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

Rep. Dennis Bonnen

District 25 (R-Angleton)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 992 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran. See remarks for effective date
HB 1321 Relating to route designation for the issuance of a permit for the movement of oversize and overweight vehicles in certain counties. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1421 Relating to fees charged by the Coastal Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Effective immediately
HB 1466 Relating to Parks and Wildlife Department procedures for the transfer of ownership of boats or outboard motors; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1666 Relating to the liability of certain persons for damages arising from training exercises to prepare the persons to respond to certain emergencies. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1665 Relating to notice of water level fluctuations to purchasers of real property adjoining an impoundment of water. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1914 Relating to the frequency with which the Board of Pardons and Paroles considers the eligibility of certain inmates for release on parole. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 32 Relating to the computation and rates of the franchise tax; decreasing tax rates. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 4168 Relating to the composition of the board of directors and the powers of the Gulf Coast Water Authority. Effective immediately
HCR 143 Instructing the enrolling clerk of the house to make corrections in H.B. No. 32. Signed by the Governor
HCR 58 Commemorating the life of Charlie Brown. Signed by the Governor
HB 11 Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety, military and law enforcement training, and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty; authorizing fees. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1953 Relating to the deadline for counties and municipalities to provide notice of a proposed property tax rate. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 1690 Relating to the investigation and prosecution of offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3310 Relating to the funding policies, actuarial valuations, and reporting requirements of certain public retirement systems. Effective immediately
HB 2083 Relating to the determination of the appraised value of property for purposes of an ad valorem tax protest or appeal. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 9 Relating to the Employees Retirement System of Texas. Effective on 9/1/15

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HJR 75 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect. Filed with the Secretary of State
HB 1336 Relating to fees of office for the Velasco Drainage District. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HR 1748 Congratulating Beatrice Trevino on her election as the first female commander of Charles Dixon American Legion Post No. 241 in Angleton. 05/11/2015
HR 322 Recognizing February 10, 2015, as Matagorda County Day at the State Capitol. 02/17/2015
HR 323 Congratulating Keith Brown of the Bay City Independent School District on his selection as 2013 Superintendent of the Year. 02/18/2015
HB 1244 Relating to building code requirements for residential property insured by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. 04/22/2015
HB 1238 Relating to requirements for construction and maintenance work zones; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/20/2015
HR 470 Congratulating the First Presbyterian Church of Brazoria on its 101st anniversary and on its receipt of an official Texas Historical Marker from the Texas Historical Commission. 03/18/2015
HR 1144 Recognizing March 25, 2015, as Greek Independence Day. 03/17/2015
HB 3421 Relating to authority of an electric utility customer to choose not to have an advanced meter; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 03/17/2015
HB 3486 Relating to ad valorem and certain state taxes; decreasing certain state tax rates. 03/18/2015
HB 3482 Relating to the franchise tax; decreasing franchise tax rates. 03/18/2015
HJR 134 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect and authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation by one or more political subdivisions all or part of the market value of the tangible personal property a person owns that consists of inventory. 03/17/2015
HB 31 Relating to decreasing the state sales and use tax rate. 05/06/2015
HB 3484 Relating to the application of sales and use taxes to certain food items. 05/25/2015
HB 3470 Relating to ad valorem taxation. 03/18/2015
HR 1254 Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sweeny Community Hospital. 04/17/2015
HR 1451 Congratulating Henry Josey on his success in high school, college, and professional football. 03/26/2015
HR 1593 Commemorating the 175th anniversary of Columbia United Methodist Church in West Columbia. 04/16/2015
HR 1586 Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sweeny Community Hospital. 04/20/2015
HR 1563 Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dow Chemical Company facilities in Freeport. 04/20/2015
HR 1745 Congratulating Florence Terry McGinnis of Lake Jackson on her 100th birthday. 05/11/2015
HR 1776 Honoring the Brazoria County Head Start Early Learning School System. 05/11/2015
HR 1746 Congratulating Monsignor Leo Wleczyk of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. 05/11/2015
HR 1747 Congratulating Robert M. Worley on his retirement as president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County. 05/11/2015
HB 3471 Relating to the taxable entities from which no franchise tax payments are due for a period. 03/18/2015
HR 3398 In memory of Joseph Timothy Ros of Ashwood. 06/03/2015
HB 33 Relating to the EZ computation of the franchise tax. 03/16/2015
HR 469 Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Angleton. 03/18/2015
HR 695 Recognizing March 3, 2015, as Brazoria County Day at the State Capitol. 03/06/2015
HR 694 Congratulating E. J. "Joe" King on his retirement as Brazoria County Judge. 03/06/2015
HR 742 Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the BASF Corporation. 03/06/2015
HB 1946 Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of a real property interest in oil or gas in place. 04/23/2015
HR 737 In memory of Mike Lowrey of Lake Jackson. 03/06/2015
HB 2603 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for gun safety devices for a limited period. 03/16/2015
HB 3052 Relating to the allocation of state hotel occupancy tax revenue to certain barrier island coastal municipalities. 05/20/2015
HR 3533 Congratulating Amy and Steve Bruno on the adoption of their son, Alexander Peter Theodore Bruno. 06/02/2015
HB 849 Relating to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period. 05/15/2015
HB 1213 Relating to the regulation of amusement redemption machine game rooms in certain counties. 05/04/2015
HB 1218 Relating to course content requirements for human sexuality instruction provided by a public school. 03/03/2015
HB 2096 Relating to the temporary exemption of certain tangible personal property related to certain multi-user data centers from the sales and use tax. 05/19/2015
HB 2191 Relating to the posting by the Railroad Commission of Texas on its Internet website of certain enforcement information. 05/04/2015
HB 1823 Relating to the name and governance of the Railroad Commission of Texas. 03/12/2015
HB 1965 Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rate of a taxing unit and voter approval of a proposed tax rate that exceeds the rollback tax rate. 05/11/2015
HB 720 Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program. 02/23/2015
HB 630 Relating to requiring state contractors and governmental entities to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program, or E-Verify, and authorizing the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state; authorizing a fee. 02/26/2015
HB 1227 Relating to eliminating the requirement that a school district assess the physical fitness of students. 05/14/2015
HB 3097 Relating to the governance and operation of municipal management districts. 05/07/2015
HB 572 Relating to the sunset review of regional tollway authorities. 03/19/2015
HB 103 Relating to the authority of certain volunteer firefighter and emergency services organizations to hold tax-free sales or auctions. 05/15/2015
HB 2683 Relating to the licensing and regulation of dyslexia practitioners and therapists by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; imposing an administrative penalty; authorizing fees. 05/11/2015
HB 3045 Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 69 in Jefferson County as the Allan B. Ritter Highway. 03/23/2015
HB 629 Relating to a person's ability to read and write in English as a qualification for service as a petit juror. 05/06/2015
HJR 61 Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. 04/29/2015
HCR 61 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. 05/23/2015
HB 1865 Relating to procedures for certain environmental permit applications. 04/30/2015

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