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

Rep. Garnet Coleman

District 147 (D-Houston)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 1924 Relating to the authority of a psychologist to delegate certain care to an intern. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2708 Relating to the qualifications for teaching a driver education course. Effective immediately
HB 2521 Relating to the allocation and use of payments received under oil and gas leases of land owned by the state for a county road. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HB 2519 Relating to expenditures made by emergency services districts and the sale of district property. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2216 Relating to information required of an applicant for a driver's license. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3067 Relating to the amount that may be donated by contract by certain populous counties to crime stoppers or crime prevention organizations. Effective immediately
HB 1878 Relating to the provision of telemedicine medical services in a school-based setting, including the reimbursement of providers under the Medicaid program for those services. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2696 Relating to a study on reducing workplace violence against nurses. Effective immediately
HB 1212 Relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain offenses under the Texas Controlled Substances Act and the regulation and scheduling of certain substances. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3781 Relating to the creation of the Texas Health Improvement Network. Effective immediately
HB 3302 Relating to highway landscaping projects. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2186 Relating to suicide prevention training for educators in public schools. Effective immediately
HB 1140 Relating to the confinement of pregnant prisoners in county jails. Effective on 9/1/15

Vetoed Bills

Bill Caption Date Vetoed
HB 2068 Relating to automatic employee participation in and administration of a deferred compensation plan provided by certain hospital districts. 06/20/2015
HB 973 Relating to the compensation and per diem compensation of emergency services commissioners in certain counties. 06/18/2015

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 2524 Relating to legal services provided by a district or county attorney to county and precinct officials. Senate appoints conferees-reported
HB 3474 Relating to issues affecting counties and other governmental entities. Senate discharges conferees

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HJR 34 Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage. 03/03/2015
HB 3476 Relating to the provision and reimbursement of, or benefits for, home telemonitoring services, telemedicine medical services, and telehealth services under Medicaid and certain health benefit plans provided to certain retired public employees. 05/14/2015
HB 3822 Relating to recovery under uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage. 03/23/2015
HB 4113 Relating to the licensing and regulation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners; providing a fee. 03/23/2015
HB 3875 Relating to a policy on vaccine-preventable diseases for public schools. 03/24/2015
HB 3833 Relating to submission of reports by a physician assistant under the workers' compensation system. 03/23/2015
HB 3651 Relating to the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, and use of drugs not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the false representation that a substance is a drug approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or intended for the prevention or treatment of diseases in humans; creating criminal offenses. 05/13/2015
HB 4079 Relating to student fees at the University of Houston System. 04/22/2015
HB 4062 Relating to limitations on the percentage of money awarded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for certain uses. 05/12/2015
HB 2057 Relating to the repeal of the offense of homosexual conduct. 05/06/2015
HR 1753 Commending county officials and employees on the occasion of County Government Day at the State Capitol. 04/17/2015
HB 4210 Relating to authorizing the East Downtown Management District to impose a tax, fee, or assessment on a residential property. 05/13/2015
HR 2937 Commending Beverly Kaufman on her service as chair of the Hobby Center for Public Policy advisory board. 05/31/2015
HB 3064 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property used to provide low-income or moderate-income housing. 05/12/2015
HJR 110 Proposing a constitutional amendment allowing a state mandate imposed on a county to have effect only if the state provides for payment to the county of the cost of the mandate. 03/24/2015
HB 4100 Relating to advance directives and health care and treatment decisions. 03/23/2015
HB 3449 Relating to the Medicaid eligibility of certain women after a pregnancy. 03/18/2015
HB 3845 Relating to a "Texas Way" to reforming and addressing issues related to the Medicaid program, including the creation of an alternative program designed to ensure health benefit plan coverage to certain low-income individuals through the private marketplace; authorizing a fee. 03/24/2015
HB 1627 Relating to the use of deadly force in defense of a person or property. 03/18/2015
HR 583 Recognizing February 23, 2015, as University of Houston System Day at the State Capitol. 02/27/2015
HB 2058 Relating to a change of name and vital statistics information. 03/13/2015
HB 2056 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for a library at Texas Southern University. 03/13/2015
HB 2060 Relating to the application of public information laws to campus police departments at private institutions of higher education. 03/17/2015
HB 2059 Relating to an offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of gender identity or expression. 05/06/2015
HB 1938 Relating to a notification requirement if a public school campus or open-enrollment charter school does not have a nurse assigned to the campus during all instructional hours. 03/11/2015
HR 709 Congratulating Rick Lowe of Houston on his selection as the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts honoree for Visual Arts by the Texas Cultural Trust. 03/20/2015
HB 2065 Relating to automatic employee participation in and administration of a deferred compensation plan provided by the Harris County Hospital District. 05/05/2015
HB 1998 Relating to the definition of "non-physician mental health professional" for purposes of the Texas Mental Health Code. 05/15/2015
HB 2602 Relating to the prescribing and ordering of Schedule II controlled substances by certain advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants. 05/05/2015
HB 2663 Relating to the treatment for ad valorem tax purposes of real property used for certain low-income or moderate-income housing. 03/16/2015
HB 2662 Relating to the determination of the market value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes. 03/16/2015
HB 2750 Relating to legal services provided by a district or county attorney to county and precinct officials. 03/16/2015
HB 2627 Relating to creation of a task force to study the effects of population growth on counties in this state. 05/13/2015
HCR 71 Expressing support for the creation of a University of Houston health science center by the UH System Board of Regents. 03/19/2015
HB 2526 Relating to authorizing the East Downtown Management District to impose a tax, fee, or assessment on a residential property. 04/16/2015
HB 2525 Relating to the appointment of counsel to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. 05/27/2015
HB 2518 Relating to discussion or deliberation regarding certain economic development negotiations by governmental bodies. 04/06/2015
HB 2749 Relating to coverage of certain eating disorders as serious mental illnesses under certain group health benefit plans. 03/16/2015
HB 2434 Relating to student loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals. 03/13/2015
HB 2220 Relating to mental health first aid training for school district employees and school resource officers. 05/12/2015
HB 2217 Relating to the availability of free prekindergarten programs in public schools. 03/13/2015
HB 2219 Relating to health benefit plan coverage for injuries related to certain conduct of a covered individual. 05/20/2015
HB 2250 Relating to the delivery of telemedicine medical services and telehealth services. 03/13/2015
HB 2218 Relating to instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide in educator training programs. 04/28/2015
HB 3006 Relating to the distribution and use of certain penalties paid by health maintenance organizations and insurers for violating certain provisions governing prompt payment of physicians and health care providers. 05/14/2015
HB 3115 Relating to coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs. 04/07/2015
HB 3066 Relating to the regulation of the sale of dextromethorphan to minors; providing civil penalties. 05/05/2015
HB 3226 Relating to addressing abusive conduct in the workplace; creating a private right of action. 03/24/2015
HB 2825 Relating to the provision and administration of indigent defense services. 05/04/2015
HB 2522 Relating to the powers and duties of a county treasurer. 05/08/2015
HB 2977 Relating to issues affecting counties and certain other governmental entities; authorizing fees. 05/27/2015
HB 3228 Relating to the governing body of certain metropolitan rapid transit authorities. 03/23/2015
HB 3472 Relating to the authorization for a county to establish a wage higher than the state minimum wage for competitive procurement requirements in a specific contract. 04/23/2015
HB 130 Relating to authorizing a marriage between two persons of the same sex in this state and repealing the statutory prohibition against the recognition of a civil union or similar relationship entered into in another state between two persons of the same sex. 02/11/2015
HR 472 Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 03/18/2015
HB 1241 Relating to student loan repayment assistance for certain mental health professionals. 03/04/2015
HB 2523 Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail. 05/13/2015
HB 3785 Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of cannabis for medical purposes; authorizing fees. 04/28/2015
HB 4002 Relating to an interim study regarding international price discrimination in pharmaceuticals. 04/27/2015
HB 2082 Relating to developing a program to provide telemedicine medical services to certain children. 05/18/2015
HB 2330 Relating to the right of a dentist to contract for certain services. 04/28/2015
HB 1885 Relating to the scope of practice of and the prescribing and ordering authority of advanced practice registered nurses. 03/11/2015
HB 1623 Relating to the reimbursement of providers for the provision of certain home telemonitoring services under Medicaid. 05/11/2015
HB 65 Relating to disease control pilot programs to reduce the risk of certain communicable diseases; authorizing fees. 05/21/2015
HR 529 Recognizing February 19, 2015, as Mental Illness Awareness Day. 02/25/2015
HB 1141 Relating to reports regarding the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners in county jails. 04/16/2015
HB 537 Relating to the information on the supplementary birth certificate of an adopted child. 05/13/2015
HB 892 Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis and the regulation of related organizations and individuals; requiring a dispensing organization to obtain a license to dispense low-THC cannabis and any employee of a dispensing organization to obtain a registration; authorizing fees. 05/13/2015
HB 438 Relating to authorizing patients with certain terminal conditions to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials. 02/19/2015
HB 1048 Relating to the redesignation of veterans court programs as veterans treatment court programs, the administration of those programs, the expunction of arrest records and files for certain participants who successfully complete a program, and the issuance of orders of nondisclosure for participants convicted of a misdemeanor; changing a fee. 05/12/2015

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