REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS
April 23, 2015
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS
Designating Dripping Springs as the Wedding Capital of Texas.
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS
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.
Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations.
Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the governing body of a political subdivision to adopt a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion, expressed as a dollar amount, of the market value of real property of a business that employs honorably discharged veterans.
Proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for the governor's and lieutenant governor's terms of office to begin at 10 a.m. on the day preceding the day the regular legislative session convenes.
Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating certain revenue sources to be used for the acquisition of rights-of-way for and the construction and maintenance of public roadways.
Proposing a constitutional amendment prescribing the purposes for which revenue from motor vehicle registration fees, certain motor vehicle-related taxes, and certain revenues received from the federal government may be used.
Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation real property leased to certain schools organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in educational functions.
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS
Authorizing the lieutenant governor and speaker to appoint interim joint committees.
Designating Quitaque as the official Bison Capital for a 10-year period beginning in 2015.
Designating Hico as the official Steak Capital of Texas.
Urging Congress to encourage the Department of Defense to relocate the United States Africa Command to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston.
Designating September 8 as Major Jefferson Van Horne Day for a 10-year period beginning in 2015.
Urging Congress to expedite natural gas exports.
Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the renaming of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association as the Texas Coastal Insurance Association.
Relating to the creation, purpose, implementation, and funding of the County Park Beautification and Improvement Program.
Relating to the eligibility of presidential general election debates for distributions from a Major Events trust fund.
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.
Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including assumption of the duties of the Texas Skill Standards Board.
Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test.
Relating to the designation of a segment of U.S. Highway 287 in Midlothian as the Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield Memorial Highway.
Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Department of Transportation to the Shepherd Independent School District; requiring the payment of certain transaction fees.
Relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education in this state.
Relating to the express preemption of regulation of oil and gas operations and the exclusive jurisdiction of those operations by the state.
Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to restrict participation in the retail electric market for significant violations.
Relating to the creation of a campus of the Texas State Technical College System in Ellis County.
Relating to the Texas Identification Number system.
Relating to the authority to determine the supply of groundwater in certain regional water plans.
Relating to charitable raffles conducted by certain professional sports team charitable foundations; providing penalties.
Relating to the compensation of county auditors for certain counties.
Relating to the award of diligent participation credit to defendants confined in a state jail felony facility.
Relating to the transfer of certain inmates to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following pronouncement of the inmate's sentence.
Relating to procedures for certain persons charged with a violation of a condition of release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on parole or to mandatory supervision.
Relating to the punishment for certain offenses against property or against public administration.
Relating to the provision and administration of indigent defense services.
Relating to the administration of the scholarship program for certain students graduating in the top 10 percent of the students' high school graduating class.
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education.
Relating to the operation of certain oversize or overweight vehicles transporting timber, timber products, or forestry equipment on certain public roadways.
Relating to the issuance of obligations payable from and secured by the Texas Mobility Fund.
Relating to the offenses of the violation of civil rights of and improper sexual activity with individuals in custody; imposing a criminal penalty.
Relating to awarding the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor.
Relating to occupational licenses for military service members, military veterans, and military spouses.
Relating to the creation of a rural veterans mental health initiative within the mental health intervention program for veterans.
Relating to the creation of a women veterans mental health initiative within the mental health intervention program for veterans.
Relating to designating the first week of May as Jury Appreciation Week.
Relating to strategic fiscal reviews of state agencies and programs.
Relating to the sale of distilled spirits to ultimate consumers by the holder of a distiller's and rectifier's permit.
Relating to rulemaking authority for annuity contracts.
Relating to fire inspections by the state fire marshal for state-owned and state-leased buildings.
Relating to the standards for boiler inspection agencies.
Relating to standards for elevators, escalators, and related equipment; authorizing a fee.
Relating to the regulation of rates for certain personal automobile insurance.
Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to determine applicant eligibility for a license and to discipline license holders.
Relating to the continuation and duties of the Red River Boundary Commission.
Relating to the offense of hazing.
Relating to the filing of a copy of certain records related to the release of an accused person on personal bond.
Relating to a requirement that a county report the number of certain persons with mental illness detained in that county's jail.
Relating to the creation of DNA records for the DNA database system.
Relating to the regulation of motor vehicles by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety; creating a criminal offense; providing a penalty; authorizing fees.
Relating to energy and water management planning and reporting requirements for state agencies and institutions of higher education.
Relating to the acknowledgment by management of risks identified in state agency information security plans.
Relating to requirements for assisted living facility license applicants.
Relating to food and beverage consumption in certain public swimming pools.
Relating to installment payments of ad valorem taxes.
Relating to the procedure for claiming an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the property of a veteran's organization.
Relating to the dedication of certain wine-related revenue.
Relating to the removal of a tenant's personal property after a writ of possession has been issued in an eviction suit.
Relating to the transfer to the Health and Human Services Commission of contracting authority for children's advocacy centers and volunteer advocate programs.
Relating to consumption of alcoholic beverages in public entertainment facilities.
Relating to the regulation of funding agreements, guaranteed investment contracts, and synthetic guaranteed investment contracts issued by a life insurer; clarifying certain provisions relating to insurer receivership.
Relating to certain required reports, plans, and other documents prepared by state agencies and institutions of higher education.
Relating to the authority of certain domestic life, health, and accident insurance companies to make investments in mezzanine real estate loans.
Relating to coordinated county transportation authorities.
Relating to veterans services information provided to veterans who receive driver's licenses and personal identification certificates.
Relating to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and strategic planning regarding military bases and defense installations.
Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.
Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.
Relating to authorizing the collection of a service charge on certain electronic toll collection customer account payments.
Relating to railroads in this state.
Relating to performance-based tuition limitations for certain public institutions of higher education.
Relating to access to and fees associated with binding arbitration of appraisal review board orders.
Relating to a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of real property of a business that employs honorably discharged veterans.
Relating to reports issued by the comptroller on the effect of certain tax provisions.
Relating to a program allowing certain military voters on active duty overseas to cast a ballot electronically.
Relating to the provision of a candidate's campaign mailing address and electronic mail address in the candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
Relating to a grant program to fund domestic violence high risk teams.
Relating to directing payment, after approval, of certain miscellaneous claims and judgments against the state out of funds designated by this Act; making appropriations.
Relating to the functions of the Public Utility Commission of Texas in relation to the economic regulation of water and sewer service.
Relating to the canvass of election returns for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor.
Relating to contributions to, benefits from, membership in, and the administration of systems and programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Relating to access to a financial institution account of a person who dies intestate.
Relating to the organization of public employees.
Relating to holding a primary election for a political party in a county without party leadership.
Relating to eligibility to serve as an interpreter in an election.
Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.
Relating to the regulation of crafted precious metal dealers.
Relating to a study on the feasibility of requiring certain researchers to make research papers available to the public.
Relating to tracking career information for graduates of Texas medical schools and persons completing medical residency programs in Texas.
Relating to a study of the participation of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in public higher education.
Relating to the decertification of a certified capital company.
Relating to authorizing certain private schools to charge fees for processing or handling certain payments or payment transactions.
Relating to the repossession of an aircraft.
Relating to the transfer of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Relating to the storage and recovery of water in aquifers; authorizing fees and surcharges; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty.
Relating to the transportation of a person with a mental illness.
Relating to the designation of May as Postpartum Depression Awareness Month.
Relating to the application of the motor vehicle sales tax to the sale of a new motor vehicle to certain manufacturers or distributors.
Relating to electricity service provided by municipally owned utilities.
Relating to the amount that may be donated by contract by certain populous counties to crime stoppers or crime prevention organizations.
Relating to the operations of health care funding districts in certain counties located on the Texas-Mexico border.
Relating to the authority of a local government to participate in a cooperative purchasing program with local governments of this state or another state.
Relating to donation of unused prescription drugs.
Relating to designated emergency infant care providers for certain abandoned children.
Relating to emergency response employees or volunteers and others exposed or potentially exposed to certain diseases or parasites.
Relating to authorizing supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities.
Relating to the regulation by a developer of the installation of solar energy devices in a residential subdivision.
Relating to the operation and administration of and practice in courts in the judicial branch of state government and the composition of certain juvenile boards.
Relating to the authority of an independent school district to contract with a municipality for the design, improvement, or construction of an instructional facility, stadium, or other athletic facility.
Relating to a notification requirement if a public school campus or open-enrollment charter school does not have a nurse assigned to the campus during all instructional hours.
Relating to the creation of a commission to recommend a new system for student assessment and public school accountability.
Relating to funding under the public school finance system for a school district with a compressed tax rate below the state maximum compressed tax rate.
Relating to the issuance of school district teaching permits to persons who teach career and technical education.
Relating to the educational needs of homeless students.
Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide mathematics instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.
Relating to training academies for public school teachers who provide reading comprehension instruction to students in grades four and five.
Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 151 as the Specialist Dane Balcon Memorial Bridge.
Relating to agreements between the Department of Public Safety and counties for the provision of renewal and duplicate driver's license and other identification certificate services; authorizing a fee.
Relating to making a voluntary contribution to the Special Olympics Texas fund when registering a motor vehicle or renewing a motor vehicle registration.
Relating to certain limitations on design-build contracts for transportation infrastructure projects.
Relating to the regulation of certain motor vehicle auctions.
Relating to the operation of certain property owners' associations.
Relating to authorizing certain distributions of income from a nonprofit corporation to members of the corporation who are certain nonprofit corporations.
Relating to reporting requirements for certain unclaimed property.
Relating to voting methods in a property owners' association election or vote.
Relating to insurance claims and certain prohibited acts and practices in or in relation to the business of insurance; amending provisions that are or may be subject to a criminal penalty.
Relating to secret ballots in a property owners' association election or vote.
Relating to the disclosure of certain information under a consolidated insurance program.
Relating to the employment of persons under 18 years of age on the premises of certain businesses selling or serving alcoholic beverages; adding a provision that is subject to a criminal penalty.
Relating to management services for the physical facilities of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.
Relating to the regulation of consumer credit transactions and the regulatory authority of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.
Relating to the prohibited disposition of a decedent's remains by a person charged with certain criminal conduct against the decedent; providing an administrative penalty.
Relating to mandatory participation in certain TANF employment and other programs by certain persons.
Relating to the authority of the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services to obtain criminal history record information regarding certain applicants for employment and current employees.
Relating to the regulation of chemical dependency treatment facilities and certain other facilities.
Relating to day activity and health services facilities.
Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide reading instruction to students in kindergarten through grade five.
Relating to the establishment of a reading excellence team pilot program.
Relating to certain trailer registration fees for veterans with disabilities.
Relating to requirements for certain farm vehicles when operating on a highway.
Relating to the unauthorized use of an alcoholic beverage permit or license; providing a criminal penalty.
Relating to the establishment and functions of the Interagency Data Transparency Commission.
Relating to the development and maintenance by each state agency of a data use agreement for the state agency's employees and to training related to that agreement.
Relating to the sale of distilled spirits to ultimate consumers by the holder of a distiller's and rectifier's permit.
Relating to a study on the feasibility of implementing more secure access requirements for certain electronically stored information held by the state.
Relating to employment of a statewide data coordinator in the Department of Information Resources.
Relating to the commitment of certain juveniles to local post-adjudication secure correctional facilities in certain counties and to the release under supervision of those juveniles.
Relating to the maximum cumulative period allowed for restoration of a defendant's competency to stand trial and to certain time credits awarded against that cumulative period.
Relating to the creation and regulation of a law enforcement agency or police department.
Relating to the creation of a governor's program for victims of child sex trafficking.
Relating to the definition of peace officer for purposes of intercepting or collecting information in relation to certain communications in an investigation conducted by an arson investigating unit.
Relating to the composition of the Texas Violent Gang Task Force.
Relating to the designation of campus behavior coordinators to serve at public school campuses and issues to be considered when removing a student from class.
Relating to the courts authorized to hear certain matters relating to a capias pro fine.
Relating to a body worn camera program for certain law enforcement agencies in this state; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.
Relating to allowing certain defendants to successfully complete education at a substance abuse treatment facility in lieu of attending an education program; changing required conditions of community supervision for certain defendants.
Relating to the representation of certain indigent applicants for a writ of habeas corpus.
Relating to the appeal of waiver of jurisdiction and transfer to criminal court in juvenile cases.
Relating to authorizing the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas to establish a statewide program for the prevention and detection of certain criminal offenses.
Relating to the eligibility for participation in veterans court programs.
Relating to the methods of delivery for required financial statement forms sent to certain municipal officeholders and candidates for municipal office.
Relating to student loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals.
Relating to an environmental service fee charged by an institution of higher education.
Relating to the creation of the transnational and organized crime division within the office of the attorney general.
Relating to the appointment of an associate commissioner for veterans services at the Health and Human Services Commission.
Relating to the designation of February 19 as Iwo Jima Day.
Relating to the establishment and operation of the Texas Women Veterans Program.
Relating to the creation of the governor's university research initiative and to the abolishment of the Texas emerging technology fund.
Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to provide sewer service to areas within the municipal boundaries without obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity.
Relating to the value of property that may be transferred to a custodian or other person for the benefit of a minor under certain circumstances.
Relating to the civil commitment of sexually violent predators; amending provisions subject to criminal penalties.
Relating to training for state employees, including procurement and contract management training; authorizing fees.
Relating to the deregulation of hair braiding.
Relating to the designation of certain optometrists, therapeutic optometrists, and ophthalmologists as preferred providers.
Relating to the adoption of a training manual for certain state officers.
Relating to the euthanasia of animals in animal shelters located in certain counties.
Relating to the authority of the TexAmericas Center to incorporate a nonprofit corporation for certain purposes and to the tax treatment of such a nonprofit corporation.
Relating to leases and other agreements relating to real property entered into by certain hospital districts.
Relating to authorizing counties to require the submission of digital maps in connection with the county plat approval process.
Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to propose a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district.
Relating to the appointment and terms of the board of hospital managers of the Dallas County Hospital District.
Relating to the administration of rabies vaccine under a local rabies control program.
Relating to the creation of the Cameron County Healthcare District; granting the authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting the power of eminent domain.
Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of certain local laws concerning water and wastewater special districts, including conforming amendments.
Relating to exemption from the sales tax for certain water-efficient products for a limited period.
Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of income-producing tangible personal property having a value of less than a certain amount.
Relating to use of money in the state highway fund.
Relating to exempting emergency preparation supplies from the sales and use tax for a limited period.
Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader.
Relating to the transfer of jurisdiction and the appointment of an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
Relating to a notice or document sent by mail or electronic mail by a court, justice, judge, magistrate, or clerk of a judicial court.
Relating to the appointment of an attorney ad litem for a parent in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
Relating to decedents' estates.
Relating to discovery of evidence of the net worth of a defendant in connection with a claim for exemplary damages.
Relating to excepting manufacturers engaged in certain commercial research and development from certain provisions of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
Relating to the procedure for claiming an exemption from ad valorem taxation by the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District of certain property subject to a tax abatement agreement with the district and to the validation of certain actions of the district.
Relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.
Relating to certain purchasing methods by state agencies and local governments.
Relating to exemptions from the applicability of the Texas Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2009 and other laws applicable to residential mortgage loan originators.
Relating to the insurance reporting program operated by the Title IV-D agency.
Relating to the exemption of certain vehicles from towing regulations.
Relating to changing the name of the Medical Advisory Committee appointed by the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation to the Combative Sports Advisory Board and allowing the board to address a broader range of issues.
Relating to the ethics of public officers and related requirements; creating criminal offenses.
Relating to the eradication of Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande River.
Relating to the creation of the Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District; providing authority to issue bonds and impose a tax; providing general law authority to impose fees and surcharges.
Relating to an interim study concerning this state's noncommercial hunting and fishing license systems.
Relating to qualifications of members of the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.
Relating to a study conducted by the Texas Water Development Board regarding the development of a market and conveyance network for water in this state.
Relating to the interests of certain holding companies in certain repair facilities.
Relating to the delivery of personal automobile and residential property insurance policies; adding provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty.
Relating to regulation of rates and policy forms for certain commercial lines of insurance.
Relating to the creation of the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs in the office of the governor.
Relating to the diversion and use of marine seawater, including the development of marine seawater desalination projects, integrated marine seawater desalination and power projects, and facilities for the storage, conveyance, and delivery of desalinated marine seawater.
Relating to the renewal or amendment of certain permits issued by groundwater conservation districts.
Relating to an exemption from the franchise tax and certain filing fees for certain businesses owned by veterans during an initial period of operation in the state.
Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.
Relating to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board fees for the administration of certificates of authorization and certificates of authority issued to certain postsecondary educational institutions; authorizing fees.
Relating to transferring to the Texas Workforce Commission certain duties of the comptroller related to the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program.
Relating to public access to boundary, financial, and tax rate information of certain political subdivisions.
Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain counties.
Relating to the establishment of an infrastructure improvement council by the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority; providing authority to impose a voluntary assessment.
Relating to the Hidalgo County Healthcare District; decreasing the possible maximum rate of a tax.
Relating to legal representation for certain emergency services districts.
Relating to a common characteristic or use project in a public improvement district in certain municipalities.
Relating to regulation of fireworks by certain municipalities.
Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain municipalities.
Relating to the motor vehicle sales tax applicable to motor vehicles used by transportation companies for certain purposes.
Relating to the savings incentive program for state agencies.
Relating to the establishment of a pilot program to provide protective services to certain persons determined to be at risk of future harm from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Relating to the definition of neglect of a child, the exclusion of certain information from the Department of Family and Protective Services central registry of child abuse or neglect cases, and the report of certain information regarding those cases to the legislature.
Relating to the authority of the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals receiving services from certain providers.
Relating to the exemption from length limitations of certain vehicles or combinations of vehicles used to transport harvest machines.
Relating to county regulation of the removal and storage of unlawfully stopped motor vehicles; authorizing counties to require an occupational license or permit and impose a fee for the license or permit.
Relating to the offense of leaving a motor vehicle unattended.
Relating to access to criminal history record information by a county tax assessor-collector.
Relating to the designation of a segment of State Highway 83 in Hidalgo County as the World War II Veterans of the 349th Regiment of the 88th Infantry Division Memorial Highway.
Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 191 in Midland County as the Sergeant Michael Naylor Memorial Highway.
Relating to the rulemaking authority of the Health and Human Services Commission to provide for the placement of refugees in this state.
Relating to certain fees assessed in Hidalgo County district courts including fees assessed by the Hidalgo county clerk.
Relating to the access to certain medical test results by a grand jury.
Relating to requiring a peace officer to obtain a warrant to search a cellular telephone or other wireless communications device.
Relating to injury leave for certain peace officers.
Relating to a parent's right to view the body of a deceased child before an autopsy is performed.
Relating to the transfer of certain state property from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to the State Orphans Home Alumni Association.
Relating to sworn statements and other documentation provided to support the issuance of a search warrant.
Relating to the assessment of court costs and fees on conviction of multiple offenses or on conviction of multiple counts of the same offense.
Relating to the appointment of counsel to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
Relating to the authority of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission to provide certain funding for indigent defense services.
Relating to the hours of work and compensatory time and overtime pay for commissioned officers of the Department of Public Safety.
Relating to eligibility requirements for issuance of a teaching certificate to an applicant who holds a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor teaching certification.
Relating to authority of school districts, home-rule school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools to establish innovation zones and the authority of school districts to obtain designation as districts of innovation.
Relating to the creation of the offense of cargo theft.