Senate Floor Action for 5/22/2013



May 22, 2013

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

HJR 24 Perry/ Guillen/ et al. SP: Van de Putte/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market 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.

HB 97 Perry/ White/ Flynn/ Farias/ Miller, Rick/ et al. SP: Van de Putte/ 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.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 213 (CS)Hilderbran/ Villalba/ Workman/ Lozano/ Capriglione/ et al. SP: Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.

HB 315 (LC)Otto SP: Estes

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 437 (CS) (LC)Davis, John/ Reynolds/ Orr/ Smith/ Lozano/ et al. SP: Seliger

Relating to career and technical education and workforce development grant programs.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 489 (CS)Menéndez SP: Uresti

Relating to rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities, including with respect to the use of service animals that provide assistance to those persons; providing penalties.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 585 (CS)Villarreal/ Workman/ King, Phil SP: Eltife

Relating to ad valorem taxation; creating an offense.

5 Floor Amendments

HB 586 (CS)Workman/ Leach/ Callegari/ Menéndez/ Smithee/ et al. SP: Deuell/ et al.

Relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain design and construction claims arising under written contracts with state agencies.

4 Floor Amendments

HB 697 (LC)Springer/ Huberty/ Perry/ Thompson, Senfronia/ White/ et al. SP: Duncan

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain items sold by school booster clubs and support organizations; authorizing a sales and use tax exemption.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 709 (LC)Isaac SP: Deuell

Relating to ad valorem tax payments and refunds.

HB 826 (CS)Harless SP: Eltife

Relating to the definitions of certain terms for purposes of the ad valorem taxation of certain dealer's heavy equipment inventory.

HB 984 (CS) (LC)Elkins SP: Huffman

Relating to certain information required to be provided to an applicant for a marriage license.

HB 1009 Villalba/ Bonnen, Greg/ Fletcher/ Menéndez/ Keffer/ et al. SP: Hancock/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee.

HB 1025 (CS)Pitts SP: Williams

Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1090 Martinez, "Mando"/ Lucio III/ Canales SP: Hinojosa

Relating to the creation of Texas Task Force 1 Type 3 Rio Grande Valley.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1128 (CS) (LC)Herrero/ Alvarado/ Cortez SP: Garcia

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

HB 1223 (CS)Hilderbran/ Murphy/ Sheets/ Harless SP: Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the temporary exemption of certain tangible personal property related to data centers from the sales and use tax.

HB 1245 (LC)Turner, Sylvester SP: Duncan

Relating to the allocation of money in the judicial and court personnel training fund.

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

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1511 Larson SP: Eltife

Relating to the rates of sales and use taxes imposed by municipalities; authorizing an increase or decrease in the rate of those taxes.

HB 1659 (CS)Thompson, Senfronia SP: Lucio

Relating to certain actions taken by certain licensing authorities regarding a license holder or applicant who received deferred adjudication for certain offenses.

HB 1726 (CS) (LC)Bohac SP: Zaffirini

Relating to shipping logistics and coordination services for state agencies.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1755 (LC)Patrick, Diane SP: Hancock

Relating to authorizing the appointment of a public probate administrator; authorizing fees.

HB 1790 Longoria/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Burnam/ Hughes/ Rose SP: Hinojosa

Relating to certain procedures for defendants who successfully complete a period of state jail felony community supervision.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1803 (CS) (LC)Callegari SP: Huffman

Relating to the renewal of a controlled substance registration by physicians; changing the payment schedule for a fee.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 1846 Carter SP: Paxton

Relating to suspension or denial of issuance or renewal of a license for failure to pay child support.

HB 1847 (CS)Carter SP: Huffman

Relating to continuing legal education in ethics or professional responsibility for prosecutors.

HB 1926 (CS)King, Ken/ Deshotel/ Allen/ Farney/ Ratliff/ et al. SP: Hegar/ et al.

Relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 1951 Thompson, Senfronia SP: Carona

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2012 (CS)Villarreal SP: Patrick

Relating to collection, distribution, and use of information relating to salaries of and job openings for certain professional employees of school districts and to teaching and learning conditions in public schools.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 2021 (LC)Rodriguez, Eddie SP: Hinojosa

Relating to the authority of a municipality or county to contract for the collection of certain amounts; authorizing a fee.

HB 2036 (CS) (LC)Branch SP: Watson/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a commission to identify future higher education and workforce needs of this state and make related recommendations to address those needs by the state's bicentennial.

HB 2080 (A)Thompson, Senfronia/ Naishtat/ et al. SP: Rodríguez

Relating to guardianships, including the assessment and payment of attorney's fees and other court costs in guardianships, and to court-created management trusts for persons who have physical disabilities or who are incapacitated; changing the amount of a fee and requiring the collection of a fee.

1 Committee Amendment

HB 2233 (LC)Simmons SP: Estes/ et al.

Relating to signature verification on an early voting ballot voted by mail.

HB 2268 (CS) (LC)Frullo/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Fletcher SP: Carona

Relating to search warrants issued in this state and other states for certain customer data, communications, and other related information held in electronic storage in this state and other states by providers of electronic communications services and remote computing services.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2422 Gonzales, Larry SP: Schwertner

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

2 Floor Amendments

HB 2446 (LC)Crownover/ Keffer/ King, Phil/ Morrison/ Lewis/ et al. SP: Estes

Relating to the definitions of advanced clean energy projects and clean energy projects and to franchise tax credits for certain of those projects.

HB 2550 (LC)Patrick, Diane SP: Zaffirini

Relating to the consolidation of the Higher Education Enrollment Assistance Program and the Higher Education Assistance Plan and the transfer of certain enrollment assistance duties to institutions of higher education.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2612 Flynn SP: Deuell

Relating to prohibitions and restrictions on using county roads in certain circumstances.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2621 (LC)Creighton/ et al. SP: Williams

Relating to disclaimers of estate property by certain beneficiaries.

HB 2781 (LC)Fletcher SP: Campbell

Relating to rainwater harvesting and other water conservation initiatives.

HB 2859 (CS) (LC)Harless SP: Patrick

Relating to the amount of money authorized to be used for Clean Air Act local initiative projects related to vehicles.

HB 2862 (LC)McClendon SP: West

Relating to procedures related to juvenile cases.

2 Floor Amendments

HB 2918 (LC)Thompson, Senfronia SP: Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to statutory durable powers of attorney.

HB 2935 Hunter SP: Ellis

Relating to the interlocutory appeal of a denial of a motion to dismiss in an action involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 2972 King, Ken SP: Patrick

Relating to exempting premiums for certain insurance covering stored or in-transit baled cotton from surplus lines insurance premium taxes.

HB 2978 (CS)Parker SP: Paxton

Relating to service of citation in connection with an expedited judicial foreclosure proceeding.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3015 (LC)Moody SP: Rodríguez

Relating to a recall election for officials of certain general-law municipalities.

HB 3042 (LC)Oliveira/ Lucio III SP: Lucio

Relating to the allocation of state hotel occupancy tax revenue to certain municipalities for cleaning and maintenance of and erosion control for public beaches.

HB 3188 Otto SP: Williams

Relating to directing payment, after approval, of certain miscellaneous claims and judgments against the state out of funds designated by this Act; making appropriations.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3259 (CS) (LC)Wu SP: Huffman

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

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3314 (LC)Kuempel SP: Taylor

Relating to instruction and continuing education requirements for certain court clerks.

HB 3350 Rodriguez, Eddie SP: Watson

Relating to homestead preservation districts and reinvestment zones.

HB 3433 Fletcher SP: Estes

Relating to the regulation of certain private security companies and occupations; creating an offense.

3 Floor Amendments

HB 3438 (LC)Otto/ Button SP: Lucio

Relating to the eligibility of a person to serve on the appraisal review board of an appraisal district.

HB 3439 (LC)Otto/ Button SP: Lucio

Relating to the representation of a property owner by an agent in a property tax matter.

HB 3509 (CS)Bonnen, Dennis/ Villalba SP: Seliger

Relating to endangered species habitat conservation and to the creation of a board to oversee and guide the state's coordinated response to federal actions regarding endangered species.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3566 Kleinschmidt SP: Hegar

Relating to the regulation of advertising by structural pest control businesses.

HB 3569 Kleinschmidt SP: Uresti

Relating to activities conducted in connection with a state or federal disease control or eradication program for animals.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 3761 Guerra/ Muñoz, Jr. SP: Hinojosa

Relating to a feasibility report on the creation of a border agricultural inspection training program.

HB 3793 (CS) (LC)Coleman SP: Hinojosa

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

6 Floor Amendments

HB 3952 Nevárez SP: Uresti

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

HB 3954 (LC)Stephenson SP: Hegar

Relating to the creation of Kendleton Improvement District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

2 Floor Amendments

HCR 57 Hunter/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Riddle/ Fletcher/ Lozano/ et al. SP: Van de Putte

Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study human trafficking in Texas.

HCR 80 Anchia SP: Carona

Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study the effects on international trade of wait times at points of entry between the United States and Mexico.


The Senate reconsidered passage, amended, and again finally passed:

HB 2836 (CS) (LC)Ratliff/ Farney/ King, Ken/ Patrick, Diane/ Huberty/ et al. SP: Patrick/ et al.

Relating to the administration of certain state assessment instruments to public school students and to a study of the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and of certain state assessment instruments.

2 Floor Amendments

The Senate suspended the regular order, read third time and finally passed:

HB 742 (CS)Strama/ Villarreal/ Otto/ Anchia/ Villalba SP: Watson/ et al.

Relating to a grant program for certain school districts to provide summer instruction primarily for students who are educationally disadvantaged and summer teaching opportunities for high-performing, new, and student teachers.

HB 950 (LC)Thompson, Senfronia/ Collier/ Davis, Sarah/ Alvarado/ Isaac/ et al. SP: Davis/ et al.

Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation.

1 Floor Amendment

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 24 (CS)Hinojosa/ Lucio/ Seliger/ Zaffirini/ et al. SP: Oliveira/ et al.

Relating to the creation of a new university in South Texas within The University of Texas System.

SB 351 (LC)Hegar SP: Zerwas

Relating to the powers and duties of the Willow Point Municipal Utility District of Fort Bend and Waller Counties; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds.

SB 357 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa SP: Anchia

Relating to the issuance of protective orders for certain sexual, stalking, and trafficking offenses.

SB 499 (CS) (LC)Lucio SP: Lucio III

Relating to the determination of actual damages to enable compensation from the manufactured homeowners' recovery trust fund.

SB 503 (CS) (LC)West SP: Strama/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to study and make recommendations concerning expanded learning opportunities for public school students.

SB 514 (CS) (LC)Davis SP: Wu

Relating to the installation, maintenance, operation, and relocation of saltwater pipeline facilities.

SB 562 (LC)Carona SP: Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the license qualifications and continuing education requirements for polygraph examiners.

SB 697 (CS) (LC)Carona SP: Eiland

Relating to the qualifications of certain nonresident individuals to hold a surplus lines agent license.

SB 718 (CS) (LC)West SP: Burkett

Relating to voluntary and involuntary mental health services.

SB 763 (LC)Watson SP: Phillips

Relating to motorcycle training, the enforcement of certification standards for motorcycles, and the license requirements for a three-wheeled motorcycle; creating an offense.

SB 869 (CS) (LC)Van de Putte SP: Zedler

Relating to the regulation of the practice of pharmacy; authorizing fees.

SB 893 (CS) (LC)Carona SP: Carter

Relating to certain conditions of, penalties for violating, and collection of information about protective orders issued in certain family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking cases.

SB 939 (CS) (LC)West/ et al. SP: Parker/ et al.

Relating to reporting child abuse and neglect and to training regarding recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect at schools, institutions of higher education, and other entities.

SB 946 (LC)Nelson SP: Bohac

Relating to the right to terminate a lease and avoid liability by a victim of certain sexual offenses or stalking.

SB 948 (LC)Nelson SP: Parker

Relating to management of a coordinated county transportation authority.

SB 1035 (CS) (LC)Carona SP: Smith

Relating to alcoholic beverage license applications and fees.

SB 1053 (LC)Carona SP: Guillen

Relating to the notice provided to an owner or lienholder of a vehicle towed to a vehicle storage facility or provided to an owner or operator of a vehicle by a parking facility owner.

SB 1074 (CS) (LC)Hegar SP: Bonnen, Greg

Relating to electronic transmission of documentation involved in certain insurance transactions.

SB 1200 (CS)Van de Putte SP: Menéndez

Relating to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and strategic planning regarding military bases and defense installations.

SB 1237 (CS) (LC)Schwertner SP: Lewis

Relating to referral of disputes for alternative dispute resolution, including victim-directed referrals; authorizing a fee.

SB 1386 (CS)Hancock SP: Sheets

Relating to the nonforfeiture requirements of certain life insurance policies.

SB 1451 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa SP: Sheets

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of money laundering and to the forfeiture of certain contraband.

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

SB 7 (CS)Nelson/ et al. SP: Raymond

Relating to improving the delivery and quality of certain health and human services, including the delivery and quality of Medicaid acute care services and long-term services and supports.

SB 8 (CS) (LC)Nelson/ et al. SP: Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the provision and delivery of certain health and human services in this state, including the provision of those services through the Medicaid program and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in that program and other programs.

SB 16 (CS)Zaffirini/ Eltife/ Seliger/ et al. SP: Branch/ et al.

Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education.

SB 58 (CS) (LC)Nelson SP: Zerwas/ et al.

Relating to the integration of behavioral health and physical health services into the Medicaid managed care program.

SB 358 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa SP: Muñoz, Jr.

Relating to the use of a polygraph statement as evidence that a defendant or releasee from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has violated a condition of release.

SB 396 (CS) (LC)Hegar SP: Martinez, "Mando"

Relating to the provision of state death benefits to certain employees of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas.

SB 578 (CS) (LC)Duncan SP: Sheffield, J. D.

Relating to use of countywide polling places for certain elections.

SB 910 (CS) (LC)Duncan SP: Morrison

Relating to certain election practices and procedures.

SB 1017 (CS) (LC)Paxton SP: Lavender

Relating to the funding for and administration of travel and information operations by the Texas Department of Transportation.

SB 1023 (CS) (LC)Watson SP: Naishtat

Relating to the renewal and extension and modification of a 99-year lease of certain state property to the City of Austin.

SB 1106 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ et al. SP: Davis, John

Relating to the use of maximum allowable cost lists under a Medicaid managed care pharmacy benefit plan.

SB 1678 (CS)Deuell/ Patrick/ et al. SP: Isaac/ et al.

Relating to the events and expenses eligible for, reporting requirements concerning disbursements from, and a study by the comptroller of the Major Events trust fund and the Events trust fund.

The Senate granted the request for the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:

HB 630 (CS) (LC)Larson SP: Huffman

Relating to the filling of vacancies on a political party's county executive committee.

HB 1534 (CS) (LC)Leach/ Phillips/ Craddick/ Dutton/ Laubenberg/ et al. SP: Paxton

Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 75 in Collin County as the Prisoner of War Memorial Highway.