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

Rep. Donna Howard

District 48 (D-Austin)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 495 Relating to the use of money from the permanent fund for health-related programs to provide grants to nursing education programs. Effective immediately
HB 426 Relating to the acceptance of employment applications through the online system for listing state agency employment openings maintained by the Texas Workforce Commission. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1551 Relating to money distributed by the School Land Board to the available school fund or to the State Board of Education for investment in the permanent school fund. Effective immediately
HB 1902 Relating to the regulation and use of graywater and alternative onsite water. Effective immediately
HB 2696 Relating to a study on reducing workplace violence against nurses. Effective immediately
HB 2396 Relating to eliminating requirements that certain public institutions of higher education set aside portions of tuition for student loan repayment programs for certain physicians and state attorneys. Effective immediately
HB 2660 Relating to Foundation School Program funding for students enrolled in an optional flexible school day program. Effective immediately
HB 7 Relating to certain fiscal matters affecting governmental entities; reducing or affecting the amounts or rates of certain taxes, assessments, surcharges, and fees. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 484 Relating to the eligibility of a person to be a candidate for or holder of certain public elective offices. Effective on 9/1/15

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 256 Relating to compensatory education allotment funding. 05/12/2015
HB 465 Relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry. 03/03/2015
HB 2659 Relating to a transportation allotment credit for school districts required to take action to reduce wealth per student. 03/16/2015
HB 2402 Relating to a study and report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the feasibility of providing off-campus employment positions through the Texas college work-study program. 05/08/2015
HR 2335 Congratulating Ann Bishop on her retirement as executive director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas. 05/26/2015
HR 2322 Congratulating the Bedichek Middle School Junior Marines on being named the National Over-all Grand Champions at the National Middle School Cadet Corps 2014 Drill Championships. 05/15/2015
HB 2695 Relating to the reporting of physical assaults against certain direct care personnel. 03/16/2015
HB 3577 Relating to the allocation of funds to eligible institutions under the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program. 05/21/2015
HB 3564 Relating to certain communications regarding the appointment of certain appraisal review board members; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/11/2015
HB 3819 Relating to the appeal of certain determinations by the Texas Historical Commission regarding the content of historical markers. 04/21/2015
HB 2783 Relating to the establishment of the task force on asylum-seeking children. 05/07/2015
HB 487 Relating to certain restrictions on contributions and expenditures from political funds by a lobbyist; creating a criminal offense. 05/07/2015
HR 218 Honoring nurse practitioners. 01/29/2015
HB 915 Relating to quarterly financial condition reports on collected and anticipated state revenue. 05/12/2015
HB 4173 Relating to the date for publication of the factors considered for admission to a new graduate and professional program. 05/12/2015
HB 914 Relating to the creation of a long-range revenue analysis committee. 02/26/2015
HB 964 Relating to the calculation of the rollback tax rate of a school district. 05/21/2015
HB 467 Relating to education programs regarding AIDS and HIV infection. 05/05/2015
HB 1674 Relating to a physician counseling requirement for persons claiming an immunization exemption on the basis of conscience, including a religious belief. 03/09/2015
HB 1210 Relating to an exception from penalties for a physician's or health care professional's professional judgment in providing certain abortion services to patients. 03/03/2015
HB 1242 Relating to replacing "Confederate Heroes Day" with "Civil War Remembrance Day" as a state holiday. 04/14/2015
HB 1354 Relating to the creation of a select interim committee to undertake a comprehensive review of personal financial disclosures made to the Texas Ethics Commission and certain other authorities. 04/28/2015
HR 499 Recognizing Dr. Julie A. Boom on being named 2014 Childhood Immunization Champion for Texas by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 03/05/2015
HB 1349 Relating to the creation of a long-range revenue analysis committee. 03/05/2015
HB 466 Relating to covered benefits under the child health plan. 03/05/2015
HB 486 Relating to the availability on the Internet of personal financial statements filed by public officials. 02/12/2015
HB 1432 Relating to optional fees on registration of vehicles in certain counties to fund transportation projects; authorizing a fee. 04/09/2015
HJR 50 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing certain persons under the age of 18 to vote in a primary election. 04/20/2015
HB 1347 Relating to a study on the performance and operations of public schools that operate on a year-round system. 03/05/2015
HB 1489 Relating to measures to enhance graduate medical education in this state. 03/05/2015
HB 430 Relating to a study on the feasibility of online voting. 02/16/2015
HB 427 Relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission. 02/16/2015
HB 428 Relating to allowing a person who will be 18 years of age on the date of the general election for state and county officers to vote in the preceding primary elections. 04/20/2015
HR 565 Honoring members of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. 03/17/2015
HR 3583 Commending the staff of the State Preservation Board for their service. 06/03/2015
HJR 49 Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to redistrict the Texas Legislature and Texas congressional districts and revising procedures for redistricting. 02/26/2015
HR 603 Recognizing February 24, 2015, as Nurse Day at the State Capitol. 02/27/2015
HB 1713 Relating to the establishment of a technology allotment for public schools. 03/12/2015
HR 658 Congratulating Bedichek Middle School in Austin on earning designation as an AVID National Demonstration School. 03/24/2015
HJR 97 Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the state to pay at least 50 percent of the cost of maintaining and operating the public school system and prohibiting the comptroller from certifying legislation containing an appropriation unless the requirement is met. 03/23/2015
HB 1910 Relating to requiring the secretary of state to conduct a study of the reasons for the rejection of early voting by mail ballots. 03/11/2015
HB 1904 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund the renovation of Robert A. Welch Hall at The University of Texas at Austin. 03/11/2015
HR 3514 Honoring Robert Schneider for his service on the Austin ISD Board of Trustees. 06/03/2015
HB 429 Relating to the nonpartisan election of members to the State Board of Education; providing for a fee. 02/16/2015
HR 2776 Naming the grandchildren of house members honorary mascots. 05/26/2015
HR 706 In memory of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis of the Travis County Sheriff's Office. 03/23/2015
HR 163 Recognizing February 6, 2015, as National Wear Red Day. 02/05/2015
HB 468 Relating to the capacity of certain minors to consent to examination or medical treatment related to contraception. 03/18/2015
HB 1282 Relating to a human papillomavirus-associated cancer strategic plan developed by the Department of State Health Services. 05/04/2015
HB 78 Relating to human sexuality education in public schools. 02/09/2015
HB 708 Relating to the medical accuracy of informational materials given to a woman seeking an abortion. 04/22/2015
HB 709 Relating to the waiting period before a physician may perform an abortion. 02/23/2015
HR 348 Honoring parking attendants of the office of the house sergeant-at-arms. 02/25/2015
HR 396 Commending Dr. David L. Lakey for his service as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. 03/01/2015
HB 1473 Relating to the authority of an advanced practice registered nurse and a physician assistant to sign or issue certain documents. 03/05/2015
HB 1290 Relating to the sunset review of river authorities. 05/19/2015
HB 1163 Relating to the percentage of the annual distribution from the permanent school fund set aside for the state instructional materials fund. 03/03/2015
HB 2848 Relating to the amount and allocation of the annual constitutional appropriation to certain agencies and institutions of higher education. 04/30/2015
HB 1434 Relating to the assignment of certain behavioral health professionals and school counselors to a public school campus. 04/14/2015
HB 3966 Relating to the regulation of limited service pregnancy centers; providing civil penalties. 03/24/2015
HB 1059 Relating to the filing and contents of and public access to personal financial statements filed by public officials and candidates; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/11/2015
HB 3194 Relating to coverage for diagnostic mammography under certain health benefit plans. 05/12/2015
HB 2365 Relating to the requirements for employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program. 04/22/2015
HB 3593 Relating to the online access to open board meetings of metropolitan planning organizations. 05/12/2015
HR 1611 Congratulating the Texas Historical Commission on its receipt of a 2014 Award of Merit from Preservation Austin. 04/24/2015
HR 244 Honoring the individuals who are providing humanitarian assistance to immigrants in McAllen. 05/23/2015
HR 3465 Congratulating Lawrence Olsen on his retirement as executive vice president of the Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association. 06/04/2015
HR 459 Recognizing February 11, 2015, as Nurse Practitioner Day at the State Capitol. 03/17/2015
HB 1157 Relating to funding for public school career and technology education programs. 03/03/2015
HB 1033 Relating to the placement of video cameras in self-contained classrooms providing special education services. 03/02/2015
HR 2762 In memory of Nelson Reyes Salinas, governmental affairs manager for the Texas Association of Business and former legislative staff member. 05/26/2015
HR 479 In memory of Linda Bridges, president of the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. 03/18/2015
HB 2979 Relating to health benefit plan coverage of hearing aids for certain individuals. 05/14/2015
HB 204 Relating to the first day of instruction at a public school. 02/10/2015
HB 734 Relating to the designation of a portion of Farm-to-Market Road 685 in Travis County as the Deputy Jessica Hollis Memorial Highway. 04/30/2015
HR 276 Recognizing February 4, 2015, as Orange and Maroon Legislative Day at the State Capitol. 02/05/2015
HB 1885 Relating to the scope of practice of and the prescribing and ordering authority of advanced practice registered nurses. 03/11/2015
HB 1475 Relating to telecommunications service discounts for educational institutions, libraries, hospitals, and telemedicine centers. 04/14/2015

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