Monday, February 7, 2011

Bills to Watch


Texas Conservative Coalition and Republican Party of Texas Platform Legislation

Election Integrity

·       HB16- Riddle – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
·       HB111- Taylor – Relating to the adoption of voting procedures necessary to implement the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.
·       HB112- Harless – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
·       HB174- Jackson - Relating to the cancellation of the voter registration and to the eligibility to vote of persons who are deceased or not citizens of the United States.
·       HB186- Perry – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification; creating a penalty.
·       HB248- Chisum – Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties.
·       HB250- Hilderbran – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification; providing penalties.
·       HB401- Smith – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
·       HB539- Anderson – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
·       HB624- Bonnen – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
·       HB804- Lewis – Relating to the offense of illegal voting by a person who is not a United States citizen.
·       HB926- Harper-Brown – Relating to the use of information from the internal verification system of the Department of Public Safety for voter registration purposes.
·       SB14- Fraser – Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties. Passed Senate 20-12
·       SB178- Fraser – Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification; providing criminal penalties.
·       SB214- Fraser – Relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voter. In committee (State Affairs)
·       SB384- Harris – Relating to the cancellation of the voter registrations of persons who are not U.S. citizens. In committee (State Affairs)

Immigration

·       HB17- Riddle – Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by an illegal alien and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens for committing that criminal offense.
·       HB18- Riddle – Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of laws governing immigration.
·       HB21- Riddle – Relating to reporting by state agencies on the financial effect of providing services to illegal immigrants.
·       HB48- Pena – Relating to authorizing the DPS to investigate the feasibility of and cooperate in the establishment of southbound checkpoints along the international border of this state.
·       HB113- Harless – Relating to the enforcement of immigration laws; providing a civil penalty.
·       HB140- Laubenberg – Relating to requiring state contractors and grant recipients to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program, or E-verify; adding a civil penalty.
·       HB177- Jackson – Relating to the requirement of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States for issuance or renewal of certain occupational licenses, driver's licenses, and identification certificates.
·       HB178- Jackson – Relating to requiring governmental entities to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program or E-verify.
·       HB183- Solomons – Relating to the duty of a law enforcement agency to verify the immigration status of an arrested person.
·       HB186- Perry – Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification; creating a penalty.
·       HB197- Solomons – Relating to the provision of certain documentation before a person may engage in a licensed occupation; providing a criminal penalty.
·       HB202- Solomons – Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program, or E-verify.
·       HB247- Solomons – Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.
·       HB292- Berman – Relating to birth records of children born in this state; creating an offense.
·       HB293- Berman – Relating to eligibility of an individual born in this state whose parents are illegal aliens to receive state benefits.
·       HB294- Berman – Relating to prohibiting a person who is in the U.S. illegally from bringing a claim in state court
·       HB296- Berman – Relating to the enforcement of immigration laws, to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of certain criminal offenses concerning illegal immigration, and to certain employment and labor practices and requirements regarding immigration and immigrants; providing civil and criminal penalties.
·       HB302- Berman – Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities; providing a civil penalty.
·       HB311- Geren – Duty of peace officer to verify immigration status of arrested persons
·       HB601- Jackson – Requiring employers to participate in E-verify
·       HB608- Zerwas – State agency reports on cost of services to non-citizens
·       HB623- Bonnen – Enforcement of immigration laws; English as official language
·       HB838- Elkins - Relating to the enforcement of laws governing immigration by governmental entities.
·       HB875- Howard – Relating to non-citizen defendants’ status and bail
·       HB878- Howard – Requiring employers to participate in E-verify
·       HB892- Howard – Unlawful transport of undocumented persons
·       SB124- Patrick – Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities; providing a civil penalty. In committee (Transportation & Homeland Security)
·       SB126- Patrick – Relating to duty of a peace officer to inquire into the lawful presence of certain persons. In committee (Transportation & Homeland Security)
·       SB259- Harris – Relating to the duty of a peace officer to inquire into the immigration status of persons arrested on other grounds. In committee (Transportation & Homeland Security)
·       SB394- Patrick – Relating to the creation of the offense of unlawful transport of an undocumented person.  In committee (Transportation & Homeland Security)

Limiting Federal Intrusion, Healthcare

·       HB32- Creighton – Relating to the prohibition of required health insurance coverage.
·       HB97- Paxton – Relating to the creation of the Health Freedom Act.
·       HB124- Legler – Relating to payment for health care services and participation in health care system.
·       HB144- Laubenberg – Relating to payment for health care services and participation in health care system.
·       HB203- Hughes – Relating to payment for health care services and participation in health care system.
·       HB297- Berman – Relating to certain federal health care legislation; imposing penalties.
·       HB335- Shelton – Relating to implementation and requirements of certain health care reform laws.
·       HJR24- Paxton – Proposing constitutional amendment relating to rights of individuals to choose or decline to choose to purchase health insurance coverage.
·       HJR27- Legler – Proposing constitutional amendment prohibiting required participation in health care system
·       HJR30- Laubenberg - Proposing constitutional amendment authorizing certain payment for health care services and prohibiting requiring participation in a health care system.
·       HJR51- Christian - Proposing constitutional amendment relating to rights of individuals to choose or decline to choose to purchase health insurance coverage.
·       HJR69- Kolkhorst – Applying to Congress of the U.S. to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution providing that power to regulate health and education is reserved to the states.

Limiting Federal Intrusion

·       HJR50- Creighton – Applying to Congress of the U.S. to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to permit the repeal of federal law by two-thirds of the state legislatures.
·       HJR 55- Christian - Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit a hospital district from using tax revenue to finance the performance of an abortion.
·       HJR60- Pitts - Applying to the Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
·       SJR1- Ogden - Applying to the Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
·       SJR10- Shapiro - Applying to the Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
·       SJR15- Wentworth - Applying to the Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution to provide for term limits, the line-item veto, a balanced federal budget, a limit on federal debt, and the repeal of federal law by two-thirds of the several states.
·       HCR16- Creighton - Affirming that the State of Texas claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution
·       HCR17- Creighton - Applying to Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to permit the repeal of federal law by two-thirds of the state legislatures
·       HCR18- Creighton - Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states an amendment to the U.S. Constitution providing for a federal balanced budget.
·       HCR19- Truitt – Memorializing the U.S. Congress to submit an amendment to the U.S. Constitution providing for repeal of any law if approved by two-thirds of the state legislatures
·       HCR39- Elkins - Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states for ratification a federal balanced budget amendment and to cap the maximum federal income tax rate at 15 percent.

Tax & Budget Reform

·       HB95- Fletcher - Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
·       HB146- Laubenberg - Relating to retention of the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.
·       HB187- Perry – Relating to zero-based budgeting for certain entities funded by this state.
·       HB234- Otto – Relating to liability for interest on ad valorem taxes on improvements that escaped taxation in a previous year.
·       HB241- 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.
·       HB312- Callegari – Relating to limitation on increases in appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation
·       HB380- Callegari – Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations and the use of surplus state revenues.
·       HB461- Kleinschmidt - Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
·       HB469- Callegari - 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.
·       HB472- Anderson - Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
·       HB476- King – Relating to the retention of the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.
·       HB579- Callegari - Relating to the retention of the $1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.
·       HB581- Hancock - Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations.
·       HB609- Zerwas - Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
·       HB651- Christian – Relating to certain restrictions on funds administered by the Department of Agriculture.
·       HB701- Murphy – Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax.
·       HB724- Scwertner – Relating to the abolition of the Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division program administered by the Railroad Commission of Texas.
·       HB732- Hopson – Relating to increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption
·       HB740- Orr – Relating to liability for ad valorem taxes on property that is subject of consignment.
·       HB756- Paxton –Relating to the maximum rate of growth of appropriations.
·       HB780- King – Relating to abolition of school district maintenance and operations ad valorem taxes.
·       HB781- King – Relating to exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.
·       HB795- Zerwas – Relating to the franchise tax and alternative revenue sources and spending priorities for this state.
·       HB798- Creighton – Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
·       HB817- Hughes – Relating to the computation of taxable margin for purposes of the franchise tax by certain taxable entities.
·       HB839- King - Relating to treatment under the public school finance system of school district revenue resulting from reduction or elimination of an optional homestead exemption.
·       HB868- Huberty – Relating to the calculation o the rollback tax rate of a taxing unit other than a school district.
·       HB869- Creighton – Relating to the franchise tax and alternative revenue sources and spending priorities for this state.
·       HB874- Howard – Relating to the provision of information by tax officials related to ad valorem tax rates.
·       HB877- Howard - Relating to the definition of controlling interest for purposes of franchise tax.
·       HB879- Howard – Related to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes.
·       HB889- Lewis – Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of a real property interest in oil or gas in place.
·       HB891- Howard – Relating to the computation of cost of goods sold for purposes of the franchise tax
·       HB930- Darby - Relating to the requirements for an application for a tax warrant authorizing the seizure of personal property for the payment of ad valorem taxes.
·       HB932- Paxton – Relating to franchise tax liability of certain taxable entities.
·       HJR5- Otto - Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding an increase in the maximum amount to be retained in the constitutional economic stabilization fund and dedicating for deposit in that fund certain sales and use tax revenues.
·       HJR16- Riddle - Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a local option election in a county to set a limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes of less than 110 percent but not less than 103 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.
·       HJR18- Branch - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring any increase in a franchise tax rate to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR23- Fletcher - Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran in an amount equal to the amount of the residence homestead exemption to which the disabled veteran was entitled.
·       HJR25- Paxton - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring any increase in a franchise tax rate to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR29- Callegari - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR37- Hughes - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR39- Callegari - Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.
·       HJR42- Callegari - Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth of state appropriations and the use of unencumbered surplus state revenues to provide for a rebate of state franchise taxes, to reduce public school district property taxes, and to fund the state's rainy day fund.
·       HJR45- Parker - Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit a state income tax or increase in a state income tax unless there is a two-thirds vote of the legislature to enact and submit to the voters a law imposing an income tax or increasing that tax.
·       HJR47- Kleinschmidt - Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran in an amount equal to the amount of the residence homestead exemption to which the disabled veteran was entitled on the same property.
·       HJR48- Anderson - Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran in an amount equal to the amount of the residence homestead exemption to which the disabled veteran was entitled on the same property.
·       HJR49- Anderson - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring any increase in a rate of the franchise tax be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR50- Creighton - Applying to Congress to call a convention to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to permit the repeal of federal law by two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states.
·       HJR53- Christian - Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting any political subdivision of this state from imposing ad valorem taxes.
·       HJR58- Hancock - Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth of state appropriations.
·       HJR59- Hancock - Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature.
·       HJR62- Zerwas - Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or more of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.
·       HJR68- Hopson - Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $30,000 and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount.
·       HJR72- King - Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran in an amount equal to the amount of the residence homestead exemption to which the disabled veteran was entitled.
·       HJR73- King – Proposing a constitutional amendment abolishing school district maintenance and operations ad valorem taxes.
·       HJR74- Creighton - Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or more of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.
·       HJR79- Howard – Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or more of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.
·       SB125- Patrick – Relating to the retention of the $ 1 million total revenue exemption for the franchise tax. In committee (Finance).
·       SB129- Patrick – Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation.  In committee (Finance).
·       SB135- Wentworth – Relating to the permissible uses of the state highway fund. In committee (Finance).
·       SB165- Shapiro – Relating to zero-based budgeting for state agencies as a part of the sunset review process.  In committee (Finance).
·       SB175- Nichols – Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residene homestead for ad valorem taxation.  In committee (Finance).
·       SB202- Shapiro – Relating to achievement benchmarks in fiscal notes and to legislative review of those benchmarks.  In committee (Finance).
·       SB326- Duncan – Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain tangible personal property stored temporarily at a location in this state.  In committee (Finance).
·       SB393- Patrick – Relating to amended sales tax reports and the reallocation of sales tax revenue. In committee (Finance).
·       SB409- Estes – Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity.  In committee (Finance).
·       SJR7- Patrick – Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation. - In committee (Finance).
·       SJR11- Nichols - Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year and to permit the voters of a county to establish a higher limitation not to exceed 110 percent on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead in the county. In committee (Finance).
·       SJR12- Patrick – Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature. In committee (Finance).
·       SJR16- Estes - Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity. In committee (Finance).

Public Education

·       HB22- Creighton – Relating to information regarding the citizenship and immigration status of public school students.
·       HB79- Flynn – Relating to the posting of the Ten Commandments in public school classrooms.
·       HB106- Brown – Relating to the consolidation of, or detachment and annexation of territory in, certain school districts.
·       HB107- Brown – Relating to requiring certain home-rule municipalities to obtain annexation approval from voters in the area to be annexed.
·       HB551- Christian – Relating to the eligibility of members of the SBOE to participate in benefits
·       HB742- Hunter – Relating to student information required to be provided at time of enrollment in public schools.
·       HB845- Murphy – Relating to computation of public high school grade point averages.
·       HB860- Patrick – Relating to categories of performance for which a public school campus may receive a distinction designation.
·       HB861- Patrick – Relating to membership of the state continuing advisory committee for special education services.
·       HB862- Patrick - Relating to placing the State Board of Education and the State Board for Educator Certification under periodic review by the Sunset Advisory Commission.
·       HB914- Hancock – Relating to the applicability of certain laws to open-enrollment charter schools.
·       HB936- Harless – Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of open-enrollment charter schools.
·       HJR46- White – Proposing a constitutional amendment releasing a school district from the obligation to comply with an unfunded state educational mandate.
·       HJR70- Paxton – Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the maximum rate of growth of appropriations and the use of unencumbered surplus general revenues to fund the state’s rainy day fund and a public school property tax relief fund.
·       SB79- Nelson – Relating to the contents and applicability of a school district’s grading policy.  In committee (Education).
·       SB127- Patrick – Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of open-enrollment charter schools.  In committee (Education).
·       SB140- Shapiro – Relating to minimum public school attendance for class credit or a grade.  In committee (Education).
·       SB183- Wentworth – Relating to placement of a student in a disciplinary alternative education program for certain harassing behavior directed at an educator.  In committee (Education).
·       SB217- Huffman – Relating to expulsion of a public school student who commits certain criminal acts involving a computer, computer network, or computer system owned by or operated on behalf of a school district.  In committee (Education).
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Higher Education

·       HB33- Branch – Relating to measures to increase the affordability of textbooks used for courses at public institutions of higher learning.
·       HB104- Brown – Relating to abolishing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and transferring the coordinating board’s functions and activities and the State Board of Education’s statutorily assigned functions and activities to the Texas Education Agency.
·       HB136- Shelton – Relating to restrictions on dropping courses at public institutions of higher education.
·       HB458- White – Relating to exempting a school district from the obligation to comply with certain unfunded state educational mandates.
·       HB459- White – Relating to temporary limitations on the total amount of tuition charged to a student by a four-year public institution of higher education.
·       HB464- Kleinschmidt – Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.
·       HB523- Christian – Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a molecular science building at Stephen F. Austin State University.
·       HB537- Brown – Relating to the sale of instructional materials to students of public institutions of higher education.
·       HB560- Christian – Relating to electronic textbooks, state-developed open-source textbooks, and other instructional materials for public schools.
·       HB587- Kleinschmidt – Relating to eliminating the set-aside of a portion of designated tuition for student financial assistance at public institutions of higher education.
·       HB653- Christian – Relating to student loan repayment assistance for speech-language pathologists or audiologists employed by a public school or as faculty members of certain graduate programs at public institutions of higher education.
·       HB714- Anderson – Relating to the acquisition of land and facilities by the Texas State Technical College System.
·       HB723- Harless – Relating to the Lone Star College System District service area.
·       HB733- Patrick – Relating to the number of charters the State Board of Education may grant for oen-enrollment charter schools.
·       HB736- Patrick – Relating to online institution resumes for public institutions of higher education.
·       HB743- Sheffield – Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to notify the federal Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding the withdrawal or nonattendance of certain foreign students.
·       SB162- Shapiro – Relating to developing a developmental education plan for students entering public institutions of higher education.  In committee (Higher Education).
·       SB164- Shapiro – Relating to a fixed academic cost option for resident undergraduate students at general academic teaching institutions.  In committee (Higher Education).
·       SB176- Huffman – Relating to student eligibility for tuition rebates offered by general academic teaching institutions.  In committee (Higher Education).
·       SB228- Nelson – Relating to reporting requirements for institutions of higher education conducting human stem cell research. In committee (Health & Human Services).
·       SB298- Wentworth – Relating to eliminating the set-aside of a portion of designated tuition for student financial assistance at public institutions of higher education.  In committee (Higher Education).
·       SB391- Patrick – Relating to the provision of electronic sample copies of a textbook adopted by the State Board of Education.  In committee (Higher Education).

Concealed Carry

·       HB86- Simpson – Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
·       HB698- Huberty – Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.
·       HB750- Driver – Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education.
·       SB354- Wentworth – Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education.  In committee (Criminal Justice).
·       SB418- Williams – Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting.  In committee (Criminal Justice).

Choose Life

·       HB85- Simpson - Relating to the state's or a state governmental entity's provision of support for the performance of an abortion or abortion-related services.
·       HB201- Morrison – Relating to informed consent to an abortion.
·       HB325- Smith – Relating to providing access to an ultrasound before an abortion.
·       HB411- Laubenberg – Relating to the confidentiality of newborn screening information.
·       HB552- Hunter – Relating to a prohibition on coverage for abortion under health benefit plans offered through a health benefit exchange.
·       HB561- Christian – Relating to a hospital district’s use of tax revenue to finance the performance of an abortion.
·       HB580- Hancock – Relating to informed consent to an abortion.
·       HB779- King – Relating to the state’s or a governmental entity’s direct or indirect use of state or local tax revenue to finance the performance of an elective abortion or elective abortion-related service.
·       HB797- King – Relating to the venue for the filing of certain applications by a pregnant minor with respect to an abortion.
·       HB816- Hunter – Relating to health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions.
·       HJR55- Christian - Proposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit a hospital district from using tax revenue to finance the performance of an abortion.
·       SB16- Patrick – Relating to informed consent to an abortion.  In committee (State Affairs).

Criminal Justice

·       HB227- Smith – Relating to exempting persons who are convicted of certain sexual offenses from registering as a sex offender in this state.
·       HB236- Madden – Relating to the sex offender civil commitment program and to the creation of a state agency to perform the functions relating to the sex offender civil commitment program that are currently performed by the Council on Sex Offender Treatment.
·       HB530- Shelton – Relating to the definition of local law enforcement authority for purposes of the sex offender registration program.
·       HB772- Riddle – Relating to the applicability of certain laws to certain sex offenders.
·       HB867- Darby – Relating to the eligibility of a person convicted of certain sex offenses for jury-recommended community supervision.
·       SB166- Shapiro - Relating to the sex offender civil commitment program and to the creation of a state agency to perform the functions relating to the sex offender civil commitment program that are currently performed by the Council on Sex Offender Treatment.  In committee (Criminal Justice).
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Eminent Domain

·       HB188- Sheffield – Relating to limitations on the use of eminent domain authority.
·       HB279- Geren – Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.
·       SB174- Nichols – Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes.  In committee (State Affairs).
·       SB180- Estes – Relating to the use of eminent domain authority.  In committee (State Affairs).

Other Issues

·       HB81- Flynn – Relating to the use of public funds to print certain public documents in a language other than English and other bilingual requirements.
·       HB82- Flynn – Relating to the criminal offenses applicable to gambling and gambling devices.
·       HB176- Jackson – Relating to designating English as the official language of the state.
·       HB301- Berman – Relating to the establishment of English as the official language of Texas and the requirement that official acts of government be performed in English.
·       HB362- Solomons – Relating to the regulation by a property owners’ association of the installation of solar energy devices and certain roofing materials on property.
·       HB615- Kleinschmidt – Relating to requiring that certain tests required for the issuance of a driver’s license be conducted in English.


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