Regular Order of Business for 3/18/2015



March 18, 2015


(Calendar Order)


(Second Reading)

SJR 26 Hancock

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to appropriations for the preservation and perpetuation of certain items of historical value; allowing the legislature and state agencies to accept on behalf of the state gifts of items of historical value and contributions to purchase such items.

SJR 22 Creighton/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.


(Second Reading)

SCR 5 (CS)Estes/ et al.

Urging Congress to reimburse the State of Texas for bearing the financial burden of the federal government's responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico international border.


(Second Reading)

SB 356 Hancock

Relating to the creation, purpose, implementation, and funding of the County Park Beautification and Improvement Program.

SB 11 (CS)Birdwell/ Bettencourt/ Burton/ Campbell/ Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.

SB 541 Taylor, Van

Relating to the eligibility of presidential general election debates for distributions from a Major Events trust fund.

SB 488 (LC)Seliger/ et al.

Relating to the criteria for awarding the Texas Purple Heart Medal to members of the armed forces wounded or killed at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009.

SB 197 Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to the financial self-sufficiency of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

SB 293 (CS)Nelson/ et al.

Relating to a clarification of the law governing eligibility of certain events for funding under the Major Events trust fund.

SB 288 (CS) (LC)Estes

Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 16 in Young County as the Texas Game Warden Joseph Marshall Evans Memorial Highway.

SB 114 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to the applicability of adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.

SB 373 West

Relating to increased oversight by the Department of State Health Services of hospitals that commit certain violations.

SB 219 (CS)Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to the provision of health and human services in this state, including the powers and duties of the Health and Human Services Commission and other state agencies, and the licensing of certain health professionals; clarifying certain statutory provisions; authorizing the imposition of fees.

SB 408 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to consideration of a bidder's principal place of business in awarding certain county contracts.

SB 435 (CS) (LC)Lucio

Relating to the powers and duties of a county treasurer.

SB 569 (CS) (LC)Creighton

Relating to the presumption of abandonment of certain tangible personal property held by a county.

SB 273 (CS)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.

SB 209 (LC)Hinojosa/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including assumption of the duties of the Texas Skill Standards Board.

SB 664 Taylor, Van

Relating to employment termination for falsification of military record in obtaining employment or employment benefits.

SB 529 (LC)Hancock

Relating to the eligibility of a landman for unemployment compensation.

SB 652 Schwertner

Relating to excluding a franchisor as an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee's employees.

SB 695 (LC)Taylor, Larry

Relating to a study of the feasibility and desirability of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system.

SB 722 Perry/ et al.

Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test.

SB 193 (LC)Creighton

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates to honor recipients of certain military medals.

SB 398 Schwertner/ et al.

Relating to fingerprints collected by the Texas Department of Public Safety from an applicant for a driver's license or personal identification certificate and used for the department's image verification system.

SB 562 (LC)Nichols

Relating to annual permits to move certain equipment; authorizing a fee.

SB 44 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to matching private grants given to enhance additional research activities at institutions of higher education.

SB 317 (LC)Hinojosa/ Lucio/ Zaffirini

Relating to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

SB 495 (LC)Watson/ Fraser/ Kolkhorst

Relating to the service areas of certain junior college districts.

SB 60 (LC)Nelson

Relating to video recordings made by children's advocacy centers.

SB 179 (LC)Perry

Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license.

SB 287 (LC)West

Relating to the elimination of certain court fees and costs.

SB 306 (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the information included in the annual report of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

SB 381 (LC)Uresti

Relating to tort liability arising from a volunteer's operation of a Parks and Wildlife Department motor-driven vehicle or motor-driven equipment.

SB 383 (LC)Uresti

Relating to the time of delivery to the early voting ballot board for ballots voted by mail in certain counties.

SB 431 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the deadline for filing a candidate's personal financial statement.

SB 450 (CS) (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the liability of a political subdivision of this state for certain claims relating to land acquired by the political subdivision under certain circumstances.

SB 462 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to authorizing a revocable deed that transfers real property at the transferor's death.

SB 463 (LC)Huffman

Relating to the restructuring of certain fund accounts of the Texas County and District Retirement System.

SB 512 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the promulgation of certain forms for use in probate matters.

SB 534 Watson/ Creighton/ Ellis/ Hinojosa/ Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the oath of a person admitted to practice law in the State of Texas.

SB 610 Perry

Relating to limited liability for an agritourism entity involved in an agritourism activity.

SB 489 (CS) (LC)Seliger

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 87 in Howard County as the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway.

SB 527 (CS) (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Highway.

SB 671 (CS) (LC)Birdwell

Relating to the designation of Loop 567 in Granbury as the Deputy Sergeant Lance McLean Memorial Highway.

SB 55 (LC)Nelson

Relating to the creation of a grant program to support community mental health programs for veterans with mental illness.

SB 660 (LC)Rodríguez/ et al.

Relating to regional coordinators within the veteran entrepreneur program.

SB 713 Hall/ et al.

Relating to general officers within the state military department.

SB 805 Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the employment of individuals qualified for a veteran's employment preference.

SB 806 (LC)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the College Credit for Heroes program.

SB 832 (LC)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the coordinating workgroups of the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services.

SB 833 (LC)Campbell

Relating to the continuation of a residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation while the owner is temporarily absent because of military service.

SB 835 Taylor, Van/ et al.

Relating to increasing the punishment for the offense of fraudulent or fictitious military record.

SB 169 (CS)Uresti/ et al.

Relating to ensuring that certain military members and their spouses and dependents maintain their positions on interest lists or other waiting lists for certain health and human services assistance programs.

SB 389 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the placement of military occupational specialty codes on certain notices of state agency employment openings.

SB 316 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the prioritization of certain available legal defense services when appointing representation for an indigent defendant in a criminal case.

SB 390 Burton

Relating to docket preference for trials in which the alleged victim is younger than 14 years of age.

SB 135 (CS)Whitmire/ et al.

Relating to the organization of a grand jury.

SB 172 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the addition of certain substances to Penalty Groups 1-A and 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act for criminal prosecution and other purposes.

SB 173 (CS)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to the designation for criminal prosecution and other purposes of certain chemicals commonly referred to as synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances and controlled substance analogues under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

SB 236 (LC)Schwertner

Relating to the punishment of certain controlled substance offenses committed in a drug-free zone.

SB 759 Kolkhorst

Relating to the repeal of certain state taxes.

SB 761 Creighton

Relating to the taxation of fireworks.

SB 752 Bettencourt

Relating to the repeal of the inheritance tax and the tax on combative sports events.

SB 757 Perry

Relating to the repeal of the production taxes on crude petroleum and sulphur.

SB 140 (LC)Perry

Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for telecommunications services used for the navigation of certain farm and ranch machinery and equipment.

SB 31 (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to the authority of certain volunteer firefighter and emergency services organizations to hold tax-free sales or auctions.

SB 8 Schwertner/ Bettencourt/ Birdwell/ Burton/ Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.

SB 551 (LC)Seliger

Relating to the duty of the Water Conservation Advisory Council to submit a report and recommendations regarding water conservation in this state.

SB 289 Estes

Relating to the licensure or certification of volunteer firefighters and members of industrial emergency response teams.

SB 10 (CS)Huffman

Relating to the investigation and prosecution of offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses, and offenses involving insurance fraud or the imposition of the motor fuels tax.

SB 314 (CS) (LC)West

Relating to appointment of a nonparent as managing conservator of a child.

SB 631 (LC)Campbell

Relating to the authority of certain contiguous municipalities to agree to extend municipal court jurisdiction.

SB 815 (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to a temporary restraining order for preservation of property and protection of the parties in a suit for the dissolution of marriage.

SB 818 Rodríguez

Relating to the requirement that a parent appointed as a conservator of a child disclose certain information regarding family violence.

SB 822 (CS) (LC)Rodríguez

Relating to the applicability of certain definitions and certain laws governing attorneys ad litem, guardians ad litem, and amicus attorneys in family law proceedings.

SB 932 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to retain assistance for federal proceedings affecting certain electric utilities and consumers.

SB 775 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the repeal of the goal for natural gas use.

SB 734 (LC)Fraser

Relating to the setting of annual interest rates for utility deposits by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

SB 444 Hall/ et al.

Relating to the exercise of eminent domain by certain toll road corporations.

SB 453 (LC)Seliger

Relating to minimum scores required for public school students to receive credit by an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program.

SB 347 (LC)Nichols

Relating to the governing board of the Trinity Valley Community College District.

SB 947 Zaffirini/ Rodríguez/ Watson

Relating to a study and report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the feasibility of providing off-campus employment positions through the Texas college work-study program.

SB 461 (CS) (LC)Perry/ Eltife/ Hinojosa/ Rodríguez

Relating to false or misleading packaging, labeling, or advertising of certain abusable synthetic substances; providing criminal and civil penalties.