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

Number of Bills: 74

SB 3 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Hall | Huffines | Hancock | Campbell | Schwertner | et al.
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Referred to Public Education: May 12 2017 12:15AM
Caption: Relating to the establishment of an education savings account program and a tax credit scholarship and educational expense assistance program.

SB 4 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Schwertner | Birdwell | Campbell | Hancock | et al.
Sponsor: Geren | Workman
Last Action: 05/07/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the enforcement by campus police departments and certain local governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to related duties and liability of certain persons in the criminal justice system; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

SB 6 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: Perry | Hall | Campbell | Hughes | Birdwell | et al.
Last Action: 03/16/2017 H Received from the Senate
Caption: Relating to regulations and policies for entering or using a bathroom or changing facility; authorizing a civil penalty.

SB 8 Author: Schwertner | Campbell | Kolkhorst | Nelson | Perry
Coauthor: Buckingham | Nichols | Taylor, Larry | Burton | Birdwell | et al.
Sponsor: Burkett | Cook | Laubenberg | Raney | Bailes
Last Action: 06/06/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to certain prohibited abortions and the treatment and disposition of a human fetus, human fetal tissue, and embryonic and fetal tissue remains; creating a civil cause of action; imposing a civil penalty; creating criminal offenses.

SB 9 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Birdwell | Kolkhorst | Buckingham | Nichols | Bettencourt | et al.
Last Action: 04/18/2017 H Referred to Appropriations: Apr 18 2017 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations.

SB 10 Author: Hancock | Birdwell | Creighton | Huffman | Lucio | et al.
Coauthor: Burton | Perry | Estes | Campbell | Nelson | 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 11 Author: Schwertner | Nelson | Uresti
Coauthor: Watson | Taylor, Larry | Burton | Bettencourt | Hall | et al.
Sponsor: Frank | Raymond | Klick | Burkett | Dale
Last Action: 05/31/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the provision of child protective services and other health and human services by certain state agencies or under contract with a state agency, including foster care, child protective, relative and kinship caregiver support, prevention and early intervention health care, and adoption services.

SB 12 Author: West
Coauthor: Buckingham | Nichols | Perry | Rodríguez | Miles | et al.
Sponsor: King, Phil | Johnson, Eric | Villalba | Burkett | Fallon
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of bulletproof vests and body armor.

SB 15 Author: Huffines | Hall | Hancock | Taylor, Van | West
Coauthor: Hinojosa | Estes | Rodríguez | Garcia | Taylor, Larry | et al.
Sponsor: Fallon | Button | Turner | Raymond | Geren
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

SB 16 Author: Nichols | Huffman
Coauthor: Birdwell | Perry | Kolkhorst | Bettencourt | Burton | et al.
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 17 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Huffines | Taylor, Van | Creighton | Burton | et al.
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to the decrease of the rates of the franchise tax under certain circumstances and the expiration of that tax.

SB 18 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: Nelson | Nichols | Bettencourt | Huffines | Hall
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to public institutions of higher education setting aside portions of designated tuition for student financial assistance.

SB 20 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Hancock | Nichols | Bettencourt | Perry | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions.

SB 22 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Watson | Nichols | Creighton | Hinojosa | Menéndez | et al.
Sponsor: Lucio III | Howard | Giddings | Huberty
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the establishment of a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to the repeal of the tech-prep program.

SB 29 Author: Creighton | Campbell | Hall | Huffines
Coauthor: Buckingham | Taylor, Van | Taylor, Larry | Lucio | Birdwell | et al.
Last Action: 04/18/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: Apr 18 2017 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to state contracts with and investments in companies that boycott Israel.

SB 49 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Bettencourt | Garcia
Sponsor: Guillen
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the appointment by certain elected officials of students to receive a Texas Armed Services Scholarship.

SB 73 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Bettencourt | West
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to leave policy and procedures for state employees.

SB 83 Author: Hall
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Creighton | Nelson | Taylor, Larry | Whitmire | et al.
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 15 2017 2:18PM
Caption: Relating to protection of energy critical infrastructure from electromagnetic, geomagnetic, physical, and cyber-attack threats.

SB 88 Author: Hall
Coauthor: Huffines | Bettencourt | Creighton | Whitmire | Hughes | et al.
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Transportation: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to the use of photographic traffic signal enforcement systems.

SB 132 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Schwertner | Hall | Huffines | Bettencourt | Lucio
Sponsor: Parker | Metcalf
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the savings incentive program for state agencies.

SB 176 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Campbell | Perry | Buckingham | Hughes | Hinojosa | et al.
Last Action: 03/14/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the regulation of transportation network companies; requiring an occupational permit; authorizing a fee.

SB 179 Author: Menéndez | Zaffirini
Coauthor: Taylor, Larry | Garcia | Watson | Lucio | Creighton | et al.
Sponsor: Minjarez | Faircloth | Moody | Larson | King, Ken
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying of a public school student or minor and certain mental health programs for public school students; increasing a criminal penalty.

SB 210 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Hall
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to the required repeal or amendment of two state agency rules before adoption of a new state agency rule that increases costs to regulated persons.

SB 253 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Davis, Sarah
Last Action: 05/23/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to investment prohibitions and divestment requirements for certain investments of public money.

SB 258 Author: Huffines
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Hall | Hughes
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to the disposition of embryonic and fetal tissue remains; imposing a civil penalty.

SB 349 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Birdwell | Hall | Bettencourt
Sponsor: Metcalf
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.

SB 415 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Hughes | Kolkhorst | Bettencourt | Creighton | Huffines | et al.
Last Action: 05/03/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 3 2017 7:36PM
Caption: Relating to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense.

SB 444 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/15/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to school marshals for private schools.

SB 445 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Huffines | Creighton
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to the authorization and reporting of expenditures for lobbying activities by certain political subdivisions and other public entities.

SB 457 Author: Campbell
Coauthor: Huffines | Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Referred to Public Education: May 12 2017 12:15AM
Caption: Relating to funding for an open-enrollment charter school and to the guaranteed level of state and local funds provided to school districts through the existing debt allotment.

SB 460 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Huffines
Sponsor: Murphy
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to general obligation bonds issued by political subdivisions.

SB 461 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Murphy
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the notice required before the issuance of certain debt obligations by political subdivisions.

SB 500 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Taylor, Larry | Hall
Sponsor: Geren | Davis, Sarah | Howard | King, Phil | Johnson, Eric
Last Action: 06/06/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the effect of certain felony convictions of public elected officers.

SB 501 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Taylor, Larry | Hall
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: Mar 7 2017 3:59PM
Caption: Relating to the disclosure of certain contracts, services, and compensation in personal financial statements filed by public officers and candidates.

SB 502 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Watson | Nelson | Zaffirini | Taylor, Larry | Bettencourt | et al.
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)
Caption: Relating to the content of detailed reports filed by lobbyists and to monetary limits on expenditures by lobbyists.

SB 503 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Taylor, Larry | Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/07/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: Mar 7 2017 3:59PM
Caption: Relating to the prohibition on lobbying by certain elected officers.

SB 504 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Hall
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to lobbying by former members of the legislature; creating an offense.

SB 505 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Bettencourt | Taylor, Larry | Hall
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to restrictions on lobbyist expenditures from certain political contributions.

SB 509 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Schwertner | Bettencourt
Sponsor: Flynn | Paul
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the evaluation and reporting of investment practices and performance of certain public retirement systems.

SB 543 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Committee report printed and distributed: Mar 28 2017 12:06PM
Caption: Relating to performance-based tuition limitations for certain public institutions of higher education and a temporary tuition limitation for those institutions.

SB 576 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Nelson | Garcia | Menéndez | Lucio | et al.
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a reporting requirement for certain incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking at certain public and private institutions of higher education; creating a criminal offense; authorizing administrative penalties.

SB 626 Author: Schwertner | Birdwell | Burton | Creighton | Hall | et al.
Coauthor: Bettencourt
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 629 Author: Schwertner | Buckingham | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | et al.
Coauthor: Perry | Bettencourt | Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 15 2017 2:18PM
Caption: Relating to liability for interest if land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as agricultural or open-space land is sold or diverted to a different use.

SB 631 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Wilson
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to venue for the disposition of stolen property.

SB 669 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Buckingham | Uresti | Huffman | Kolkhorst | et al.
Sponsor: Zerwas | Wray
Last Action: 05/26/2017 H Senate appoints conferees-reported
Caption: Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations; authorizing a fee.

SB 737 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Parker
Last Action: 05/02/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to requirements for new or increased municipal fees.

SB 801 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: Campbell | Hughes | Bettencourt | Taylor, Van
Sponsor: King, Ken
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the instructional material list and supplemental instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education.

SB 936 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Schwertner | Buckingham
Sponsor: Flynn | Paul
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the creation of a joint interim committee to undertake a study of the public retirement systems of this state.

SB 959 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/15/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the adoption of the Compact for a Balanced Budget.

SB 1004 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the deployment of network nodes in public right-of-way; authorizing fees.

SB 1066 Author: Schwertner | Buckingham | Campbell | Huffman | Nelson
Coauthor: Seliger | Zaffirini | Kolkhorst | Bettencourt | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Lozano
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to meeting the graduate medical education needs of new medical degree programs offered by public institutions of higher education and to the employment status of certain residents participating in certain graduate medical education programs.

SB 1091 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: Zaffirini | West | Bettencourt
Sponsor: Howard | Morrison, Geanie W.
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to limitations on courses that may be offered for dual credit by school districts and public institutions of higher education.

SB 1151 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: Hall | Burton | Bettencourt | Taylor, Larry | Campbell | et al.
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: May 18 2017 10:11AM
Caption: Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.

SB 1177 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Koop
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to requirements for charter schools established for the benefit of certain juvenile offenders.

SB 1294 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/16/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to election of professional staff representatives to certain school district planning and decision-making committees.

SB 1524 Author: Nichols
Coauthor: Bettencourt
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 1733 Author: Birdwell
Coauthor: Hall | Schwertner | Bettencourt
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 1838 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Failed to receive affirmative vote in comm.
Caption: Relating to the applicability of certain laws to open-enrollment charter schools.

SB 1942 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Hall | Taylor, Van | Bettencourt
Sponsor: Hefner
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the transportation or storage of a handgun or other firearm or ammunition by a license holder in a motor vehicle in a parking area of a primary or secondary school.

SB 2051 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/15/2017 S Committee report printed and distributed: May 15 2017 6:31PM
Caption: Relating to evaluating public school performance.

SB 2094 Author: Hall | Perry
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Referred to State Affairs: May 17 2017 5:48PM
Caption: Relating to establishment of the immigration authority delegation training grant program for local law enforcement agencies.

SB 2095 Author: Hall
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Kolkhorst
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to regulation of steroid use by students participating in athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.

SB 2119 Author: Seliger | Creighton
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/17/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the automatic admission of students to general academic teaching institutions.

SB 2144 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Bettencourt | West | Garcia
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 05/24/2017 H Postponed
Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to recommend improvements to the public school finance system.

SB 2149 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Lucio | Perry
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Referred to Elections: May 20 2017 10:56AM
Caption: Relating to early in-person voting by voters who reside at a residential care facility.

SB 2205 Author: Hancock
Coauthor: Bettencourt | West
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to automated motor vehicles.

SB 2265 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Garcia | Lucio | Creighton | Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/05/2017 H Referred to Special Purpose Districts: May 5 2017 10:59PM
Caption: Relating to the Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority and expanding the territory and powers of the authority; authorizing fees and the issuance of bonds.

SB 2291 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Referred to Defense & Veterans' Affairs: May 19 2017 10:11AM
Caption: Relating to the Texas Medal for the Defense of Freedom award.

SCR 1 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: Taylor, Van | Creighton | Perry | Hughes | Nichols | et al.
Sponsor: Workman
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Calling on Congress to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SCR 3 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Hughes | Kolkhorst | Perry | Birdwell | Huffines | et al.
Sponsor: Phelan
Last Action: 05/12/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, serving notice to the federal government to halt and reverse certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.

SCR 26 Author: Estes
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Sponsor: Darby
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Signed by the Governor
Caption: Urging Congress to review federal regulations on the oil and gas industry.

SCR 55 Author: Hall
Coauthor: Bettencourt
Last Action: 05/25/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study the security of the Texas electric grid.

SJR 1 Author: Campbell | Menéndez | Uresti | Zaffirini
Coauthor: Taylor, Larry | Rodríguez | Bettencourt | Hinojosa | Lucio
Sponsor: Fallon | Button | Turner | Raymond | Geren
Last Action: 05/25/2017 E Filed with the Secretary of State
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.

SJR 43 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Bettencourt | Seliger | Creighton | Huffines
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Appropriations: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for the obligations of a local public retirement system.

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