SIGNIFICANT COMMITTEE ACTIONS

H.B. 4 (Pitts), Relating to making supplemental appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.  Reported from the Senate Finance Committee.

H.B. 219 (Gallego), Relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain custodial interrogations. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.  (Companion bill is S.B. 123 by Ellis.)

H.B. 263 (Hilderbran), Relating to an excavator’s duty to notify a notification center before excavating.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 278 (Alonzo), Relating to pretrial hearings in criminal cases.  Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 519 (S. Turner), Relating to financing programs for low-income electric customers and certain other electric customers.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 571 (Huberty), Relating to the regulation of certain aggregate production operations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Reported from the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

H.B. 577 (McClendon), Relating to emergency prehospital care provided by emergency services personnel.  Reported from the House Committee on Public Health.

H.B. 597 (Madden), Relating to adding certain synthetic cannabinoids to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. (Companion bill is S.B. 331 by Shapiro.)

H.B. 629 (Pickett), Relating to the use of municipal or county sales tax increment financing for a transportation reinvestment zone.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 889 (Lewis), Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of a real property interest in oil or gas in place. Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1505 by Uresti.)

H.B. 1047 (Schwertner), Relating to the impoundment of a motor vehicle if operated without financial responsibility and a driver's license. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  As reported, the bill would: (1) authorize a peace officer to impound the vehicle of a person who is involved in a motor vehicle accident or is stopped for an alleged violation of city ordinance or state traffic law and who operates a vehicle but fails to establish financial responsibility for the vehicle, such as liability insurance; (2) require the officer to provide a written explanation about how to recover the vehicle; and (3) establish criteria under which a law enforcement agency may release the vehicle.

H.B. 1090 (N. Gonzalez), Relating to the calculation of interest on certain ad valorem tax refunds. Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.  (Companion bill is S.B. 641 by Seliger.)

H.B. 1105 (Harper-Brown),  Relating to the adoption and implementation of a policy by the Texas Transportation Commission providing for the accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, children, senior citizens, users of public. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  (Companion bill is S.B. 513 by Ellis.)

H.B. 1122 (Weber), Relating to the trafficking of persons. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

H.B. 1365 (Callegari), Relating to requiring flashing lights to be posted before an intersection at which a photographic system is used to enforce compliance with traffic-control signals.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 1377 (V. Taylor), Relating to the authority of peace officers to request fingerprints during motor vehicle stops.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 1552 (Madden), Relating to the monitoring of and the provision of certain information regarding certain high-risk sex offenders. Reported from the House Committee on Corrections.

H.B. 1671 (Marquez), 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 under. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  As reported, the bill would: (1) authorize a governmental body to redact certain motor vehicle record information without the necessity of requesting a decision from the attorney general, but allowing the requestor to seek a decision from the attorney general if desired; (2) authorize a governmental body to redact a credit card, debit card, charge card, or access device number without the necessity of requesting a decision from the attorney general, but allowing the requestor to seek a decision from the attorney general if desired; (3) make a public information request that is modified in response to the requirement of a deposit or bond a separate request that is considered received on the date the governmental body receives the modified request; and (4) provide that if a governmental body receives a written request by mail and cannot establish the actual date of receipt, the written request is considered to be received on the third business day after the date of the postmark. (Companion bill is S.B. 602 by Rodriguez.)

H.B. 1765 (S. Miller), Relating to an emergency public service messaging network. Reported from House Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation. As reported, the bill would allow a sign vendor to place billboards that display emergency information and commercial advertising in cities on evacuation routes, the location of which: (1) does not have to comply with state law or city ordinance; but (2) can be located in a city only with the permission of the mayor. (Companion bill is S.B. 971 by Hinojosa.)

H.B. 2019 (McClendon), Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of victim-offender mediation programs. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.  As reported, the bill would: (1) authorize a city to create a pretrial victim-offender mediation program to be directed by the city’s prosecutor for first-time offenders accused of certain property crimes, including arrested persons who have not yet been indicted or otherwise formally charged; and (2) require a defendant to pay for program costs up to a certain point, plus a $15 fee to be deposited in a fund exclusively for the maintenance of the program.

H.B. 2042 (Menendez), Relating to defense base development authorities, including the powers of an authority and the taxation of certain tangible personal property located on the base property for which the authority is established.  Reported from the House Committee on Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.

H.B. 2043 (Menendez), Relating to the taxation of certain tangible personal property located inside a defense base development authority.  Reported from the House Committee on Defense and Veteran’s Affairs.

H.B. 2075 (Martinez), Relating to certain diseases or illnesses suffered by firefighters and emergency medical technicians.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  As reported, the bill would provide that: (1) a firefighter or emergency medical technician (EMT) that has a heart attack or stroke while on duty is presumed to have suffered the illness or death during the course and scope of employment, which means he or she would be covered by workers' compensation for that condition; (2) a firefighter or EMT who contracts acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency vicrus (HIV), hepatitis B, or hepatitis C is presumed to have contracted the disease during the course and scope of employment, which means he or she would be covered by workers' compensation for that condition, if – while on duty: (a) the firefighter or EMT was exposed to a person with these diseases who received treatment from the firefighter or EMT; or (b) the firefighter or EMT regularly responded to scenes or calls involving exposure to blood or other bodily fluids; and (3) a firefighter or EMT who contracts methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) resulting in illness or death is presumed to have suffered the illness or death during the course and scope of employment, which means he or she would be covered by workers' compensation for that condition – if, while on duty, the firefighter or EMT was exposed to a person with MRSA who received treatment from the firefighter or EMT.

H.B. 2084 (Kolkhorst), Relating to the regulation of small food production and sales operations. Reported from the House Committee on Public Health.  As reported, this bill would: (1) prohibit a local health department from regulating a cottage food production operation; and (2) require a local health department to keep a record of any complaint against a cottage food production operation.

H.B. 2116 (Coleman), Relating to standards of care and confinement for dogs and cats.  Reported from the House Committee on County Affairs.

H.B. 2174 (Hartnett), Relating to the establishment of the judicial access and improvement account to provide funding for basic civil legal services, indigent defense, and judicial technical support through certain county service fees. Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.  As reported, the bill would:  (1) create a $5 fee for judicial access and improvement to be collected on certain offenses and remitted to the comptroller for deposit in a judicial access and improvement account; (2) authorize a city to keep five percent of the fee; and (3) require that the comptroller halt or diminish the fee collected for a biennium if the legislature does not appropriate funds from the account for the purposes for which it was intended, or appropriates only some of the funds for that purpose.

H.B. 2237 (Lyne), Relating to the taxation and titling of certain off-road vehicles.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  As reported, the bill would provide that certain off-road vehicles are defined as “motor vehicles” under the Transportation Code, which would remove those vehicles from the general sales tax and make them subject to only the motor vehicle sales tax.

H.B. 2285 (Nash), Relating to reimbursement from a person on community supervision for the collection of certain materials used in an investigation.

H.B. 2285 (Dutton), Relating to periodic reauthorization of municipal building permit fees.   Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 2338 (S. Miller), Relating to the posting on the Internet by tax officials of information regarding ad valorem tax rates.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2397 (S. Miller), Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of breach of computer security. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.  As reported, the bill would provide that: (1) it is a state jail felony to knowingly access a computer, computer network, or computer system without effective consent of the owner if the computer, computer network, or computer system is owned by the government or a critical infrastructure facility; (2) it is a second degree felony to knowingly access a computer, computer network, or computer system without effective consent of the owner in order to obtain a benefit, defraud or harm another, or alter, damage, or delete property if the aggregate amount involved is less than $200,000 and the computer, computer network or computer system is owned by the government or a critical infrastructure facility;  and (3) it is a defense to prosecution of a breach of computer security offense if the person acted with the intent to facilitate a lawful seizure or search of, or lawful access to, a computer, computer network, or computer system for a legitimate law enforcement purpose. (Companion bill is S.B. 841 by D. Patrick.)

H.B. 2435 (Deshotel), Relating to rate adjustments by gas utilities. Reported from the House Committee on Energy Resources.  (Companion bill is S.B. 1309 by Hinojosa.)

H.B. 2596 (Garza), Relating to the authority to lower certain speed limits by local governments.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  As reported, the bill would provide – among other things – that:  (1) the city council, for a highway or part of a highway in the city that is not an officially designated or marked highway or road of the state highway system, may declare a lower speed limit of not less than 20 miles per hour, if the council determines that the prima facie speed limit on the highway is unreasonable or unsafe; and (2) the authority described in (1), above, applies to a one-lane or two-lane, undivided highway or part of a highway.

H.B. 2651 (Allen), Relating to the eligibility of visitors to use certain public transportation services for people with disabilities. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 2731 (Truitt). Relating to contributions to, benefits from, and administration of certain public retirement systems; providing administrative penalties. Reported from House Committee on Pensions and Investments. As reported, the bill would: (1) provide for ethical and conflict of interest requirements for members of the governing body of a public retirement system, including TMRS; (2) provide a complaint process for individuals who provide management or investment services to TMRS and other public retirement systems; (3) allow the Texas Pension Board to require an actuarial study of TMRS and other public retirement systems not more than once every five years; and (4) require the Texas Pension Board to tell the press if TMRS or another public retirement system fails to file its annual financial statement on time.

H.B. 2746 (Martinez Fischer), Relating to liability for the additional tax imposed on land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land in the event of a change of use of the land if the land is transferred to a charitable organization.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2810 (S. Miller), Relating to the exemption from limited sales, excise and use taxation of tangible personal property incorporated into or attached to certain specific purpose agricultural structures.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2875 (S. Davis), Relating to election practices and procedures pertaining to voters not included on the poll list. Reported from the House Committee on Elections.

H.B. 3036 (Alvarado), Relating to the municipal street maintenance sales tax.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 3064 (P. King), Relating to preventing the fraudulent issuance and use of disabled parking placards.   Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 3110 (Craddick), Relating to air permitting requirements for certain oil and gas facilities.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.  As reported, the bill would: (1) require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to perform certain environmental and air quality analyses before adopting a new permit or amending an existing permit relating certain oil and gas facilities; (2) authorize the TCEQ to authorize planned maintenance, startup or shutdown activities from certain oil and gas facilities; and (3) create an affirmative defense for certain unauthorized emissions or opacity events from a planned maintenance, start-up, or shutdown activity.

H.B. 3133 (Rodriguez), Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of property on which housing is being or has been built or repaired for sale to a low-income individual or family.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 3273 (Ritter), Relating to the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain projects included in the state water plan.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 3320 (Hunter), Relating to costs related to the towing and storage of a motor vehicle for certain law enforcement purposes.  Reported from the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

H.B. 3391 (D. Miller), Relating to rainwater harvesting and other water conservation initiatives. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.  As reported, the bill would: (1)  require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to create rules regarding the installation and maintenance of rainwater harvesting systems that are used for indoor potable purposes and connected to a public water supply system; (2) require a person who installs and maintains rainwater harvesting systems that are connected to a public water supply system and used for potable purposes to be a licensed master or journeyman plumber and hold an endorsement as a water supply protection specialist; (3) require a person who intends to connect a rainwater harvesting system to a public water supply system for use for potable purposes to give written notice of that intention to the city; (4) clarify that a city or city-owned utility may not be held liable for any adverse health effects allegedly caused by the consumption of water collected by a public water supply system if the city is in compliance with the applicable sanitary standards for drinking water; (5) encourage a city to promote rainwater harvesting through incentives such as the provision at a discount of rain barrels or rebates for water storage facilities; (6) require any city that has adopted impervious cover or density restrictions to consider the use of harvested rainwater as an on-site water supply source in determining whether to grant the development a credit against or exemption from the restrictions; (7) require each member of the permitting staff of a city located wholly or partly in an area designated as a priority groundwater management area or any city with a population of more than 100,000 whose work relates directly to permits involving rainwater harvesting to receive mandatory training on rainwater harvesting at least once every five years and encourage other rainwater harvesting permit issuers to receive the training; and (8) prohibit a city from denying a building permit solely because the facility will implement rainwater harvesting.

H.B. 3396 (Hernandez Luna), Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of breach of computer security. Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.  (Companion bill is S.B. 808 by Seliger.)

H.B. 3475 (Gallego), Relating to the recusal and disqualification of municipal judges pursuant to the Code of Criminal Procedure. Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. 

H.B. 3495 (Coleman), Relating to workers’ compensation death benefit eligibility for certain spouses of peace officers killed in the line of duty.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 3502, Relating to the regulation of crafted precious metal dealers and dealerships.  Reported from the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures.  As reported, the bill would provide that a person may not engage in business as a crafted precious metal dealer unless the person holds a dealership license issued by the Texas Department of licensing and Regulation and complies with various regulations, including regulations relating to possibly stolen crafted precious metals.

H.B. 3550 (Fletcher), Relating to imposing a law enforcement fee on certain commercial motor vehicle offenses. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.

H.B. 3582 (Harless), Relating to the allocation to a school district of the expenses of a joint election. Reported from the House Committee on Elections.  (Companion bill is S.B. 477 by D. Patrick.)

H.B. 3790 (Pitts), Relating to state fiscal matters. Reported from the House Committee on Appropriations.  As reported, the bill would, among other things:  (1) provide that each state agency is authorized to reduce or recover expenditures by, among other things, adopting and collecting fees or charges to cover any costs the agency incurs in performing its lawful functions; (2) require the Office of Court Administration, rather than the comptroller, to determine whether a city audit allows the city to retain certain fees for collecting civil and criminal fees payable to the comptroller; (3) change the date when certain reports are due and when certain notices must be mailed in regard to abandoned property; (4) change the date when certain abandoned property must be delivered to the comptroller; (5) repeal the requirement that the comptroller provide hard copies of certain property tax manuals to local governments; (6) require the comptroller to prepare and electronically publish a biennial report that includes the tax rates of each city; and (7) repeal requirements that municipal development corporations provide certain reports to the comptroller.  (Note: This version of the bill omits provisions that would have provided that:  (1) the governing board of a public retirement system shall make an annual contribution to the State Pension Review Board in an amount equal to 50 cents for each active member and annuitant of the retirement system as of September 1 of the year for which the contribution is made, payable in a lump sum; and (2) the judicial and court personnel training fund is an account in the general revenue fund which may be appropriated only to the court of criminal appeals for judicial and court staff training and eliminate the current provision requiring any unexpended balance in excess of $500,000 at the end of each fiscal year to be transferred to the general revenue fund. (Companion bill is S.B. 1811 by Duncan.)

H.J.R. 84 (Larson), Proposing a constitutional amendment to limit the purposes for which revenues from motor vehicle registration fees, taxes on motor fuels and lubricants, and certain revenues received from the federal government may be used. Reported from the House Committee on Transportation.  (Companion bill is S.J.R. 8   by Wentworth.)

H.J.R. 135 (Phillips), Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a individual’s or a religious organization’s free exercise of religion. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  As reported, the resolution would amend the Texas Constitution to provide that government may not, directly, indirectly, or incidentally, substantially burden an individual’s or a religious organization’s conduct that is based on a sincerely held religious belief, unless the government is acting to further a compelling governmental interest and using the least restrictive available means to do so.

H.J.R. 137 (Ritter), Proposing constitutional amendments relating to the funding of certain water projects.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.J.R. 138 (Ritter), Amendment providing for the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain projects included in the state water plan.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.B. 201 (Uresti), Relating to the calculation of ad valorem taxes on the residence homestead of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran for the tax year in which the veteran qualifies or ceases to qualify for an exemption from taxation of the homestead. Reported from the House Ways and Means Committee.

S.B. 403 (Eltife), Relating to the consideration of pension and other postemployment benefits in establishing the rates of a gas utility. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  (Companion bill is H.B. 966 by Murphy.)

S.B. 555 (Watson), Relating to the regulation of LP-gas utility companies.  Reported from the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

S.B. 665 (Hinojosa), Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Reported from the Senate Committee on Government Organization.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2608 by Harper-Brown.)

S.B. 669 (Wentworth), Relating to requests to inspect or be provided with copies of information under the public information law. Reported from the Senate Select Committee on Open Government.  As reported, the bill would: (1) define “manipulation,” for purposes of the Public Information Act, to include a search of an e-mail or text message account and the retrieval and transfer of e-mails or text messages into a paper or other format that can be provided to or inspected by a requestor; (2) authorize an officer of public information in a city to produce requested information by either referring a requestor to the requested information if it is available on the city’s Web site, or posting the requested information on the city’s Web site; (3) provide that if a requestor modifies a request in response to the requirement for a deposit or bond, the modified request is a separate request considered received on the date the written modified request is received; and (4) would authorize a city to charge a requestor (other than a media requestor) for the actual costs associated with a request if the requestor has submitted seven or more written requests for information during the preceding 31 calendar days.  

S.B. 1048 (Jackson), 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 H.B. 2432 by J. Davis.)

S.B. 1073 (Jackson), Relating to standards for a structure that is connected to a public water supply system and has a rainwater harvesting system. The bill would:  (1)  require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to create rules regarding the installation and maintenance of rainwater harvesting systems that are used for indoor potable purposes and connected to a public water supply system; (2) require a person who installs and maintains rainwater harvesting systems that are connected to a public water supply system and used for potable purposes to be a licensed master or journeyman plumber and hold an endorsement as a water supply protection specialist; (3) require a person who intends to connect a rainwater harvesting system to a public water supply system for use for potable purposes to give written notice of that intention to the city; and (4) clarify that a city or city-owned utility may not be held liable for any adverse health effects allegedly caused by the consumption of water collected by a public water supply system if the city is in compliance with the applicable sanitary standards for drinking water.

S.B. 1082 (Hegar), Relating to strategic partnerships for the continuation of certain water districts annexed by a municipality. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.  (Companion bill is H.B. 1979 by Laubenberg.)

S.B. 1087 (Carona), Relating to state-issued certificates of franchise authority to provide cable service and video service.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

S.B. 1120 (Seliger), Relating to the exemption from taxation of property of a local government corporation. Reported from the Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  As reported, the bill would provide that the property of a local government corporation and a transaction to acquire the property is exempt from taxation, except that property of a local government corporation created by a municipal power agency is not exempt from ad valorem taxation if the property is located outside of the boundaries of each of the municipalities that created the municipal power agency.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2100 by Lewis.)

S.B. 1330 (Watson), Relating to the driver safety courses for individuals under the age of 25 and to the driving course requirements for those individuals when receiving deferred adjudication of certain traffic offenses.  Reported from the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.  As reported, the bill would: (1) create requirements for a driver education course specifically for individuals under twenty-five years of age; and (2) require that a driver under the age of twenty-five who commits a moving violation and receives a deferred adjudication or deferred disposition complete a driver education course for drivers under the age of twenty-five.

S.B. 1417 (Hinojosa), Relating to the limitation of liability of certain landowners. Reported from the Senate State Affairs Committee.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2950 by Lozano.)

S.B. 1422 (Nelson), Relating to coordinated county transportation authorities.  Reported from the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee.  As reported, the bill would make various changes to the law relating to coordinated county transportation authorities, including the authorization of various finance mechanisms – such as tax increment financing – between a city and an authority, and would also provide that: (1) a person commits an offense if the person uses the public transportation system run by a coordinated county transportation authority without paying the appropriate fare; and (2) a justice court located in the service area of the authority may enter into an agreement with the authority to try all criminal cases that arise under (1), and – if the court enters into such an agreement – it has exclusive jurisdiction in all criminal cases that arise under (1).

S.B. 1571 (Watson), Relating to information subject to the public information law.  Reported from the Senate Select Committee on Open Government.  As reported, the bill would, among other things: (1) change the definition of “public information” to include: (a) information that is created, possessed, used and relied upon under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any person, including a government agency, board, or institution or an individual, corporation or other business entity, or nonprofit that performs a public function, provides research or consulting services, or conducts a study at the request of a governmental body; and (b) information stored in electronic format that contains public documents, public records, or a communication of official business, regardless of whether it is stored on a server or in a computer facility owned or maintained by a governmental body; (2) define, for purposes of the Public Information Act (PIA), the terms “administer,” and “public function;” (3) provide that the term “public funds” for purposes of the PIA includes funds received from the federal government or from intergovernmental transfers; and (4) require that a contract between a governmental entity that receives state funds and business entity or nonprofit to perform a public function involving the exchange or creation of public information must be drafted in consideration of the requirements of the PIA.

S.B. 1676 (Ellis), Relating to educational and training requirements for certain peace officers on ethical decision making. Reported from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.  (Companion bill is H.B. 2823 by Coleman.)

S.B. 1693 (Carona), Relating to periodic rate adjustments by electric utilities. Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.  The bill would provide that: (1) 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 utility’s invested capital, as defined in the bill and other state law; (2) a periodic rate adjustment must: (a) be approved in compliance with an expedited procedure that provides for appropriate updates of information and allows for participation by the Office of Public Utility Counsel and affected parties and extends for not less than sixty days; (b) take into account the effect that changes in the number of an electric utility’s customers, energy consumption, and energy demand (on a weather-normalized basis) have on the amount of revenue recovered through the electric utility’s base rates; (c) be consistent with the manner in which costs were allocated to each rate class, as approved by the commission, in an electric utility’s most recent base rate statement of intent proceeding with changes to residential and commercial class rates reflected in volumetric changes, to the extent that residential and commercial class rates are collected in that manner based on the utility’s most recent base rate statement of intent proceeding; (d) not diminish the ability of the commission or a regulatory authority, on its own motion or on complaint by an affected person, after reasonable notice and hearing, to change the existing rates of an electric utility for a service after finding that the rates are unreasonable or in violation of law; (e) be applied by an electric utility on a system-wide basis; and (f) be supported by the sworn statement of an appropriate employee of the electric utility that affirms that the filing is in compliance with the provisions of the tariff or tax schedule and is true and correct to the best of the employee’s knowledge, information, and belief; (3) an electric utility in the ERCOT power region, or an unbundled electric utility outside the ERCOT power region in whose service area retail competition is available, that requests a periodic rate adjustment under the bill shall: (a) with some exceptions, and to the extent possible, combine all nonfuel rates to be adjusted in a 12-month period that are charged by the utility to retail electric providers into a single, annual rate adjustment; and (b) finalize the resulting rates and provide notice to retail electric providers of the resulting rates not later than the 45th day before the date the rates take effect; (4) a periodic rate adjustment approved under the bill may not be used to adjust a nonfuel rate relating to the generation of electricity; (5) and electric utility may adjust the utility’s rates using these provisions not more than once per year and not more than four times between comprehensive base rate proceedings; (6) nothing in the proposed language will limit the jurisdiction of a city over the rates, operations, and service of an electric utility or limit the authority of a city to obtain a reimbursement for the reasonable cost of services of a person engaged in certain rate-setting activities; and (7) the commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement the bill.

S.B. 1737 (Van de Putte), Relating to the use and accrual of leaves of absence for military training or duty for officers and employees of the state. Reported from the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

S.B. 1811 (Duncan), Relating to State Fiscal Matters.  Reported from the House Committee on Appropriations.  (See press release elsewhere in this edition.)

S.B. 1906 (Wentworth), Relating to certain notice requirements for municipalities and counties under the open meetings law. Reported from the Senate Select Committee on Open Government. As reported, the bill would provide that a municipal governmental body shall post notice of each meeting on a physical or electronic bulletin board at a place convenient to the public in the city hall.

S.B. 1908 (Lucio), Relating to the authority of a general-law municipality to annex territory receiving water and sewer services from a municipal utility district.  Reported from the Senate International Relations and Trade Committee. 

S.J.R. 4 (Hinojosa), Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.


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