SIGNIFICANT COMMITTEE ACTIONS

H.B. 528 (Vaught), requiring a municipal court to remit to the state the entire fine imposed on a person convicted of transporting a child without a proper safety seat. Reported from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

H.B. 806 (Gallego), requiring that health benefit plans provide coverage for prosthetics. Reported from the House Insurance Committee.

H.B. 1290 (Oliveira), requiring that health benefit plans provide coverage for certain tests for the early detection of cardiovascular disease. Reported from the House Insurance Committee.

H.B. 1511 (Otto), prohibiting cities from enforcing an ordinance that requires fire sprinkler systems in residences under 7,500 square feet in size unless the ordinance existed prior to January 1, 2009. Reported from the House Insurance Committee.

H.B. 1583 (Flynn), requiring that any city that contracts with a federal-level government relations consultant shall report that fact to the Office of State-Federal Relations. Reported from the House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. (Companion bill is S.B. 1003 by Deuell.)

H.B. 1644 (Dukes), relating to a written admonishment that a peace officer must give to a person charged with a misdemeanor. Reported from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. (Police chiefs and municipal court clerks should review this bill thoroughly.)

H.B. 1759 (Thompson), requiring that health benefit plans provide coverage for certain anti-cancer medications. Reported from the House Insurance Committee.

H.B. 1998 (McCall), relating to housing and emergency shelters provided by a political subdivision for disaster victims. Reported from the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

S.B. 257 (Estes), relating to the sale or delivery of salvia divinorum to a child. Reported from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

S.B. 375 (Carona), relating to the release of information in accident reports. Reported from the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. As reported from committee, list bill includes a lengthy list of pieces of information that may not be released (i.e., must be redacted). Municipal court clerks and city secretaries should carefully review this bill as it was approved by the committee.

S.B. 638 (Nichols), relating to the collateralization of public funds. Reported from the Senate Finance Committee.

S.B. 968 (West), relating to municipal regulation of “interactive water features.” Reported from the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

S.B. 1354 (Jackson), relating to the licensing and regulation of plumbers. Reported from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. As reported, this bill would: (1) allow plumbing by someone who is not a licensed plumber in a city of less than 5,000 in a county of less than 50,000 if the city or county has authorized non-licensed plumbing; and (2) provide that a city that requires a plumbing contractor to have a local permit must verify, through an Internet site, that the contractor has insurance; and (3) provide that a plumber who is required to have a local permit need not pay a local fee. The bill’s fiscal note states that “a local entity that does not have Internet capabilities… could incur a large expense to comply with the provisions of the bill.”

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