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84th Legislature Update 4/1/15 by David Pierce

84th Legislature Update

Number of Bills Monitored: 30 as of 4/1/15

Prepared by David H. Pierce

Note: To review the full text on a particular bill, go to
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

84(R) HB 2 Author: Otto | et al.
Last Action: 04/01/2015 H Subject to Art.III Sec.49a Tx. Constitution
Caption: Relating to making supplemental appropriations and giving
direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations.
Comment: TSD Facilities

84(R) HB 435 Author: Raymond
Last Action: 02/16/2015 H Referred to Public Education
Caption: Relating to the instruction of American Sign Language in public
high schools.
Comment: Sign Language (has been filed in the past and keeps coming back)

84(R) HB 559 Author: Anchia | et al.
Last Action: 03/18/2015 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to the duties of a magistrate to inform an arrested
person of consequences of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) HB 633 Author: Bonnen, Greg
Last Action: 03/24/2015 H Left pending in committee
Caption: Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain health care
supplies.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) HB 680 Author: Gutierrez
Last Action: 03/17/2015 H Referred directly to s/c on Educator Quality by Chair
Caption: Relating to the rulemaking authority of the State Board for
Educator Certification.
Comment: Sign Language

84(R) HB 1069 Author: Rodriguez, Eddie
***Last Action: 04/06/2015 H Scheduled for PUBLIC HEARING
Caption: Relating to services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing
and certification requirements for interpreters for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing; providing an administrative penalty; requiring a fee and changing the rate of a fee; requiring an occupational certification.
Comment: Interpreting (was filed in last session with minor changes made)

84(R) HB 1705 Author: Rodriguez, Eddie
Last Action: 03/12/2015 H Referred to Public Education
Caption: Relating to management services for the physical facilities of
the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) HB 2299 Author: Riddle
Last Action: 03/16/2015 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of certain laws
concerning community supervision granted in criminal cases, including
conforming amendments.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) HB 2304 Author: Price | et al.
Last Action: 03/16/2015 H Referred to Human Services
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and
Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state.
Comment: DARS/Deaf

84(R) HB 3184 Author: McClendon
Last Action: 03/24/2015 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of
victim-offender mediation programs; authorizing fees.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) HB 3338 Author: Alonzo
Last Action: 03/17/2015 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the appointment of counsel for indigent defendants
arrested for, charged with, or taking appeal from a conviction of an
assault punishable by fine only.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) HB 3455 Author: González, Mary
Last Action: 03/18/2015 H Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the rights of victims of sexual assault.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) HB 3633 Author: Herrero
Last Action: 04/01/2015 H Reported favorably w/o amendment(s)
Caption: Relating to reimbursement for the costs of legal services
provided to an indigent defendant in a criminal case.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) HB 3656 Author: King, Susan
Last Action: 03/19/2015 H Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the use of telephone interpreter services in any
criminal proceeding before a judge or magistrate.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) HB 4041 Author: Farias
Last Action: 03/23/2015 H Referred to Public Education
Caption: Relating to abolishing the State Board for Educator Certification
and establishing the Texas State Board for Professional Educators;
authorizing the adoption of a fee.
Comment: Sign Language

84(R) SB 181 Author: Ellis
Last Action: 01/27/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the electronic recording and admissibility of certain
custodial interrogations.
Comment: Sign Language

84(R) SB 200 Author: Nelson | et al.
Last Action: 04/01/2015 S Considered in public hearing
Caption: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and
Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state.
Comment: DARS/Deaf

84(R) SB 251 Author: Ellis
***Last Action: 04/09/2015 S Scheduled for PUBLIC HEARING
Caption: Relating to eligibility to serve as an interpreter in an election.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 268 Author: Watson
***Last Action: 04/06/2015 S Scheduled for PUBLIC HEARING in s/c
Caption: Relating to the duties of a magistrate to inform an arrested
person of consequences of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) SB 355 Author: Nelson
Last Action: 02/02/2015 S Referred to Health & Human Services
Caption: Relating to control measures for an individual exposed to a
communicable disease.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 407 Author: Rodríguez
Last Action: 02/04/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the acceptance of a voter.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 471 Author: Rodríguez
Last Action: 02/10/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to reviews and investigations conducted by the Texas
Education Agency.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) SB 538 Author: Schwertner | et al.
Last Action: 03/31/2015 H Received from the Senate
Caption: Relating to the control of infectious diseases.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 544 Author: West
Last Action: 02/18/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to reimbursement for the costs of legal services
provided to an indigent defendant in a criminal case.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 791 Author: Kolkhorst
Last Action: 03/31/2015 S Placed on intent calendar
Caption: Relating to testing for and education about congenital
cytomegalovirus in infants.
Comment: Childhood Hearing Loss

84(R) SB 836 Author: Watson
Last Action: 03/04/2015 S Referred to Business & Commerce
Caption: Relating to management services for the physical facilities of
the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Texas School for the Deaf.
Comment: Deaf

84(R) SB 990 Author: Ellis
Last Action: 03/10/2015 S Referred to State Affairs
Caption: Relating to the protection of voting rights in the State of
Texas; creating a criminal offense.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 1096 Author: Whitmire
Last Action: 03/16/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of certain laws
concerning community supervision granted in criminal cases, including
conforming amendments.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 1195 Author: West
Last Action: 03/17/2015 S Referred to Criminal Justice
Caption: Relating to the use of telephone interpreter services in any
criminal proceeding before a judge or magistrate.
Comment: Interpreting

84(R) SB 1682 Author: Huffines
Last Action: 03/23/2015 S Referred to Education
Caption: Relating to the contract required to be used by school districts
in employing teachers and other professional employees.
Comment: Deaf

Other bills where the deaf are mentioned are just standard administrative
items with no impact expected and therefore will not be monitored.

HB550- monitor online periodically
SB219- monitor online periodically
HB329
SB130
HB1549
HB1763
SB563
HB329
HB3936
SB1902
SB1874
SB1296
SB214

Bill Alert

84(R) HB 3184
Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of victim-offender mediation programs; authorizing fees.

4/8/2015 H Scheduled for public hearing

(Interpreting)

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