Significant Floor Actions

S.B. 53 (Zaffirini), relating to life support services provided by certain emergency medical services personnel.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 111 (Lucio), relating to the preservation of Texas Historical Use Buildings.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 127 (Nelson), relating to the creation of certain funding formulas and policies and to certain public health evaluations by the Department of State Health Services.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 148 (Williams), relating to certain legal advice or legal services rendered to public servants.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 169 (Hegar), relating to ballot language for an election to approve and finance a municipal or county venue project.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 186 (Carona), relating to the abatement of mosquitoes in stagnant water located on certain uninhabited residential property.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 194 (West), relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property used to provide low-income and moderate-income housing.  Passed the Senate.  (Note:  the League is officially neutral on CHDO tax exemption bills such as this one because some cities support CHDO exemptions while some cities are opposed.  Cities concerned about this exemption should pay careful attention to this bill.)

S.B. 198 (Watson), relating to restrictive covenants regulating drought-resistant landscaping or water-conserving turf.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 247 (Carona), relating to the transfer of an ad valorem tax lien.  Passed the Senate.  (Note:  this bill relates to the practice of property tax lending.  For a more thorough discussion, see the article elsewhere in this edition:  “Property Tax and Payday Lending:  Cities Grapple With New Issues.”)

S.B. 259 (Carona), relating to telecommunications services and markets.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 327 (Carona), relating to termination of franchises to provide cable or video service in municipalities.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 349 (Nichols), relating to standards for power lines.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 353 (West), relating to the ability of an emergency shelter facility to provide shelter or care for an unaccompanied minor without a license.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 359 (Hinojosa), relating to the selection of certain members of the board of directors of an appraisal district.  Passed the Senate. 

S.B. 364 (Eltife), relating to the authority of certain municipalities to provide sewer services to areas within the municipal boundaries without obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 389 (West), relating to the imposition of court costs in certain criminal proceedings.  Passed the Senate. 

S.B. 390 (West), relating to the effective date of a new court cost or fee or of an amendment to the amount of a court cost or fee.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 398 (Hancock), 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.  Passed the Senate.

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