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

Number of Bills: 26

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 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 69 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 01/24/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to civil or criminal liability for leaving certain animals unattended in or removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle.

SB 74 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Watson | Uresti
Sponsor: Price
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the provision of certain behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and their families under a contract with a managed care organization.

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 185 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to electronic voter registration.

SB 186 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 01/25/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.

SB 231 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.

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 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 312 Author: Nichols | Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Hinojosa | Schwertner | Watson | Garcia | Hall | et al.
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 381 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 02/01/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the authority of peace officers to conduct certain searches.

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 494 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Huffines | Watson | Rodríguez
Last Action: 02/06/2017 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to an offense report prepared in the investigation of certain criminal cases.

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 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 861 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 02/27/2017 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to coverage for serious mental illness, other disorders, and chemical dependency under certain health benefit plans.

SB 928 Author: Rodríguez | Estes
Coauthor: Seliger | Schwertner | Watson | Birdwell | Taylor, Larry | et al.
Sponsor: Pickett | Landgraf | Moody | Anderson, Charles "Doc"
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the establishment of the Tom Lea Trail.

SB 935 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 03/01/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the composition of the board of trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

SB 1107 Author: Schwertner | Perry
Coauthor: Watson | Uresti | Nelson | Taylor, Van | Huffines | et al.
Sponsor: Price | Coleman | Springer
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to telemedicine and telehealth services.

SB 1321 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Watson
Last Action: 05/01/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the deposit and appropriation of revenue received or collected by the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority.

SB 1341 Author: Garcia | Rodríguez
Coauthor: Watson | Whitmire | Miles
Last Action: 03/14/2017 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to a change of name and sex for certain persons and the issuance of associated vital records and documentation; authorizing a fee.

SB 1923 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Nichols | Nelson | Watson | Uresti | Creighton
Last Action: 05/11/2017 H Referred to Appropriations: May 11 2017 10:15AM
Caption: Relating to infrastructure funding for state hospital facilities and other state facilities, including the creation of the state hospital fund.

SB 2118 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: Watson | Garcia | Hughes
Sponsor: Davis, Sarah | Howard | Laubenberg | Phillips | Giddings
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

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