Significant Floor Actions

H.B. 396 (Thompson), relating to providing a federal postcard applicant with a ballot for any election in which the applicant is eligible to vote.  Passed the House.

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.  Passed the House.  (Note:  this bill, as it passed the House, would permit a city to increase the minimum hours worked, from 1,000 to not more than 1,500, in order to participate as a full-time employee in TMRS, other than for police officers and firefighters.)

H.B. 928 (Krause), relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.  Passed the House.  (Note:  this bill would deny state grants to cities that enforce certain federal firearms laws.)

H.B. 1050 (Callegari), relating to construction-related contracts by governmental entities.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1076 (Toth), relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1314 (Creighton), relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1360 (Ritter), relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.  Passed the House.  (Note:  this bill, as it passed the House, would exempt from property taxes land leased to a charter school.)

H.B. 1736 (Anchia), relating to an exemption from property taxation for certain facilities that convert landfill generated methane into renewable natural gas.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1813 (Lucio), relating to the authority of a municipality to confiscate packaged fireworks.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1897 (Eiland), relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of pollution control property.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1908 (Eiland), relating to sports and community venue projects.  Passed the House.

H.B. 1967 (Deshotel), relating to use of sales and use tax proceeds by certain economic development corporations for certain job-related skills training.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2015 (Davis), relating to the proper classification of workers performing services under certain governmental contracts.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2290 (Lozano), relating to the retention of a portion of money received by a local government to implement a supplemental environmental project.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2414 (Button), relating to requirements for open meetings held by videoconference call.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2473 (Deshotel), relating to use of sales and use tax proceeds by economic development corporations in connection with housing facilities for certain institutions of higher education.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2580 (Harper-Brown), relating to the authority of municipalities to create freight rail districts that have the powers of rural rail transportation districts.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2712 (Perez), relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of energy storage systems used for the control of air pollution in a nonattainment area.  Passed the House.

H.B. 2757 (Bonnen), relating to authorizing a municipality to file a lien on homestead property for the costs incurred by the municipality related to a dangerous structure on the property.  Passed the House.

H.B. 3121 (Harper-Brown), relating to the qualifications for the exemption from ad valorem taxation for certain tangible personal property located in this state for a limited time.  Passed the House.

H.B. 3511 (Ritter), relating to adjudication of claims under water contracts with local government entities.  Passed the House.  (Note:  this bill would waive city sovereign immunity for certain contracts related to the sale of water by cities to industry.)

H.B. 3739 (Burnam), relating to the continued employment of municipal employees who become candidates for public office.  Passed the House.

H.J.R. 24 (Perry), proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse.  Passed the House.

S.B. 186 (Carona), relating to the abatement of mosquitoes in stagnant water located on certain uninhabited residential property.  Passed the House.

S.B. 349 (Nichols), relating to standards for power lines.  Passed the House.

S.B. 366 (Taylor), relating to the authority of political subdivisions to offer certain deferred compensation plans to employees.  Passed the House.

S.B. 471 (Ellis), relating to technological efficiencies in the recording of certain open meetings.  Passed the House.

S.B. 567 (Watson), relating to rates for water service and to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  Passed the House.

S.B. 965 (Williams), relating to the correction of employment termination reports for law enforcement officers.  Passed the House.

S.B. 1563 (Ellis), relating to the definition of and access to public information.  Passed the Senate.  (Note:  see the article elsewhere in this edition for additional information on this bill.)

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