Legislation Archive

SJR 5
Co-Authored
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2015

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

HB 1
Sponsored
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2015

Establishes a responsible budget for Texas.

HB 2
Sponsored
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2015

Makes supplemental appropriations.

HB 7
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 32
Sponsored
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2015

Reduces the franchise tax rate by 25%.

HB 120
Sponsored
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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.

HB 197
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 281
Sponsored
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2015

Requires Lewisville approval before expanding Camelot Landfill.

HB 635
Sponsored
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2015

Ensures parents have the option to recover remains of a child from a hospital no matter the stage of development of the fetus.

HB 1044
Sponsored
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2015

Renames a portion of FM 423 in Denton County as the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway.

HB 2552
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 2883
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 3123
Sponsored
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2015

Makes adjustments the schedule for agencies undergoing Sunset review.

HB 3337
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 4176
Sponsored
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2015

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

HB 554
Co-Sponsored
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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.

HB 867
Co-Sponsored
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2015

Establishes the Texas Women Veterans Program.

HB 3994
Co-Sponsored
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2015

Strengthens parental consent for abortions for minors.

SB 7
Authored
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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 8
Authored
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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 58
Authored
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2013

Fully integrates physical and behavioral health services for our Medicaid population, expands consumer choice of providers, and increases budget certainty for the state.

SB 59
Authored
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2013

Streamlines agency reporting by eliminating, reducing, or redirecting over 100 statutorily mandated reports.

SB 60
Authored
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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 61
Authored
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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.

SB 62
Authored
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2013

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

SB 63
Authored
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2013

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

SB 64
Authored
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2013

Requires licensed child care facilities to establish risk-based policies to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

SB 66
Authored
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2013

Adds an EMS provider and family violence provider to the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee, clarifies the Committees role, and changes the Committee's reporting requirement from annual to biennial.

SB 67
Authored
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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 126
Authored
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2013

Requires the Department of State Health Services to create a public reporting system to allow the public to view and compare performance and outcome measures among community mental health and substance abuse providers.

SB 127
Authored
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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.

SB 128
Authored
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2013

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

SB 129
Authored
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2013

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

SB 130
Authored
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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 131
Authored
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2013

Authorizes wineries to remain open until 2 AM on New Year's Day to accommodate celebrations.

SB 149
Authored
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2013

Restructures the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), implements recommendations of the State Auditor's Report, and strengthens conflict of interest and compliance provisions at CPRIT.

SB 152
Authored
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2013

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

SB 406
Authored
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2013

Makes it easier for physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants to work together to deliver health care services.

SB 423
Authored
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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
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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 426
Authored
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2013

Promotes evidence-based practices for prevention programs that focus on homes visitation.

SB 427
Authored
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2013

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

SB 428
Authored
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2013

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

SB 429
Authored
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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 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.

SB 743
Authored
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2013

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

SB 745
Authored
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2013

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

SB 746
Authored
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2013

Makes clarifications to bring the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act into compliance with the federal Deficit Reduction Act.

SB 747
Authored
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2013

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

SB 748
Authored
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2013

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

SB 944
Authored
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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.

SB 945
Authored
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2013

Requires all clinical staff, clinical trainees, medical students, interns, and resident physicians of a hospital to wear badges clearly stating their names, their departments, and their job or trainee titles.

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 948
Authored
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2013

Increases representation on the DCTA board, clarifies contracting issues, and authorizes DCTA to join a Local Government Corporation.

SB 949
Authored
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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.

SB 1057
Authored
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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 1058
Authored
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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 1060
Authored
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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.

SCR 1
Authored
-
2013

Designates the month of April as Water Safety Month.

SB 21
Co-Authored
-
2013

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

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 245
Co-Authored
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2013

Expands the eligibility requirements for child advocacy centers (CACs) to receive certain contracts to provide services for children and family members in child abuse and neglect cases.

SB 276
Co-Authored
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2013

Permits Cap Metro and DCTA to create a local government corporation to coordinate transportation services between local entities.

SB 515
Co-Authored
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2013

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

SB 516
Co-Authored
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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 brewer can self-distribute to no more than 40,000 barrels annually.

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.

SB 518
Co-Authored
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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 597
Co-Authored
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2013

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

SB 771
Co-Authored
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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.

SB 894
Co-Authored
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2013

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

SB 895
Co-Authored
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2013

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

SB 1406
Co-Authored
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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.

SB 1643
Co-Authored
-
2013

Strengthens the prescription program to deter abuse and addiction.

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.

HB 15
Sponsored
-
2013

Establishes neonatal and maternal level of care designations for hospitals.

HB 144
Sponsored
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2013

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

HB 595
Sponsored
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2013

Repeals several health and human services programs and advisory councils that have fulfilled their original statutory purpose and are no longer functioning.

HB 738
Sponsored
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2013

Requires the TCEQ to consider input by a county in which a Municipal Utility District (MUD) is proposed outside of a municipality's corporate boundaries.

HB 748
Sponsored
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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 915
Sponsored
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2013

Ensures that the use of psychotropic medications by foster youth is appropriate, necessary, and monitored.

HB 1018
Sponsored
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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.

HB 1023
Sponsored
-
2013

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

HB 1174
Sponsored
-
2013

Increases the penalty for illegally passing a school bus.

HB 1204
Sponsored
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2013

Designates October 1st as Influenza Awareness Day.

HB 1376
Sponsored
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2013

Requires hospital-owned and operated freestanding emergency medical facilities to advertise as emergency rooms if the facility charges emergency room rates.

HB 1392
Sponsored
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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 1395
Sponsored
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2013

Eliminates duplicative state regulation of dental laboratories in Texas.

HB 1396
Sponsored
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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.

HB 1648
Sponsored
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2013

Ensures that all photos, videos, and recordings taken during Child Care Licensing inspections and investigations remain confidential, unless release is required by rule or law.

HB 1690
Sponsored
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2013

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

HB 1760
Sponsored
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2013

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

HB 2111
Sponsored
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2013

Codifies several elements of transition plans for foster youth and further strengthens plans by adding requirements for food preparation and public transportation training.

HB 2536
Sponsored
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2013

Gives Grapevine representation on the Fort Worth Transportation Authority's board.

HB 2673
Sponsored
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2013

Ensures that the state has the tools necessary to protect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) residing in state supported living centers and receiving services in the community.

HB 2683
Sponsored
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2013

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

HB 3196
Sponsored
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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.

HB 3201
Sponsored
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2013

Makes reforms to the Board's complaint review and resolution processes, strengthens the Board's authority and enforcement powers, and increases staffing to improve the Board's ability to respond to complaints and potential fraud.

HB 3253
Sponsored
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2013

Requires the state registrar and local or county registrars to include the date of a person’s death on their birth certificate, regardless of their age.

HB 3285
Sponsored
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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.

HB 3401
Sponsored
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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.

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