Senate Floor Action for 5/13/2019



May 13, 2019

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

SB 740 (CS)Hughes

Relating to the creation of a state financing program administered by the Texas Public Finance Authority to assist school districts with certain expenses; granting authority to issue bonds or other obligations.

1 Floor Amendment

SB 804 Rodríguez

Relating to conditions of community supervision for defendants convicted of certain criminal offenses involving animals.

1 Floor Amendment

HB 638 (LC)Capriglione/ Bonnen, Greg/ VanDeaver/ Patterson SP: Powell/ et al.

Relating to the issuance of posthumous high school diplomas to certain students.

HB 1483 (CS)Frank/ Goldman/ Deshotel/ Miller/ Rose/ et al. SP: Perry/ et al.

Relating to a pilot program for assisting certain recipients of public benefits to gain permanent self-sufficiency.

HB 2867 (CS)Metcalf/ Oliverson SP: Creighton/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

HB 4071 (CS)Longoria SP: Hinojosa

Relating to directing payment, after approval, of certain miscellaneous claims and judgments against the state out of funds designated by this Act; making appropriations.

The Senate adopted the following resolutions:

SR 729 Fallon

Congratulating Joshua Moer on his selection as the 2018 Trooper of the Year.

The Senate concurred in House amendments to the following:

SB 586 (LC)Watson/ et al. SP: Neave

Relating to the training of peace officers for family violence and sexual assault assignments.

SB 1055 (LC)Zaffirini SP: Frullo/ Longoria/ et al.

Relating to the administration by the Texas Workforce Commission of a workforce diploma pilot program.


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

Committee referral on the following:

HJR 38 Leach/ Metcalf/ Burrows/ Cain/ et al.

Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax.


HB 29 Minjarez/ Klick/ Moody/ Coleman/ Parker/ et al.

Relating to the regulation of the practice of physical therapy.

Business & Commerce

HB 37 Minjarez/ Larson/ Zedler/ Pacheco/ Kuempel/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the criminal offense of mail theft.

Criminal Justice

HB 201 Stephenson/ Raymond

Relating to the composition of the combative sports advisory board.

Business & Commerce

HB 292 Thompson, Senfronia/ Landgraf/ Calanni/ Johnson, Julie/ et al.

Relating to inclusion of instruction on the trafficking of persons in the basic training curriculum for peace officers.

State Affairs

HB 297 Murr/ Burrows/ Burns/ Canales/ Darby/ et al.

Relating to the public school finance system, the elimination of school district maintenance and operations ad valorem taxes, and the creation of a joint interim committee on the elimination of those taxes.


HB 324 Murr

Relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of improper relationship between educator and student.

Criminal Justice

HB 388 Murphy/ Middleton

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.

Property Tax

HB 769 Davis, Sarah/ Bell, Keith/ Calanni

Relating to the termination of the contract of a superintendent of a school district based on malfeasance.


HB 771 Davis, Sarah

Relating to the placement of warning signs in areas where the use of a wireless communication device is prohibited.


HB 831 Huberty

Relating to the residency requirement to be eligible for public office.

State Affairs

HB 838 Deshotel/ Thompson, Ed

Relating to an agreement between the Department of Public Safety and a county, municipality, or private vendor for the issuance of renewal and duplicate driver's licenses and other identification certificate services; increasing a fee.


HB 873 Allen

Relating to behavior improvement plans and behavioral intervention plans for certain public school students and notification and documentation requirements regarding certain behavior management techniques.


HB 1380 Murr

Relating to the jurisdiction of certain courts and fees collected by a justice court; increasing a fee.

State Affairs

HB 1381 Wray

Relating to enhancing the criminal penalty for an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury that is committed in or on school property or on a passenger transportation vehicle of a primary or secondary school.

Criminal Justice

HB 1457 Dominguez

Relating to attorneys representing indigent defendants in certain criminal proceedings.

Criminal Justice

HB 1469 Thierry/ Raymond/ Blanco/ Cain

Relating to certain public school workforce training programs funded by the skills development fund and to authorizing school districts to reimburse under the Foundation School Program private employers for paid internships provided to certain students in career and technology education programs in the district.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 1493 Krause

Relating to weight limitations for over-the-road buses.


HB 1607 Goldman/ Geren/ Price/ Turner, Chris/ Miller/ et al.

Relating to a deduction under the franchise tax for certain contracts with the federal government.


HB 1635 Miller/ Davis, Sarah/ Guillen/ Raymond

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

Business & Commerce

HB 1662 Herrero

Relating to grants awarded to reimburse counties for the cost of monitoring defendants and victims in criminal cases involving family violence.

Criminal Justice

HB 1681 Ashby

Relating to peer assistance programs for employees of local law enforcement agencies.

Criminal Justice

HB 1686 Smith/ Ramos/ Zwiener/ Goodwin/ Noble

Relating to the application for and duration of a protective order for victims of certain offenses; enhancing a criminal penalty.

Criminal Justice

HB 1771 Thierry/ Dutton/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Shaheen/ Miller

Relating to a prohibition on prosecuting or referring to juvenile court certain persons for certain conduct constituting the offense of prostitution and to the provision of services to those persons.

State Affairs

HB 1782 Cortez/ Guillen/ Fierro

Relating to a plan to increase the use of telemedicine medical services, telehealth services, and interprofessional Internet consultations in this state.

Health & Human Services

HB 1790 Guillen

Relating to a study on state lottery advertisement and promotion.

State Affairs

HB 1791 Krause/ Lang/ Toth/ et al.

Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on property owned or leased by a governmental entity.

State Affairs

HB 1873 Dominguez

Relating to a report by the Texas Division of Emergency Management regarding building trade services following disasters.

Business & Commerce

HB 1938 Deshotel

Relating to the expiration date of a commercial driver's license; increasing a fee.


HB 1992 Leman/ Hefner/ Raymond/ Thierry/ et al.

Relating to prohibiting telemarketers from transmitting misleading caller identification information or otherwise misrepresenting the origin of a telemarketing call.

Business & Commerce

HB 2013 Gervin-Hawkins

Relating to the implementation of certain rules regarding public school accountability adopted by the commissioner of education or the Texas Education Agency.


HB 2062 Guerra/ Guillen/ Fierro

Relating to reimbursement for home telemonitoring services under Medicaid.

Health & Human Services

HB 2143 Turner, John/ Wray/ Darby/ et al.

Relating to the eligibility of a first responder for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Business & Commerce

HB 2155 Guerra/ Muñoz, Jr./ Raymond/ Guillen

Relating to a grant program to reduce wait times for agricultural inspections of vehicles at ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2250 Lucio III/ Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to the prescribing and ordering of Schedule II controlled substances by certain advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants.

Health & Human Services

HB 2272 Guillen

Relating to the county hotel occupancy tax rate in certain counties.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 2366 Darby

Relating to the regulation of motor fuel quality and motor fuel metering devices.

State Affairs

HB 2367 Bonnen, Greg

Relating to a prohibition on bids by certain insurance and health benefit providers to administer or provide coverage under certain group benefit plans for governmental employees.

Business & Commerce

HB 2463 King, Tracy O.

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

Water & Rural Affairs

HB 2504 Springer

Relating to candidates nominated by convention.

State Affairs

HB 2511 Allen/ Harless

Relating to the content of a public school campus improvement plan.


HB 2588 Phelan/ Miller/ Ashby/ Reynolds/ Cortez/ et al.

Relating to the award of grants by the Texas Workforce Commission to facilitate the participation of certain veterans and military personnel in apprenticeship training programs.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 2609 King, Ken/ González, Mary/ Bernal

Relating to permissible teachers assigned to a bilingual education program and the permissible uses of the bilingual education allotment provided under the foundation school program.


HB 2613 Frullo/ Raymond/ Muñoz, Jr.

Relating to the offense of operation of a stash house and to funding certain crime victim services through the use of money derived from a civil asset forfeiture of contraband related to that offense, human smuggling and trafficking offenses, and certain prostitution offenses; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 2667 Guillen

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and activities; providing administrative penalties; requiring occupational licenses; authorizing fees; creating criminal offenses.

Business & Commerce

HB 2671 Calanni

Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 569; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 2782 Wray

Relating to decedents' estates, transfer on death deeds, and matters involving probate courts.

State Affairs

HB 2784 Phelan/ Romero, Jr./ Blanco/ Burrows

Relating to the creation of the Texas Industrial Workforce Apprenticeship Grant Program.

Business & Commerce

HB 2831 Canales

Relating to the service of notice of a special commissioners' hearing in an eminent domain proceeding.

State Affairs

HB 2835 Canales

Relating to a defense to prosecution for the criminal offense of operating a vehicle with an expired license plate.


HB 2863 Landgraf

Relating to the applicability of competitive bidding requirements to expenditures for certain municipal utility facility relocations.


HB 2978 Howard

Relating to an agreement between the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the City of Austin regarding an easement across commission property.

Business & Commerce

HB 3152 Raymond

Relating to the membership of the State Board of Dental Examiners.

Health & Human Services

HB 3307 White/ González, Mary

Relating to the authority of an emergency services district to provide public health services; authorizing a fee.

Health & Human Services

HB 3356 Bucy

Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain municipalities.

Natural Resources & Economic Development

HB 3384 Shine

Relating to the authority of the comptroller to conduct a limited-scope review of an appraisal district located in an area declared by the governor to be a disaster area.

Property Tax

HB 3390 Sanford/ Noble/ Wray/ et al.

Relating to caregivers for certain children, including the identification of caregivers for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services and an exception from licensing requirements for certain caretakers.

Health & Human Services

HB 3490 Cole

Relating to the prosecution and punishment of the criminal offense of harassment; creating a criminal offense.

State Affairs

HB 3511 VanDeaver/ Anchia/ Thompson, Senfronia/ Murphy/ Lozano/ et al.

Relating to the creation of the Commission on Texas Workforce of the Future.


HB 3704 Thompson, Senfronia

Relating to certain public health data maintained by the Department of State Health Services and shared with certain local health entities.

Health & Human Services

HB 3738 Goldman/ et al.

Relating to creating an Internet website of certain day-care providers and parenting resources.

Health & Human Services

HB 3750 Kuempel/ Stickland

Relating to the applicability of certain municipal ordinances in the municipality's extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Intergovernmental Relations

HB 3755 Shaheen

Relating to a study on the improvement of driver's license issuance in this state.


HB 3810 Paul

Relating to the residential building codes of municipalities.

Business & Commerce

HB 3850 Deshotel/ Lozano

Relating to the funding of certain ship channel improvements; authorizing the Texas Transportation Commission to issue revenue bonds.


HB 3863 Wilson

Relating to granting limited state law enforcement authority to certain federal officers or agents.

State Affairs

HB 3879 Ramos/ Lopez

Relating to the participation of armed forces members in a marriage ceremony through video conference technology.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 3978 Gutierrez

Relating to donations to certain local nonprofit organizations ordered to be paid as a condition of community supervision.

Criminal Justice

HB 3984 Leach

Relating to health benefit plan coverage for scalp cooling for cancer patients.

Business & Commerce

HB 4130 Swanson/ Morrison/ Cortez/ Klick/ Israel

Relating to use of an electronic device for accepting voters; authorizing a fee.

State Affairs

HB 4348 Phelan/ Button/ Meyer/ Leach/ Howard

Relating to the authority of certain minors to consent to Texas Home Visiting Program services.

Health & Human Services

HB 4413 Buckley

Relating to state occupational licensing of certain military veterans and military spouses.

Veteran Affairs & Border Security

HB 4441 Neave

Relating to requests for certain information by the Texas Judicial Council regarding reductions of state jail felony punishment to misdemeanor punishment.

Criminal Justice

HB 4468 Coleman/ Davis, Yvonne/ Collier

Relating to county jails and community mental health programs in certain counties.

Criminal Justice

HB 4533 Klick/ Raymond

Relating to the system redesign for delivery of Medicaid acute care services and long-term services and supports to persons with an intellectual or developmental disability or with similar functional needs.

Health & Human Services

HB 4566 Allen/ White

Relating to the award of diligent participation credit to defendants confined in a state jail felony facility.

Criminal Justice

HCR 133 Dutton/ Guerra/ Coleman/ Talarico/ Bernal

Directing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct a study on the creation of a divinity program at Texas Southern University.

Higher Education

HCR 140 Herrero/ Hunter

Recognizing 2020 as "The Year to Embrace the Gulf."

Water & Rural Affairs