The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Sen. Charles Perry

District 28 (R-Lubbock)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
SB 140 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for telecommunications services used for the navigation of certain farm and ranch machinery and equipment. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 461 Relating to false or misleading packaging, labeling, or advertising of certain abusable synthetic substances; providing civil penalties; creating a criminal offense. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 473 Relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms, and related items. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 503 Relating to financial assistance to local governmental entities affected by the realignment of defense jobs or facilities. Effective immediately
SB 505 Relating to painting and marking requirements for certain meteorological evaluation towers; creating an offense. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 394 Relating to the use of supplemental environmental projects by a local government to come into compliance with environmental laws or remediate environmental harm caused by the local government. Effective immediately
SB 1540 Relating to the authority of the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Aging and Disability Services to obtain criminal history record information regarding certain applicants for employment and current employees. Effective immediately
SB 267 Relating to the regulation by a municipality or county of the rental or leasing of housing accommodations. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 610 Relating to limited liability for an agritourism entity involved in an agritourism activity. Effective immediately
SB 757 Relating to the repeal of the production taxes on crude petroleum and sulphur. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 795 Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 724 Relating to the motor vehicle sales tax applicable to motor vehicles used by transportation companies for certain purposes. Effective immediately
SB 1338 Relating to an exemption from length limitations for certain vehicles or combinations of vehicles used to transport harvest machines. Effective immediately
SB 1336 Relating to the powers and duties, the construction of laws, and the election dates of certain groundwater conservation districts. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1301 Relating to the governance and administration of the Texas Water Resources Finance Authority. Effective immediately
SB 988 Relating to the prohibited disposition of a decedent's remains by a person charged with certain criminal conduct against the decedent; providing an administrative penalty. Effective immediately
SB 971 Relating to requirements for certain farm vehicles when operating on a highway. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 907 Relating to the powers and duties of the board of regents of the Texas Tech University System and to workers' compensation coverage for employees of the system's components. Effective immediately
SB 1339 Relating to the perfection and priority of an agricultural lien on an agricultural crop. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 970 Relating to the failure to handle certain animals in accordance with rules of the Texas Animal Health Commission; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1543 Relating to the admission of undergraduate students with nontraditional secondary education to public institutions of higher education. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1132 Relating to the protection and use of certain products, information, and technology of the Parks and Wildlife Department. Effective immediately
SB 1913 Relating to a court administrator in certain counties. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1664 Relating to the establishment of the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; authorizing the imposition of fees. Effective immediately
SCR 41 Designating Terry County as the official Grape Capital of Texas. Signed by the Governor
SB 1902 Relating to the eligibility of criminal defendants for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information; authorizing a fee. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 523 Relating to the sunset review of river authorities. Effective immediately
SCR 13 Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports. Signed by the Governor
SB 11 Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SB 1 Relating to certain restrictions on the imposition of ad valorem taxes and to the duty of the state to reimburse certain political subdivisions for certain revenue loss; making conforming changes. See remarks for effective date

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
SJR 17 Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to private road work by certain counties. Filed with the Secretary of State
SB 1337 Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance to political subdivisions for water supply projects. Reported enrolled
SB 1908 Relating to the issuance of general obligation bonds by the Lynn County Hospital District. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
SR 809 In memory of Parker Riley Weber. 05/13/2015
SR 19 Congratulating the Crosbyton High School Catch 22 team members for winning the first H2YOU Conservation Campaign Contest. 01/27/2015
SB 237 Relating to certain athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. 01/28/2015
SB 179 Relating to the handgun proficiency required to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license. 05/26/2015
SB 185 Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities. 05/24/2015
SB 136 Relating to zero-based budgeting for state agencies as part of the sunset review process. 03/19/2015
SR 18 Recognizing the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. 01/27/2015
SB 139 Relating to use of money in the state highway fund. 05/15/2015
SB 137 Relating to the maximum rate of growth of appropriations. 03/03/2015
SB 199 Relating to the designation of certain synthetic compounds to Penalty Group 2 or 2-A of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. 02/03/2015
SB 138 Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax; lowering the rates of the tax. 03/04/2015
SJR 11 Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the maximum amount of appropriations for a state fiscal biennium. 03/03/2015
SB 395 Relating to the first day of instruction in certain school districts. 02/02/2015
SJR 12 Proposing a constitutional amendment prescribing the purposes for which revenue from motor vehicle registration fees, certain motor vehicle-related taxes, and certain revenues received from the federal government may be used. 05/15/2015
SB 480 Relating to the administration of a medication, immunization, or vaccination by a pharmacist. 02/10/2015
SB 506 Relating to the authority of a political subdivision of this state to execute certain contracts for the use or acquisition of personal property. 02/11/2015
SB 504 Relating to the application of the professional prosecutors law to the district attorney for the 132nd Judicial District. 02/11/2015
SR 124 Recognizing Leslie Moss for being named the 2014 Texas Big Sister of the Year. 02/10/2015
SB 1545 Relating to the establishment of an advisory committee to develop a process for the collection of information necessary to facilitate physician credentialing by Medicaid managed care organizations. 03/23/2015
SR 196 Recognizing February 18, 2015, as United Way Day. 02/18/2015
SB 796 Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service. 03/02/2015
SR 311 Recognizing March 4, 2015, as Wilbarger County and City of Vernon Day. 03/04/2015
SB 539 Relating to reinsurance financial statement credit and accounting. 04/09/2015
SB 577 Relating to the practice of therapeutic optometry. 04/29/2015
SB 611 Relating to the confidentiality of certain water well reports. 05/06/2015
SB 673 Relating to the funding and issuing of marriage licenses and certifications and the recognition of certain marriages. 04/22/2015
SR 393 Recognizing March 18, 2015, as Rural Water Day. 03/18/2015
SB 725 Relating to the creation of DNA records for the DNA database system. 05/07/2015
SR 1011 In memory of John Dolan Poynor. 05/26/2015
SB 722 Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test. 05/24/2015
SB 723 Relating to mandatory participation in certain TANF employment and other programs by certain persons. 05/29/2015
SR 1037 In memory of Phillip Cagle. 05/29/2015
SR 730 Recognizing Nina Lee Green Sinclair on the occasion of her 90th birthday. 05/06/2015
SR 641 Recognizing Kenneth Dierschke on the occasion of his retirement. 04/28/2015
SR 251 Recognizing February 24, 2015, as Lubbock Day. 02/24/2015
SB 13 Relating to measures to support public school student academic achievement and high school, college, and career preparation, including measures to improve and support dual credit courses, the development of public outreach materials, and the development of postsecondary education and career counseling academies. 05/26/2015
SR 323 Recognizing 2015 as Colorectal Cancer Prevention Year in Texas. 03/25/2015
SR 310 Recognizing March 4, 2015, as Texas Tech University System Day. 03/04/2015
SB 1542 Relating to the election of the board of directors of the Fisher County Hospital District. 04/27/2015
SB 1539 Relating to the operation of vehicles transporting milk; authorizing a fee. 03/23/2015
SB 1546 Relating to advance directives, including do-not-resuscitate orders; creating a criminal offense. 05/07/2015
SB 1544 Relating to the practice of chiropractic. 03/23/2015
SB 1541 Relating to certain reporting requirements for taxable entities. 03/23/2015
SB 1912 Relating to authorizing supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities. 03/25/2015
SB 1904 Relating to the creation of a select interim committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the provision of public health care services in this state. 03/25/2015
SB 1909 Relating to the sale or use of an incorrect weighing or measuring device; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 04/20/2015
SB 1905 Relating to the authority of the Railroad Commission of Texas to adopt certain rules related to ratemaking procedures and to the status of previously adopted rules. 03/25/2015
SB 1911 Relating to the medical treatment and care of animals by certain persons in animal shelters and releasing agencies. 04/27/2015
SB 1907 Relating to a study conducted by the Texas Water Development Board regarding the development of a market and conveyance network for water in this state. 05/05/2015
SB 1906 Relating to the distribution of certain civil penalties, civil restitution, and other payments received by the attorney general. 03/25/2015
SB 1910 Relating to private road work by certain counties. 03/25/2015
SJR 63 Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress. 03/25/2015
SB 1547 Relating to reducing certain fees for a license to carry a concealed handgun for county jailers. 05/08/2015
SB 1903 Relating to the storage and recovery of water in aquifers; authorizing fees and surcharges; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/06/2015
SR 421 Recognizing Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin on the occasion of its 80th anniversary. 03/24/2015
SR 424 Recognizing March 25, 2015, as Ward and Winkler Counties Day. 03/25/2015
SJR 19 Proposing a constitutional amendment limiting appropriations from the economic stabilization fund to a total amount that the comptroller of public accounts estimates will not result at any time in a fund balance of less than a prescribed minimum amount, other than in an emergency if certain requirements are met. 04/22/2015
SR 538 Recognizing the Post Stampede Rodeo on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. 04/13/2015
SR 989 Recognizing members of the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians. 05/27/2015
SR 544 Recognizing the 70th anniversary of the closing of Camp Barkeley. 04/13/2015
SR 537 Recognizing the Taste of Terry County Vineyard Festival. 04/13/2015
SR 1012 In memory of Dorothy Louise Nelson and Edward M. Nelson Jr. 05/26/2015
SR 972 Recognizing Glenna Burns for her service to her community. 05/22/2015
SR 627 Recognizing Young Conservatives of Texas on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. 04/27/2015
SR 642 Expressing support for the study and regulation of modern agricultural technologies. 05/22/2015
SB 874 Relating to a photo identification requirement to use certain state benefits. 03/04/2015
SB 438 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. 02/10/2015
SB 380 Relating to procedures for certain persons charged with a violation of a condition of release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on parole or to mandatory supervision. 04/30/2015
SB 538 Relating to the control of infectious diseases. 05/12/2015
SR 415 Recognizing March 23, 2015, as Toll-Free Texas Day. 03/23/2015
SB 439 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons. 02/10/2015
SJR 28 Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount. 02/11/2015
SB 516 Relating to increasing the period of time for exempting freeport goods from ad valorem taxation. 03/04/2015
SJR 29 Proposing a constitutional amendment to extend the number of days that certain tangible personal property to be transported outside of this state is exempt from ad valorem taxation. 03/04/2015
SB 515 Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed by a school district on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, and the protection of school districts against the resulting loss in local revenue. 02/11/2015
SR 681 Recognizing the opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new headquarters. 05/05/2015
SB 1864 Relating to requiring a peace officer to obtain a warrant to search a cellular telephone or other wireless communications device. 05/22/2015
SB 1340 Relating to the photographic enforcement of traffic laws. 03/24/2015
SR 519 Recognizing April 8, 2015, as Texas Home School Day. 04/08/2015
SJR 1 Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property. 06/01/2015
SB 7 Relating to the computation of and to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax. 05/12/2015
SB 8 Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax. 05/05/2015
SR 398 Extending condolences to the families of the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. 03/19/2015

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