SIGNIFICANT COMMITTEE ACTIONS

H.B. 241 (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 Ways and Means.

H.B. 257 (Hilderbran), Relating to the periods for presumed abandonment of certain unclaimed personal property.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means. (Companion bill is H.B. 1764 by Harper-Brown.)

H.B. 348 (Walle) Relating to education and training for certain school district peace officers and school resource officers employed by a school district. Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. As reported would require: (1) a peace officer who serves as a school resource officer for more than 90 days to complete at least a 16-hour or longer education and training program; and (2) a peace officer who serves as a school district peace officer for more than 30 days to complete a 16-hour or longer education and training program. 

H.B. 528 (Solomons), Relating to the provision of pharmaceutical services through informal and voluntary networks in the workers' compensation system. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  (Companion bill is S.B. 318 by Van de Putte.)

H.B. 777 (N. Gonzalez), Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the courthouse security fund. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.  As reported, the bill would increase the amount a city may collect from a defendant under the municipal court building security fund from $3 to $8.

H.B. 875 (C. Howard), Relating to the identification of certain defendants as foreign nationals who were not lawfully admitted to the United States or whose lawful status has expired and to their release on bail.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 887 (Geren), Relating to registration of a motor vehicle alleged to have been involved in a violation detected by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 956 (Marquez), Relating to the state fire marshal's investigation of the death of a firefighter who dies in the line of duty or in connection with an on-duty incident.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs. (Companion bill is S.B. 396 by Deuell.)

H.B. 1094 (Farias), Relating to the availability on the Internet of reports of political expenditures and contributions filed in connection with certain county and municipal offices. Reported from the House Committee on Elections.

H.B. 1250 (Frullo), Relating to the use of facsimile signatures for certain documents involving certain municipalities. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  (Companion bill is S.B. 577 by Duncan.)

H.B. 1283 (Craddick), Relating to consideration of a bidder’s principal place of business in awarding certain municipal contracts. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  (Companion bill is S.B. 640 by Seliger.)

H.B. 1354 (S. Davis), Relating to liability of certain certified municipal inspectors for services rendered during an emergency or disaster.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

H.B. 1388 (Hopson), Relating to the prohibition of certain regulations by a municipality in its extraterritorial jurisdiction involving trees and vegetation. Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  (Companion bill is S.B. 732 by Nichols.)

H.B. 1421 (Anchia), Relating to the classification and use of energy storage equipment or facilities and the provision of studies and reports regarding energy storage equipment or those facilities.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  (Companion bill is S.B. 943 by Carona.)

H.B. 1545 (Lewis), Relating to the authority of certain political subdivisions to change the date of their general elections. Reported from the House Committee on Elections. (Companion bill is S.B. 1033 by Seliger.)

H.B. 1643 (Zerwas), Relating to development agreements governing land in a municipality’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  Reported from the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.

H.B. 1724 (Hamilton), Relating to economically driven mobility projects.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 1841 (Hartnett), Relating to the taxability of Internet hosting.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 1971 (J. Jackson), Relating to the liability of a landowner for harm to a trespasser.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. (Companion bill is S.B. 1160 by Seliger.)

H.B. 2013 (Hardcastle), Relating to the disposal of demolition waste from abandoned or nuisance buildings in certain areas. Reported from the House Committee on Environmental Regulation.  As reported, the bill would provide that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality may issue a permit by rule to authorize the governing body of a county or city with a population of 10,000 or less to dispose of demolition waste from an abandoned building or building found to be a nuisance if the disposal occurs on land that: (1) the county or city owns or controls; (2) would qualify for an arid exemption under commission rules; and (3) which the city acquired ownership or control of through bankruptcy, tax delinquency, or condemnation, with the previous owner of the building not being financially capable of paying the costs to transport and dispose of the demolition waste at a permitted solid waste facility. (Companion bill is S.B. 1258 by Duncan.)

H.B. 2127 (Geren), Relating to the municipal regulation of the discharge of firearms and certain other weapons in certain counties.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 2191 (Elkins), Relating to a ballot by mail single language requirement. Reported from the House Committee on Elections.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1199 by D. Patrick.)

H.B. 2226 (Truitt), Relating to authorized investments for governmental entities.  Reported from the House Committee on Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services.  As reported, the bill would: (1) require a city’s investment policy to include procedures to monitor rating changes in investments acquired with public funds and the liquidation of such investments; (2) require a city’s investment officer to attend a training session not less than once each state fiscal biennium; (3) provide that an obligation that is fully guaranteed or insured by the FDIC or by the explicit full faith and credit of the United States is an authorized investment; (4) provide that certain investment in certificates of deposit using a broker are authorized investments; (5) authorize an investment pool to invest its funds in money market mutual funds to the extent permitted by and consistent with state law and the investment policies and objectives adopted by the pool.

H.B. 2289 (Crownover), Relating to the authority of a gas corporation to use a public right-of-way along a railroad, a railroad right-of-way, an interurban railroad, or a street railroad.  Reported from the House Committee on Energy Resources.

H.B. 2313 (Coleman), Relating to the requirement to post notice of the subject of a meeting under the open meetings law as the requirement relates to reports about items of community interest at a meeting of a commissioners court.  Reported from the House Committee on county Affairs.  As reported, the bill would provide that a municipal governmental body that posts notice of each meeting on its official Internet Web site shall provide during regular office hours a computer terminal at certain municipal facilities convenient to the public that members of the public may use to view notices of meetings posted by the city.

H.B. 2403 (Otto), Relating to a retailer engaged in business in this state.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2432 (J. Davis), Relating to the creation of public and private facilities and infrastructure. Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1048 by M. Jackson.)

H.B. 2476 (Harless), Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain dealer's heavy equipment inventory.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2624 (Sheffield), Relating to procedures applicable in circumstances involving family violence or other criminal conduct and military personnel.  Reported from the House Committee on Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.

H.B. 2675 (Harper-Brown), Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Transportation. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1420 by Hinojosa.)

H.B. 2732 (Oliveira), Relating to the application requirements for a local project permit.  Reported from the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.  As reported, the bill would provide that rights to which a permit applicant is entitled under Chapter 245 of the Local Government Code (the “permit vesting” statute) accrue on the filing of a required original   application or plan for development or plat application that gives the regulatory agency fair notice that is sufficient to enable a reasonably prudent person to understand the project and the nature of the permit sought.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1442 by Shapiro.)

H.B. 2973 (Hunter), Relating to encouraging public participation by citizens by protecting a person's right to petition, right of free speech, and right of association from meritless lawsuits arising from actions taken in furtherance of those rights.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

S.B. 181 (Shapiro), Relating to the reporting of water conservation measures by municipalities and water utilities.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 462 (West), Relating to the right to an expunction of records and files relating to a person's arrest.  Reported from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

S.B. 573 (Nichols), Relating to certificates of public convenience and necessity for water or sewer services.  Reported from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

S.B. 641 (Seliger), Relating to the calculation of interest on certain ad valorem tax refunds.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.  As reported, the bill would change the amount of interest that a city making a refund of property taxes following a judicial proceeding must pay from eight percent to an annual rate that is equal to the sum of two percent and the most recent prime rate quoted, but not to exceed eight percent.  (Companion bill is H.B. 1090 by Gonzalez.) 

S.B. 655 (Hegar), Relating to the abolition of the Railroad Commission of Texas, the creation of the Texas Oil and Gas Commission, and the transfer of the powers and duties of the railroad commission to the oil and gas commission.  Reported from the House Committee on Energy Resources.

S.B. 687 (Huffman), Relating to interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications for law enforcement purposes.  Reported from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.  (Companion bill is H.B. 1457 by Fletcher.)

S.B. 732 (Nichols), Relating to the prohibition of certain regulations by a municipality in its extraterritorial jurisdiction involving trees and vegetation.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

S.B. 766 (Estes), Relating to regulation and enforcement of laws affecting sport shooting ranges.  Reported from the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. (Companion bill is H.B. 1595 by Isaac.)

S.B. 1489 (Whitmire), Relating to jurisdiction for the offenses of truancy and failure to attend school.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.

S.B. 1693 (Carona), Relating to periodic rate adjustments by electric utilities. Reported from the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.  (Companion bill is H.B. 3610 by Thompson.)


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