The 82nd Texas Legislature will be in session 140 days. The first day of the session was Tuesday, January 11, 2011 and the last day of the session is Monday, May 30, 2011. The last day to file regular bills be Friday, March 11, 2011. Governor Perry has until June 19th to review bills passed by the State Legislature. He can sign a bill to authorize new law, or he can let a bill become law without signing, or he can veto a bill.
HB 1 – (Pitts) Relating to General Appropriations. Among other things, this bill would reduce expenditures for 9-1-1 Network by 27%; reduce by 48% disaster funding to state and local agencies when the Governor finds the demands on funds regularly appropriated are insufficient to respond to a particular disaster; reduce by Criminal Justice grants by 55%, impacting the number of grants awarded from an estimated 900 in FY 2011 to approximately 520 each fiscal year of the 2012-13 biennium; and eliminate funding for the Flood Control Dam Grant Program which provides operations and maintenance, structural repair, and rehabilitation needs to flood control dams across the State.
HB 614 - (Hopson) Relating to allowing health care providers to provide services across state lines in catastrophic circumstances
HB 803 – (Bonnen) Relating to the penalty for failure to make a timely installment payment of ad valorem taxes on property in a disaster area. SB 432 is identical
HB 805 – (Callegari) Relating the requirement that certain water service providers ensure emergency operations during an extended power outage
HB 837 – (Taylor, Van) Relating to the authority of peace officers to request thumbprints during motor vehicle stops
HB 993 – (Rodriguez, E.) Relating to the closure of a road or highway by certain firefighters
HB 1030 – (Miller) Relating to the powers and duties of certain emergency services districts
HB 1075 – (Anderson) Relating to the consolidation of certain alert system into a single statewide alert system and to the addition of other factors that will prompt an alert under the consolidated system
HB 1092 – (Christian) Relating to the exemption from certain construction requirements for volunteer fire departments in certain counties
HB 1125 – (Burnam) Relating to a study regarding the odorization of natural gas transported in gathering and transmission lines located in populated areas
HB 1147 – (Smith) Relating to notice by a governmental entity regarding certain geospatial data products. SB 442 is identical
HB 1174 – (Workman) Relating to the expiration of a county burn ban
HB 1217 – (Miles) Relating to a residential tenant’s right to vacate a dwelling and avoid liability for rent following the declaration of a state of disaster; providing a civil penalty
HB 1319 – (Laubenberg) Relating to the calculation and reporting of water usage and conservation by municipalities and water utilities
HB 1354 – (Davis, S.) Relating to liability of certain certified municipal inspector for services rendered during an emergency or disaster
HB 1379 – (Anchia) Relating to the purchasing of a firearm from the county by an honorably retired law enforcement officer
HB 1476 - (Riddle) Relating to the grounds for revocation of an emergency medical services personnel certification
HB 1561 - (Orr) Relating to the authority of a municipality to implement a photographic traffic signal enforcement system and impose civil penalties
HB 1619 – (Orr) Relating to emergency services districts
HB 1711 – (Davis, John) Relating to disaster remediation contracts; providing penalties
HB 1750 – (Darby) Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Transportation to lease and contract for the operation of rolling stock during certain emergencies
HB 1765 – (Miller, Sid) Relating to an emergency public service messaging network. Identical to SB 971
HB 1791 – (Kleinschmidt) Relating to emergency services districts
HB 1861 – (Anchia) Relating to the continuation and functions of the Commission on State Emergency Communications
SB 106 – (Davis, Wendy) Relating to condemnation of municipal property for, and municipal regulation of, pipeline operations
SB 389 – (Williams) Relating to emergency preparedness during an extended power outage of a water service provider with at lease 250 connections
SB 418 - (Williams) Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain persons attending a school board meeting
SB 432 - (Jackson) Relating to the penalty for failure to make a timely installment payment of ad valorem taxes on property in a disaster area. HB 803 is identical.
SB 617 - (Rodriguez) Relating a manifest system to record the transportation of certain liquid wastes
SB 917 – (Wentworth) Relating to emergency service districts
SB 969 – (Nelson) Relating to the establishment of the Public Health Funding and Policy Advisory Committee with the Department of State Health Services
For a PDF listing the above bills: billreport 2-26-11
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