Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 434 (Riddle), relating to the person authorized to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. 

H.B. 561 (Workman), relating to an exemption for land owned by a school from the additional tax imposed on the change of use of land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

H.B. 898 (Creighton), relating to standards for power lines.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 1478 (Eiland), relating to the selection of certain members of the board of directors of an appraisal district.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.  

H.B. 1658 (P. King), relating to requiring the arrest and collection of a breath or blood specimen of persons operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated under certain circumstances.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

S.B. 1 (Williams), relating to general appropriations.  Reported from the House Committee on Appropriations.   [Note: this is the state budget bill. Of particular interest to cities, the House committee substitute includes $307 million in mixed beverage tax reimbursements ($61.3 million more than the current biennium), $4.1 million in local library aid ($5.6 million less), $23.6 million in library resource sharing ($9.1 million more), $1.9 million in local parks grants ($987,500 more), and $29.8 million in automobile theft prevention funding ($15,059 less).]

S.B. 204 (Nichols), relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

S.B. 249 (Patrick), relating to the prosecution of the offense of breach of computer security.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. 

S.B. 262 (Huffman), relating to the reporting of criminal disposition completeness percentage data.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. 

S.B. 360 (Watson), relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.  [Note:  this bill would ban dog and cat euthanasia by carbon monoxide; if your city shelter is concerned by this provision, you should contact your legislators immediately.]

S.B. 476 (Hinojosa), relating to installment agreements for the payment of delinquent ad valorem taxes.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

S.B. 567 (Watson), relating to rates for water service and to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

S.B. 633 (Ellis), relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.  Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

S.B. 654 (West), relating to the enforcement of water conservation and animal care and control ordinances of a municipality by civil action or quasi-judicial enforcement.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

S.B. 742 (Carona), relating to reports of missing children or attempted child abduction and to education and training for peace officers regarding missing or exploited children.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

S.B. 809 (Carona), relating to Public Utility Commission of Texas consideration of the rates for certain equalization surcharges and emergency service fees.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. 

S.B. 1107 (Zaffirini), relating to the preference given by state and local governmental entities to agricultural products produced or grown in this state.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Government Organization.

S.B. 1110 (Nichols), relating to the purposes and designation of a transportation reinvestment zone.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Transportation.

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