Senate Floor Action for 3/19/2019



March 19, 2019

The Senate suspended the necessary rules to consider and finally pass:

SB 41 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to exemptions to reporting and list requirements for certain attorneys ad litem, guardians ad litem, amicus attorneys, mediators, and guardians.

SB 83 (CS) (LC)Hall

Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 1570 and Spur 1570 in Hunt County as the John L. Horn Memorial Parkway.

SB 401 (LC)Hancock/ et al.

Relating to legislative oversight of deferred maintenance projects.

SB 467 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini

Relating to the procedures of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

SB 476 (LC)Hancock/ et al.

Relating to requirements for and municipal regulation of dogs in an outdoor dining area of a food service establishment.

SB 554 (CS) (LC)Schwertner/ Birdwell/ Buckingham/ Campbell/ Fallon/ et al.

Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity.

SB 743 (LC)Hall/ Hinojosa/ Perry/ Rodríguez/ Schwertner

Relating to the Texas Olive Oil Industry Advisory Board.

SB 748 Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to newborn screening and the newborn screening preservation account.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 752 (LC)Huffman/ et al.

Relating to liability of volunteer health care providers and health care institutions for care, assistance, or advice provided in relation to a disaster.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 329 Campbell

Recognizing Tammie Jo Shults for her heroic actions.

SR 351 Campbell

Recognizing the Military Ministry of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Selma for their service.

SR 402 Hinojosa

Recognizing the Boys and Girls Clubs of Texas for their contributions to our state.


Committee referral on the following:

SJR 62 Fallon

Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the authorization to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metals.

Property Tax

SJR 63 Lucio

Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit an appraisal district or the appraisal review board for an appraisal district from requiring a property owner to pay a fee in connection with a protest filed by the owner with the board.

Property Tax

SB 1901 Fallon

Relating to the encouragement of intra-state commerce.

Business & Commerce

SB 1902 Fallon

Relating to the creation of the office of criminal district attorney of Cooke County, the abolition of the office of county attorney in Cooke County, the application of the professional prosecutors law to the district attorney for the 235th Judicial District, and the compensation of a county auditor in certain counties.

State Affairs

SB 1903 Fallon

Relating to the exemption of precious metals held in a depository in this state from ad valorem taxation.

Property Tax

SB 1904 West

Relating to designating January 28 as Sexual Assault Survivors Day.


SB 1905 Campbell

Relating to state savings and government efficiency achieved through a tuition equalization grant program administered by the comptroller of public accounts.


SB 1906 Campbell

Relating to an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.


SB 1907 Lucio

Relating to litigation involving certain defects in school district facilities and enforcement of certain duties following that litigation; authorizing a civil penalty.


SB 1908 Lucio

Relating to an Internet online dropout recovery education program for students at risk of dropping out of school.


SB 1909 Lucio

Relating to certain policies and procedures for the placement and use of video cameras in certain self-contained classrooms or other settings providing special education services.


SB 1910 Lucio

Relating to the requirement that motor vehicle dealers apply for the registration of and title for certain vehicles sold by the dealer.


SB 1911 Johnson

Relating to the information included in a foster child's health passport.

Health & Human Services

SB 1912 Johnson

Relating to the sharing of newborn and infant hearing screening results and the provision of information to parents following a screening.

Health & Human Services

SB 1913 Johnson

Relating to requiring certain cities to hold elections on the November uniform election date.

State Affairs

SB 1914 Johnson

Relating to the mediation of the settlement of certain health benefit claims involving balance billing by out-of-network laboratories.

Business & Commerce

SB 1915 Alvarado

Relating to navigation districts.


SB 1916 Alvarado

Relating to an exception from required disclosure under the public information law for certain personal information obtained by certain flood control districts.

Business & Commerce

SB 1917 Alvarado

Relating to the prevailing wage for work associated with public work contracts; authorizing a penalty.

Business & Commerce

SB 1918 Alvarado

Relating to the creation of an urban land bank by certain municipalities; granting authority to issue bonds.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1919 Alvarado

Relating to the delivery of alcoholic beverages from the premises of a mixed beverage permittee.

Business & Commerce

SB 1920 Alvarado

Relating to required reporting of human trafficking cases by peace officers and prosecutors.

Criminal Justice

SB 1921 Alvarado

Relating to cardiac assessments of high school participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.


SB 1922 Rodríguez

Relating to a demonstration project that allows federally qualified health centers to test innovative health care delivery systems and data sharing under certain public benefits programs.

Health & Human Services

SB 1923 West

Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer, academic progress, and timely graduation of students in public higher education.

Higher Education

SB 1924 Fallon

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to pledge certain tax revenue for the payment of obligations related to hotel projects.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1925 Fallon

Relating to late payment fees charged by a municipally owned water utility.

Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1926 Fallon

Relating to the procedures for accepting certain voters without photo identification; providing for additional elements and prosecutorial authority to related offenses.

State Affairs

SB 1927 Fallon

Relating to the regulation of firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories by a county or municipality.

State Affairs

SB 1928 Fallon

Relating to a certificate of merit in certain actions against certain licensed or registered professionals.

State Affairs

SB 1929 Fallon

Relating to the duties of the secretary of state relating to voter registration.

State Affairs

SB 1930 Zaffirini

Relating to the eligibility of property used for a water desalination project for ad valorem tax benefits under the Texas Economic Development Act.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1931 Zaffirini

Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to conduct background checks.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1932 Hinojosa

Relating to the eligibility of the children of public school educators for free prekindergarten programs in public schools.


SB 1933 Hinojosa

Relating to movements of gasoline and diesel fuel within the bulk transfer system.


SB 1934 Hinojosa

Relating to efforts to encourage full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census by the residents of this state, including the establishment of the Complete Count Commission.

State Affairs

SB 1935 Hinojosa

Relating to the creation of magistrates for Hidalgo County.

State Affairs

SB 1936 Hinojosa

Relating to imposing additional fees for filing civil cases and recording certain documents in Nueces County.

State Affairs

SB 1937 Hinojosa

Relating to the situs for ad valorem tax purposes of certain docks and piers located in more than one county.

Property Tax

SB 1938 Hancock

Relating to certificates of convenience and necessity for the construction of transmission facilities.

Business & Commerce

SB 1939 Hancock/ Perry

Relating to the storage of grapes in a public warehouse.

Business & Commerce

SB 1940 Hancock

Relating to the administration of a temporary health insurance risk pool.

Business & Commerce

SB 1941 Hancock

Relating to the use of electric energy storage facilities in the ERCOT power region.

Business & Commerce

SB 1942 Watson

Relating to the classification and operation of mopeds and certain motorcycles.


SB 1943 Watson

Relating to the ad valorem taxation of heir property.

Property Tax

SB 1944 Watson

Relating to the permanent health fund for higher education.

Higher Education

SB 1945 Watson

Relating to a court's authority to temporarily restrict the ability of a proposed patient for court-ordered mental health services to possess a firearm.

State Affairs

SB 1946 Watson

Relating to a standardized form and materials necessary for protective orders, magistrate's orders for emergency protection, and temporary ex parte orders.

State Affairs

SB 1947 Watson

Relating to monitoring the ordering and distribution of controlled substances by veterinarians.

Health & Human Services

SB 1948 Watson

Relating to caseworker visitation standards for certain child protective services caseworkers.

Health & Human Services

SB 1949 Watson/ Birdwell/ Buckingham

Relating to the applicability of Texas law to consumer financial transactions extended to persons located in this state at the time the transaction is entered into.

Business & Commerce

SB 1950 Seliger

Relating to the Donley County Hospital District.

Intergovernmental Relations

SB 1951 Seliger

Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 287 as the Honorable Teel Bivins Memorial Highway.


SB 1952 Zaffirini

Relating to emergency management for cyber attacks against this state.

Business & Commerce

SB 1953 Zaffirini

Relating to the execution capability readiness scoring of major information resources projects.

Business & Commerce

SB 1954 Zaffirini

Relating to the creation of an adaptive sports program by the University Interscholastic League to provide students with disabilities access to team sports.


SB 1955 Zaffirini

Relating to a pilot program to identify and refer eligible children to early childhood intervention services.

Health & Human Services

SB 1956 Zaffirini

Relating to health benefit plan coverage for early childhood intervention services.

Business & Commerce

SB 1957 Zaffirini

Relating to the personal needs allowance for participants in home and community-based waiver programs.

Health & Human Services

SB 1958 Creighton

Relating to financially impaired fraternal benefit societies.

Business & Commerce

SB 1959 Creighton

Relating to the maritime port plans, reports, and programs prepared by the Port Authority Advisory Committee.


SB 1960 Rodríguez

Relating to the authority of a hospital district governing board to conduct a closed meeting to deliberate certain issues.

Business & Commerce

SB 1961 Zaffirini

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property used to provide low-income or moderate-income housing.

Property Tax

SB 1962 Zaffirini

Relating to the additional tax imposed if the use of land located in certain counties and appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as open-space land is changed.

Property Tax

SB 1963 Zaffirini

Relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.

Property Tax

SB 1964 Zaffirini

Relating to the use of certain aviation and air transportation-related tax proceeds for aviation facilities development.


SB 1965 Zaffirini

Relating to the availability of personal information of a current or former federal prosecutor or public defender.

State Affairs

SB 1966 Zaffirini

Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for property used in the production of motion picture, video, or audio recordings and broadcasts.


SB 1967 Zaffirini

Relating to the duties of the Texas School Safety Center and school districts regarding public school safety and security.


SB 1968 Zaffirini

Relating to reenrollment of certain retirees in the Texas Public School Employees Group Insurance Program.

State Affairs

SB 1969 Hancock

Relating to ratification of defective corporate acts of nonprofit corporations.

Business & Commerce

SB 1970 Hancock

Relating to the filing of an assumed name certificate by certain business entities.

Business & Commerce

SB 1971 Hancock

Relating to domestic corporations and other domestic entities.

Business & Commerce

SB 1972 Hancock

Relating to derivative proceedings on behalf of for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

Business & Commerce

SB 1973 Zaffirini

Relating to competitive and integrated employment of persons with disabilities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1974 Zaffirini

Relating to the issuance of a driver's license, personal identification certificate, or birth record to a homeless individual.

State Affairs

SB 1975 Zaffirini

Relating to probate and guardianship matters and proceedings and other matters involving probate courts.

State Affairs

SB 1976 Zaffirini

Relating to the fee collected for a municipal solid waste permit application; increasing a fee.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1977 Hughes

Relating to the registration and certification of certain investment products made available to public school employees.

State Affairs

SB 1978 Hughes

Relating to the protection of religious beliefs and moral convictions, including beliefs and convictions regarding marriage.

State Affairs

SB 1979 Hughes

Relating to the annual salary of a statutory probate judge.

State Affairs

SB 1980 Hughes

Relating to direct campaign expenditures by political committees.

State Affairs

SB 1981 Hughes

Relating to actions involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.

State Affairs

SB 1982 Hughes

Relating to speech protections for student journalism at public institutions of higher education.

State Affairs

SB 1983 Hughes

Relating to excluding certain students from the computation of dropout and completion rates for purposes of public school accountability.


SB 1984 Hughes

Relating to alternative public school accountability interventions.


SB 1985 Hughes

Relating to the regulation of certain health organizations certified by the Texas Medical Board; providing an administrative penalty.

Health & Human Services

SB 1986 Creighton

Relating to the selection and administration of an appraisal review board; authorizing a fee.

Property Tax

SB 1987 Creighton

Relating to the selection and administration of an appraisal review board in certain counties; authorizing a fee.

Property Tax

SB 1988 Fallon

Relating to causes of action for withholding payments of the proceeds from the sale of oil and gas production.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1989 Zaffirini

Relating to the use of restraint, seclusion, and time-out in public schools.


SB 1990 Zaffirini

Relating to changes to an application for an environmental permit before a contested case hearing on the application.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1991 Buckingham

Relating to claims and overpayment recoupment processes imposed on health care providers under Medicaid and other public benefits programs.

Health & Human Services

SB 1992 Buckingham

Relating to physician delegation of the provision of anesthesia services to certain anesthesiologist assistants.

Health & Human Services

SB 1993 Birdwell

Relating to civil and criminal liability for engaging in certain conduct involving a critical infrastructure facility; creating criminal offenses.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 1994 Birdwell

Relating to reporting requirements for certain accidental discharges or spills.

Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1995 Birdwell

Relating to the review of certain occupational licensing rules by the office of the governor.

State Affairs

SB 1996 Birdwell

Relating to investigating and prosecuting the criminal offense of operating an unmanned aircraft over or near certain facilities.

Criminal Justice

SB 1997 Kolkhorst

Relating to the deposit and distribution by the Texas Racing Commission of certain pari-mutuel wagering funds to benefit the Texas-bred program.

Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1998 Kolkhorst

Relating to the deposit and allocation of certain funds to the horse industry escrow account.

Water & Rural Affairs

SB 1999 Hinojosa

Relating to an oil and gas production tax credit for oil and gas producers that provide treated produced water to aquifer storage and recovery project operators.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

SB 2000 Alvarado

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.

Higher Education