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

Number of Bills: 87

Report Sections: Authored Bills | Additional Primary Authored Bills

Author (60):
SB 16 Author: Nichols | Huffman
Sponsor: King, Phil | Zerwas | Kacal | Cook | Burns
Last Action: 05/26/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to decreasing the fee for the issuance of an original or renewed license to carry a handgun.

SB 172 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.

SB 175 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of land owned by certain members of the armed services of the United States for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

SB 197 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the authority of general-law municipalities to restrict sex offenders from child safety zones in the municipality.

SB 286 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Gooden
Last Action: 05/26/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College District.

SB 307 Author: Nichols | Taylor, Van
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the functions and territory of the Upper Colorado River Authority, following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 308 Author: Nichols | Taylor, Van
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the Sulphur River Basin Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Committee.

SB 309 Author: Nichols | Taylor, Van
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the Palo Duro River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 312 Author: Nichols | Taylor, Van
Sponsor: Gonzales, Larry | Burkett | Flynn | Thompson, Senfronia | Raymond
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Transportation; authorizing an increase in rates charged for the use of state aircraft to provide for the acquisition of replacement aircraft; creating a criminal offense.

SB 317 Author: Nichols | Hinojosa | Schwertner | Taylor, Van | Watson
Sponsor: Burkett | Flynn | Thompson, Senfronia | Clardy
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners, the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, and the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners; authorizing a fee.

SB 320 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bailes
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of River Ranch Improvement District of Liberty County; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 321 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Bailes
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the creation of the River Ranch Municipal Utility District of Liberty County and the Riverside Municipal Utility District of Liberty County; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

SB 361 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Committee report printed and distributed: Mar 22 2017 2:11PM
Caption: Relating to transportation network companies.

SB 577 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/08/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of state hospitals.

SB 678 Author: Nichols | Perry | Rodríguez
Last Action: 02/15/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program.

SB 786 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/22/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes.

SB 960 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/01/2017 S Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the regulation of prescribed burning by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

SB 1006 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Springer
Last Action: 05/24/2017 H Returned to Local & Consent Calendars Comm.
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of land used as an ecological laboratory for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

SB 1007 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the disclosure to public schools of certain records of students placed in residential facilities.

SB 1064 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/11/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to volunteer firefighter supervision of outdoor burning of waste consisting of plant growth.

SB 1145 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Deshotel | Phelan
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the deployment of advanced metering and meter information networks in certain non-ERCOT areas.

SB 1146 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/07/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on the property of state hospitals; providing a civil penalty.

SB 1205 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Holland
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the sharing of death record information between the Department of State Health Services and the Department of Public Safety.

SB 1305 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Darby
Last Action: 05/28/2017 E Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the grant program using money from the transportation infrastructure fund.

SB 1397 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/16/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to notice by a property owner to a mortgage servicer that the owner intends to enter into a contract with a property tax lender.

SB 1456 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/20/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to the building code standards for new residential construction in the unincorporated area of certain counties; creating a criminal offense and affecting the prosecution of a criminal offense.

SB 1522 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Thompson, Ed
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the composition of the aviation advisory committee.

SB 1523 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Davis, Yvonne
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of the state safety oversight program for rail fixed guideway public transportation systems.

SB 1524 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Morrison, Geanie W. | Martinez, "Mando" | Paddie | Bonnen, Dennis | Deshotel
Last Action: 05/23/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to the movement of certain vehicles, including vehicles transporting an intermodal shipping container; authorizing a fee; creating an offense.

SB 1578 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/21/2017 S Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain counties.

SB 1744 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/23/2017 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the regulation of motor fuel quality and motor fuel metering devices.

SB 2216 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/29/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Relating to state fiscal matters regarding business and economic development.

SB 2252 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to granting road powers to the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 100; providing authority to issue bonds.

SB 2253 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to providing road powers to the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 101; providing authority to issue bonds.

SB 2282 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Ashby
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the dissolution of the Angelina County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 and the territory of the Angelina County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1.

SCR 4 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/01/2017 S Referred to Administration
Caption: Authorizing the State Preservation Board, subject to state law and rules of the board, to approve and permit the relocation of the Texas Game Warden Memorial to a site at the State Capitol, south of the Sam Houston Building, just outside of the historic grounds.

SCR 6 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/03/2017 S Filed
Caption: Recognizing February 15, 2017, as Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Day at the State Capitol.

SCR 58 Author: Nichols
Sponsor: Gonzales, Larry
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Instructing the enrolling clerk of the senate to make corrections in S.B. No. 312.

SJR 19 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Referred to Finance
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year and to permit the voters of a county to establish a higher limitation not to exceed 110 percent on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead in the county.

SJR 37 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
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 an amendment to the constitution to impose term limits for justices of the United States Supreme Court and to allow the states to overturn a decision of the United States Supreme Court.

SR 10 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/17/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing San Jacinto County on the occasion of the signing of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

SR 26 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 01/23/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Bascom W. Bentley III for his contributions to his community.

SR 116 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Texas Forestry Association on the occasion of its seedling giveaway.

SR 117 Author: Nichols | Creighton
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Gerdau's Beaumont Steel Mill on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.

SR 118 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Celebrating February 7, 2017, as Athens Day.

SR 138 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 28, 2017, as Leadership Jacksonville Day.

SR 139 Author: Nichols | Creighton
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Proclaiming February 6, 2017, as 9-1-1 Day.

SR 186 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/13/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the First State Bank of Brownsboro on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

SR 211 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/15/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 16, 2017, as Nacogdoches-SFA Day.

SR 228 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Montgomery County Historical Commission on the occasion of the dedication of the Lake Creek Settlement Official Texas Historical Marker.

SR 229 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/21/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Celebrating July 21, 2017, as First Lady Frances Cox Henderson Day.

SR 263 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/22/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing February 22 and 23, 2017, as Palestine Days.

SR 321 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 02/28/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Ronald H. Hufford on the occasion of his retirement.

SR 428 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/15/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing parents and family members of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

SR 451 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 03/20/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas Department of Transportation for its work.

SR 672 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/25/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the first license plate issued by the State of Texas.

SR 673 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 04/25/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Leadership Athens Class of 2016-2017 for its contributions to Henderson County.

SR 741 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/08/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing Mary Ann Whiteker on the occasion of her retirement.

SR 792 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/16/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

SR 793 Author: Nichols
Last Action: 05/16/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing July 19, 2017, as Back the Badge Day in Hardin County..

Additional Primary Authors (27):
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 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 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 304 Author: Taylor, Van | Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Watson
Sponsor: Raymond
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners; authorizing a reduction in fees.

SB 305 Author: Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Taylor, Van | Watson
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Nursing and to the regulation of the practice of nursing.

SB 306 Author: Taylor, Van | Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Watson
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy; authorizing a reduction in fees.

SB 311 Author: Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Taylor, Van | Watson
Last Action: 03/06/2017 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the creation of the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and to the continuation and transfer of the regulation of sex offender treatment providers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, chemical dependency counselors, and social workers to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council; providing civil and administrative penalties; authorizing a fee.

SB 313 Author: Schwertner | Hinojosa | Nichols | Taylor, Van | Watson
Sponsor: Burkett | Thompson, Senfronia | Raymond
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Dental Examiners; imposing fees.

SB 314 Author: Schwertner | Hinojosa | Nichols | Taylor, Van | Watson
Sponsor: Flynn
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Optometry Board; authorizing a reduction in fees.

SB 315 Author: Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Taylor, Van | Watson
Sponsor: Burkett | Thompson, Senfronia | Flynn | Raymond
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the enforcement of subpoenas, the regulation of pain management clinics, and the adoption of guidelines for prescribing certain opioids by the Texas Medical Board.

SB 316 Author: Hinojosa | Nichols | Schwertner | Taylor, Van | Watson
Sponsor: Gonzales, Larry | Coleman
Last Action: 05/21/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to powers and duties of certain prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances and the regulatory agencies that issue a license, certification, or registration to the prescriber or dispenser; following the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

SB 318 Author: Schwertner | Hinojosa | Nichols | Taylor, Van | Watson
Last Action: 03/13/2017 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to transfer of the regulation of podiatry to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; authorizing a reduction in fees.

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 463 Author: Seliger | Nichols
Sponsor: Huberty | Lozano
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements and other alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.

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 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 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.

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 2250 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 05/02/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

SR 375 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 03/07/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing March 7, 2017, as Montgomery County 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 700 Author: Schwertner | Buckingham | Creighton | Huffines | Hughes | et al.
Last Action: 05/02/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the Texas A&M University students participating in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program and the Public Policy Internship Program.

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 742 Author: Creighton | Nichols
Last Action: 05/08/2017 S Reported enrolled
Caption: Recognizing the dedication of the Salvation Army Wayne Bergstrom Center of Hope.

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