Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 77 (Guillen), relating to verification of financial responsibility by peace officers before issuing certain citations.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  

H.B. 200 (Murphy), relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.  

H.B. 239 (Guillen), relating to the use of a wireless communication device or other portable electronic device to provide evidence of motor vehicle financial responsibility.  Reported from the House Committee on Technology.

H.B. 278 (Craddick), relating to the liability of a municipality for certain space flight activities. Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.  

H.B. 483 (Aycock), relating to a public hearing held on the issue of making a payment in excess of the compensation contracted for by a political subdivision.  Reported from the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform.

H.B. 489 (Menendez), relating to the use of assistance animals that provide assistance to persons with disabilities; providing criminal penalties.  Reported from the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs.  

H.B. 516 (Pitts), relating to the execution of a search warrant for taking a blood specimen from certain persons in certain intoxication offenses.  Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 528 (S. Turner), relating to the restriction of access to the records and files of a child charged with or convicted of certain fine-only misdemeanor offenses.  Reported from the House Committee on Corrections.

H.B. 545 (J. Davis), relating to the authority of a municipality to authorize the creation of a spaceport development corporation.  Reported from the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts. 

H.B. 858 (Lucio), relating to methods used by an animal shelter to euthanize a dog or cat.  Reported from the House Committee on Environmental Regulation.

H.B. 1019 (Patrick), relating to conforming the eligibility under a major events trust fund of a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Bowl Subdivision postseason event with the changes to the Bowl Championship Series system.  Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

H.B. 1222 (C. Turner), relating to venue for certain alleged violations or offenses under the Water Safety Act.  Reported from the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

H.B. 1485 (Lavender), relating to money allocated under the federal-aid highway program.  Reported form the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 1716 (Pickett), relating to the purposes and designation of a transportation reinvestment zone.  Reported form the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 1744 (Elkins), relating to authorizing local governments to participate in statewide technology centers.  Reported from the House Committee on Technology.

H.B. 1960 (Cortez), relating to reciprocity for emergency medical services personnel certification for certain United States military personnel.  Reported from the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs.

S.B. 302 (Seliger), relating to the management, operation, rulemaking authority, and oversight of groundwater conservation districts.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 656 (Paxton), relating to providing transparency in the taxing and budgeting process of certain local governments.  Passed the Senate Committee on Open Government.

S.B. 965 (Williams), relating to the correction of employment termination reports for law enforcement officers.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. 

S.B. 983 (Ellis), relating to in camera review and filing of the information at issue in a suit filed under the public information law.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Open Government. 

S.B. 987 (Hegar), relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security.

S.B. 997 (Deuell), relating to the sales and use tax consequences of economic development agreements in certain municipalities.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Economic Development. 

S.B. 1114 (Whitmire), relating to the prosecution of certain misdemeanor offenses committed by children and to school district law enforcement.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. 

S.B. 1169 (Hegar), relating to water conservation.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.  [Note:  this bill would require cities that receive state water aid or grants to spend a portion of that aid to mitigate water loss.  Concerned cities should read the bill carefully.]

S.B. 1297 (Watson), relating to written electronic communications between members of a governmental body.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Open Government. As reported from the committee, the bill would: (1) provide that a communication or exchange of information between members of a governmental body about public business or policy over which the body has supervision or control does not constitute a meeting or deliberation for purposes of the Open Meetings Act if:  (a) the communication is in writing; (b) the writing is posted to an online message board or similar Internet appication that is veiwable and searchable by the public; and (c) the communication is displayed in real time and displayed on the online message board or similar Internet application for no less than 30 days after the communication is first posted; (2) as to the online message board or Internet application described in (1), above:  (a) prohibit the governmental body from having more than one; (b) require that it be owned or controlled by the governmental body, prominently displayed on the body’s primary Internet web page, and be no more than one click away from that primary Internet web page; (c) allow it to be used only by members of the governmental body or their staff members who have received authorization from a member of the governmental body; and (d) require that a staff member who posts a communication include their name and title; (3) require a governmental body to maintain a posting on an online message board or Internet application as described in (1), above, for six years if a communication is removed that has been posted for at least 30 days, and provide that the communication is public information that must be disclosed in accordance with the Public Information Act; (4) prohibit a governmental body from voting or taking any action that is required to be taken at a meeting by posting a communication to an online message board or Internet application as described in (1), above; and (5) provide that, in no event, shall a communication or posting on an online message board or Internet application described in (1), above, be construed to be an action of the governmental body. 

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