Significant Floor Actions

H.B. 13 (Callegari), relating to the State Pension Review Board and public retirement systems. Passed the House.

H.B. 63 (Craddick), relating to the creation of an offense for use of a handheld wireless communication device for text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle. Passed the House. (Note: A floor amendment added to this bill in the House would prevent any city from adopting new cell phone use or texting while driving ordinances, but would grandfather certain ordinances passed before September 1, 2011.)

H.B. 278 (Craddick), relating to the liability of a municipality for certain space flight activities. Passed the House.

H.B. 403 (S. Davis), relating to liability of certain certified municipal inspectors for services rendered during an emergency or disaster. Passed the House.

H.B. 434 (Riddle), relating to the person authorized to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances. Passed the House.

H.B. 483 (Aycock), relating to a public hearing held on the issue of making a payment in excess of the compensation contracted for by a political subdivision. Passed the House.

H.B. 561 (Workman), relating to an exemption for land owned by a school from the additional tax imposed on the change of use of land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land. Passed the House.

H.B. 674 (Ratliff), relating to providing notice of certain proposed municipal zoning changes to a school district. Passed the House.

H.B. 989 (Thompson), relating to the fine or penalty for violation of a municipal rule, ordinance, or police regulation and municipal court jurisdiction to enforce certain violations. Passed the House.

H.B. 1160 (Geren), relating to the transfer of a certificate of convenience and necessity in certain municipalities. Passed the House.

H.B. 1600 (Cook), relating to the continuation and functions of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the transfer of certain functions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Passed the Senate.

H.B. 1960 (Cortez), relating to reciprocity for emergency medical services personnel certification for certain United States military personnel. Passed the House.

S.B. 199 (Watson), relating to the evaluation by applicants for permits for certain electric generating facilities of water-efficient cooling technologies. Passed the Senate. (Note: This bill would require municipally owned electric generating facilities to file reports with the state relating to water usage. Cities with electric MOUs should read this bill carefully.)

S.B. 252 (Larson), relating to water shortage reporting by water utilities. Passed the House. (Note: As it passed the House, this bill would require a city water utility to, among other things, report to the state when it has less than 180 days of available water.)

S.B. 467 (Hegar), relating to the regulatory analysis of rules proposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 637 (Paxton), relating to notice and proposition language requirements for bond approval elections held by political subdivisions. Passed the Senate. (Note: As it passed the Senate, this bill would require that detailed debt information be placed in the order calling a city debt election and would also require that the information be placed at the polling place. The bill no longer requires that the information be stated on the ballot proposition itself, as the as-filed version required.)

S.B. 837 (Ellis), relating to the authority of a municipality to require owners of real property to keep the property free of certain conditions. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 843 (Paxton), relating to public access to boundary, financial, and tax rate information of certain political subdivisions. Passed the Senate. (Note: As it passed the Senate, this bill would require the Texas comptroller to maintain an Internet database “warehouse” about all political subdivision property taxes and debt. To facilitate this warehouse, cities would be required to send to the comptroller certain fiscal information that wasn’t already available on the city’s website, as well as certain boundary change information.)

S.B. 910 (Duncan), relating to certain election practices and procedures. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 984 (Ellis), relating to the meeting of a governmental body held by videoconference call. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 985 (Zaffirini), relating to authorizing broker agreements for the sale of real property by certain municipalities. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1199 (Van de Putte), relating to development of a pilot program of the Texas Veterans Commission to designate municipalities as Veteran and Military Friendly Cities. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1247 (Carona), relating to certain extensions of consumer credit facilitated by credit access businesses. Passed the Senate. (Note: This is a payday lending regulation bill that is more fully discussed in the lead article of this edition.)

S.B. 1364 (Schwertner), relating to the computation of an electric utility’s income taxes. Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1419 (West), relating to funding for juvenile case managers through certain fees and court costs and to the establishment of the truancy prevention and diversion fund. Passed the Senate. (Note: As it passed the Senate, this bill would place a $2 fee on most municipal court convictions. The city could retain $1 of the fee, if it operates a juvenile case management system. The other $1 goes to the state to make grants to cities that operate such a system.)

S.B. 1425 (Hinojosa), relating to the provision of fire prevention or firefighting services by certain emergency services districts. Passed the Senate.

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