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

Sen. Craig Estes

District 30 (R-Wichita Falls)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
SB 1267 Relating to contested cases conducted under the Administrative Procedure Act. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 2065 Relating to the rights of certain religious organizations and individuals relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief. Effective immediately
SB 1522 Relating to designating the fourth Saturday in July as National Day of the Cowboy. Effective immediately
SCR 5 Urging Congress to reimburse the State of Texas for bearing the financial burden of the federal government's responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico international border. Signed by the Governor
SB 596 Relating to the imposition of the student centers fee at Texas Woman's University. Effective immediately
SB 288 Relating to the designation of a portion of State Highway 16 in Young County as the Texas Game Warden Joseph Marshall Evans Memorial Highway. Effective immediately
SCR 13 Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports. Signed by the Governor
SB 523 Relating to the sunset review of river authorities. Effective immediately
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
SB 570 Relating to the use of fireworks at certain Texas Department of Transportation rest areas; creating a criminal offense. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1099 Relating to the operation and functions of the Texas Grain Producer Indemnity Board. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
SB 1414 Relating to hearings that concern the issuance of permits by a groundwater conservation district. 03/18/2015
SB 248 Relating to the allocation of the proceeds from taxes imposed on the sale, storage, or use of sporting goods. 01/28/2015
SB 105 Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax. 03/04/2015
SB 326 Relating to the amount of wine certain wineries may sell directly to consumers. 05/04/2015
SB 402 Relating to the information required to be provided by a payor of proceeds from the sale of oil or gas from an oil or gas well to a payee on the request by the payee. 02/04/2015
SB 346 Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties. 02/09/2015
SB 361 Relating to limitations on the rate of growth of appropriations. 02/02/2015
SB 362 Relating to the repeal of the additional ad valorem taxes imposed as a result of certain changes in the use of open-space land appraised as agricultural land. 02/02/2015
SR 507 Proclaiming September of 2015 as Recovery Month. 04/08/2015
SR 506 Proclaiming September of 2016 as Recovery Month. 04/08/2015
SR 692 Recognizing B. F. Wade for 65 years of law enforcement service. 05/04/2015
SR 653 Recognizing Dana Ables on the occasion of her retirement. 04/29/2015
SR 954 Recognizing Ben Thompson for his achievements at the 2015 UIL track and field competition. 05/22/2015
SR 941 Welcoming the delegation of American Heritage Girls to the Capitol. 05/21/2015
SR 1032 Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, H.B. 910. 05/29/2015
SR 999 Recognizing Brenna Moore for winning the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Women's Golf Championship. 05/26/2015
SR 186 Recognizing the Lake Ray Roberts Area Elks BBQ Challenge. 02/17/2015
SR 567 Recognizing the dedication of Millsap United Methodist Church as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. 04/15/2015
SB 1289 Relating to the continuation and duties of the Red River Boundary Commission. 04/13/2015
SB 1571 Relating to the County Court of Cooke County. 03/12/2015
SR 362 In memory of Alane Sauder MacGuire. 03/11/2015
SB 364 Relating to the abolishment of the Texas Racing Commission and the transfer of its powers and duties to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation; providing penalties; authorizing fees. 03/03/2015
SR 103 Recognizing the City of Graham on the occasion of its food-truck championship competition. 02/04/2015
SB 360 Relating to regulatory takings. 02/02/2015
SJR 18 Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the appropriation of the net revenue received from the imposition of the state sales and use tax on sporting goods. 02/02/2015
SR 15 Recognizing David Greer for his service to the citizens of Henrietta. 01/15/2015
SB 289 Relating to the licensure or certification of volunteer firefighters and members of industrial emergency response teams. 05/29/2015
SR 102 Recognizing the City of Graham on the occasion of Graham Day. 02/04/2015
SB 17 Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties. 05/05/2015
SR 143 In memory of Luther G. Prunty. 02/10/2015
SR 156 Welcoming Leadership Montague County to the State Capitol. 02/11/2015
SR 157 Proclaiming February 17, 2015, as Justices of the Peace and Constables Day. 02/11/2015
SR 155 Recognizing Jesse W. Rogers on the occasion of his retirement. 02/11/2015
SR 187 Celebrating February 17, 2015, as Wise County Day. 02/17/2015
SB 647 Relating to the authority of an open-enrollment charter school to commission peace officers. 02/24/2015
SB 646 Relating to actuarial certification of title insurance company reserves. 02/24/2015
SB 621 Relating to criminal offenses involving, and governmental liability for retaliatory prosecutions associated with, the filming, recording, photographing, documenting, or observing of a peace officer. 04/27/2015
SB 661 Relating to the confidentiality of certain information concerning service members of the state military forces. 04/15/2015
SB 848 Relating to the regulation of medical radiologic technology; providing an administrative penalty; imposing fees; requiring an occupational license. 05/12/2015
SB 798 Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for the repair, remodeling, or maintenance of aircraft. 03/02/2015
SR 270 Recognizing February 25, 2015, as Liquefied Natural Gas Day. 02/25/2015
SB 745 Relating to the governance of certain municipal power agencies; providing authority to issue bonds. 03/17/2015
SR 274 In memory of Clarence William Muehlberger. 03/02/2015
SB 1268 Relating to the commencement of construction of a project following the filing of a final decision to issue an air quality permit or permit amendment for the project. 03/17/2015
SB 1266 Relating to the powers of a public facility corporation. 04/20/2015
SB 1122 Relating to a limitation on the authority to curtail groundwater production from wells used for power generation or mining. 04/14/2015
SB 1251 Relating to the Texas Funeral Service Commission; authorizing fees; providing a criminal penalty. 05/05/2015
SB 1288 Relating to a prohibition on local solid waste management regulations that are inconsistent with a permit or regulations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 03/18/2015
SB 1159 Relating to a prohibition of limitations on the number of dual credit courses or hours in which a public high school student may enroll. 03/17/2015
SB 1095 Relating to required disclosures regarding named driver automobile insurance policies. 03/16/2015
SB 1100 Relating to the eligibility of a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Finals Event for funding from the Major Events trust fund. 03/16/2015
SR 325 In memory of George Houston Parker. 03/04/2015
SB 942 Relating to warrants or orders issued to obtain certain information through installation or use of global positioning system wireless device trackers, international mobile subscriber identity locators, or other devices or equipment, and to public access to law enforcement or prosecutor requests for certain related location or communication information; creating an offense. 03/09/2015
SB 1588 Relating to the management of the water resources of the state. 03/23/2015
SB 1521 Relating to the determination of expert reports in a health care liability claim for the purposes of certain laws governing those claims. 03/23/2015
SB 1409 Relating to a study by the Texas Water Development Board regarding the mapping of groundwater in confined and unconfined aquifers. 03/18/2015
SB 1412 Relating to seller's disclosures in connection with residential real property subject to groundwater regulation. 03/18/2015
SB 1445 Relating to regulation of certain segments of the health care system. 03/18/2015
SB 1391 Relating to a sales tax imposed on the purchase of certain health care supplies. 03/18/2015
SB 1410 Relating to the designation of a site of unique value for the construction of a reservoir. 03/18/2015
SB 1618 Relating to certain nicotine products other than cigarettes or tobacco products, including the sale or marketing of nicotine products to minors, the possession or use of those nicotine products by minors, and to delivery sales of those nicotine products; creating an offense. 03/30/2015
SB 1411 Relating to a water right authorizing a transfer of water from one river basin in this state to another river basin in this state. 03/18/2015
SB 1806 Relating to limits on the regulatory authority of a municipality. 04/30/2015
SB 1413 Relating to the powers, duties, and administration of groundwater conservation districts. 03/18/2015
SB 1381 Relating to optional annuity increases for certain retirees and beneficiaries of the Texas Municipal Retirement System. 03/18/2015
SB 1404 Relating to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, emissions, state sovereignty and certain actions taken by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. 03/18/2015
SB 1415 Relating to the purposes for which the assets of certain revolving funds administered by the Texas Water Development Board may be used. 03/18/2015
SR 383 Recognizing March 25, 2015, as 4-H Day. 03/16/2015
SR 382 Recognizing March 24, 2015, as Tarleton State University Day. 03/16/2015
SR 454 Recognizing the Denco Area 9-1-1 District for its work on behalf of Lewisville residents. 03/30/2015
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 288 Recognizing March 2 and 3, 2015, as Collin County Days. 03/03/2015
SR 86 Recognizing February 23 and 24, 2015, as Denton County Days. 02/24/2015
SR 240 Recognizing Colin Kimball for his receipt of the Silver Patrick Henry Medallion. 02/23/2015
SR 359 Honoring Congressman Sam Johnson on the 42nd anniversary of his release as a North Vietnamese prisoner of war. 03/11/2015
SR 312 Recognizing March 3 and 4, 2015, as Wylie Days. 03/04/2015
SB 439 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons. 02/10/2015
SR 618 Recognizing April 23, 2015, as Texas Young Republican Federation and Texas Federation of College Republicans Legislative Day. 04/23/2015
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
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
SR 681 Recognizing the opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new headquarters. 05/05/2015
SB 516 Relating to increasing the period of time for exempting freeport goods from ad valorem taxation. 03/04/2015
SR 627 Recognizing Young Conservatives of Texas on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. 04/27/2015
SB 7 Relating to the computation of and to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax. 05/12/2015
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 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
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

Questions, suggestions or concerns? Let us know.

The Texas Legislative Guide was designed and developed by Becca Aaronson, Emily Albracht, Daniel Craigmile, Annie Daniel, Ben Hasson and Ryan Murphy for The Texas Tribune. The Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government and other matters of statewide concern.