Texas Legislature
Bills Coauthored
Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/17/2017

Number of Bills: 38

SB 2 Author: Bettencourt | Creighton | Hancock | Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Hall | Huffines | Estes | Buckingham | Kolkhorst | et al.
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 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 7 Author: Bettencourt
Coauthor: Campbell | Taylor, Larry | Hancock | Menéndez | Seliger | et al.
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 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 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 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 24 Author: Huffman | Hancock
Coauthor: Birdwell | Kolkhorst | Nichols | Campbell | Perry | et al.
Sponsor: Geren | Bonnen, Dennis | Price | Kuempel | Paddie
Last Action: 05/19/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader.

SB 28 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Hinojosa | Kolkhorst | Taylor, Larry
Sponsor: Deshotel | Cain | Perez | Paul
Last Action: 05/26/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the financing of ports in the state.

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 115 Author: Huffines
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Whitmire | Garcia | Schwertner | Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Howard
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the Internet broadcast of certain open meetings.

SB 277 Author: Campbell
Coauthor: Estes | Lucio | Hinojosa | Hughes | Kolkhorst | et al.
Sponsor: Frank
Last Action: 06/08/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the eligibility of certain property for certain ad valorem tax incentives relating to wind-powered energy devices.

SB 394 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 04/20/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the required vote by a presidential elector; providing a civil penalty.

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 459 Author: Huffines
Coauthor: Perry | Schwertner | Kolkhorst
Last Action: 05/16/2017 H Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety: May 16 2017 5:35PM
Caption: Relating to the regulation or taxation of firearms, air guns, knives, or ammunition by a municipality or county.

SB 488 Author: Bettencourt | Lucio
Coauthor: Hall | Huffines | Burton | Kolkhorst
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 539 Author: Hinojosa
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Hunter | Herrero
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the qualifications for an impartial third party in certain civil disputes.

SB 586 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Kolkhorst | Hughes | Lucio | Nichols | Estes | et al.
Sponsor: Geren
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the distribution of universal service funds to certain small and rural incumbent local exchange companies.

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 721 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Kolkhorst | Miles
Sponsor: Davis, Sarah
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to treatment and care provided by licensed medical professionals to animals in certain facilities.

SB 813 Author: Hughes | Bettencourt | Buckingham | Hall | Huffines | et al.
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
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 907 Author: Birdwell
Coauthor: Perry | Kolkhorst | Hughes | Seliger
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 977 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Creighton | Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Ashby | Kacal
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the use of state money for high-speed rail operated by a private entity.

SB 979 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Creighton | Kolkhorst
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the disposition of real property intended for high-speed rail projects.

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 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 1395 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Kolkhorst | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Perez
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of navigation districts and port authorities.

SB 1437 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Hall | Kolkhorst
Sponsor: Burkett
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to payment for the use of a highway toll project.

SB 1454 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Uresti | Rodríguez | Hughes | Seliger | Menéndez | et al.
Last Action: 03/20/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the study and approval of lethal pesticides for feral hog control.

SB 1561 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 05/16/2017 H Referred to Public Education: May 16 2017 5:35PM
Caption: Relating to a study by the State Board of Education on the instructional day and academic year requirements necessary to complete the required curriculum in public schools.

SB 1882 Author: Menéndez | Bettencourt
Coauthor: Uresti | Campbell | Garcia | Kolkhorst
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.

SB 2017 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 03/27/2017 S Referred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Caption: Relating to the regulation of commercial shrimp unloading; requiring an occupational license and authorizing a fee for certain nonresident persons.

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.

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 8 Author: Huffines
Coauthor: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Culture, Recreation & Tourism: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Designating the cannon as the official state gun of Texas.

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