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 Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 46 (Flynn), relating to the regulation of raw milk and raw milk products. Reported from the House Committee on Public Health.

H.B. 124 (Anderson), relating to the addition of salvia divinorum and its derivatives and extracts to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 170 (Alonzo), relating to the coverage by certain health benefit plans of mammograms performed by certain health care providers. Reported from the House Committee on Insurance.

H.B. 260 (Callegari), relating to requiring the use of an ignition interlock device on conviction of certain intoxication offenses. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 550 (Turner), relating to financing programs for low-income electric customers and certain other electric customers. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs. (Note: This bill contains potentially costly mandates on city-owned electric utilities.)

H.B. 581 (Howard), relating to a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for state and local governmental entities in certain employment lawsuits filed by nurses. Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. (Note: For any city that employs a nurse, this bill would waive the city’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits brought by a nurse in certain cases.)

H.B. 711 (Murphy), relating to the computation of an electric utility’s income taxes. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 738 (Crownover), relating to the review of the creation of certain proposed municipal utility districts by county commissioners courts. Reported from the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts.

H.B. 746 (Ashby), relating to allowing health care providers to provide services across state lines in catastrophic circumstances. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 800 (Murphy), relating to a sales and use tax exemption and a franchise tax credit related to certain research and development activities. Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

H.B. 1050 (Callegari), relating to construction-related contracts by governmental entities. Reported from the House Committee on Governmental Efficiency and Reform.

H.B. 1096 (Canales), relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain custodial interrogations. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 1200 (Taylor), relating to access to certain facilities by search and rescue dogs and their handlers. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 1208 (Parker), relating to liability for interest if land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as agricultural or open-space land is sold or diverted to a different use. Reported from the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock.

H.B. 1324 (J. Davis), relating to exclusion of land from certain water districts that fail to provide service to the land. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 1382 (Simpson), relating to the regulation of food prepared, stored, distributed, or sold at farms and farmers' markets; limiting the applicability of a fee. Reported from the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. (Note: As reported from committee, this bill would limit the regulation of and fees charged to farmers' markets.)

H.B. 1393 (S. King), relating to the use of a home by food production and sales operations. Reported from the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. (Note: This bill would permit certain state-regulated food sales establishments to operate out of residential homes, apparently without regard to city zoning.)

H.B. 1424 (Moody), relating to waiver of immunity in certain employment discrimination actions in connection with a workers’ compensation claim. Reported from the House Committee on Business and Industry. (Note: This bill would waive sovereign immunity for workers' compensation retaliation claims.)

H.B. 1477 (Callegari), relating to a court order to disannex an area from a municipality. Passed the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.

H.B. 1490 (Bell), relating to collection and use of municipal solid waste fees. Reported from the House Committee on Environmental Regulation. (Note: This bill would alter the collection and distribution of the proceeds of solid waste “tipping fees.”)

H.B. 1520 (Bonnen), relating to the liability of certain persons for damages arising from training exercises to prepare the persons to respond to certain emergencies. Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

H.B. 1690 (Fletcher), relating to measures to prevent or control the entry into or spread in this state of certain communicable diseases; providing a penalty. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 1736 (Anchia), relating to an exemption from property taxation for certain facilities that convert landfill generated methane into renewable natural gas. Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 1813 (Lucio), relating to the authority of a municipality to confiscate packaged fireworks. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 1862 (Dutton), relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to a switchblade knife. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 1935 (Schaefer), relating to authorizing general infrastructure projects to be undertaken by economic development corporations. Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

H.B. 1973 (Lucio), relating to the provision of water by a public utility or water supply or sewer service corporation for use in fire suppression. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 2170 (Rodriguez), relating to the provision of municipal fire, police, and emergency medical services in an area to be annexed by a municipality. Reported from the House Committee on County Affairs.

H.B. 2414 (Button), relating to requirements for open meetings held by videoconference call. Reported from the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform.

H.B. 2420 (Elkins), relating to the authority of a local government to impose a civil penalty for certain failures to obey a traffic-control signal. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 2580 (Harper-Brown), relating to the authority of municipalities to create freight rail districts that have the powers of rural rail transportation districts. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 2958 (Leach), relating to the applicability of competitive bidding or competitive sealed proposal requirements to agencies or instrumentalities of, or agreements between, governmental entities subject to competitive procurement requirements. Reported from the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform.

H.B. 3200 (Larson), relating to a suit for a writ of mandamus compelling a governmental body to make information available for public inspection under the public information law. Reported from the House Committee on Governmental Efficiency and Reform.

H.B. 3397 (Bonnen), relating to comprehensive reviews of certain special districts. Reported from the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts.

H.B. 3569 (Kleinschmidt), relating to activities conducted in connection with a state or federal disease control or eradication program for animals. Reported from the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. (Note: This bill appears to require state licensing of certain animal control officers from a disease control perspective.)

H.B. 3857 (Lucio), relating to periodic rate adjustments by water and sewer utilities. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 4 (Fraser), relating to the administration and functions of the Texas Water Development Board. Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 181 (Hegar), relating to the use of a wireless communication device to provide evidence of motor vehicle financial responsibility. Reported from the House Committee on Technology.

S.B. 835 (Lucio), relating to the application of the limit on appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to an improvement that is a replacement structure for a structure that was rendered uninhabitable. Reported from the Senate Committee on Finance.

S.B. 957 (Fraser), relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on applications for certain environmental permits and administrative and judicial review of the commission's action. Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 965 (Williams), relating to the correction of employment termination reports for law enforcement officers. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

S.B. 1400 (Estes), relating to the municipal and county regulation of air guns. Reported from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security. (Note: This bill would prevent cities from regulating air guns, other than regulations relating to discharge within the city, at locations other than shooting ranges. Cities that regulate air guns other than to prevent their discharge should contact their senator immediately.)

S.B. 1448 (Hinojosa), relating to orders of nondisclosure issued for records of certain fine-only misdemeanors. Reported from the Senate Committee on Finance.

S.B. 1533 (Carona), relating to municipal sales and use tax remittances by certain retailers. Reported from the Senate Committee on Finance.

S.B. 1612 (Zaffirini), relating to the authority of certain municipalities to provide water and sewer service to areas within the municipal boundaries without obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity. Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 1678 (Deuell), relating to the eligibility, disbursement, and reporting requirements of the Major Events trust fund and the Events trust fund. Reported from the Senate Committee on Economic Development.

S.B. 1882 (Zaffirini), relating to information for legislative purposes requested under the Texas Public Information Act. Reported from the Senate Committee on Open Government.

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