Texas Legislature
Bills Coauthored
Sen. Judith Zaffirini
85th Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 12/14/2017

Number of Bills: 65

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 14 Author: Taylor, Van | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Buckingham | Creighton | et al.
Coauthor: Campbell | Estes | Zaffirini | Garcia | Hinojosa | et al.
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Referred to General Investigating & Ethics: May 15 2017 2:18PM
Caption: Relating to the ethics of public officers and related requirements; creating criminal offenses.

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 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 77 Author: Nelson
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Alvarado
Last Action: 05/19/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to involuntary termination of parental rights based on sexual assault of the child's other parent and the child support obligations of the parent whose rights were terminated.

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 188 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/03/2017 H Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence: May 3 2017 7:36PM
Caption: Relating to civil liability for removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle and criminal liability for removing certain animals from a motor vehicle.

SB 235 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 01/30/2017 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail.

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 330 Author: Rodríguez
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Garcia
Last Action: 04/13/2017 H Referred to Agriculture & Livestock: Apr 13 2017 12:36PM
Caption: Relating to the qualification of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

SB 378 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 03/14/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the persons authorized to conduct an inquest in certain counties.

SB 382 Author: Burton
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/09/2017 H Referred to Public Health: May 9 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to donation of unused prescription drugs; authorizing a fee.

SB 419 Author: Kolkhorst
Coauthor: Perry | Nichols | Hughes | Zaffirini | Buckingham | et al.
Last Action: 04/18/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the extension of additional state aid for tax reduction provided to certain school districts.

SB 462 Author: Garcia | Rodríguez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/17/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to a database of employers penalized for failure to pay wages or convicted of certain offenses involving wage theft.

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 491 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Howard
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the statewide preceptorship program in family medicine.

SB 496 Author: Uresti
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/08/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: May 8 2017 7:48PM
Caption: Relating to the participation of the school of osteopathic medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word in certain state programs supporting graduate medical education programs.

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 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 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 671 Author: Campbell
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Guillen
Last Action: 05/22/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the public high school graduation credit requirements for a language other than English.

SB 693 Author: Garcia
Coauthor: Rodríguez | Nichols | Lucio | Perry | Hinojosa | et al.
Sponsor: Phelan
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to three-point seat belts on buses that transport schoolchildren.

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 712 Author: Hinojosa
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini
Sponsor: Hunter | Herrero
Last Action: 05/22/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the duration of certain protective orders against family violence.

SB 717 Author: Taylor, Van
Coauthor: Uresti | Lucio | Hinojosa | Zaffirini | Garcia
Sponsor: Davis, Sarah
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to the reappraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property damaged in a disaster.

SB 758 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Rodriguez, Justin
Last Action: 05/18/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to bill payment assistance programs offered by certain municipalities.

SB 762 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Moody
Last Action: 06/09/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the prosecution of offenses involving cruelty to animals; increasing a criminal penalty.

SB 790 Author: Miles
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Howard | Alvarado | Minjarez | Davis, Sarah | Blanco
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the continuation of the women's health advisory committee.

SB 900 Author: Huffman
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Garcia
Last Action: 05/15/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to penalties for certain family violence offenses and for assultive offenses against certain persons; imposing court costs.

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 969 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Miles | Perry | Garcia
Sponsor: Leach | Alvarado | Howard
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to requiring certain public and private institutions of higher education to provide amnesty to students who report certain incidents, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking.

SB 970 Author: Watson
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Miles | Perry
Last Action: 05/03/2017 H Referred to Higher Education: May 3 2017 7:36PM
Caption: Relating to a sexual assault policy at public and private institutions of higher education.

SB 1034 Author: Perry
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Referred to Transportation: May 4 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to a study by the Texas Department of Transportation of the feasibility of certain improvements to Interstate Highway 27.

SB 1046 Author: Estes
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Miles
Last Action: 05/08/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to sources of funding for the Texas emissions reduction plan.

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 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 1133 Author: Hinojosa
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Herrero
Last Action: 05/26/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the exemption from taxes and special assessments of property of a navigation district.

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 1253 Author: West
Coauthor: Zaffirini | Hinojosa
Sponsor: Smithee
Last Action: 06/15/2017 E Effective on 9/1/17
Caption: Relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain custodial interrogations.

SB 1338 Author: Whitmire
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Murr
Last Action: 05/23/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
Caption: Relating to bail and to judicial education regarding bail practices.

SB 1369 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/18/2017 S Not again placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to the prosecution for the offense of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual.

SB 1394 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 04/27/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the calculation of longevity pay for state judges and justices.

SB 1533 Author: Rodríguez
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Moody | Coleman | Price | Lozano | Turner
Last Action: 05/19/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to mental health first aid training for university employees.

SB 1729 Author: Birdwell
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/17/2017 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the reporting and disposition of certain state-owned real property.

SB 1938 Author: Hughes
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 04/27/2017 S Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the method of calculating the salary of state judges.

SB 2020 Author: Creighton
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Last Action: 05/18/2017 H No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to voter information used for juror selections.

SB 2110 Author: Menéndez
Coauthor: Nelson | Zaffirini | Campbell
Last Action: 05/04/2017 H Referred to Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure, Select: May 4 2017 11:04PM
Caption: Relating to the composition of the Port Authority Advisory Committee.

SB 2242 Author: Hinojosa
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Lozano | Herrero
Last Action: 06/12/2017 E Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the resolution of disputes or errors involving the ad valorem taxation of the same property by multiple taxing units of the same type as a result of disputed, overlapping, or erroneously applied boundaries.

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 2270 Author: Lucio
Coauthor: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Lucio III
Last Action: 05/23/2017 H Placed on General State Calendar
Caption: Relating to expansion of a pilot program under the foundation school program for funding prekindergarten programs provided by certain school districts with early high school graduation programs.

SCR 32 Author: Taylor, Larry
Coauthor: Garcia | Zaffirini | Creighton
Last Action: 03/28/2017 H Received from the Senate
Caption: Urging Congress to provide sufficient federal funding for the construction of a storm surge barrier along the Texas coast.

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