Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Paul Bettencourt
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/17/2017

Number of Bills: 95

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (73):
SB 2 Author: Bettencourt | Creighton | Hancock | Taylor, Van
Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the administration of the ad valorem tax system.

SB 7 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: King, Ken | Kuempel | Dale | Dutton | VanDeaver
Last Action: 05/26/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to improper relationships between educators and students and reporting of educator misconduct; creating a criminal offense and expanding the applicability of an existing offense; authorizing an administrative penalty.

SB 151 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/16/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to voter approval of obligations for certain municipal liabilities to a public pension fund.

SB 152 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to municipal control of certain public retirement systems established for the benefit of municipal employees.

SB 153 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to acceptable forms of identification for voting for certain persons.

SB 412 Author: Bettencourt | Nichols
Last Action: 02/01/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to requiring a presidential elector to vote for the candidates for president and vice president who won the popular vote in this state for those offices.

SB 488 Author: Bettencourt | Lucio
Sponsor: Kuempel
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to requirements for certain petitions requesting an election and ballot propositions.

SB 542 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/08/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.

SB 598 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/08/2017 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

SB 641 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to periodic zero-based budgeting for certain political subdivisions.

SB 642 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
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 646 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/11/2017 S No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to the elimination of the taxing authority of certain county boards of education and boards of county school trustees.

SB 650 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/04/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to tax increment financing.

SB 655 Author: Bettencourt | Campbell | Hall
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to certain notice of the extent of a municipality or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

SB 716 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the sheriff's department civil service system in certain counties.

SB 730 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 5 2017 10:59PM
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 731 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Bohac
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the appeal through binding arbitration of certain appraisal review board orders.

SB 870 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/18/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the scheduling by an appraisal review board of a hearing on a protest.

SB 871 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/27/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to municipal voting rights and eligibility for municipal office of residents in areas subject to limited-purpose annexation under strategic partnership agreements.

SB 898 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the ownership and local regulation of trees and timber.

SB 939 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/01/2017 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the regulatory analysis of rules proposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

SB 945 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Murphy
Last Action: 05/22/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the authority of the chief appraiser of an appraisal district to correct an ad valorem tax appraisal roll.

SB 946 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/16/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to deadlines for performing various functions in connection with the ad valorem tax system.

SB 1085 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Roberts
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the certification of unopposed candidates for the board of directors of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority.

SB 1106 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/07/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the issuance of a citation for criminal trespass punishable as a Class B misdemeanor.

SB 1166 Author: Bettencourt | Garcia
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to providing for the review of certain county departments of education by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 1167 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/09/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to abolishing certain county boards of education, boards of county school trustees, and offices of county school superintendent.

SB 1230 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/09/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the cancellation of a person's voter registration on notice that the person has acknowledged that the person is not a citizen.

SB 1259 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/13/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the extraterritorial jurisdiction of and municipal annexation by certain municipalities.

SB 1286 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Murphy
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations.

SB 1609 Author: Bettencourt | Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Schofield
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
Caption: Relating to regulation by a property owners' association of certain religious displays.

SB 1661 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to voting rights and eligibility for office of residents of certain districts subject to a strategic partnership agreement.

SB 1662 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to limited-purpose annexation under strategic partnership agreements for certain districts.

SB 1702 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the requirements for filing an annual financial statement by a municipality.

SB 1703 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the requirements for filing an annual financial statement by a municipality.

SB 1750 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to a study of the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of implementing a hybrid retirement plan for newly hired state employees and teachers.

SB 1751 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to authorizing the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to establish defined contribution plans or hybrid retirement plans to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.

SB 1752 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/24/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to authorizing certain municipalities to establish defined contribution plans to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.

SB 1846 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the authority of municipalities to replat a subdivision without vacating the preceding plat.

SB 1847 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 4 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to the correction of an ad valorem tax appraisal roll and related appraisal records.

SB 1848 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 8 2017 7:48PM
Caption: Relating to the award of attorney's fees in a judicial appeal of certain ad valorem tax determinations.

SB 1884 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to powers and duties of the board of trustees of an independent school district.

SB 1885 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the location of certain temporary branch early voting polling places.

SB 1886 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Failed to receive affirmative vote in comm.
Caption: Relating to the oversight of public education, including the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency.

SB 1887 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to performance-based supplemental funding for school districts.

SB 1888 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to limitations on the automatic admission of students to general academic teaching institutions and on the admission of nonresident students to The University of Texas at Austin.

SB 1889 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to insurance premium tax and alcoholic beverage tax credits for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.

SB 1890 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to employing, terminating, and reporting misconduct of public school personnel and related entity personnel, including creating a registry of persons ineligible for hire; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1891 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to a general employment review of persons who apply to school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and certain independent contractors for employment involving direct contact with students or children; providing a civil penalty.

SB 1892 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to student success-based funding for certain public institutions of higher education.

SB 1905 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to information provided by a voter to an election officer.

SB 1906 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to the matters that a taxing unit is entitled to challenge before an appraisal review board.

SB 1907 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the selection of the officers of an appraisal review board.

SB 1908 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the selection of an arbitrator for purposes of an appeal through binding arbitration of certain appraisal review board orders.

SB 2032 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/27/2017 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to the authority of the Texas State Technical College System to offer technical-vocational courses or programs.

SB 2033 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/27/2017 S Referred to Higher Education
Caption: Relating to the fixed tuition price plan offered by certain general academic teaching institutions.

SB 2043 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the number of days that certain tangible personal property that is exempt from ad valorem taxation due to its location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for the purpose of qualifying for the tax exemption.

SB 2044 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the use of tax proceeds for lobbying activities or lobbyists.

SB 2045 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the reporting by local governmental entities of expenditures for lobbying.

SB 2046 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to voting by the qualified voters of a water or sewer district wholly or partly annexed by a municipality.

SB 2047 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the creation, territory, and operation of municipal management districts and public improvement districts.

SB 2048 Author: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Morrison, Geanie W.
Last Action: 05/23/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to the student loan program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and to the repeal of a related bond program.

SB 2197 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/29/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to documentation of proof of identification for voting.

SB 2239 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/24/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to ad valorem taxation.

SJR 45 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/09/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax.

SR 58 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 2017 as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.

SR 257 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 23, 2017, as La Belle Day.

SR 258 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/22/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 22, 2017, as Texas BOMA Advocacy Day.

SR 314 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 02/27/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 28, 2017, as Texas Anesthesiologists Day.

SR 340 Author: Bettencourt | Rodríguez
Last Action: 03/01/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Commemorating Texas Independence Day 2017.

SR 467 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/20/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of William Dowling.

SR 608 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/12/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing James and Leeshan Chuang Birney for their service to the Houston community.

SR 655 Author: Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/24/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Rita Polland on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Additional Primary Authors (22):
SB 5 Author: Huffman | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Burton | et al.
Sponsor: King, Phil | Laubenberg | Geren | Parker | Sanford
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification; providing a criminal penalty and increasing a criminal penalty.

SB 13 Author: Huffman | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 15 2017 2:18PM
Caption: Relating to payroll deductions for state and local government employee organizations.

SB 14 Author: Taylor, Van | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Creighton | et al.
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: May 15 2017 2:18PM
Caption: Relating to the ethics of public officers and related requirements; creating criminal offenses.

SB 21 Author: Birdwell | Bettencourt | Campbell | Creighton | Hancock | et al.
Sponsor: King, Phil | Workman | Phillips | Larson | Huberty
Last Action: 06/06/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the qualifications, duties, and limitations of Texas delegates to a convention called under Article V of the United States Constitution.

SB 23 Author: Schwertner | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Kuempel
Last Action: 05/21/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.

SB 25 Author: Creighton | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Simmons
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action.

SB 272 Author: Perry | Bettencourt
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to zero-based budgeting for state agencies as part of the sunset review process.

SB 329 Author: Creighton | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Estes | Lucio | et al.
Last Action: 05/19/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to birth records of adopted persons.

SB 715 Author: Campbell | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Huberty | Larson | Workman | Bailes | Bell
Last Action: 05/29/2017 S Point of order sustained
Caption: Relating to municipal annexation.

SB 798 Author: Huffines | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Burton | et al.
Last Action: 05/03/2017 H Referred to Culture, Recreation & Tourism: May 3 2017 7:36PM
Caption: Relating to designating July 7 as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day.

SB 813 Author: Hughes | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Hall | Huffines | et al.
Sponsor: Meyer
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to recovery of damages, attorney's fees, and costs related to frivolous regulatory actions by state agencies.

SB 884 Author: Whitmire | Bettencourt | Creighton | Garcia | Kolkhorst | et al.
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Referred to County Affairs: May 17 2017 5:48PM
Caption: Relating to the authority of certain counties to use county revenue or incur debt to improve or redevelop certain sports facilities.

SB 1000 Author: Taylor, Larry | Bettencourt | Creighton | Garcia | Hinojosa | et al.
Last Action: 04/11/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the feasibility of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system.

SB 1138 Author: Whitmire | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Burton | et al.
Sponsor: Krause | Dean | Guillen | Villalba | Blanco
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the creation of the blue alert system to aid in the apprehension of an individual suspected of killing or causing serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer.

SB 1148 Author: Buckingham | Bettencourt | Burton | Campbell | Hinojosa | et al.
Sponsor: Bonnen, Greg | Darby
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to maintenance of certification by a physician or an applicant for a license to practice medicine in this state.

SB 1765 Author: Garcia | Bettencourt
Last Action: 04/04/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to tax increment reinvestment zone transparency and accountability.

SB 1882 Author: Menéndez | Bettencourt
Sponsor: Koop
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a school district contract to partner with an open-enrollment charter school to operate a district campus.

SJR 2 Author: Birdwell | Bettencourt | Campbell | Creighton | Hancock | et al.
Sponsor: Miller | Zerwas | Burns | Larson | Price
Last Action: 05/11/2017 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress.

SR 193 Author: Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Last Action: 02/15/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Orange and Maroon Legislative Day.

SR 566 Author: Lucio | Bettencourt | Hinojosa | Huffines | Huffman | et al.
Last Action: 04/04/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops to the Capitol.

SR 579 Author: Nelson | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Burton | et al.
Last Action: 04/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing April 5 and 6, 2017, as Texas Federation of Republican Women Legislative Days.

SR 713 Author: Buckingham | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/02/2017 S Printed in full
Caption: In memory of Joseph Ray Perry.

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