Senate Floor Action for 5/1/2019



May 1, 2019

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

SB 535 (CS) (LC)Campbell/ et al.

Relating to the carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain places of religious worship.

SB 545 (CS)Watson

Relating to the evaluation of applications for certain financial assistance administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

SB 549 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to the operation of motor-assisted scooters.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 708 (CS) (LC)Zaffirini/ et al.

Relating to collection and use of child safety data for licensed day-care centers.

SB 711 (CS) (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to allowing safety recall information to be included in a vehicle inspection report.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 958 Johnson

Relating to a right of first refusal applicable to the sale of housing developments that have received certain financial assistance administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

SB 1105 (CS)Kolkhorst/ et al.

Relating to the administration and operation of Medicaid, including Medicaid managed care.

SB 1130 (CS)West/ et al.

Relating to the establishment of a task force on father engagement in this state.

SB 1133 (CS)Bettencourt/ Campbell/ Fallon/ Hall/ Hinojosa/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting public schools from owning, leasing, or having a business interest in certain entities and real property associated with those entities.

SB 1180 (CS) (LC)Menéndez/ et al.

Relating to reporting regarding veterans treatment court programs.

SB 1331 (LC)Hinojosa

Relating to the regulation of individuals and entities that conduct forensic analyses, examinations, and tests.

SB 1783 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to guardianships, alternatives to guardianship, and supports and services for incapacitated persons.

SB 1818 (CS)Zaffirini

Relating to a competitive and integrated employment initiative for certain Medicaid recipients.

SB 1991 (CS)Buckingham/ et al.

Relating to claims and overpayment recoupment processes imposed on health care providers under Medicaid.

SB 2066 (CS) (LC)Menéndez

Relating to distributed renewable generation resources.

SB 2072 (CS)Taylor

Relating to the authority of a development corporation created by the Gulf Coast Authority to finance certain projects.

SB 2117 (CS)Bettencourt

Relating to state funding and accountability intervention and sanction provisions applicable to school district campuses and programs operated under school district and charter partnerships.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2143 (CS) (LC)Flores

Relating to the authority of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas to commission peace officers.

SB 2272 (CS) (LC)Nichols/ Creighton

Relating to the procedure for amending or revoking certificates of public convenience and necessity issued to certain water utilities.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 2293 Fallon

Relating to the applicability of certain laws to open-enrollment charter schools.

SB 2318 Campbell

Relating to the authority of a county to require a person to obtain a building permit from the county for certain portable structures.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 374 (CS) (LC)Allen/ Bowers/ et al. SP: Miles

Relating to meetings or visits between a defendant on community supervision and a supervision officer.

HB 723 (CS)Larson SP: Perry

Relating to a requirement that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtain or develop updated water availability models for certain river basins.

HB 1311 Thompson, Senfronia/ Flynn/ Lambert/ Paddie/ Nevárez SP: Watson

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists.

HB 1595 (LC)Paddie SP: Hughes

Relating to the deployment of advanced metering and meter information networks in certain areas outside of ERCOT.

The Senate suspended the regular order, read third time and finally passed:

SB 1190 (CS) (LC)Bettencourt/ et al.

Relating to the residence address of a voter for purposes of a response to a confirmation notice sent by the voter registrar.

SB 2126 (CS)Creighton/ Buckingham

Relating to taking sand, gravel, marl, shell, and mudshell from the San Jacinto River and its tributaries.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 594 Birdwell/ Hancock/ Hughes/ Paxton/ Taylor/ et al.

Recognizing the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team for winning the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.

SR 660 Hughes/ Schwertner

Recognizing Madison Fuller for her contributions as Miss Texas 2018.

SR 663 Fallon/ Nelson

Recognizing Sarah Matteson for her outstanding contributions to the Frontiers Program at Texas Woman's University.

SCR 59 (LC)Birdwell/ et al.

Urging the president to designate a state funeral for the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II.


The Senate left one nominee pending, but confirmed all nominees as reported by the Committee on Nominations.

Committee referral on the following:

SB 2557 West

Relating to optional designations on a driver's license, personal identification certificate, or commercial driver's license or learner's permit for blood type and blood disorders.


HJR 5 Thompson, Senfronia/ Bonnen, Greg/ Coleman/ Phelan/ Moody/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the dedication of certain sales and use tax revenue to the Texas mental and behavioral health research fund established to fund research, treatment, and access to services in this state for behavioral health, mental health, and substance use and addiction issues.


HJR 12 Zerwas/ Davis, Sarah/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Morrison/ Coleman/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.


HJR 34 Shine/ Darby/ Stephenson/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.

Property Tax

HJR 72 White

Proposing a constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.

State Affairs

HJR 151 Huberty

Proposing a constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.


HB 823 Davis, Yvonne/ Clardy/ Ramos

Relating to an expedited on-site health inspection process for assisted living facility license applicants.

Health & Human Services

HB 914 Thompson, Senfronia/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of bingo games.

State Affairs

HB 985 Parker/ et al.

Relating to the effect of certain agreements with a collective bargaining organization on certain state-funded public work contracts.

Business & Commerce

HB 1074 Price/ Anchia/ Frullo/ Minjarez/ Metcalf/ et al.

Relating to the prohibition against age discrimination in certain employment training programs.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1099 Guillen

Relating to peace officers commissioned by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Criminal Justice

HB 1139 Thompson, Senfronia/ Leach/ Moody/ White/ Walle/ et al.

Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with an intellectual disability.

Criminal Justice

HB 1325 King, Tracy O./ Larson/ Gutierrez/ Rodriguez/ Burrows/ et al.

Relating to the production and regulation of hemp and products made from hemp; requiring authorization to produce hemp; authorizing penalties; authorizing fees.


HB 1619 Leach

Relating to court reporters and shorthand reporting firms; imposing a fee; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 1806 King, Tracy O.

Relating to the use of water withdrawn from the Edwards Aquifer by certain entities.

Water & Rural Affairs

HB 2164 Burns/ Holland

Relating to imposing civil and criminal penalties for prohibiting or otherwise restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on certain premises open to the public; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 2169 Allen/ Rosenthal/ Wu/ Ramos/ Neave/ et al.

Relating to reporting concerning female prisoners who are confined in county jails and to the provision of feminine hygiene products to female prisoners.

Criminal Justice

HB 2365 Hunter

Relating to information required to be published with a notice of intent to apply for the passage of a local or special law.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2387 Bonnen, Greg

Relating to the regulation of utilization review, independent review, and peer review for health benefit plan and workers' compensation coverage and to preauthorization of certain medical care and health care services by certain health benefit plan issuers.

Business & Commerce

HB 2530 Flynn

Relating to the development by the Texas Veterans Commission of an online repository of information of use to active duty military relocating to this state.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2570 Zerwas

Relating to the award of grants by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee and to the payment of claims related to those grants by the comptroller of public accounts.


HB 2611 Morrison

Relating to the treatment of certain limited liability companies as passive entities for purposes of the franchise tax.


HB 2623 White

Relating to the requirements for a change of name for a person with a final felony conviction or a person required to register as a sex offender.

Criminal Justice

HB 2668 Turner, Chris

Relating to the dissolution of a direct-support organization established by the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board and the transfer of funds related to prepaid higher education tuition scholarships to the Texas Match the Promise Foundation or a successor entity.

Higher Education

HB 2730 Leach/ Price/ Moody/ Burrows/ Meyer

Relating to civil actions involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.

State Affairs

HB 2758 Hernandez

Relating to changing the eligibility of persons charged with certain trafficking and prostitution offenses to receive community supervision, including deferred adjudication community supervision.

Criminal Justice

HB 2812 Morrison

Relating to the use by certain municipalities of a perpetual trust fund for a cemetery.

Health & Human Services

HB 2845 Canales/ Darby/ Clardy/ Phelan/ Burrows/ et al.

Relating to the removal of wind power facilities.

Business & Commerce

HB 2899 Leach/ Cyrier/ Deshotel/ Gervin-Hawkins

Relating to civil liability and responsibility for defects in the plans, specifications, or other documents for the construction or repair of roads, highways, and related improvements.


HB 3006 Burrows

Relating to the administration of the mixed beverage sales tax.

Business & Commerce

HB 3106 Goldman/ Krause/ Tinderholt/ Howard/ Neave/ et al.

Relating to a requirement that law enforcement agencies enter into certain databases information related to investigations of sexual assault or other sex offenses.

Criminal Justice

HB 3143 Murphy/ Button/ Sanford/ Noble/ Shaheen/ et al.

Relating to the Property Redevelopment and Tax Abatement Act.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3842 King, Tracy O.

Relating to the requirement that a motor vehicle dealer obtain a general distinguishing number for a consignment location.


HB 4429 Blanco

Relating to the inclusion of mental health first aid training in the mental health program for veterans.

Health & Human Services

HB 4611 Huberty

Relating to certain distributions to the available school fund.


HCR 73 Smith/ Springer/ Moody/ et al.

Urging Congress to designate the Butterfield Overland Trail as a National Historic Trail.

Water & Rural Affairs

HCR 74 Lozano

Urging Congress to enact H.R. 613/S. 164, the TRICARE Reserve Select Improvement Act.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security