SENATE FLOOR ACTION
May 24, 2013
The Senate adopted the following resolutions:
Recognizing Grandmaster Pyung-Soo Kim on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of his arrival in the United States.
Recognizing Robert Gomez on the occasion of his retirement.
Recognizing Susan Tyler on the occasion of her retirement.
Recognizing Regina Saucier Martin on the occasion of her retirement.
Recognizing Mary K. Suhm on the occasion of her retirement.
Recognizing Joe B. Allen on the occasion of his retirement.
Convening a joint memorial session to honor Texans killed while serving in the Global War on Terrorism, commemorating Memorial Day 2013, and paying tribute to all those who have died in the service of the United States.
The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:
Relating to the creation of a mental health and substance abuse public reporting system.
Relating to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
Relating to the application of the professional prosecutors law to the district attorney for the 287th Judicial District and the county attorney of Oldham County.
Relating to certain programs for inmates, including the abolition of the state boot camp program and the use of programs by volunteer and faith-based organizations.
Relating to funding for the operations of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.
Relating to the licensing and regulation of prescribed pediatric extended care centers; providing penalties; imposing fees.
Relating to the commitment of certain juveniles to local post-adjudication secure correctional facilities in certain counties and to the release under supervision of those juveniles.
Relating to the creation of a standard request form for prior authorization of prescription drug benefits.
Relating to court-ordered outpatient mental health services.
Relating to providing transparency in the budget adoption process of municipalities and counties.
Relating to a review of and report regarding the use of adult and juvenile administrative segregation in facilities in this state.
Relating to a provider protection plan that ensures efficiency and reduces administrative burdens on providers participating in a Medicaid managed care model or arrangement.
Relating to the creation of a standard request form for prior authorization of medical care or health care services.
Relating to the establishment of an employment-first policy and task force to promote competitive employment opportunities that provide a living wage for individuals with disabilities.
Relating to the prevention of truancy and the offense of failure to attend school.
Relating to DNA testing of biological evidence in certain capital cases.
Relating to contracts by certain state governmental entities that involve the exchange or creation of public information.
Relating to identity recovery services; imposing a fee.
Relating to the applicability of certain public works contracting requirements.
Relating to the creation and operations of health care funding districts in certain counties located on the Texas-Mexico border.
Relating to the creation of a select interim committee to review and make recommendations for substantive changes to ethics laws.
Relating to the regulation of navigators for health benefit exchanges.
Relating to the state cemetery.
The Senate discharged conferees and concurred in House amendments on the following:
Relating to the renewal and extension and modification of a 99-year lease of certain state property to the City of Austin.
The Senate refused to concur in House amendments and requested the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:
Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan.
Relating to ethics of public servants, including the functions and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission; the regulation of political contributions, political advertising, lobbying, and conduct of public servants; and the reporting of political contributions and expenditures and personal financial information; providing civil and criminal penalties.
Relating to a notification requirement if a school counselor is not assigned to a public school campus.
Relating to the creation of a prostitution prevention program; authorizing a fee.
Relating to the definition of license holder in the Medical Practice Act.
Relating to higher education for veterans and their families.
Relating to procedures for the sentencing and placement on community supervision of defendants charged with the commission of a state jail felony.
Relating to display of the Honor and Remember flag.
Relating to the annexation by a municipality of territory of an emergency services district.
Relating to oversight and management of state contracts.
Relating to funding and donations for county transportation projects, including projects of county energy transportation reinvestment zones.
Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Relating to the creation of the Comal County Water Improvement District No. 3; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.
The Senate granted the request for the appointment of a Conference Committee on the following:
Relating to the creation and re-creation of funds and accounts in the state treasury, the dedication and rededication of revenue, and the exemption of unappropriated money from use for general governmental purposes.
Relating to the amounts, availability, and use of certain statutorily dedicated revenue and accounts; reducing or affecting the amounts or rates of certain statutorily dedicated fees and assessments; imposing certain court costs.
Relating to gifts and other consideration made to state agencies for state employee salary supplement or other purposes, and to publication by state agencies of staff compensation and related information.
Relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education in this state.
Relating to the consideration of ownership interests of disabled veterans in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting.
Relating to the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.
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.
Relating to the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax; temporarily decreasing the rates of the franchise tax.
Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
Relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain design and construction claims arising under written contracts with state agencies.
Relating to provisions in the dedicatory instruments of property owners' associations regarding display of flags.
Relating to images captured by unmanned vehicles and unmanned aircraft; providing penalties.
Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.
Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of pollution control property.
Relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements.
Relating to the licensing and regulation of telecommunicators; providing a criminal penalty.
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.
Relating to motor vehicle inspection requirements for vehicles equipped with compressed natural gas containers.
Relating to the regulation of motor vehicles by counties and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles; authorizing a fee; creating an offense.
Relating to certain local option elections and the permits and licenses that can be issued in areas that approved the sale of certain alcoholic beverages in a local option election.
Relating to the power of the Railroad Commission of Texas to adopt and enforce safety standards applicable to the transportation by pipeline of hazardous liquids, carbon dioxide, and natural gas in rural locations.
Relating to the powers and duties of the Department of Information Resources and the Legislative Budget Board regarding information resources technologies of state agencies.
Relating to compensatory payments made in connection with the issuance of certain title insurance policies.
Relating to handguns used to demonstrate proficiency in handgun use for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun license.
Relating to the operation and administration of, and practice in courts in, the judicial branch of state government and the composition of certain juvenile boards; imposing a fee.
Relating to the imposition of the sales and use tax on taxable items sold or provided under certain contracts.
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs; authorizing and otherwise affecting the application of certain fees.
Relating to the Texas Economic Development Act.
Relating to the determination of the boundaries of, and the enforcement of the law governing access to, public beaches.
Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 75 in Dallas County as the Presidential Library Expressway.
Relating to the administration, collection, and enforcement of taxes on mixed beverages; imposing a tax on sales of mixed beverages; decreasing the rate of the current tax on mixed beverages.
Relating to the award and performance of certain state contracts.
Relating to powers, duties, and services of entities serving counties.
Relating to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District; providing authority to increase certain fees; authorizing a fee.
The Senate adopted conference committee reports on the following bills:
Relating to the distribution of certain consultants' reports.
Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Pension Review Board.
The Senate confirmed all nominees as reported by the Committee on Nominations.