Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 4 (Ritter), relating to the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain water-related projects.   Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

H.B. 13 (Callegari), relating to the State Pension Review Board and public retirement systems.  Reported from the House Committee on Pensions.

H.B. 567 (Smith), relating to the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 625 (Harper-Brown), relating to the penalty for the operation of a vehicle without a license plate.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation

H.B. 712 (Murphy), relating to the responsibility for keeping fire-fighting equipment furnished to a volunteer fire department by a county in good working order.  Reported from the House Committee on County Affairs.  [Note:  this bill may affect volunteer fire departments located in counties over 350,000 population.  If your city is serviced by a volunteer department in such a county you should read this bill carefully].

H.B. 767 (King), relating to preventing the fraudulent issuance and use of disabled parking placards.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 910 (Kolkhorst), relating to the regulation of certain direct sales of food to consumers.  Reported from the House Committee on Public Health.

H.B. 919 (Fletcher), relating to exempting certain vehicle location information from required disclosure under the public information law.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. 

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. 1160 (Geren), relating to the transfer of a certificate of convenience and necessity in certain municipalities.  Reported from the House State Affairs.

H.B. 1170 (Lavender), relating to all-terrain vehicles and recreational off-highway vehicles.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

S.B. 1 (Williams), relating to general appropriations.   Reported from the Senate Committee on Finance.  (Note:  This is the state budget bill.  The committee substitute, with respect to cities, adds an additional $2.98 million to automobile theft prevention and $8.796 million to the State Library and Archives Commission for library resource sharing.  [There was a preliminary discussion in the Senate Finance Committee to add $15 million to local parks grants over what was included in the filed version of the bill.  However, this increase in funding was not included in the committee substitute.  If you are concerned with local parks grants, we urge you to contact your state representative.])

S.B. 36 (Zaffirini), relating to the detention and transportation of a person with a mental illness.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

S.B. 117 (Hinojosa), relating to the right of a spouse to enter the marital residence accompanied by a peace officer under certain circumstances.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.

S.B. 158 (Carona), relating to the average price below which a newspaper is exempt from the sales tax.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Finance.

S.B. 188 (Huffman), relating to interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications for law enforcement purposes.  Reported favorably from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

S.B. 366 (Taylor), relating to the authority of political subdivisions to offer certain deferred compensation plans to employees.  Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs. 

S.B. 385 (Carona), relating to authorizing assessments for water and energy improvements in districts designated by municipalities and counties.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

S.B. 395 (West), relating to fines and court costs imposed on a child in a criminal case.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.

S.B. 410 (Watson), relating to the management and operation of certain municipally owned electric utilities.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. 

S.B. 471 (Ellis), relating to technological efficiencies in the recording of certain open meetings.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Open Government.

S.B. 531 (Duncan), relating to self-insurance funds established by governmental units.  Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs. 

S.B. 581 (Carona), relating to procedures for securing the deposit of public funds.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

S.B. 614 (Lucio), relating to an electric utility surcharge to assist owners of certain historic structures with electric bill payments and to promote energy conservation and efficiency.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

S.B. 700 (Hegar), relating to energy and water management planning and reporting by state agencies and institutions of higher education.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Government Organization.

S.B. 764 (Watson), relating to a limitation on liability for prescribed burning conducted on land owned by, leased by, or occupied by certain self-insured governmental units.  Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

S.B. 819 (Duncan), relating to the disposal of demolition waste from abandoned or nuisance buildings by certain local governments.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 902 (Fraser), relating to the operation, powers, and duties of certain water districts.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

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