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

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

District 51 (D-Austin)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 505 Relating to a prohibition of limitations on the number of dual credit courses or hours in which a public high school student may enroll. Effective immediately
HB 2050 Relating to voter information provided by a voter registrar to the secretary of state. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1756 Relating to the board of trustees of and distribution of certain benefits by a retirement system for firefighters in certain municipalities. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 262 Relating to liability of an owner, lessee, or occupant of land that allows land to be used as a community garden. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 26 Relating to state economic development measures, including administration of the Texas Enterprise Fund, creation of the Economic Incentive Oversight Board and the governor's university research initiative, abolishment of the Texas emerging technology fund, and renaming the Major Events trust fund to the Major Events Reimbursement Program. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 21 Relating to authorizing patients with certain terminal illnesses to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials. Effective immediately
HB 1842 Relating to public school accountability, including the intervention in and sanction of a public school that has received an academically unsuccessful performance rating for at least two consecutive school years and the designation of a school district as a district of innovation. Effective immediately
HB 283 Relating to the requirement that certain governmental bodies make audio and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet. Effective on 1/1/16

Vetoed Bills

Bill Caption Date Vetoed
HB 2775 Relating to a petition filed in connection with an application for a place on the ballot. 06/20/2015

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 1049 Relating to the classification of licensed massage therapy programs as postsecondary education programs. Effective immediately
HB 3405 Relating to the territory, jurisdiction, and powers of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, including its authority to regulate certain wells for the production of groundwater; imposing a cap on certain fees. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 2409 Relating to the storage of firearms surrendered by a person subject to a magistrate's order for emergency protection or protective order as a result of family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking of persons. 03/13/2015
HJR 57 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the governing body of a political subdivision that adopts an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the market value of an individual's residence homestead to set a limit on the dollar amount of the exemption to which an individual is entitled in a tax year. 05/07/2015
HB 506 Relating to the issuance of tax-supported bonds by certain school districts and increasing the tax rate limitation on the issuance of those bonds. 05/13/2015
HB 860 Relating to employer retaliation against employees who seek recovery of unpaid wages and procedures in wage claim hearings conducted by the Texas Workforce Commission; providing administrative penalties. 04/22/2015
HB 859 Relating to an exemption from the veterinary licensing law for certain persons who provide services to an animal shelter. 04/21/2015
HB 4083 Relating to the light-duty motor vehicle purchase or lease incentive program. 03/24/2015
HB 4073 Relating to the acceptance of certain documentation from consumers by certain credit services organizations and the reporting requirements for those organizations; adding a provision subject to a criminal penalty. 04/22/2015
HB 2462 Relating to the requirement that employers provide employees with an earnings statement at the end of each pay period. 04/28/2015
HB 1616 Relating to the establishment of a pilot program for the purchase of produce at farmers markets under certain nutritional assistance programs. 04/15/2015
HB 2901 Relating to the filing of a complaint with the Railroad Commission of Texas. 03/16/2015
HR 3244 Commending Ashley Alcantara for her service as an aide in the office of State Representative Eddie Rodriguez. 06/01/2015
HR 3370 In memory of Andrew Reyes Ramirez of Austin. 06/02/2015
HR 3378 Commending Sergeant Adam Johnson of the Austin Police Department for stopping a shooting rampage in downtown Austin. 06/02/2015
HR 3390 Honoring the members of Minorities in Government Auditing Services. 06/02/2015
HR 3255 Commending Erin Courtney Cusack for her service as an intern in the office of State Representative Eddie Rodriguez. 06/02/2015
HB 490 Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit that adopts an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the appraised value of an individual's residence homestead to set a limit on the dollar amount of the exemption to which an individual is entitled in a tax year. 05/07/2015
HB 3107 Relating to statements made by an election officer in a joint primary election. 03/23/2015
HJR 118 Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the transfer of certain general revenue to the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund. 03/17/2015
HR 965 Requesting that the House Committee on Administration modernize the e-mail addresses of the members and staff of the Texas House of Representatives. 03/11/2015
HR 128 Commemorating the investiture of Jane Cummins as the 2015 president of the Texas Lyceum. 01/20/2015
HB 3808 Relating to financial assistance to local governmental entities affected by the realignment of defense jobs or facilities. 05/08/2015
HB 1069 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. 05/14/2015
HB 1075 Relating to the contents of a notice of appraised value sent to a property owner by the chief appraiser of an appraisal district. 03/02/2015
HB 1281 Relating to requiring reasonable workplace accommodations for and prohibiting discrimination against employees or applicants for employment with limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. 03/04/2015
HB 1292 Relating to renaming the Major Events trust fund to the Major Events Reimbursement Program. 04/21/2015
HR 496 Honoring Representative Elliott Naishtat of Austin on his 70th birthday. 02/19/2015
HB 1485 Relating to the establishment of a grocery access investment fund program. 05/15/2015
HB 1653 Relating to the ownership or operation of a motor vehicle dealership by certain manufacturers or distributors. 04/13/2015
HB 1705 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. 05/05/2015
HB 1900 Relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land. 05/20/2015
HB 1892 Relating to the establishment of a Texas community school grant program. 05/14/2015
HB 1891 Relating to Texas community schools. 05/21/2015
HR 804 Paying tribute to the life of Andrea Sloan and to the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. 03/19/2015
HR 915 Honoring former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson for the donation of his professional papers to the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. 03/24/2015
HB 2600 Relating to the regulation of food production and sales operations by a home food processor; requiring an occupational permit; authorizing a fee and an administrative penalty. 03/16/2015
HB 2551 Relating to the evaluation of the reduction of emissions of air contaminants achieved from certain programs. 04/21/2015
HB 2500 Relating to a franchise tax deduction for certain energy-generating equipment. 03/16/2015
HB 2496 Relating to a filing fee submitted with an application for a place on a ballot. 05/11/2015
HB 2520 Relating to restrictions on the political activities of a county clerk who administers elections; creating a criminal offense. 05/04/2015
HB 2560 Relating to the filing of an application for a place on the general primary election ballot. 03/16/2015
HB 2461 Relating to judicial review of wage claim decisions issued by the Texas Workforce Commission. 04/28/2015
HB 2470 Relating to liability insurance for ammonium nitrate operations; creating a criminal offense. 04/07/2015
HB 2425 Relating to water quality improvement and pollution reduction through beverage container recycling incentives; assessing a fee; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense. 05/05/2015
HB 3148 Relating to the regulation of construction contractors; providing an administrative penalty; requiring an occupational registration; authorizing a fee. 03/23/2015
HB 3110 Relating to information regarding candidates provided by a political party to the secretary of state. 05/11/2015
HB 3050 Relating to the modification of a motor vehicle to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate matter; creating an offense; imposing an administrative penalty. 04/29/2015
HB 3117 Relating to the removal of a precinct or county chair for abandonment of office. 05/12/2015
HB 3069 Relating to the authority and obligations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Public Utility Commission of Texas to comply with and implement a Clean Power Plan. 04/28/2015
HB 2769 Relating to the date of expiration of a certain pilot revolving loan program established under the loanstar revolving loan program to provide for energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technology for certain organizations. 05/13/2015
HB 2915 Relating to the transfer of certain general revenue to the Texas rail relocation and improvement fund. 03/16/2015
HB 3290 Relating to creating a farm to school community connections pilot program. 04/15/2015
HB 3508 Relating to a college readiness memorandum of understanding between a school district and an institution of higher education. 05/06/2015
HB 3273 Relating to the exemption of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education for certain certified or licensed paramedics. 05/06/2015
HB 3525 Relating to creating the Texas Quality Research Leadership Authority to help Texas small businesses rapidly scale in potentially leading edge technologies and abolishing the Texas emerging technology fund. 04/16/2015
HB 3561 Relating to damages in certain wrongful eviction actions. 05/11/2015
HB 3418 Relating to intermunicipal commuter rail districts. 03/17/2015
HB 3274 Relating to providing a parent of a public school student with certain required notices in the parent's native language. 03/17/2015
HB 3301 Relating to the recognition of state citizenship and the issuance of state identification cards, driver's licenses, and occupational licenses to state residents regardless of their immigration status. 03/27/2015
HB 4085 Relating to the declaration of a state of disaster and certain state operations in a disaster. 05/05/2015
HB 3894 Relating to an award program to recognize school nutrition program excellence. 03/24/2015
HB 3899 Relating to comprehensive development agreements of the Texas Department of Transportation. 04/30/2015
HB 3488 Relating to appeal of emergency medical services personnel employment termination to the State Office of Administrative Hearings. 05/01/2015
HB 2505 Relating to health benefit plan coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs. 05/11/2015
HB 91 Relating to the regulation of raw milk and raw milk products; adding a provision subject to a criminal penalty. 05/25/2015
HB 1839 Relating to authority for certain state employees to work flexible hours and to work from home or other authorized alternative work sites. 04/20/2015
HB 3444 Relating to the provision of telemedicine medical services by a physician. 03/18/2015
HB 3407 Relating to limiting certain powers of the Goforth Special Utility District. 04/24/2015
HB 1928 Relating to franchise tax and insurance premium tax credits for investment in certain communities; imposing a monetary penalty; authorizing fees. 03/11/2015
HB 1420 Relating to the practice of therapeutic optometry. 04/14/2015
HB 1156 Relating to the establishment of an electronic information and application system for state and local incentives for economic development purposes. 03/19/2015
HB 2072 Relating to the authority of certain holders of a wine and beer retailer's permit to manufacture and sell wine and engage in certain related activities. 04/13/2015
HB 1432 Relating to optional fees on registration of vehicles in certain counties to fund transportation projects; authorizing a fee. 04/09/2015
HB 594 Relating to toll rates for certain vehicles traveling on State Highway 130. 05/13/2015
HB 1155 Relating to the creation of the Recruit Texas Program to facilitate the relocation to or expansion in this state of employers offering complex or high-skilled employment opportunities. 05/27/2015
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
HB 900 Relating to a clarification of the law governing eligibility of certain events for funding under the Major Events trust fund. 03/26/2015
HB 1324 Relating to the establishment and operation of a motor-bus-only lane pilot program in certain counties. 05/14/2015

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