Texas Legislature
Bills Coauthored
Sen. Royce West
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/12/2017

Number of Bills: 51

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 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 26 Author: Estes
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Rodríguez | Hinojosa | Lucio | West
Sponsor: Landgraf | Pickett | Dale | Reynolds
Last Action: 05/23/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to the Texas emissions reduction plan and other related programs and measures to reduce emissions.

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 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 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 267 Author: Schwertner
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Lucio | Hinojosa | West
Sponsor: Price
Last Action: 05/19/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the licensing and regulation of hospitals in this state; increasing the amount of administrative penalties assessed or imposed against certain hospitals; authorizing the imposition of a fee.

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 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 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 416 Author: Watson
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the composition of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas.

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 489 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Garcia | West
Sponsor: Alvarado
Last Action: 05/28/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to recommendations regarding instruction in public schools to prevent the use of e-cigarettes.

SB 510 Author: Zaffirini | Buckingham | Campbell | Watson
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 05/27/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of certain home address information in ad valorem tax appraisal records.

SB 518 Author: Miles
Coauthor: West | Garcia | Whitmire | Rodríguez | Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/02/2017 H Referred to Ways & Means: May 2 2017 6:40PM
Caption: Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities that employ certain students in certain paid internship or similar programs.

SB 570 Author: Rodríguez
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Hinojosa | Garcia | Lucio | Uresti | et al.
Sponsor: Walle | Uresti, Tomas
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the regulation of the retention, storage, transportation, disposal, processing, and reuse of used or scrap tires; providing a civil penalty; creating a criminal offense.

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 591 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Blanco
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to a community outreach campaign to increase awareness of veterans benefits and services.

SB 697 Author: Buckingham | Campbell | Estes | Schwertner
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Perry | West
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Insurance: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to health benefit coverage for prescription drug synchronization.

SB 793 Author: Miles
Coauthor: West
Last Action: 05/15/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to restrictions on the location and operation of concrete crushing facilities.

SB 794 Author: Miles
Coauthor: West | Garcia
Last Action: 03/14/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the biennial report to the legislature on grants made to entities under the Texas Enterprise Fund.

SB 802 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: West | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Howard
Last Action: 05/29/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to a study and report regarding best practices in the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education.

SB 805 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Campbell | West
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia | Gutierrez | Neave
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to Texas women veterans.

SB 810 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: West | Taylor, Larry
Sponsor: Howard
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the purchase and use of open educational resources.

SB 828 Author: Seliger
Coauthor: West
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to certain academic programs and projects undertaken by public institutions of higher education at an off-campus academic or research site or a similar location.

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 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 1047 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Faircloth
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes.

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 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 1123 Author: Zaffirini
Coauthor: West | Garcia
Sponsor: Clardy
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to conditions on the receipt of tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for adopted students formerly in foster or other residential care.

SB 1152 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Buckingham | Hall | Huffines | Campbell | et al.
Sponsor: Rodriguez, Justin
Last Action: 05/28/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to excused absences from public school for the purpose of pursuing enlistment in a branch of the armed services of the United States or the Texas National Guard.

SB 1153 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Rodríguez | West | Huffines | Uresti | Lucio | et al.
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to parental rights and information regarding certain intervention strategies used with public school students.

SB 1220 Author: Miles
Coauthor: West | Garcia
Sponsor: Vo
Last Action: 06/01/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to ensuring continuity of education and access to higher education, career information, and skills certification for foster care youth and former foster care youth.

SB 1398 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: West | Taylor, Van | Garcia
Sponsor: Thompson, Senfronia
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the placement and use of video cameras in certain self-contained classrooms or other settings providing special education services.

SB 1404 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Ashby
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to requiring school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report certain information regarding expanded learning opportunities.

SB 1553 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Uresti | West | Campbell
Sponsor: Bernal
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E See remarks for effective date
Caption: Relating to certain requirements imposed on a sex offender who enters the premises of a school and to the refusal of entry to or ejection from school district property.

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 1658 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Lucio | West
Sponsor: Huberty
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the ownership, sale, lease, and disposition of property and management of assets of an open-enrollment charter school.

SB 1767 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Darby
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 1/1/18
Caption: Relating to hearings and protests before appraisal review boards involving ad valorem tax determinations.

SB 1813 Author: Buckingham
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Turner
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the adoption of common admission application forms for institutions of higher education.

SB 1845 Author: Campbell
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Blanco
Last Action: 05/20/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the development of transferable degree or certificate program curricula for which qualified veterans or military service members may be awarded course credit based on military service.

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 1929 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: West
Sponsor: Burkett | Walle | Coleman | Howard
Last Action: 05/27/2017 S House appoints conferees-reported
Caption: Relating to maternal mortality and morbidity and pregnancy-related deaths, including postpartum depression.

SB 2124 Author: Perry
Coauthor: West
Last Action: 04/27/2017 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 27 2017 4:12PM
Caption: Relating to a pilot program for assisting certain recipients of public benefits to gain permanent self-sufficiency.

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 2170 Author: Huffines
Coauthor: West
Last Action: 04/26/2017 S Committee report printed and distributed: Apr 26 2017 6:25PM
Caption: Relating to the creation and operations of a health care provider participation program by the Dallas County Hospital District.

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.

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