Texas Legislature
Bills Authored / Joint Authored
Sen. Brian Birdwell
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/12/2017

Number of Bills: 87

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (65):
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 522 Author: Birdwell | Perry
Sponsor: Flynn | Burkett
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.

SB 523 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of operation of unmanned aircraft over correctional facility or critical infrastructure facility.

SB 524 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Geren | Collier
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to increasing the punishment for the offense of abuse of a corpse.

SB 525 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/06/2017 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 526 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Capriglione | Shaheen
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the abolishment of certain advisory committees and other state entities.

SB 527 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Cook
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to a defendant's payment of costs associated with a court-appointed counsel.

SB 528 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Meyer
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the term of a chief administrative law judge.

SB 611 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Cook
Last Action: 05/21/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to appointments by certain state officials to a legislative agency or an advisory committee.

SB 612 Author: Birdwell | Whitmire
Last Action: 05/01/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: May 1 2017 6:26PM
Caption: Relating to complaints filed with and certain other filings submitted to the Texas Ethics Commission.

SB 670 Author: Birdwell | Nelson | Schwertner
Sponsor: Price | Anchia | Rose | Holland
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the appointment of the commissioners of the health and human services agencies by the governor.

SB 705 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Price
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to an exception from disclosure under the public information law for certain personal information of an applicant for an appointment by the governor.

SB 706 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Kacal
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the abolishment of the State Council on Competitive Government and the transfer of its functions to the comptroller.

SB 707 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Wray
Last Action: 05/23/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain recorded statements made by child abuse victims.

SB 708 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to an exemption from numbering for certain vessels propelled by trolling motors.

SB 709 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the applicability of the electronic filing requirement for personal financial statements to certain appointed officers.

SB 710 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to a photograph on a driver's license.

SB 750 Author: Birdwell | Huffines | Rodríguez
Last Action: 04/18/2017 H Referred to Licensing & Administrative Procedures: Apr 18 2017 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to restrictions on holders of package store permits.

SB 902 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to a prohibition on the adoption of certain library standards by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

SB 903 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of criminal mischief involving property used for flood control purposes or a dam.

SB 904 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Burns
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Cresson Municipal Utility District No. 1 of Hood County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 905 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Burns
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Cresson Crossroads Municipal Utility District No. 2; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

SB 906 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the movement of portable building units over a state highway; authorizing a fee.

SB 907 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Human Services: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to the definition of the least restrictive environment for the placement of children in foster care.

SB 975 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Schubert | Workman | Ashby | Cook
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the security of high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

SB 976 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Kacal
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the dissolution of the Falls County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.

SB 1108 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/07/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the computation of cost of goods sold for purposes of the franchise tax by taxable entities that transport ready-mixed concrete.

SB 1109 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Burns
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the authority of certain political subdivisions to change the date of the general election for officers.

SB 1110 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to allowing a person suspected of committing or attempting to commit theft to complete an education program offered by a merchant.

SB 1723 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the collection of soil monitoring samples from land application units where sewage sludge or domestic septage is applied.

SB 1724 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to a permit requirement for the land application of domestic septage.

SB 1725 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Referred to Vet Affairs & Border Security
Caption: Relating to the duties of a magistrate to inform an arrested person of consequences of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

SB 1726 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the franchise tax rate applicable to certain taxable entities that sell telephone prepaid calling cards.

SB 1727 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Cook
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the procedure for an election to adopt a sales and use tax or to change the tax rate in an emergency services district.

SB 1728 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to public access to juvenile court proceedings.

SB 1729 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the reporting and disposition of certain state-owned real property.

SB 1730 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the designation of the director of the Texas Crime Stoppers Council and the director's authority and responsibilities.

SB 1731 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Meyer
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the repeal of laws governing certain state entities, including the functions of those entities, and to certain duties, responsibilities, and functions of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on the abolishment of certain of those entities.

SB 1732 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Burns
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of Interstate Highway 35W in Johnson County as the Deputy Clifton Taylor Memorial Highway.

SB 1733 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 8 2017 7:48PM
Caption: Relating to recognition of certain identification documents by governmental officials.

SB 1893 Author: Birdwell | Zaffirini
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the administrative judicial regions in this state.

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.

SJR 34 Author: Birdwell
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 05/25/2017 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders after the expiration of the person's term of office.

SR 19 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 01/18/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Lou and Jim "Corky" Dawson on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.

SR 146 Author: Birdwell | Nelson | Taylor, Larry | Watson | Whitmire | et al.
Last Action: 02/07/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing this year's participants in the Bob Bullock Scholars Program of Baylor University.

SR 165 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Hood County Day.

SR 166 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 22, 2017, as Hill County Day.

SR 167 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Bobby Littlefield on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 185 Author: Birdwell | Hancock | Hughes | Taylor, Larry | Watson
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 22, 2017, as Baylor Day.

SR 362 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 7, 2017, as Corsicana and Navarro County Day.

SR 386 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 15, 2017, as Waco Day.

SR 398 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/08/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 16, 2017, as West Day.

SR 471 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/21/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the Ennis Chamber of Commerce to the State Capitol.

SR 491 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Welcoming the Junior Leadership Granbury Class of 2016-2017 to the State Capitol.

SR 538 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/05/2017 S Again read
Caption: Recognizing the Lipan High School boys basketball team for winning a state championship.

SR 596 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/10/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Academy at Nola Dunn for its commitment to excellence in education.

SR 597 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/10/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Burleson Young Executives Alliance Class of 2017 for its contributions to the community.

SR 632 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 04/18/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Billie Hopps for her 40 years of service to the children of Keene.

SR 686 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/04/2017 S Again read
Caption: Recognizing the leaders of Texas State Technical College for their achievements.

SR 810 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/18/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Earl Gillum for his career in law enforcement.

SR 811 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/18/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing D. L. Wilson for receiving a Lifesaving Award.

SR 812 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/18/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Chase Miller for saving the life of a young Texan.

SR 839 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/22/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the 2017 Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductees for their accomplishments.

SR 888 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/25/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Weller Hensell Harris Jr. for his achievements.

SR 939 Author: Birdwell
Last Action: 05/28/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction on SB 1731.

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 10 Author: Hancock | Birdwell | Creighton | Huffman | Lucio | et al.
Last Action: 05/09/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to actions on and liability associated with certain insurance claims.

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 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 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 575 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Buckingham | Burton | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.

SB 602 Author: Hinojosa | Birdwell | Campbell | Schwertner
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Referred to Human Services: May 12 2017 12:15AM
Caption: Relating to the establishment of a restructuring commission to evaluate each state supported living center.

SB 626 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Burton | Creighton | Hall | et al.
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the acquisition of certain real property in conjunction with the acquisition of real property for a public use through eminent domain procedures.

SB 627 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Burton | Creighton | Hall | et al.
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to notice of a property owner's rights relating to the examination or survey of property by an entity with eminent domain authority.

SB 628 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity.

SB 651 Author: Perry | Birdwell | Hughes
Last Action: 02/14/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to discrimination by a state agency against an applicant for or holder of an occupational license.

SB 667 Author: Zaffirini | Birdwell | Creighton | Estes | Huffman | et al.
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to establishing a guardianship compliance program.

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 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.

SR 302 Author: Nelson | Birdwell | Burton | Hancock
Last Action: 02/27/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 1 and 2, 2017, as Tarrant County Days.

SR 331 Author: Hancock | Birdwell | West
Last Action: 03/01/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 1, 2017, as Grand Prairie Day.

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.

SR 747 Author: Watson | Birdwell
Last Action: 05/08/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: In memory of Thomas Paul Moore Jr.

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