Legislation Archive

SB 291
Authored
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2015

Grants jurisdiction to a county court at law in Tarrant County on any civil appeal from a municipal court in the County.

HB 3994
Co-Sponsored
-
2015

Strengthens parental consent for abortions for minors.

SB 203
Authored
-
2015

Removes the Texas Health Services Authority from statute on September 1, 2021, allowing it to function as a private nonprofit corporation after that date

HB 32
Sponsored
-
2015

Reduces the franchise tax rate by 25%.

SB 1135
Co-Authored
-
2015

Creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for the intentional publication of intimate visual material which are explicit images that are disclosed by a former spouse or partner who is seeking revenge.

SB 18
Authored
-
2015

Creates new Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs and expands existing programs to address GME shortages.

HB 3123
Sponsored
-
2015

Makes adjustments the schedule for agencies undergoing Sunset review.

SB 206
Co-Authored
-
2015

Continues the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 292
Authored
-
2015

Requires medical examiners or justices of the peace to develop a written policy to request a waiver of the 24 hour waiting period for cremation.

SB 219
Co-Authored
-
2015

Clarifies Health and Human Services statutes.

SB 212
Co-Authored
-
2015

Transfers functions of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities to the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 58
Authored
-
2015

Authorizes Denton County to inspect commercial vehicles.

HB 867
Co-Sponsored
-
2015

Establishes the Texas Women Veterans Program.

HB 3337
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires a state agency to establish rules for employee tuition reimbursement payments.

SB 2004
Co-Authored
-
2015

Creates a committee made up of six members to provide a biannual reports to the legislature that includes the amount of money expended from the deferred maintenance fund.

SB 1369
Co-Authored
-
2015

Requires courts appointing attorneys, guardians ad litem, and mediators to prepare a report regarding payments and work hours.

SB 60
Authored
-
2015

Protects child victims and the sensitive evidence collected in child abuse cases at Child Advocacy Centers.

SB 207
Co-Authored
-
2015

Continues the HHSC Office of Inspector General.

HB 7
Sponsored
-
2015

Eliminates 16 professional taxes and reduces the reliance on dedicated accounts for budget certification.

SB 94
Co-Authored
-
2015

Prohibits Pharmacy Benefit Managers from charging pharmacies transaction fees.

SB 1
Authored
-
2015

Provides property tax relief by increasing homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.

SB 55
Authored
-
2015

Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission to support community programs for veterans mental health.

HB 2883
Sponsored
-
2015

Allows a city to extend its crime control and prevention boundaries to areas in its extraterritorial jurisdiction through a referendum of voters.

SJR 5
Co-Authored
-
2015

Dedicates a portion of vehicle sales tax to the State Highway Fund.

HB 554
Co-Sponsored
-
2015

Allows an individual with a CHL to immediately exit a TSA screening checkpoint, in an airport, upon realizing or being notified that they are carrying a handgun.

SB 57
Authored
-
2015

Protects personal information of drivers using toll facilities or public transportation.

HB 281
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires Lewisville approval before expanding Camelot Landfill.

HB 1
Sponsored
-
2015

Establishes a responsible budget for Texas.

SB 208
Co-Authored
-
2015

Continues the Texas Workforce Commission and transfers to it Vocational Rehab programs.

HB 2552
Sponsored
-
2015

Grants road building authority to Canyon Falls MUD 1 of Denton Co.

HB 4176
Sponsored
-
2015

Gives Hickory Creek a seat on the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority Board.

SB 20
Authored
-
2015

Increases transparency, accountability and oversight of state agency contracts.

SB 354
Authored
-
2015

Transfers contracting responsibility of The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas and Court Appointed Child Advocates from the Office of Attorney General to the Health and Human Services Commission.

SB 318
Co-Authored
-
2015

Increases a grant cap to better position military communities to fund the appropriate and necessary projects to avoid closure and provide economic security.

HB 2
Sponsored
-
2015

Makes supplemental appropriations.

SB 678
Authored
-
2015

Limits the liability of a railroad that enters into a contract with Denton County Transportation Authority to provide public passenger rail service, makes conforming changes to align with the Property Code, and clarifies contracting authority.

SB 1279
Co-Authored
-
2015

Adds freestanding emergency medical care facilities to the list of Safe Havens for abandoned infants.

HB 120
Sponsored
-
2015

Authorizes the Texas Division of Emergency Management to purchase food and beverages for its employees when they are providing services in response to a disaster.

SB 795
Co-Authored
-
2015

Directs Secretary of State to develop an interstate voter crosscheck system to prevent duplicate voter registrations in multiple states.

HB 197
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires public institutions of higher education to post mental health resources available to students on its website.

SB 679
Authored
-
2015

Allows the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board to post its meeting notices electronically at its administrative offices.

SB 430
Authored
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2013

Ensures that the state is the payer of last resort for daycare services for kinship caregivers and foster parents.

HB 1392
Sponsored
-
2013

Requires the Department of State Health Services to provide timely and clear guidance on state food regulations to individuals and businesses upon request.

HB 3787
Sponsored
-
2013

Prevents fraud and better assists the Health and Human Services Commission in determining eligibility for its programs by cross-referencing information of program applicants with social security numbers from the Department of Public Safety.

HB 748
Sponsored
-
2013

Directs the Department of Family and Protective Services to seek an appropriate waiver to allow the agency to utilize federal funds for prevention and reunification projects.

HB 1395
Sponsored
-
2013

Eliminates duplicative state regulation of dental laboratories in Texas.

HB 1018
Sponsored
-
2013

Establishes School Health Advisory Council Subcommittees to make recommendations to school boards on how to increase physical activity and improve school fitness among students.

SB 428
Authored
-
2013

Removes administrative barriers to allow DFPS to create a mentoring program for parents in the CPS system.

SB 745
Authored
-
2013

Fixes typographical errors and clarify ambiguous references in law relating to crime victims so that these acts can be carried out as intended.

HB 1690
Sponsored
-
2013

Gives peace officers and judges more authority to enforce communicable disease control measures.

SB 62
Authored
-
2013

Aligns meningitis vaccine requirements for college students with Centers for Disease Control recommendations and national best practices.

SB 518
Co-Authored
-
2013

Allows small brewers to devote a small amount of their annual production limit for direct sales to consumers. Sales to consumers will be dedicated for responsible, on-premise consumption and could not exceed 5,000 barrels annually.

SB 129
Authored
-
2013

Allows filing of a protective order in the county where the domestic violence offense occurred.

SB 515
Co-Authored
-
2013

Raises production limit for brewpubs to 10,000 Barrels up from 5,000. Allows Self-Distribution of 1,000 Barrels.

SB 1060
Authored
-
2013

Requires the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to evaluate family cost sharing provisions in the Early Childhood Intervention program and implement changes to increase the cost effectiveness family cost sharing.

SB 7
Authored
-
2013

Improves the coordination of Medicaid long-term services and supports with acute care services, redesigns the LTSS system to more efficiently serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and expands on quality-based payment initiatives to promote high-quality, efficient care throughout Medicaid.

SB 21
Co-Authored
-
2013

Adds a drug-testing eligibility requirement for applicants to receive unemployment compensation benefits.

SCR 1
Authored
-
2013

Designates the month of April as Water Safety Month.

SB 427
Authored
-
2013

Closes the final loophole in child-care background checks and allows Child Care Licensing (CCL) to focus on high-risk providers.

HB 3285
Sponsored
-
2013

Requires that data submitted by healthcare facilities to the Department of State Health Services regarding Healthcare Associated Infections specify whether an infection resulted in the death of a patient while hospitalized and requires the Department to make this information available to the public.

SB 1057
Authored
-
2013

Requires the Department of State Health Services to educate low-income individuals applying for health services about the availability of coverage and subsidies through the Health Insurance Exchange and requires individuals who are applying to receive services through the Department to certify that they do not have access to private insurance that covers those services.

SB 423
Authored
-
2013

Allows for CPS to create an alternate track for low-risk cases to promote collaboration with families and to ensure child safety.

SB 425
Authored
-
2013

Ensures that the CPS caseworker consult with the CASA, guardian ad litem, and attorney ad litem prior to changing a child's CPS placement, except in cases of emergency.

SB 63
Authored
-
2013

Allows minors who are pregnant or already have children to consent to their own immunizations.

HB 308
Sponsored
-
2013

Allows students and school district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding winter celebrations, including "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," and "happy holidays."

SB 152
Authored
-
2013

Expands protections for patients at our state hospitals by increasing oversight, employee training, and strengthening abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

SB 895
Co-Authored
-
2013

Directs that records of a nonprofit foundation supporting CPRIT is subject to the Open Records Act.

SB 1907
Co-Authored
-
2013

Prohibits a public or private institution of higher education from adopting or enforcing any rule, regulation or other provision prohibiting individuals with a valid concealed handgun license attending the institution from storing a legal handgun in their locked vehicle while parked on campus.

SB 61
Authored
-
2013

Allows active and retired military physicians to provide charitable care to uninsured Texans through a "military limited volunteer license" issued by the Texas Medical Board.

HB 1396
Sponsored
-
2013

Directs the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Department of State Health Services to conduct a study on certain children who test positive for alcohol and controlled substances.

SB 771
Co-Authored
-
2013

Requires that CPS managers, whether newly hired or promoted, complete CPS manager training before beginning this position. The training must assist managers develop skills to manage employee workloads, manage a mobile workforce, and implement operational policies.

HB 2683
Sponsored
-
2013

Protects individuals receiving services through programs administered by DADS from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

SB 894
Co-Authored
-
2013

Prohibits the use of public-private partnerships in the Capitol complex.

SB 128
Authored
-
2013

Allows the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to obtain background checks for blind individuals enrolled in Vocational Rehabilitation.

SB 127
Authored
-
2013

Requires funding formulas for regional and local health departments to be based on local needs, and requires an evaluation of how to best utilize public health funding.

HB 1023
Sponsored
-
2013

Requires HHSC to make recommendations to the Legislature to address mental health workforce shortages in this state.

HB 15
Sponsored
-
2013

Establishes neonatal and maternal level of care designations for hospitals.

SB 130
Authored
-
2013

Clarifies that there is not a conflict of interest when a prosecutor assists a domestic violence victim in obtaining protective orders, even if that victim may be involved in a CPS case in which the prosecutor's office is representing DFPS and the victim is a defendant.

SB 944
Authored
-
2013

Prohibits psychiatric care facilities from hiring psychological nursing assistants, commonly known as psych techs, who have committed serious crimes and requires the Department of State Health Services to maintain an employee misconduct registry for psych techs.

HB 1760
Sponsored
-
2013

Creates a uniform and consistent donation policy for the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

SB 1643
Co-Authored
-
2013

Strengthens the prescription program to deter abuse and addiction.

SB 748
Authored
-
2013

Authorizes Fort Worth to create a project financing zone to improve the Coliseum and Convention Center.

SB 8
Authored
-
2013

Enhances the state's ability to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in Medicaid and across the health and human services system.

SB 1406
Co-Authored
-
2013

Gives SBOE oversight over any service or product by an educational service center (ESC) that is curriculum-related, including instructional materials and curriculum management materials, including CSCOPE.

HB 740
Sponsored
-
2013

Requires all newborns to receive a test for congenital heart disease prior to the newborn's release from the hospital unless the parents opt-out.

HB 3401
Sponsored
-
2013

Requires the Health and Human Services Commission to work with community-based organizations to encourage individuals receiving benefits through Medicaid, TANF, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to access existing online resources that provide nutrition and wellness education and promote healthy lifestyles.

SB 747
Authored
-
2013

Defines a term of two years for the Office of the Ombudsman for the State Supported Living Centers.

HB 144
Sponsored
-
2013

Allows a judge to order that juveniles in the juvenile justice system be screened for chemical dependency.

HB 3556
Sponsored
-
2013

Strengthens licensure requirements for emergency medical services (EMS) providers.

SB 946
Authored
-
2013

Expands the list of victims who are eligible for early lease termination to include individuals who are being stalked; victims of attempted assault or abuse; and victims of indecency with a child and sexual performance with a child.

SB 67
Authored
-
2013

Expands data collection from universities in Texas to include information about what type of human stem cell research is being conducted and how it is funded.

SB 429
Authored
-
2013

Requires judges, before approving the dismissal of a CPS suit, to consider whether any preexisting child support, visitation, or other issues impacting the welfare of children would continue or new orders would be issued.

SB 743
Authored
-
2013

Creates a felony criminal offense for continuous violation of a protective order.

SB 186
Co-Authored
-
2013

Gives counties and municipalities the authority to treat stagnant water located on abandoned or foreclosed properties with a mosquito larvicide in order to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus.

SB 1058
Authored
-
2013

Makes clarifying changes and updates to the Board of Nursing’s regulation of nurses to improve the practice of nursing and patient safety.

SB 597
Co-Authored
-
2013

This bill creates a new specialty license plate specific to the Afghanistan theater of Operation Enduring Freedom.

SB 517
Co-Authored
-
2013

Sets a new annual beer/ale production limit of 125,000 barrels and extends the rights afforded to in-state brewers permit holders to their out-of-state counterparts. Limits the amount of ale that a manufacturer can self-distribute to no more than 40,000 barrels annually.

HB 3196
Sponsored
-
2013

Ensures that nursing facility licensure fees reflect the cost of regulation, aligns Alzheimer's certification with the three-year licensure cycle, and increases accountability in the Medicaid bed allocation process.

SB 60
Authored
-
2013

Protects children's credit scores by requiring credit reporting agencies, at the request of a parent, to create a credit file for a child under the age of 16.

SB 949
Authored
-
2013

Clarifies that a "license holder" under the Medical Practice Act includes a person holding a license, permit, or certificate to practice medicine in Texas for purposes of protecting physician's private information.

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