Texas Legislature
Bills Coauthored
Sen. José Menéndez
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/18/2017

Number of Bills: 40

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 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 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 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 27 Author: Campbell
Coauthor: Lucio | Rodríguez | Buckingham | Hall | Zaffirini | et al.
Sponsor: Blanco
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the mental health program for veterans and to the authority to establish a trauma affected veterans clinical care and research center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

SB 31 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Perry | Huffman | Menéndez | Estes
Last Action: 03/22/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; creating a criminal offense; modifying existing criminal penalties.

SB 160 Author: Rodríguez
Coauthor: Menéndez
Sponsor: Wu | Huberty | Bernal | Allen | King, Ken
Last Action: 05/22/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a prohibition of a monitoring system performance indicator based solely on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services.

SB 195 Author: Garcia
Coauthor: Campbell | Menéndez
Sponsor: Allen
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to funding under the transportation allotment for public school students subject to a high risk of violence while walking to school.

SB 256 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Nelson | Menéndez | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Hunter | Moody | Herrero | Stickland | Swanson
Last Action: 05/19/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of home address information of certain victims of family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking of persons.

SB 271 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Hinojosa | Huffines | Menéndez | Miles | Watson | et al.
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the issuance of a citation or notice to appear for certain misdemeanors punishable by a fine only.

SB 275 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Seliger | Miles | Menéndez | West | Zaffirini
Last Action: 04/25/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the retention and use of sales tax revenue collected by certain retailers to provide job training and placement services to certain persons.

SB 292 Author: Huffman | Nelson | Schwertner
Coauthor: Watson | Hinojosa | Menéndez | Perry | Miles | et al.
Sponsor: Price | Coleman
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the creation of grant programs to reduce recidivism, arrest, and incarceration of individuals with mental illness.

SB 323 Author: Nelson | Buckingham | Burton | Campbell | Garcia | et al.
Coauthor: Menéndez | Hinojosa | Hughes | Schwertner
Sponsor: Burkett
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the offense of female genital mutilation.

SB 325 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Huffines | Miles | Rodríguez | Hinojosa | Garcia | et al.
Last Action: 04/18/2017 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence: Apr 18 2017 12:28PM
Caption: Relating to the procedure for expunction of arrest records and files for certain persons who are tried for an offense and subsequently acquitted.

SB 327 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Huffines | Rodríguez | Menéndez | Garcia
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 05/11/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the authority of a court to return certain fees to a person who is the subject of an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information.

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

SB 370 Author: Garcia
Coauthor: West | Menéndez | Rodríguez
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Referred to Public Education: May 19 2017 10:11AM
Caption: Relating to the discipline and behavior management of a student enrolled in a grade level below grade three at a school district or open-enrollment charter school.

SB 463 Author: Seliger | Nichols
Coauthor: Lucio | Hinojosa | Uresti | Rodríguez | Birdwell | et al.
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 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 578 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Hall | West | Zaffirini | Menéndez
Sponsor: Gutierrez | Blanco
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the creation by the Health and Human Services Commission of a veteran suicide prevention action plan.

SB 589 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Campbell | Menéndez | Watson
Sponsor: Simmons | Gonzales, Larry | Stucky | Coleman
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to the licensing and regulation of behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts; requiring an occupational license; imposing fees.

SB 725 Author: Miles
Coauthor: Menéndez | Garcia
Sponsor: Bernal | VanDeaver | Price | Thompson, Senfronia | Minjarez
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the donation and distribution of food at public schools.

SB 966 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Menéndez
Sponsor: Neave
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to criminal offenses regarding the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

SB 968 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Perry | Garcia | Menéndez | West
Sponsor: Alvarado | Leach | Howard
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a sexual assault policy at certain public and private institutions of higher education and to requiring those institutions to provide students and employees an option to electronically report certain offenses to the institution.

SB 1031 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Menéndez
Last Action: 05/08/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to a deduction under the franchise tax for certain contracts with the federal government.

SB 1163 Author: Garcia
Coauthor: Burton | Menéndez | Huffines
Last Action: 04/10/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to establishing and funding a grant program for testing evidence collected in relation to sexual assaults or other sex offenses; authorizing voluntary contributions.

SB 1196 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: Hughes | Garcia | Menéndez
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the declaration of a common nuisance involving a computer network or web address.

SB 1232 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Menéndez
Sponsor: Alvarado
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to inappropriate conduct between a person and an animal; creating a criminal offense.

SB 1255 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Menéndez
Last Action: 03/13/2017 S Referred to Transportation
Caption: Relating to the designation of a portion of Loop 1604 in Bexar County as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Overpass.

SB 1436 Author: Uresti | Campbell
Coauthor: Menéndez
Last Action: 03/20/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the punishment for the offense of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual and creating the offense of continuous injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual.

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 1588 Author: Huffines | Perry | Uresti | Whitmire
Coauthor: Menéndez | Miles | West | Rodríguez | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Simmons
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the elimination of regular mandatory vehicle safety inspections and the imposition of replacement fees.

SB 1785 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Menéndez
Last Action: 05/17/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to appraisal of public school teachers.

SB 1849 Author: Whitmire
Coauthor: Miles | Garcia | Menéndez | Lucio | Birdwell | et al.
Sponsor: Coleman | Thompson, Senfronia | Moody | Hunter | White
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to interactions between law enforcement and individuals detained or arrested on suspicion of the commission of criminal offenses, to the confinement, conviction, or release of those individuals, and to grants supporting populations that are more likely to interact frequently with law enforcement.

SB 1913 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Hinojosa | Menéndez
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia | Wu | Canales | White
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the administrative, civil, and criminal consequences, including fines, fees, and costs, imposed on persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of certain criminal offenses.

SB 2073 Author: Rodríguez
Coauthor: Menéndez
Last Action: 03/28/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to a mechanic's or materialman's lien for retained funds under certain construction contracts.

SCR 4 Author: Nichols
Coauthor: Menéndez
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 42 Author: Garcia
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Menéndez
Last Action: 04/26/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Directing the Texas Department of Transportation to adopt a Vision Zero strategy to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.

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