Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 168 (Callegari), relating to the operation, powers, and duties of certain water districts. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 252 (Larson), relating to water shortage reporting by water utilities. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 318 (Giddings), relating to prohibiting an employer from requiring or requesting access to the personal accounts of employees and job applicants through electronic communication devices. Reported from the House Committee on Business and Industry.

H.B. 626 (Harper-Brown), relating to the number of hours certain employees must work to be eligible to participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System. Reported from the House Committee on Pensions. As reported, this bill would allow a city by ordinance to change the definition of an employee, for purposes of participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System, from one who works no less than 1,000 hours a year to one who works no less than 1,500 hours a year. The bill would apply only to an employee of a city who is hired on or after the effective date of the ordinance and does not apply to a person employed by a city as a law enforcement officer or firefighter.

H.B. 801 (Munoz), relating to the discharge of a firearm across the property line of a school. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 824 (Callegari), relating to a volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for accidental discharges or spills from wastewater facilities. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 832 (Giddings), relating to the abatement of mosquitoes in stagnant water located on certain uninhabited residential property. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 1076 (Toth), relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas. Reported from the House Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. (Note: This bill would prohibit police from enforcing certain federal laws related to firearms.)

H.B. 1312 (Fletcher), relating to the reinstatement of a firefighter or police officer following a decision rendered by the Fire Fighters' and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission or an independent third party hearing examiner. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 1314 (Creighton), relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee. Reported from the House Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. (Note: This bill would criminalize police action to seize a firearm when the seizure is authorized under federal law but there is not an equivalent state law requiring the seizure.)

H.B. 1509 (Anchia), relating to the enforcement of water conservation and animal care and control ordinances of a municipality by civil action or quasi-judicial enforcement. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 2259 (Moody), relating to circumstances under which a vacancy on the governing body occurs in certain municipalities. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.J.R. 74 (Raymond), proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the taxation of the sale or use of certain food, drinks, and medicine. Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.B. 263 (Huffman), relating to the designation of certain synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances and controlled substance analogues under the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

S.B. 264 (Huffman), relating to the addition of a synthetic hallucinogenic substance to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

S.B. 459 (Rodriguez), relating to the sale, storage, transportation, and disposal of scrap or used tires. Reported from the Senate Committee on Transportation.

S.B. 637 (Paxton), relating to notice and proposition language requirements for bond approval elections held by political subdivisions. Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

S.B. 904 (Van de Putte), relating to the adoption of certain voting procedures necessary to implement the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, including the modification of certain election deadlines. Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

S.B. 1162 (Watson), relating to requirements for the purchase or acquisition of a water or sewer system. Reported from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 1247 (Carona), relating to certain extensions of consumer credit facilitated by credit access businesses. Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Industry.

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