Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Paul Bettencourt
84th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 11/23/2017

Number of Bills: 92

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (69):
SB 182 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/09/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rates of certain taxing units.

SB 449 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Gonzales, Larry
Last Action: 05/22/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the titling, registration, and operation of an autocycle.

SB 515 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Eltife | et al.
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed by a school district on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, and the protection of school districts against the resulting loss in local revenue.

SB 516 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | et al.
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to increasing the period of time for exempting freeport goods from ad valorem taxation.

SB 567 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the production of the index of the parties to all suits by the clerk of a district court; authorizing a fee.

SB 568 Author: Bettencourt | Kolkhorst
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to a classroom visual aid stipend for public school classroom teachers.

SB 576 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/23/2015 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to an individual's eligibility to receive unemployment compensation benefits on the individual's waiting period claim.

SB 642 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/26/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.

SB 694 Author: Bettencourt | Burton | Creighton | Ellis | Eltife | et al.
Sponsor: Kacal | King, Ken | Rodriguez, Eddie | Parker | Davis, Sarah
Last Action: 05/20/2015 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to authorizing patients with certain terminal illnesses to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials.

SB 752 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Murphy
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the repeal of the inheritance tax.

SB 758 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain tangible personal property used by the owner of the property to manufacture, process, or fabricate tangible personal property for ultimate sale.

SB 762 Author: Bettencourt | Hall | Huffines | Kolkhorst | Taylor, Van
Sponsor: Elkins
Last Action: 05/21/2015 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of income-producing tangible personal property having a value of less than a certain amount.

SB 763 Author: Bettencourt | Hall | Huffines | Kolkhorst | Taylor, Van
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain income-producing tangible personal property.

SB 766 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the calculation of certain ad valorem tax rates of a taxing unit.

SB 767 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the procedure for the adoption of an ad valorem tax rate.

SB 849 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Elkins
Last Action: 06/15/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to access to and fees associated with binding arbitration of appraisal review board orders.

SB 965 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Schofield
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the filing of a copy of certain records related to the release of an accused person on personal bond.

SB 966 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the recording of the presentment of an indictment by a grand jury.

SB 967 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the authority of a district clerk to collect certain fees for providing electronic copies of court records.

SB 982 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to acceptable forms of identification for voting for certain persons.

SB 983 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Schofield
Last Action: 05/27/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to restrictions on the assessment of the fee charged for issuance of certain birth records.

SB 984 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the residence address of a person for purposes of registration under the Election Code.

SB 985 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the acceptance of a voter at a polling place.

SB 986 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to information obtained by a guardian ad litem representing a child in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

SB 1003 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Schaefer
Last Action: 05/27/2015 H Returned to Local & Consent Calendars Comm.
Caption: Relating to the issuance of school district teaching permits to persons who teach career and technical education.

SB 1004 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to courses and programs offered jointly by certain public junior colleges and independent school districts.

SB 1013 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/08/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to periodic zero-based budgeting for certain political subdivisions.

SB 1015 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to limiting the amount of assistance a person may provide a voter; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1041 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Flynn
Last Action: 05/22/2015 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to required disclosures in and to the length of ballot proposition language authorizing political subdivisions to issue bonds or impose or change a tax.

SB 1042 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to fiscal transparency and accountability of certain political subdivisions.

SB 1062 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/16/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the registration and certification of county tax assessor-collectors and their employees.

SB 1215 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/19/2015 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a study of the feasibility and benefits to this state of abolishing the property tax assistance division of the office of the comptroller of public accounts and transferring its powers and duties to an independent agency.

SB 1216 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/18/2015 H Referred to Public Education: May 18 2015 7:24PM
Caption: Relating to providing for the review of certain county departments of education by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 1217 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the duty of an attorney ad litem appointed for a child to meet with the child before court hearings.

SB 1218 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Filed
Caption: Relating to filing requirements applicable to administrative writs of withholding for child support.

SB 1219 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to a combined online application for persons applying for certain state and local economic development incentives.

SB 1220 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/05/2015 S Scheduled for public hearing on . . .
Caption: Relating to tax increment financing.

SB 1221 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to public school class size limits.

SB 1222 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 05/24/2015 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the authority of the commissioner of education to issue subpoenas during an investigation of educator misconduct.

SB 1223 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/12/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to requiring the consent of all parties to legally intercept certain communications.

SB 1335 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/18/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the period after which a governmental entity must execute an expunction order.

SB 1452 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 05/15/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the power of a commissioners court to authorize ad valorem tax sales of real property to be conducted by means of online auctions.

SB 1459 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Bohac
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the West Harris County Regional Water Authority.

SB 1460 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/19/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the evaluation and ranking of similar offers submitted to a governmental entity for certain construction-related contracts.

SB 1680 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the procedure for the adoption of an ad valorem tax rate by a taxing unit.

SB 1692 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the establishment of a limit on the maximum ad valorem tax rate of a county or municipality for a tax year based on inflation and the rate of population growth.

SB 1693 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the exemption of certain inventory from ad valorem taxation by a school district.

SB 1694 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to certain exemptions from ad valorem taxation.

SB 1782 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/24/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the status of separate legal entities for purposes of the sales and use tax on aircraft.

SB 1783 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/24/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to apportionment of certain receipts of a broadcaster under the franchise tax.

SB 1807 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the system for appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes; authorizing a fee.

SB 1808 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality and use of information related to a taxpayer subject to audit by the comptroller.

SB 1809 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to ad valorem tax protests and appeals.

SB 1981 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of persons to participate in an ad valorem tax sale of real property.

SB 1994 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to municipal control of certain public retirement systems established for the benefit of municipal employees.

SB 2051 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/15/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the study of public education performance.

SB 2053 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Riddle
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the Pine Forest Municipal Utility District; providing authority to issue bonds and impose a tax.

SB 2056 Author: Bettencourt | Lucio
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/16/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 148; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 2059 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/21/2015 H Referred to Urban Affairs: May 21 2015 4:10PM
Caption: Relating to the composition of the governing body of certain metropolitan rapid transit authorities.

SCR 32 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Wu
Last Action: 05/28/2015 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Urging Congress to expedite natural gas exports.

SJR 28 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | et al.
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount.

SJR 29 Author: Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | et al.
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to extend the number of days that certain tangible personal property to be transported outside of this state is exempt from ad valorem taxation.

SJR 35 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation by one or more political subdivisions tangible personal property used by the owner of the property to manufacture, process, or fabricate tangible personal property for ultimate sale.

SJR 36 Author: Bettencourt | Hall | Huffines | Kolkhorst | Taylor, Van
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation income-producing tangible personal property valued at less than $50,000.

SJR 56 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation by one or more political subdivisions of this state a person's inventory.

SJR 57 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, and extending the number of days that certain tangible personal property that is exempt from ad valorem taxation due to its temporary location in this state may remain located in this state before forfeiting the right to the exemption.

SR 16 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/15/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the investiture of Jane Cummins as President of the Texas Lyceum.

SR 17 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/15/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Cheryl Lynn McIntyre.

SR 309 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/03/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Commending the work of the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

Additional Primary Authors (23):
SB 1 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis
Last Action: 06/15/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to certain restrictions on the imposition of ad valorem taxes and to the duty of the state to reimburse certain political subdivisions for certain revenue loss; making conforming changes.

SB 4 Author: Taylor, Larry | Bettencourt | Campbell
Last Action: 05/05/2015 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 5 2015 5:28PM
Caption: Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.

SB 7 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/12/2015 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the computation of and to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax.

SB 8 Author: Schwertner | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/05/2015 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 5 2015 5:28PM
Caption: Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.

SB 11 Author: Birdwell | Bettencourt | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Fletcher
Last Action: 06/13/2015 E Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 439 Author: Hall | Bettencourt | Campbell | Estes | Huffines | et al.
Last Action: 02/09/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons.

SB 624 Author: Hinojosa | Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/29/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes.

SB 795 Author: Perry | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Klick
Last Action: 06/15/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.

SB 1331 Author: Ellis | Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/18/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the composition of the governing body of certain metropolitan rapid transit authorities.

SB 1340 Author: Huffines | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 03/18/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the photographic enforcement of traffic laws.

SB 1735 Author: Birdwell | Bettencourt | Hall | Seliger
Sponsor: Zerwas
Last Action: 05/30/2015 S Remarks ordered printed
Caption: Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.

SB 1864 Author: Burton | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Canales | White, James | Elkins
Last Action: 05/22/2015 H Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
Caption: Relating to requiring a peace officer to obtain a warrant to search a cellular telephone or other wireless communications device.

SB 1943 Author: Huffman | Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/25/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the duty to report child abuse or neglect.

SCR 17 Author: Whitmire | Bettencourt | Creighton | Ellis | Garcia | et al.
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 05/11/2015 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: In memory of Bob Lanier.

SJR 1 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis
Last Action: 06/01/2015 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.

SR 97 Author: Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Campbell | Creighton | Ellis | et al.
Last Action: 02/04/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 4, 2015, as Orange and Maroon Legislative Day.

SR 108 Author: Watson | Bettencourt | Nelson | West
Last Action: 02/09/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 11, 2015, as YMCA Advocacy Day.

SR 217 Author: Ellis | Bettencourt | Creighton | Garcia | Huffman | et al.
Last Action: 02/23/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Celebrating February 23, 2015, as University of Houston System Day.

SR 398 Author: Garcia | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 03/19/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Extending condolences to the families of the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico.

SR 445 Author: Ellis | Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/30/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Congratulating Carol Lewis on her induction into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

SR 519 Author: Hall | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 04/08/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 8, 2015, as Texas Home School Day.

SR 627 Author: Perry | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 04/27/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Young Conservatives of Texas on the occasion of its 35th anniversary.

SR 720 Author: Schwertner | Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/07/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Congratulating Michael K. Young on assuming the position of president of Texas A&M University.

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