS)Cook/ Bonnen, Dennis/ Anchia/ Price/ et al. SP: Nichols

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the transfer of certain functions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the rates for water service, and to the functions of the Office of Public Utility Counsel; authorizing a fee.

Committee referral on the following:

HB 16 Flynn/ Alvarado/ Perry/ Larson/ Martinez Fischer/ et al.

Relating to a requirement that a state agency post its internal auditor's audit plan and audit report and other audit information on the agency's Internet website.

Open Government

HB 97 Perry/ White/ Flynn/ Farias/ Miller, Rick/ et al.

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the appraised value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization and to the eligibility of the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on school district ad valorem taxes on the person's residence homestead.


HB 133 Raymond

Relating to the dissemination of criminal history record information by the Department of Public Safety concerning the offense of intoxication manslaughter and to a task force to reduce habitual driving while intoxicated.

Criminal Justice

HB 259 Simmons/ Vo/ Krause/ Klick/ Johnson/ et al.

Relating to electioneering conducted near a polling place.

State Affairs

HB 315 Otto

Relating to the applicability of the law governing the ad valorem taxation of a dealer's motor vehicle inventory.


HB 382 Burnam/ Turner, Chris/ et al.

Relating to certain limitations on settlement agreements with a governmental unit.

State Affairs

HB 774 Guillen/ Muñoz, Jr./ Alonzo/ Branch

Relating to applying credit earned by a student at a general academic teaching institution to an associate's degree at a lower-division institution of higher education previously attended by the student.

Higher Education

HB 1357 Hunter

Relating to the power of the Nueces County Road District No. 4 to lease or sell land.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 1361 Hunter

Relating to validating certain acts of the Lower Nueces River Water Supply District transferring real property rights.

Natural Resources

HB 1382 Simpson/ Rodriguez, Eddie/ Kolkhorst/ Burnam/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of food prepared, stored, distributed, or sold at farms and farmers' markets; limiting the applicability of a fee.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 1398 Murphy

Relating to the definition of and required disclosures on political advertising.

State Affairs

HB 1829 Gonzalez, Naomi

Relating to safe patient handling and movement practices at hospitals and nursing homes.

Health & Human Services

HB 1951 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the licensing and regulation of telecommunicators; providing a criminal penalty.

Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security

HB 2234 Orr

Relating to authorizing home-taught driver education course providers to administer certain examinations required to obtain a driver's license.


HB 2314 Otto

Relating to annual training for certain members of the board of directors of an appraisal district.


HB 2419 Elkins

Relating to a pilot program authorizing an administrative district judge to appoint special magistrates to assist in hearing ad valorem tax protests.


HB 2423 Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to the creation of regional transit authorities; granting the power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds.


HB 2518 Springer

Relating to reimbursement for jury service.


HB 2570 Miles

Relating to voter registration; creating an offense.

State Affairs

HB 2625 Coleman/ Rose/ Davis, John

Relating to disease management practices of local mental health authorities.

Health & Human Services

HB 2767 King, Phil/ Keffer/ Lewis

Relating to the treatment and recycling for beneficial use of certain waste arising out of or incidental to the drilling for or production of oil or gas.

Natural Resources

HB 2971 Alonzo

Relating to the regulation of firefighters and fire departments by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Natural Resources

HB 3029 Fletcher

Relating to new systems and technologies for the financial responsibility verification program.

Business & Commerce

HB 3158 Zerwas/ Johnson/ Rose

Relating to Medicaid managed care pilot programs for contracts with provider-directed managed care organizations, including organizations that delegate to health care collaboratives, and to the establishment of those collaboratives.

Health & Human Services

HB 3227 Coleman/ Turner, Chris/ Moody/ Walle/ Anchia/ et al.

Relating to coverage of certain eating disorders as serious mental illnesses under certain group health benefit plans.

State Affairs

HB 3399 Raymond

Relating to the stability of placements for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Health & Human Services

HB 3437 Otto

Relating to the procedure for obtaining an allocation for ad valorem tax purposes of the value of certain property that is used in this state and outside this state.


HB 3442 Otto

Relating to the obligation of an appraisal review board to respond to a property owner's request to postpone a hearing of the board.


HB 3476 Paddie

Relating to the liability of certain sports officials and organizations.

State Affairs

HB 3573 Aycock

Relating to the requirements for obtaining a health science technology education teaching certificate and to the scope of courses a person may teach holding a technology applications teaching certificate.


HB 3597 Burnam

Relating to application and notification requirements for a permit to drill an oil or gas well in or near an easement held by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Natural Resources

HB 3643 Harper-Brown

Relating to the allocation of revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax by certain municipalities.

Economic Development

HB 3739 Burnam

Relating to the continued employment of municipal employees who become candidates for public office.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3769 Coleman

Relating to the authority of a municipality to impose a civil penalty on owners of certain motor vehicles parked on a highway under the jurisdiction of the municipality that do not display a valid registration insignia or inspection certificate.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3793 Coleman

Relating to powers, duties, and services of counties and entities serving counties.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3952 Nevárez

Relating to the composition of the juvenile board of Val Verde County.

Criminal Justice


Committee re-referral on the following:

HB 2732 Workman

Relating to the authorization, regulation, and function of dedicated personal insurers; creating offenses; imposing a fee.

Re-referred from Business & Commerce to State Affairs