Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Brian Birdwell
84th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 11/21/2017

Number of Bills: 89

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (57):
SB 3 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/05/2015 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety: May 5 2015 5:28PM
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety, military and law enforcement training, and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty; authorizing fees.

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 210 Author: Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 02/23/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

SB 212 Author: Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Sponsor: Burkett | Raymond
Last Action: 06/17/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the abolishment of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities and the transfer of its functions to the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 213 Author: Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 05/19/2015 H Withdrawn from schedule
Caption: Relating to the functions and duties of the University Interscholastic League.

SB 216 Author: Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the functions and operation of the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

SB 350 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the duties of the General Land Office and other state agencies with regard to the accounting for and management of real property owned by the state.

SB 351 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.

SB 352 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the violation of certain court orders or conditions of bond in a family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking case.

SB 420 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/08/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the creation of a campus of the Texas State Technical College System in Ellis County.

SB 523 Author: Birdwell | Estes | Fraser | Kolkhorst | Perry
Sponsor: Keffer
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the sunset review of river authorities.

SB 524 Author: Birdwell | Hinojosa
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to a review of state laws requiring an action or proceeding to be brought in Travis County or a Travis County court.

SB 525 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/14/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to ad valorem tax lien transfers.

SB 526 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/30/2015 H Referred to Licensing & Administrative Procedures: Apr 30 2015 9:33PM
Caption: Relating to restrictions on holders of package store permits.

SB 527 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/24/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Highway.

SB 528 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the storage of certain hazardous chemicals; transferring enforcement of certain reporting requirements, including the imposition of criminal, civil, and administrative penalties, from the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

SB 557 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the composition, governance, and authority of a regional tollway authority that has or proposes to have projects located in counties that are not part of the authority.

SB 670 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/09/2015 S Removed from local & uncontested calendar
Caption: Relating to the Texas Identification Number system.

SB 671 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Keffer
Last Action: 05/28/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the designation of Loop 567 in Granbury as the Deputy Sergeant Lance McLean Memorial Highway.

SB 691 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/30/2015 H Referred to Higher Education: Apr 30 2015 9:33PM
Caption: Relating to tuition and fee exemptions for certain students enrolled in fire science courses at public institutions of higher education.

SB 729 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the qualifications, duties, and limitations of Texas delegates to a constitutional convention called under Article V of the United States Constitution.

SB 743 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the allocation of certain surplus state revenue for periodic reductions in the state sales tax rate.

SB 861 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the installation of certain telephone or telegraph corporation facilities on or across public roads, streets, or water.

SB 862 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Keffer
Last Action: 05/29/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to voting methods in a property owners' association election or vote.

SB 863 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the audit of river authorities by the state auditor's office.

SB 864 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Keffer
Last Action: 05/29/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to secret ballots in a property owners' association election or vote.

SB 865 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to immunity of a governmental entity for damage to certain utility facilities.

SB 877 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Filed
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty.

SB 953 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/30/2015 H Referred to Licensing & Administrative Procedures: Apr 30 2015 9:33PM
Caption: Relating to an exemption for certain persons who sell signs from the requirement to be licensed as an electrician.

SB 1254 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to transparency in economic development negotiations involving a governmental body and a business prospect.

SB 1255 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/22/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain counties.

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 2054 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Cook
Last Action: 06/10/2015 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to the State Orphans Home Alumni Association.

SR 79 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 4, 2015, as Waco Day.

SR 150 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/11/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Commending the members of the Hood County Long Term Recovery Committee.

SR 192 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the residents of West and first responders.

SR 193 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the members of Leadership Midlothian Class of 2014-2015.

SR 194 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the members of Leadership Waxahachie Class XX.

SR 252 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/24/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 26, 2015, as Hill County Day.

SR 297 Author: Birdwell | Huffines | Nelson | Taylor, Larry | Watson | et al.
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Bob Bullock Scholars Program of Baylor University.

SR 298 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Congratulating the Ennis High School Lions football team for winning a state championship.

SR 299 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Ellis County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post for winning a state competition.

SR 300 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/02/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the BBQ on the Bricks Annual Barbecue Cook-off in Kerens.

SR 333 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/09/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 10, 2015, as Corsicana and Navarro County Day.

SR 361 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Sandra Lee Anderson.

SR 386 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming members of Leadership Cleburne to the Capitol.

SR 430 Author: Birdwell | Hancock | Taylor, Larry | Watson
Last Action: 03/30/2015 S Again read
Caption: Celebrating March 30, 2015, as Baylor Day.

SR 481 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/01/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the Ennis Chamber of Commerce to the State Capitol.

SR 484 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/01/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the 2014-2015 Leadership Granbury class to the State Capitol.

SR 518 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/08/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming members of the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and the Cleburne Tuesday Forum to the Capitol.

SR 563 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/22/2015 S Again read
Caption: Designating April 22, 2015, Texas State Technical College Day.

SR 589 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/20/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing members of Howard Students with Purpose on the occasion of their visit to the State Capitol.

SR 646 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/28/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Toni Brown-Belew on the occasion of her retirement.

SR 660 Author: Birdwell | Burton
Last Action: 04/29/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing members of the Burleson Young Executives Alliance on the occasion of their visit to the Capitol.

SR 678 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/04/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Declaring May of 2015 as Syringomyelia Awareness Month in Texas.

SR 950 Author: Birdwell | Burton
Last Action: 05/21/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of the life of William R. Moody.

SR 1060 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/30/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, S.B. 11.

Additional Primary Authors (32):
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 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 200 Author: Nelson | Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Schwertner
Sponsor: Price | Raymond | Dutton | Burkett | Gonzales, Larry
Last Action: 06/17/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state.

SB 202 Author: Nelson | Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Schwertner
Sponsor: Price | Raymond | Dutton | Burkett | Gonzales, Larry
Last Action: 06/17/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the transfer of certain occupational regulatory programs and the deregulation of certain activities and occupations.

SB 203 Author: Nelson | Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Schwertner
Sponsor: Raymond | Burkett | Price | Zerwas | Keough
Last Action: 05/15/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Health Services Authority as a quasi-governmental entity and the electronic exchange of health care information.

SB 204 Author: Hinojosa | Birdwell | Campbell | Nelson | Schwertner
Sponsor: Raymond
Last Action: 05/28/2015 S House appoints conferees-reported
Caption: Relating to the continuation of the functions of the Department of Aging and Disability Services; increasing penalties.

SB 205 Author: Campbell | Birdwell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 03/11/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the functions of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

SB 206 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson
Sponsor: Burkett | Price | Raymond | Dutton | Gonzales, Larry
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Family and Protective Services and procedures applicable to suits affecting the parent-child relationship, investigations of child abuse and neglect, and conservatorship of a child; affecting fee amounts and authorizing an administrative penalty.

SB 207 Author: Hinojosa | Birdwell | Campbell | Nelson | Schwertner
Sponsor: Gonzales, Larry | Raymond
Last Action: 06/18/2015 E Effective on 9/1/15
Caption: Relating to the authority and duties of the office of inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission.

SB 208 Author: Campbell | Birdwell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Sponsor: Burkett
Last Action: 06/19/2015 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 209 Author: Hinojosa | Birdwell | Campbell | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 03/19/2015 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including assumption of the duties of the Texas Skill Standards Board.

SB 211 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Nelson | Campbell | Hinojosa
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

SB 214 Author: Campbell | Birdwell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Education Agency and to the abolition of the State Board for Educator Certification and the transfer of its functions to the Texas Education Agency; providing for the ad valorem tax rate to be imposed after annexation of an insolvent or inoperative school district.

SB 215 Author: Campbell | Birdwell | Hinojosa | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 04/28/2015 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the transfer of driver and traffic safety education from the Texas Education Agency to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; changing the amounts of certain fees.

SB 217 Author: Hinojosa | Birdwell | Campbell | Nelson | Schwertner
Last Action: 05/01/2015 H Referred to State Affairs: May 1 2015 3:39PM
Caption: Relating to the self-directed and semi-independent status of certain agencies and to the requirements applicable to, and the oversight of, those agencies.

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 688 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Campbell | Hinojosa | Nelson
Last Action: 02/25/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

SR 118 Author: Nelson | Birdwell | Burton | Hancock
Last Action: 02/09/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 25 and 26, 2015, as Tarrant County Days.

SR 331 Author: Burton | Birdwell
Last Action: 03/18/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Mansfield Day at the State Capitol.

SR 387 Author: Watson | Birdwell
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Ralph Matthew Dawson.

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 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 681 Author: Burton | Birdwell | Campbell | Creighton | Estes | et al.
Last Action: 05/04/2015 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new headquarters.

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