SIGNIFICANT COMMITTEE ACTIONS

H.B. 12 (Solomons), Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  As reported, the bill would provide that: (1) a city may not adopt a rule, order, ordinance, or policy under which the city prohibits the enforcement of state or federal laws relating to immigration; (2) a city may not prohibit a person employed by or otherwise under the direction of the city from: (a) inquiring into the immigration status of a person who is arrested or lawfully detained; (b) sending information to, or receiving information from, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or exchanging  information with another federal, state, or local governmental entity, in regard to the immigration status of a person lawfully detained or arrested; (c) assisting a federal immigration officer as needed; or (d) permitting a federal immigration officer to conduct enforcement activities at a municipal jail; (3) a city may not receive state grant funds if it adopts a rule, order, ordinance, or policy prohibiting the enforcement of state or federal laws relating to immigration, or prohibits of enforcement of the laws by consistent action; (4) a city may not receive state grant funds in the fiscal year following the year in which a final judicial determination in an action brought under this bill is made that the city intentionally prohibited the enforcement of state and federal laws relating to immigration; (5) the attorney general may file a petition for a writ of mandamus or other appropriate equitable relief in Travis County or in a county in which the city’s principal office is located to compel a city to comply with (1), above, upon valid complaint by a citizen residing in the jurisdiction of the city; and (6) an appeal of a suit described in (5), above, is governed by the rules for accelerated appeals in civil cases.

H.B. 234 (Otto), Relating to liability for interest on ad valorem taxes on improvements that escaped taxation in a previous year.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 258 (Gonzalez), Relating to the amount of the state traffic fine.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  As reported, the bill would increase the amount of the “state traffic fine” on convictions in municipal court from $30 to $45.

H.B. 345 (Kleinschmidt), Relating to limitations on awards in an adjudication brought against a local governmental entity for breach of contract.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

H.B. 670 (Crownover), Relating to the elimination of smoking in certain workplaces and public places.  Reported from the House Committee on Public Health.  As reported, this bill would: (1) preempt and supersede a local ordinance, rule, or regulation adopted by any political subdivision relating to smoking; but (2) provide that, to the extent that a local ordinance, rule, or regulation adopted by a political subdivision prohibits or restricts smoking to a greater degree than the bill, the ordinance, rule, or regulation is not preempted or superseded.

H.B. 904 (Thompson), Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the municipal court building security fund.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

H.B. 993 (Rodriguez), Relating to the closure of a road or highway by certain firefighters.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 1844 (Guillen), Relating to storage of local government records by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  Reported from the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

S.B. 18 (Estes), Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.  Voted from the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.  (Note: The final committee substitute of this bill is not yet available.  Future issues of the Legislative Update will have a detailed summary of the language that is reported from the committee.)

S.B. 86 (Nelson), Relating to municipal contracts for enforcement of outstanding traffic violation arrest warrants.  Reported from the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

S.B. 360 (Fraser), Relating to the composition and use of money in the rural water assistance fund.  Reported from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

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.  Reported from the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.  As reported, the bill would extend the period after the rendition of judgment and sentence in municipal court during which a motion for new trial must be made from one to five days.

S.B 766 (Estes), Relating to regulation and enforcement of laws affecting sport shooting ranges.  Reported from the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.  (For more information on this bill, please go to
http://www.tml.org/leg_updates/legis_update031811g_shooting_range.asp.)


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