Senate Floor Action for 3/9/2015

SENATE FLOOR ACTION



Monday

March 9, 2015




Committee referral on the following:


SJR 39 Fraser

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SJR 40 Zaffirini

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.

Finance


SCR 20 Hall

Urging the United States Congress to provide Department of Homeland Security funds for the protection of the Texas electric grid.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SCR 22 Seliger

Designating Quitaque as the official Bison Capital of Texas.

Administration


SB 20 Nelson

Relating to state agency contracting.

Finance


SB 201 Nelson

Relating to the efficiency and consolidation of powers and duties within the health and human services system.

Health & Human Services


SB 202 Nelson/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Schwertner

Relating to the Department of State Health Services, the provision of health services in this state, and the regulation of certain health-related occupations and activities.

Health & Human Services


SB 204 Hinojosa/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the functions and operations of the Department of Aging and Disability Services; increasing penalties.

Health & Human Services


SB 206 Schwertner/ Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Nelson

Relating to the functions of the Department of Family and Protective Services and procedures applicable to suits affecting the parent-child relationship, investigations of child abuse and neglect, and conservatorship of a child; affecting fee amounts and authorizing an administrative penalty.

Health & Human Services


SB 212 Birdwell/ Campbell/ Hinojosa/ Nelson/ Schwertner

Relating to the abolishment of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities and the transfer of its functions to the comptroller of public accounts.

Health & Human Services


SB 890 Rodríguez

Relating to restricting the use of administrative segregation by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for certain inmates.

Criminal Justice


SB 891 Rodríguez

Relating to the operations of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including conditions of confinement of certain inmates and required training for correctional officers employed by the department.

Criminal Justice


SB 892 Seliger

Relating to educator preparation programs and teacher certification examinations.

Education


SB 893 Seliger/ Campbell

Relating to public school teacher performance appraisals, continuing education, professional development, career advancement, and compensation.

Education


SB 894 Taylor, Larry

Relating to the state virtual school network.

Education


SB 895 Taylor, Larry

Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District.

Education


SB 896 Garcia

Relating to the creation of the East Houston Management District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, or taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 897 Taylor, Van

Relating to the verification of citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.

State Affairs


SB 898 Fraser

Relating to charitable raffles conducted by certain professional sports team charitable foundations; providing penalties.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 899 Eltife

Relating to the regulation of money services businesses; affecting the prosecution of a criminal offense.

Business & Commerce


SB 900 Taylor, Larry/ Creighton/ Kolkhorst/ Lucio

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.

Business & Commerce


SB 901 Eltife

Relating to the amount of temporary income benefits to which an injured employee is entitled under the workers' compensation system.

Business & Commerce


SB 902 Taylor, Van

Relating to the disclosure of certain public information by a public school district.

Business & Commerce


SB 903 Hancock

Relating to procedures for the management, sale, or lease of certain state-owned real property and the management or collection of related funds, including disputed oil and gas royalties owed to the state.

Business & Commerce


SB 904 Hinojosa

Relating to exempting emergency preparation supplies from the sales and use tax for a limited period.

Finance


SB 905 Hinojosa

Relating to the appointment of a county auditor in certain populous counties.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 906 Hinojosa

Relating to increasing the optional county fee for registering a motor vehicle.

Transportation


SB 907 Perry

Relating to the powers and duties of the board of regents of the Texas Tech University System and to workers' compensation coverage for employees of the system's components.

Higher Education


SB 908 Zaffirini

Relating to establishment and functions of the Animal Welfare Commission.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs


SB 909 Zaffirini

Relating to the county courts at law in Bexar County.

State Affairs


SB 910 Zaffirini

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.

Finance


SB 911 Zaffirini

Relating to the eligibility for grants for natural gas fueling stations under the Texas natural gas vehicle grant program.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 912 Eltife

Relating to a volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills from wastewater facilities.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs


SB 913 Zaffirini

Relating to energy and water management planning and reporting requirements for state agencies and institutions of higher education.

Business & Commerce


SB 914 Kolkhorst

Relating to a council on long-term care facility surveys and informal dispute resolution.

Health & Human Services


SB 915 Kolkhorst

Relating to the textbook affordability pilot program and to certain studies and reports by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding achievable cost-saving measures and the use and availability of electronic, public domain, and open source textbooks at institutions of higher education

Higher Education


SB 916 Seliger

Relating to the creation of a program to improve public education through partnerships between certain public school campuses and public universities.

Education


SB 917 Seliger

Relating to the applicability of the Texas Mass Gatherings Act to certain horse and greyhound races.

Intergovernmental Relations


SB 918 Nichols

Relating to the procedure for claiming an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the property of a veteran's organization.

Finance


SB 919 Fraser

Relating to oil and gas wells that traverse multiple tracts.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 920 Watson

Relating to the director of the Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Office.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 921 Watson

Relating to the creation and administration of a disaster recovery fund.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 922 Watson

Relating to authorizing the optional imposition of a county air quality fee at the time other emissions-related inspection fees are collected.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 923 Watson

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of obstruction or retaliation; creating a criminal offense.

Criminal Justice


SB 924 Watson

Relating to the guaranteed level of state and local funds for the instructional facilities allotment and the existing debt allotment under the public school finance system.

Education


SB 925 Kolkhorst

Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide reading instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.

Education


SB 926 Creighton

Relating to the compelled production of certain customer records by a financial institution.

Business & Commerce


SB 927 Rodríguez

Relating to the classification of workers for purposes of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act; providing a penalty.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 928 Lucio

Relating to the abolition of the equine incentive program.

Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs


SB 929 Fraser

Relating to building energy efficiency performance standards; establishing the Building Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 930 Fraser

Relating to procedures and eligibility for terminating participation in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas deferred retirement option plan.

State Affairs


SB 931 Fraser

Relating to the goal for renewable energy and competitive renewable energy zones.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 932 Fraser

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

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 933 Fraser

Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas to review transmission interconnections that enable imports or exports from the ERCOT power grid.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 934 Kolkhorst

Relating to providing training academies for public school teachers who provide mathematics instruction to students in kindergarten through grade three.

Education


SB 935 Kolkhorst

Relating to the establishment of reading excellence teams.

Education


SB 936 Kolkhorst

Relating to the eligibility for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits for certain persons who owe delinquent child support.

Health & Human Services


SB 937 Kolkhorst

Relating to nontolled lanes on a highway that has been converted from a nontolled highway to a toll project.

Transportation


SB 938 Kolkhorst

Relating to the exercise of eminent domain by a toll project entity.

Transportation


SB 939 Kolkhorst

Relating to disclosure of financial studies and reports associated with a toll project.

Transportation


SB 940 Taylor, Van

Relating to the notification and reporting duties of a state governmental entity with public retirement system investment holdings in Sudan or Iran.

State Affairs


SB 941 Creighton

Relating to the standard of review for a determination of standing in a contested case hearing conducted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Natural Resources & Economic Development


SB 942 Estes/ Ellis

Relating to warrants or orders issued to obtain certain information through installation or use of global positioning system wireless device trackers, international mobile subscriber identity locators, or other devices or equipment, and to public access to law enforcement or prosecutor requests for certain related location or communication information; creating an offense.

State Affairs


SB 943 Rodríguez

Relating to contempt of court committed by certain juvenile offenders and the detention of certain juvenile offenders.

Criminal Justice


SB 944 Rodríguez

Relating to the establishment of a task force to promote uniformity in the collection and reporting of information relating to family violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking.

Criminal Justice


SB 945 Taylor, Larry

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.

Education


SB 946 Creighton

Relating to the creation of the Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 145; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations


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.

Higher Education


SB 948 Taylor, Van

Relating to mediation as an alternative dispute resolution process.

State Affairs


SB 949 Uresti

Relating to the release of certain child fatality and near fatality information for abused or neglected children.

Health & Human Services


SB 950 Uresti

Relating to certain procedural measures in a suit affecting a parent-child relationship to protect a child against child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

State Affairs


SB 951 Uresti

Relating to allocation of oil and gas lease and royalty payments derived from land deeded to Texas counties for road purposes.

Finance


SB 952 West

Relating to parental notification of physical fitness assessment results and development of wellness plans for certain public school students.

Education


SB 953 Birdwell

Relating to an exemption for certain persons who sell signs from the requirement to be licensed as an electrician.

Business & Commerce


SB 954 Lucio

Relating to the establishment of school district policies regarding the marketing and commercial advertising of food products on school property.

Education


SB 955 Schwertner

Relating to permissible locations of open-enrollment charter schools created by institutions of higher education.

Education


SB 956 Eltife

Relating to the delivery of personal automobile and residential property insurance policies; adding provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty.

Business & Commerce


SB 957 Eltife

Relating to the regulation of crafted precious metal dealers.

Business & Commerce


SB 958 Uresti

Relating to the authority of the Texas Facilities Commission to manage a construction project at the site of the G. J. Sutton State Office Complex in Bexar County.

Business & Commerce


SB 959 Taylor, Van

Relating to the collection of a complete set of fingerprints from certain applicants for driver's licenses.

Transportation


SB 960 Uresti

Relating to the right of a dentist to contract for certain services.

Health & Human Services