SIGNIFICANT FLOOR ACTIONS

H.B. 38 (Menendez), Relating to the punishment for the offense of graffiti. Passed the House.  As passed, the bill would, among other provisions:  (1)  increase the penalty for graffiti on a government building to a state jail felony, with an enhancement to the next higher category of offense if the person has been previously convicted for graffiti; and (2) require a juvenile court that finds that a child who has previously been adjudicated for a graffiti offense for placing markings on certain structures to order the child and the parent or guardian of the child to make restitution by personally restoring the property, with the owner’s consent.

H.B. 343 (Fletcher), Relating to the reporting and recording of a motor vehicle accident involving an official vehicle driven by a peace officer, firefighter, or an emergency medical services employee in the course of official duties.  Passed the House.

H.B. 782 (Y. Davis), Relating to a requirement that certain bond issuers obtain an appraisal of property that is to be purchased with bond proceeds. Passed the House.  As passed, the bill would provide that neither a city nor a type B economic development corporation may purchase property wholly or partly with bond proceeds until the entity obtains an independent appraisal of the property’s market value.

H.B. 812 (P. King), Relating to the definition of peace officer for purposes of intercepting or collecting information in relation to certain communications in an investigation of criminal conduct.  Passed the House.

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.  Passed the House. 

H.B. 896 (C. Howard), Relating to auxiliary members of an appraisal review board.  Passed the House. 

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.  Passed the House.

H.B.1168 (D. Miller), Relating to smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in residential rental units.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1261 (Thompson), Relating to court costs imposed on conviction and deposited to the municipal court technology fund. Passed the House.(Companion bill is S.B. 1678 by Ellis.)

H.B. 1283 (Craddick), Relating to consideration of a bidder's principal place of business in awarding certain municipal contracts. Passed the House.  (Companion bill is S.B. 640 by Seliger.)

H.B. 1545 (Lewis), Relating to the authority of certain political subdivisions to change the date of their general elections. Passed the House.  (Companion bill isS.B.1033 by Seliger.)

H.B. 1559 (S. Davis), Relating to a prohibition on the destruction of certain court documents.  Passed the House.

H.B.1711 (J. Davis), Relating to disaster remediation contracts.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1841 (Hartnett), Relating to the taxability of Internet hosting.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1859 (Hochberg), Relating to the applicability of architectural barrier standards. Passed the House.  As passed, this bill would provide that architectural barriers do not apply to a building or facility owned, operated, or controlled by a religious organization, including a place of worship, if the religious organization applies to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for the exemption.

H.B. 1899 (Pickett), Relating to the posting of signs in school crossing zones regarding the prohibited use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1933 (W. Smith), Relating to the regulation of metal recycling entities.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2040 (Hamilton), Relating to critical incident stress management and crisis response services. Passed the House.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1065 by Williams.)

H.B. 2139 (Guillen), Relating to the establishment of an “Adopt a Library” program.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2226 (Truitt), Relating to authorized investments for governmental entities.  Passed the House. 

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.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2403 (Otto), Relating to a retailer engaged in business in this state.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2466 (Phillips), Relating to the licensing and operation of motor vehicles by minors.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2476 (Harless), Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of certain dealer's heavy equipment inventory.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2605 (L. Taylor), Relating to the continuation and functions of the division of workers’ compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance. Passed the House.  As passed, the bill would: (1) provide for a contested case hearing if a party has a medical dispute regarding workers compensation that is not resolved by an independent review; (2) allow judicial review of the case after the contested case hearing if there is still a dispute; (3) change the way administrative violations by workers’ compensation insurance carriers are treated; (4) require that a city ensure that a police officer or firefighter who is seriously injured in the line of duty be provided with necessary medical care, compensation to pay for health care services to cure or relieve the injury and any effects naturally resulting from the injury, and any necessary artificial body part within ten days of receiving notice of a compensable injury;  and (5) provide that the loser pays in medical fee disputes.   (Companion bill is S.B. 658 by Huffman.)

H.B. 2624 (Sheffield), Relating to procedures applicable in circumstances involving family violence or other criminal conduct and military personnel.  Passed the House.  As passed, the bill would require a police department who investigates or responds to a possible family violence incident to note whether the suspect is a member of the armed forces, and if so, provide written notice of the incident to the staff judge advocate or provost marshal of the suspect’s assigned military installation.

H.B. 2694 (W. Smith), Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and abolishing the On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council.  Passed the House. (Companion bill is S.B. 657 by Huffman.)

H.B. 3302 (Reynolds), Relating to the authority of certain Type A economic development corporations to undertake certain categories of projects.  Passed the House.

H.B. 3465 (Sheffield), Relating to the ability of certain municipalities enhancing participation in economic development programs, including small business development.   Passed the House.

H.B. 3487 (V. Taylor), Relating to regulations concerning certain service animals.  Passed the House.

H.B. 3510 (Hamilton), Relating to the regulation of the towing, booting, and storage of vehicles. Passed the House.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1371 by Carona.)

H.B. 3823 (Thompson), Relating to the regulation of certain telecommunicators.  Passed the House.

S.B. 375 (Wentworth), Relating to categories of information presumed to be public under the public information law.  Passed the Senate.  (Companion bill is H.B. 1044 by Solomons.)

S.B. 573 (Nichols), Relating to certificates of public convenience and necessity for water or sewer services.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 602 (Rodriguez), Relating to allowing a governmental body to redact certain personal information under the public information law without the necessity of requesting a decision from the attorney general and the calculation of certain deadlines.  Passed the Senate. (Companion bill is H.B. 1671 by Marquez.)

S.B. 913 (Estes), Relating to the transmission of records regarding over-the-counter sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and norpseudoephedrine and a person's civil liability for certain acts arising from the sale of those products. Passed the Senate.  (Companion bill is H.B. 1137 by Darby.)

S.B. 985 (Carona), Relating to the regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol service.  Passed the Senate. (Companion bill is H.B. 2874 by Geren.)

S.B. 1024 (Rodriguez), Relating to the prosecution of the offense of theft of service. Passed the Senate.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2196 by Rodriguez.)

S.B. 1178 (Nelson), Relating to the regulation of certain shelter day-care facilities, child-care facilities, and individuals providing child-care services.

S.B. 1269 (Wentworth), Relating to honorariums offered to and accepted by public servants.  Passed the Senate. (Companion bill is H.B. 2629 by Branch.)

S.B. 1271 (Duncan), Relating to alternative dispute resolution systems established by counties. Passed the Senate.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2479 by Perry.)

S.B. 1442 (Shapiro), Relating to the application requirements for a local project permit.  Passed the Senate.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2732 by Oliveira.)

S.B. 1489 (Whitmire), Relating to jurisdiction for the offenses of truancy and failure to attend school.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1692 (Lucio), Relating to municipal and county budgets on the Internet.  Passed the Senate.

S.B. 1693 (Carona), Relating to periodic rate adjustments by electric utilities. Passed the Senate. As passed, the bill would provide: (1) that the Public Utility Commission or a regulatory authority (e.g., a city), on the petition of an electric utility, may approve a tariff or rate schedule in which a nonfuel rate may be periodically adjusted upward or downward, based on changes in the parts of the utility's invested capital; and (2) for procedures to implement the so-called “periodic rate review mechanism” provided for in (1).  (Companion bill is H.B. 3610 by Thompson.)

S.B. 1752 (Uresti), Relating to confidentiality of Class C misdemeanor records related to the conviction of a child.  Passed the Senate.


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