H.B. 215 (Gallego), Relating to photograph and live lineup identification procedures in criminal cases.  Passed the House.  As passed, the bill would require a law enforcement agency, including a city, to adopt, implement, and amend a detailed written policy on the administration of photograph and live lineup education that is either: (1) the model policy created by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas; or (2) the city’s own policy that is based on: (a) credible research on eyewitness memory; (b) best practices designed to reduce erroneous eyewitness identifications; and (c) other listed procedures and instructions.  Passed the House.   (Companion bill is S.B. 121 by Ellis, which has passed the Senate.)

H.B. 563 (Pickett), Relating to the purposes and designation of a transportation reinvestment zone.  Passed the House.

H.B. 904 (Thompson), Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the municipal court building security fund.  Passed the House.

H.B. 984 (Truitt), Relating to agreements between contiguous municipalities regarding jurisdiction of cases in municipal courts.  Passed the House.

H.B. 993 (Rodriguez), Relating to the closure of a road or highway by certain firefighters.  Passed the House. 

S.B. 14 (Fraser), Requiring a voter to present proof of identification. Passed the House.  As passed by the House, the bill would: (1) require the voter registrar of each county and the secretary of state to provide notice of voter identification requirements on voter registration certificates and to educate voters about the requirements through certain programs by publishing notice on certain Web sites;  (2) require a voter to present to an election officer at the polling place a voter registration certificate and an acceptable form of identification that contains a photo and is a driver’s license, a military identification card, a temporary license, a citizenship certificate, a Texas concealed handgun license, or an unexpired passport, and allow certain forms of identification listed herein to be used even if expired for up to 60 days after expiration; (3) provide that, if a voter does not present acceptable identification, the voter shall be accepted for provisional voting only; (4) require an election officer to provide information on how to obtain identification without a fee to each voter who presents insufficient identification at time of voting; (5) modify the types of acceptable voter identification documents; (6) make an offense under this section a second degree felony or a state jail felony if the person is convicted of attempt to vote illegally; (7) provide that a voter who presents a voter registration certificate indicating that the voter is currently registered in the precinct, but whose name is not on the precinct list of registered voters, shall be accepted for voting if the voter’s identity can be verified from the proof presented; (8) provide that a provisional ballot may be accepted only if: (a) the voter presents acceptable proof of identification at the time the ballot is cast; (b) the voter submits a copy of the identification to the voter registrar by personal delivery or by mail for examination by the early voting ballot board not later than the sixth day after the date of the election; or (c) the voter executes an affidavit stating that the voter is indigent or has a religious objection to being photographed; (9) require election judges and clerks to be trained on this voter identification law; (10) require the presiding election judge to post a sign stating the list of acceptable forms of identification; (11) provide for certain exceptions to the bill’s requirements for disabled persons;  (12) require the county clerk and secretary of state to provide notice that is separate from other notices required by law of the bill’s requirements in each language in which voter registration materials are available; (13) allow an individual without identification to be accepted for voting if the individual executes an affidavit that his or her identification was stolen; and (14) allow an individual without identification to vote if the individual executes an affidavit that he or she does not have identification because of a natural disaster

S.B. 86 (Nelson), Relating to municipal contracts for enforcement of outstanding traffic violation arrest warrants.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 313 (Seliger), Relating to priority groundwater management areas.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 331 (Shaprio), Relating to adding certain synthetic cannabinoids to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 370 (Seliger), Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance for certain projects if the applicant has failed to complete a request for information relevant to the project.  Passed the Senate.  As passed, the bill would prohibit an applicant for financial assistance or loans from the Texas Water Development Board from receiving assistance if the applicant has failed to provide certain information to the board.

S.B. 519 (Hegar), Relating to the period during which a motion for a new trial in a criminal proceeding in a justice or municipal court must be made.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 545 (Seliger), Relating to employment records for law enforcement officers, including procedures to correct employment termination reports. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 766 (Estes), Relating to regulation and enforcement of laws affecting sport shooting ranges.  Passed the Senate.  As passed, the bill would: (1) prohibit a city from bringing suit against a sport shooting range or the owners or operators of a sport shooting range, or the owners of real property on which a sport shooting range is operated, for the lawful discharge of firearms on the sport shooting range; (2) prohibit a city from regulating the discharge of a firearm at a sport shooting range, except that a city regulate the hours of operation of a sport shooting range so long as the restriction is not more limited than the least limited hours of any other business in the city besides bars; (3) allow a county to maintain most of its authority to regulate sport shooting ranges in subdivisions; and (4) provide that a city may bring an action against a sport shooting range, or the owners or operators of a sport shooting range, or the owners of real property on which a sport shooting range is operating, for injunctive relief to enforce a valid ordinance, statute, or regulation, or to require a sport shooting range to comply with generally accepted standards followed in the sport shooting range industry in Texas at the time of the sport shooting range’s construction, if the sport shooting range is within the city’s limits and began operation after September 1, 2011.

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