BILL WATCH LIST
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04-25-2019 - 00:21:51

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HB 9   Bonnen, Greg Relating to the contributions to and benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Laid on the table - subject to call - see SB 12

HB 63   Moody, Joe Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 64   Canales, Terry Relating to the expunction of arrest records and files relating to certain criminal offenses.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 122   Hinojosa, Gina Relating to the medical use of marihuana.
Bill History: 04-11-19 H Committee action pending House Public Health

HB 125   Martinez, Armando Relating to the online publication of home addresses of certain occupational license holders.
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Business and Commerce

HB 158   Canales, Terry Relating to the use of certain previous convictions for enhancing the criminal penalty for certain subsequent criminal offenses.
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 162   White, James Relating to suspending the driver's licenses of certain persons convicted of driving while intoxicated offenses.
Bill History: 04-16-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Transportation

HB 171   Canales, Terry Relating to the admissibility of evidence in an asset forfeiture proceeding and the seizure and forfeiture of certain property.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits property that can be seized. Only would allow seizure of contraband, not property lawful to own.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Not heard in committee House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 183   Stephenson, Phil Relating to a pension revenue enhancement plan for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.026 House Pensions/Investments/Financial

HB 186   Canales, Terry Relating to the determination of the weight of marihuana and other tetrahydrocannabinols for the purpose of the prosecution and punishment of the offense of possession of those substances.
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 230   Krause, Matt Relating to reporting by political subdivisions regarding the receipt or expenditure of federal funds.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House Appropriations

HB 238   Krause, Matt Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 262   Thompson, Ed Relating to the authority of the governing body of a local authority to operate an automated traffic control system.
Remarks: WATCH: Would end "trace" narcotics cases.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Transportation

HB 265   Blanco, Cesar Relating to the collection and reporting of information from motor vehicle stops made by law enforcement.
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 281   Middleton, Mayes (F) Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying activities.
Bill History: 04-05-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House State Affairs

HB 282   Neave, Victoria Relating to education and training for peace officers regarding trauma-informed interviewing of victims of sexual assault or other sex offenses.
Remarks: Requires TCOLE to develop and an officer to complete a statewide comprehensive education and training program on trauma-informed interviewing of victims of sexual assault or other sex offenses. An officer shall complete the program not later than the second anniversary of the date the officer is licensed under this chapter or the date the officer applies for an intermediate proficiency certificate, whichever date is earlier.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Postponed on second reading until 10:00 a.m., Monday,
April 29, 2019

HB 289   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to the criminal penalty for possession of certain small amounts of controlled substances in Penalty Group 1.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 290   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to the minimum wage.
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev

HB 292   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to inclusion of instruction on the trafficking of persons in the basic training curriculum for peace officers.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Adds Human Trafficking training to BPOC.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 343   Nevarez, Poncho Relating to the annual state salary supplement for certain county judges.
Remarks: WATCH: Salary Supplement for County Judges.
Bill History: 02-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House County Affairs

HB 344   Dutton, Harold Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues

HB 363   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to the creation of the office of independent oversight ombudsman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Corrections

HB 373   Allen, Alma Relating to conditions of community supervision prohibiting contact with certain persons.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 419   Geren, Charlie Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 440   Murphy, Jim
Lucio, Eddie
Relating to general obligation bonds issued by political subdivisions.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Committee action pending Senate Property Tax

HB 446   Moody, Joe Relating to the criminal consequences of engaging in certain conduct with respect to certain instruments designed, made, or adapted for use in striking a person with a fist.
Remarks: WATCH: Legalizes the possession of "knuckles".
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Criminal Justice

HB 461   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to an exemption from civil liability for certain professionals for the disclosure of certain mental health information.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 477   Murphy, Jim
Bettencourt, Paul
Relating to the notice required before the issuance of certain debt obligations by political subdivisions.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Committee action pending Senate Property Tax

HB 521   Dutton, Harold Relating to the charging instrument in the prosecution of the offense of resisting arrest.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Back door attempt to attack the validity of the resisting charge if the underlying offense is dismissed or invalid. The law already provides that it is offense even if the arrest is unlawful.

HB 521 CWJ: Testified against on 3/4/19. RO: Submitted memo of opp to committee 3/18/19.

Bill History: 03-04-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 534   Geren, Charlie Relating to the eligibility of emergency service dispatchers to participate in a public safety employees treatment court program.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 551   Canales, Terry Relating to the prosecution of and criminal penalties for the possession of marihuana concentrate.
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 655   Dutton, Harold Relating to a peace officer training advisory committee.
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 781   Davis, Sarah Relating to prohibiting political contributions and political expenditures made by certain persons with public funds.
Remarks: WATCH: Prohibits local governments from using public funds to make a political contribution or expenditure.
Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

HB 804   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to the authority of peace officers to conduct certain searches.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Limits ability to conduct consent searches or seize evidence unless specific rules are followed. A body camera or dashcam malfunction could result in evidence being thrown out.
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 818   Cole, Sheryl (F) Relating to the release by a peace officer of certain individuals suspected of the offense of public intoxication.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Provides PO with option to release intoxicated individual to a sobriety center.
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 828   Rose, Toni Relating to credit toward payment of a fine and costs for certain misdemeanants confined in jail or prison before sentencing.
Remarks: WATCH: Gives credit for time served in fine only cases for time the defendant was confined in jail or prison while serving a sentence for another offense if that confinement occurred after the commission of the misdemeanor.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 830   Israel, Celia Relating to the release by a peace officer of certain individuals suspected of the offense of public intoxication.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Provides PO with option to release intoxicated individual to a sobriety center.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Laid on the table - subject to call - see SB 306

HB 875   Allen, Alma Relating to requiring a school district or open-enrollment charter school to report data regarding restraints administered to, complaints filed against, citations issued to, and arrests made of students.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Public Education

HB 876   Allen, Alma Relating to the model training curriculum and required training for school district peace officers and school resource officers.
Remarks: WATCH: Requires school resource officers in school districts with an enrollment of 30,000 to obtain the same training that officers in districts with over 30,000 have to obtain now.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Public Education

HB 930   Anchia, Rafael Relating to use of force or deadly force in defense of a person.
Bill History: 02-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 985   Parker, Tan Relating to the effect of certain agreements with a collective bargaining organization on certain state-funded public work contracts.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 1001   Israel, Celia Relating to whom certain violations of the law by a state or local governmental entity may be reported.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House State Affairs

HB 1011   Sanford, Scott Relating to exempting certain honorably retired peace officers from continuing education requirements.
Remarks: WATCH: Exempts certain honorably retired state officers who are appointed as special rangers or officers from having to complete continuing education.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1020   Moody, Joe Relating to requiring certain law enforcement agencies to implement a policy regarding cite and release for certain criminal offenses.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1042   Toth, Steve Relating to requiring law enforcement agencies to establish a campus active shooter response plan.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1139   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with an intellectual disability.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 1149   White, James Relating to the eligibility for a license to carry a handgun.
Remarks: Removes a long list of prohibitions from obtaining a LTC, and simply state that the person is eligible if they are not prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Removed from hearing 04/17/19 House Homeland Security and Public S

HB 1153   White, James Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Corrections

HB 1217   Ortega, Lina Relating to the inquiry of immigration status of a person under a lawful detention by certain persons under the direction or control of a local governmental entity or campus police department.
Bill History: 02-26-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

HB 1323   Murr, Andrew Relating to bail proceedings and related duties of a magistrate in a criminal case.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 1342   Leach, Jeff Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Corrections

HB 1372   White, James Relating to the administrative, civil, and criminal consequences imposed on persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of certain criminal offenses, including certain conditions of suspension or renewal of a dri
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1386   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to training and development activities for persons who may interact with an individual with autism or other pervasive developmental disorder.
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Health and Human Services

HB 1451   King, Phil Relating to peace officers commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement for disaster response.
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1467   Talarico, James (F) Relating to a mental health professional to school law enforcement official ratio for public schools.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Public Education

HB 1471   Darby, Drew Relating to a school security volunteer program.
Remarks: WATCH: Allows retired law enforcement officers and veterans to serve as school security volunteers and carry handguns.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Public Education

HB 1497   Metcalf, Will Relating to the issuance of specially marked driver's licenses and personal identification certificates to emergency medical services personnel.
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1530   Paddie, Chris Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas, the conditional transfer of the driver licensing program to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Remarks: DPS Sunset Bill
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1553   White, James Relating to the composition of the Commission on Jail Standards.
Remarks: WATCH: Increases JSC from 9 to 11 members with one certified psychiatrist and one member with expertise in providing veterans with information on programs, services and resources to veterans.
Bill History: 04-26-19 H Set on the Local Calendar

HB 1578   Thierry, Shawn Relating to establishing the Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention Task Force.
Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health

HB 1651   Gonzalez, Mary Relating to the care of pregnant women confined in county jail.
Remarks: WATCH: Requires JSC to adopt reasonable rules regarding the use of retraints to control a pregnant prisoner. Limits use of restraints.
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Criminal Justice

HB 1654   Goldman, Craig Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits local control of labor issues not already regulated by the state. Though this applies to employee benefits regulated locally for private business, it could easily spill over to limit benefits for public employees.

SB 15: CBW signed up against on 2/28/19

Bill History: 03-04-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

HB 1700   Hunter, Todd Relating to public information in the possession, custody, or control of a current or former officer or employee of a governmental body.
Remarks: WATCH: Requires former employees to return public information they have on a private device to the governmental employer.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House State Affairs

HB 1713   Ramos, Ana-Maria (F) Relating to requiring a person convicted of an offense involving family violence or a felony or a person who is the subject of a protective order to surrender firearms owned by the person.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1722   Coleman, Garnet Relating to the establishment by counties and municipalities of disease control programs to reduce the risk of certain infectious and communicable diseases.
Remarks: WATCH: (j) A peace officer may not stop, search, or seize a person or base probable cause solely because the person visits an organization operating under Subchapter K, Chapter 81.
Bill History: 04-22-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House County Affairs

HB 1735   Howard, Donna Relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at public and private postsecondary educational institutions.
Remarks: WATCH: Requires each peace officer employed by a postsecondary educational institution to complete training on trauma-informed investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 1876   Davis, Sarah Relating to the ethics of public servants, including regulations related to certain political contributions, lobbying activities, reports, and disclosures.
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 1877   Davis, Sarah Relating to the ethics of public servants, including regulations relating to certain contributions, expenditures, and reports, and certain authority and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission.
Bill History: 03-20-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 1887   Murphy, Jim Relating to the evaluation and reporting of investment practices and performance of certain public retirement systems.
Remarks: WATCH: Added expense, duplicity in reporting.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

HB 1895   Nevarez, Poncho Relating to the investigation of fire fighters employed by certain municipalities and districts.
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Urban Affairs

HB 1957   Dutton, Harold Relating to a provision of a contract that conflicts with state law.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Prohibits superseding state law in a contract. Does not exempt meet & confer and bargaining contracts.

CWJ: Met with Dutton's staff on 3/13/18.

Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry

HB 1979   Reynolds, Ron Relating to prohibiting the confinement of inmates by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in facilities operated by private vendors.
Remarks: WATCH: Private Prison Bill
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Committee action pending House Corrections

HB 2079   Coleman, Garnet Relating to compensation under the Crime Victims' Compensation Act for certain expenses.
Remarks: Expands CVC assistance for family violence to a child who is a victim of a murder attempt in the child's place of residence.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Passed to third reading

HB 2191   Capriglione, Giovanni Relating to the public information law.
Remarks: WATCH: Potential vehicle for "g" file amendments. Does open record request procedure in this bill supersede language for open record requests in the body cam statute?
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House State Affairs

HB 2232   Reynolds, Ron Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license.
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Corrections

HB 2233   White, James Relating to the eligibility for certain occupational licenses and the use of a person's criminal history as grounds for certain actions related to the license.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Corrections

HB 2262   Thompson, Ed Relating to the use of traffic surveillance systems.
Bill History: 03-26-19 H Committee action pending House Transportation

HB 2266   Anchia, Rafael Relating to the repeal of certain provisions governing state and local enforcement of immigration laws and other provisions related to immigration law.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 2311   Kacal, Kyle Relating to the portion retained by a municipality or county of certain court costs and fines imposed for a criminal offense.
Remarks: WATCH: Fee bill. Allows cities under 2,000 population to keep 50% of traffic fines.
Bill History: 04-16-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House County Affairs

HB 2314   Toth, Steve Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.
Remarks: WATCH: Changes age of responsibility for some offenses to 18.
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues

HB 2382   Dutton, Harold Relating to the classification of certain conduct by juveniles constituting the offense of evading detention.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends Family Code and reclassifies the offense of evading arrest or detention by a juvenile from being considered "delinquent conduct" to the less serious category of "conduct indicating a need for supervision" if the offense was a Class A misdemeanor.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues

HB 2396   Lozano, Jose Relating to the accrual of interest on annuity and other payments made to certain retirees who have resumed employment within the Texas Municipal Retirement System.
Remarks: OPPOSE: TMRS Return to work bill.
Bill History: 03-06-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 2398   Thompson, Senfronia Relating to grand jury proceedings.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 2404   Bell, Cecil Relating to establishment of the office of first responder support within the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and to the provision of critical incident support services to first responders.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 2427   Reynolds, Ron Relating to grand jury proceedings.
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 2763   Flynn, Dan Relating to the police pension fund in certain municipalities.
Remarks: A number of changes to Art. 6243p. Galveston Employees’ Retirement Plan for Police - 8 trustees instead of 7. Removes police association president as member of the board and requires two members to be elected. ACTION INCREASING AMORTIZATION PERIOD. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the rate of the municipality's contributions to the pension fund may not be reduced or eliminated, a new monetary benefit payable by the pension fund may not be established, and the amount of a monetary benefit from the fund may not be increased, if, as a result of the particular action, the time, as determined by an actuarial valuation, required to amortize the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the pension fund would be increased to a period that exceeds 25 years. Allows retirement at age 58 with 25 years of service.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servic

HB 2821   Flynn, Dan Relating to credit in, benefits from, and administration of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

HB 2941   Guillen, Ryan Relating to requiring each state agency to post on the agency's Internet website information on suicide prevention for certain individuals.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security

HB 3063   Smithee, John Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Allow an officer to retain their animal when they retire or when the animal is retired. Or allow the family to retain the animal if the officer dies in the line of duty.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 3349   Bucy, John (F) Relating to certain drug tests administered to employees and independent contractors of state agencies and political subdivisions.
Remarks: Prohibits the state or political subdivisions from drug testing employees except for peace officers.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3373   Middleton, Mayes (F) Relating to the police pension fund in certain municipalities.
Remarks: A number of changes to Art. 6243p. Galveston Employees’ Retirement Plan for Police - 8 trustees instead of 7. Removes police association president as member of the board and requires two members to be elected. ACTION INCREASING AMORTIZATION PERIOD. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the rate of the municipality's contributions to the pension fund may not be reduced or eliminated, a new monetary benefit payable by the pension fund may not be established, and the amount of a monetary benefit from the fund may not be increased, if, as a result of the particular action, the time, as determined by an actuarial valuation, required to amortize the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the pension fund would be increased to a period that exceeds 25 years. Allows retirement at age 58 with 25 years of service.
Bill History: 04-11-19 H Committee action pending House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

HB 3447   Smithee, John Relating to the content of detailed reports filed by lobbyists and to monetary limits on expenditures by lobbyists.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3527   Rose, Toni Relating to inclusion of instruction on the trafficking of persons in the basic training curriculum for peace officers.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Adds Human Trafficking training to BPOC.
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3596   Rose, Toni Relating to compensation received by state employees working in certain high injury risk positions.
Bill History: 03-18-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

HB 3811   Martinez Fischer, Trey Relating to the enforcement by certain local governmental entities and campus police departments of state and federal laws governing immigration.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3813   Martinez Fischer, Trey Relating to the removal from office of a public officer of a political subdivision for policies or actions regarding immigration enforcement.
Remarks: Repeals removal of office provision for public officer who violates Sec. 752.053. POLICIES AND ACTIONS REGARDING IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3858   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to an employment termination report submitted by a law enforcement agency.
Remarks: WATCH (Possible Support): Substitute would allow agency head to change F5 in the officers favor after the orginal F5 had already been submitted.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3859   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to mental health assessment programs for certain municipal police and fire departments.
Remarks: Houston Only - (c) Each municipal police and fire department shall establish and operate a mental health assessment program in accordance with this section to provide a mental health assessment for police officers or firefighters involved in a critical incident. Requires officers to participate. A municipal police or fire department may not terminate or retaliate against a police officer or firefighter for participating in the program.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs

HB 3907   Moody, Joe Relating to use of the electronic funds transfer system operated by the comptroller.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3925   Martinez, Armando Relating to rules for fixing the amount of bail and to the release of certain defendants on a bail bond or personal bond.
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 3938   Moody, Joe Relating to the consideration of the views of a close relative of a deceased victim regarding the imposition of the death penalty in a capital case.
Remarks: WATCH: Allows court to consider when sentencing evidence of the views of a close relative of a deceased victim, as defined by Article 56.01, regarding the imposition of the death penalty in the case.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 4073   Perez, Mary Ann Relating to the time for dissolution of a crime control and prevention district.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.028 House County Affairs

HB 4159   Capriglione, Giovanni Relating to state programs not funded by appropriations.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 4187   Middleton, Mayes (F) Relating to the reporting of certain felony offenses to prosecuting attorneys and to allegations regarding a peace officer's retaliatory action taken because of that report.
Bill History: 03-25-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 4236   Anderson, Doc Relating to a limited viewing of certain body worn camera recordings.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

HB 4337   Bohac, Dwayne Relating to positions designated as exempt from sheriff's department civil service systems in certain counties.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Changes exempt positions in Sheriff's Departments. Raises positions to 12 for counties with a population of 900, 000 or less. In counties with 900,000 or more, the sheriff can designate any position deemed as a specialist as exempt and total positions are raised from 15 to 30 in a county with 3 million or more. Meet & Confer would allow each county to negotiate this provision.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., E2.028 House County Affairs

HB 4413   Buckley, Brad (F) Relating to state occupational licensing of certain military service members, military veterans, and military spouses.
Remarks: WATCH: Authorizes Texas Veterans Commission to study and make recommendations for transferable training/education/experience/etc. that will allow military and military spouses to get occupational licenses issued by the state.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Defense and Veteran's Affairs

HB 4417   Middleton, Mayes (F) Relating to the hours of work of county employees.
Bill History: 04-22-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House County Affairs

HJR 21   Reynolds, Ron Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.
Bill History: 04-11-19 H Committee action pending House Public Health

HJR 75   Murphy, Jim Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for the obligations of a local public retirement system.
Remarks: WATCH: Calls an election for a constitutional amendment that would provide that the state is not liable for any debts or obligations for local public retirement systems.
Bill History: 02-27-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Appropriations

HJR 122   Burns, DeWayne Proposing a constitutional amendment to require the legislature to provide for the reimbursement of certain political subdivisions for the implementation of laws.
Remarks: Constitutional amendment requiring state to fund future mandates.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

SB 15   Creighton, Brandon Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of certain employment benefits and policies.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Limits local control of labor issues not already regulated by the state. Though this applies to employee benefits regulated locally for private business, it could easily spill over to limit benefits for public employees.

SB 15: CBW signed up against on 2/28/19

Bill History: 04-08-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for

SB 43   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the use of a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 44   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the use of a wireless communication device by a state officer or employee while operating a motor vehicle.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 62   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the creation and duties of the unfunded mandates interagency work group.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance

SB 156   Rodriguez, Jose Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 166   Rodriguez, Jose Relating to the inquiry of immigration status of a person under a lawful detention by certain persons under the direction or control of a local governmental entity or campus police department.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 167   Rodriguez, Jose Relating to the enforcement by certain local governmental entities and campus police departments of state and federal laws governing immigration.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 168   Rodriguez, Jose Relating to the removal from office of a public officer of a political subdivision for policies or actions regarding immigration enforcement.
Remarks: Repeals removal of office provision for public officer who violates Sec. 752.053. POLICIES AND ACTIONS REGARDING IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 188   Miles, Borris Relating to the creation of the office of independent oversight ombudsman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Bill History: 02-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 305   Watson, Kirk Relating to a defense of prosecution for certain offenses involving possession of small amounts of controlled substances and other prohibited drugs, substances, or paraphernalia for defendants seeking assistance for a suspected overdose.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 306   Watson, Kirk
Israel, Celia
Relating to the release by a peace officer of certain individuals suspected of the offense of public intoxicaiton.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Provides PO with option to release intoxicated individual to a sobriety center.
Bill History: 04-16-19 G Sent to the Governor

SB 322   Huffman, Joan Relating to the evaluation and reporting of investment practices and performance of certain public retirement systems.
Remarks: WATCH: Added expense, duplicity in reporting.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

SB 332   West, Royce Relating to preventing racial profiling and to video and audio equipment and recordings of certain law enforcement motor vehicle stops.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Does not include provisions related to "law enforcement purpose" and the right to view the video before being required to give a statement.
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Criminal Justice

SB 336   West, Royce Relating to credit toward payment of a fine and costs for certain misdemeanants confined in jail or prison before sentencing.
Remarks: WATCH: Gives credit for time served in fine only cases for time the defendant was confined in jail or prison while serving a sentence for another offense if that confinement occurred after the commission of the misdemeanor.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 366   Watson, Kirk Relating to the content of detailed reports filed by lobbyists and to monetary limits on expenditures by lobbyists.
Bill History: 04-01-19 H Referred to House Committee on House State Affairs

SB 378   Hall, Bob Relating to prohibiting public funds from being used to enforce certain federal or international laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas.
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 418   Miles, Borris Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense comitted by a person with an intellectual disability.
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 473   Hancock, Kelly Relating to the effect of certain agreements with a collective bargaining organization on certain state-funded public work contracts.
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 523   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license.
Bill History: 02-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 557   Kolkhorst, Lois Relating to use of the electronic funds transfer system operated by the comptroller.
Remarks: WATCH: Could be a vehicle to prohibit check off.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Referred to House Committee on House State Affairs

SB 585   Watson, Kirk Relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at public and private postsecondary educational institutions.
Bill History: 04-16-19 S Reported from committee as substituted Senate Higher Education

SB 616   Birdwell, Brian Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas, the conditional transfer of the driver licensing program to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
Remarks: DPS Sunset Bill
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 628   Whitmire, John Relating to bail proceedings and related duties of a magistrate in a criminal case.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 651   West, Royce Relating to the charging instrument in the prosecution of the offense of resisting arrest.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Back door attempt to attack the validity of the resisting charge if the underlying offense is dismissed or invalid. The law already provides that it is offense even if the arrest is unlawful.

HB 521 CWJ: Testified against on 3/4/19.

Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 672   Menendez, Jose Relating to the repeal of certain provisions governing state and local enforcement of immigration laws and other provisions related to immigration law.
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 830   Huffman, Joan Relating to a vaccine preventable disease policy for first responders of emergency response entities.
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

SB 944   Watson, Kirk Relating to the public information law.
Remarks: WATCH: Potential vehicle for "g" file amendments. Does open record request procedure in this bill supersede language for open record requests in the body cam statute?
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Referred to House Committee on House State Affairs

SB 973   Birdwell, Brian Relating to a limited viewing of certain body worn camera recordings.
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 1165   Rodriguez, Jose Relating to an inquiry by a peace officer as to the nationality or immigration status of a person presumed to be a family violence victim or witness.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 1245   Miles, Borris Relating to conditions of community supervision prohibiting contact with certain persons.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 1286   Johnson, Nathan (F) Relating to whom certain violations of the law by a state or local governmental entity may be reported.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 1337   Huffman, Joan
Flynn, Dan
Relating to credit in, benefits from, and administration of the Texas Municipal Retirement System.
Remarks: WATCH: TMRS Omnibus Clean Up Bill.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

SB 1369   Buckingham, Dawn Relating to state programs not funded by appropriations.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance

SB 1397   Flores, Pete Relating to exempting certain honorably retired peace officers from continuing education requirements.
Remarks: WATCH: Exempts certain "special" state officers from continuing education requirements.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 1479   Johnson, Nathan (F) Relating to the prosecution of, criminal penalties for, and other consequences of possession of one ounce or less of marihuana.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 1531   Hancock, Kelly
White, James
Relating to the eligibility for certain occupational licenses and the use of a person's criminal history as grounds for certain actions related to the license.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Corrections

SB 1554   Lucio, Eddie Relating to the consideration of the views of a close relative of a deceased victim regarding the imposition of the death penalty in a capital case.
Remarks: WATCH: Allows court to consider when sentencing evidence of the views of a close relative of a deceased victim, as defined by Article 56.01, regarding the imposition of the death penalty in the case.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 1570   Flores, Pete Relating to the effect of certain felony convictions of certain corrections employees.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 A.M., Senate Chamber Senate State Affairs

SB 1683   Huffman, Joan Relating to the benefits from, membership in, and administration of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Bill History: 04-04-19 S Voted favorably from committee as substituted Senate State Affairs

SB 1688   West, Royce Relating to access to certain litigation, law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 1878   West, Royce Relating to a mental health professional to school law enforcement official ratio for public schools.
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

SB 1989   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the use of restraint, seclusion, and time-out in public schools.
Bill History: 03-19-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

SB 2100   Birdwell, Brian Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Allow an officer to retain their animal when they retire or when the animal is retired. Or allow the family to retain the animal if the officer dies in the line of duty.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 2114   West, Royce Relating to certain duties of peace officers and law enforcement agencies concerning certain information subject to disclosure to a defendant.
Remarks: Requires a law enforcement agency filing a criminal case to submit to the attorney representing the state a written statement by a peace officer employed by the agency acknowledging that all documents, items, and information in the possession of the agency that are required to be disclosed to the defendant in the case under Article 39.14(h) have been transmitted to the attorney representing the state. OPPOSE as filed. 4/10/19 negotiated changes that if adopted would allow us to SUPPORT. Removes peace officer having to sign written statement. Misconduct would have to be sustained and finally adjudicated in order for officer to be added to DA's "Brady" list.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for

SB 2127   Creighton, Brandon Relating to a border volunteer training program for peace officers employed by local law enforcement agencies.
Remarks: WATCH: Allows DPS to develop a volunteer border training program for peace officers employed by local law enforcement that will prepare officers to assist in the interdiction, investigation, and prosecution of criminal activity in the Texas-Mexico border region; Texas DPS can commission these volunteers.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Passed (Vote: Y: 19/N: 12)

SB 2158   Buckingham, Dawn Relating to tactical medical officers.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 2189   Whitmire, John Relating to the administrative, civil, and criminal consequences imposed on persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of certain criminal offenses, including certain conditions of suspension.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 2271   Miles, Borris Relating to compensation under the Crime Victims' Compensation Act for certain expenses.
Remarks: Expands CVC assistance for family violence to a child who is a victim of a murder attempt in the child's place of residence.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S First placement on Senate Intent Calendar for

SB 2291   Hughes, Bryan Relating to service by retirees under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SJR 7   Rodriguez, Jose Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services

SJR 10   Buckingham, Dawn Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would require an election to amend the constitution to prohibit the legislature from passing an law that is an unfunded mandate.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SJR 27   Huffman, Joan Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for the obligations of a local public retirement system.
Bill History: 04-11-19 S Passed to third reading (Vote: Y: 20/N: 10)


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