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

Rep. Harold Dutton

District 142 (D-Houston)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 2372 Relating to training requirements for juvenile correctional officers employed by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 324 Relating to a requirement that a peace officer obtain a search warrant before conducting a body cavity search during a traffic stop. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2154 Relating to the functions and operation of the State Office of Administrative Hearings. See remarks for effective date
HB 1786 Relating to the transfer of driver and traffic safety education from the Texas Education Agency and the Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation; changing the amounts of certain fees. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2536 Relating to jurisdiction in an eminent domain proceeding in Harris County. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 905 Relating to the regulation of knives by a municipality or county. Effective on 9/1/15
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 1606 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including assumption of the duties of the Texas Skill Standards Board. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1278 Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty. Effective on 9/1/15

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 3888 Relating to the creation of the Barrett Management District. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 477 Relating to requiring notice and the dissemination of criminal history record information to the subject of the information in certain circumstances. 03/03/2015
HB 545 Relating to the enforcement of an order to pay child support by contempt. 05/22/2015
HB 475 Relating to an affirmative defense available to certain students enrolled in grade level nine or above who engage in prohibited sexual contact with another student at or above that grade level. 05/06/2015
HB 544 Relating to payment by a school district of the costs of developmental coursework provided by an institution of higher education under the success initiative. 02/18/2015
HB 476 Relating to the consequences of successfully completing a period of deferred adjudication community supervision. 03/26/2015
HB 543 Relating to the creation of a specialty court for certain first-time DWI offenders; imposing fees for participation and alcohol monitoring. 03/03/2015
HB 478 Relating to the restoration of certain rights to a criminal defendant. 05/11/2015
HJR 47 Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing a court to partition the community property and to characterize future earnings of spouses as separate property on legal separation of the spouses. 03/25/2015
HB 424 Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children. 03/10/2015
HB 354 Relating to a suit for legal separation in a marriage. 03/25/2015
HB 348 Relating to the punishment for certain conduct constituting the offense of official oppression and to the statute of limitation on prosecution of that conduct. 03/18/2015
HB 403 Relating to the penalty for certain offenders for possession of a small amount of certain controlled substances. 04/08/2015
HB 347 Relating to equal opportunity for access by home-schooled students to University Interscholastic League sponsored activities; authorizing a fee. 02/12/2015
HB 364 Relating to the child support obligation of an obligor during the obligor's confinement in jail or prison. 05/21/2015
HB 414 Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid. 05/01/2015
HB 341 Relating to the extent of a defendant's criminal responsibility for the conduct of a coconspirator in certain felony cases. 05/11/2015
HB 305 Relating to registering to vote and voting while in custody at certain county jails and related procedures. 02/11/2015
HB 282 Relating to the organization of a grand jury. 05/11/2015
HB 192 Relating to convictions considered for purposes of enhancing the punishment for certain intoxication offenses. 05/11/2015
HB 560 Relating to the qualifications for service as a grand juror. 05/11/2015
HB 342 Relating to periodic reauthorization of municipal building permit fees. 04/14/2015
HB 340 Relating to the receipt of an exemption or waiver for a school district or campus that is academically unacceptable. 02/12/2015
HB 563 Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of official oppression. 04/16/2015
HB 674 Relating to permitting a residency requirement for police officers in certain municipalities. 03/19/2015
HB 564 Relating to the admissibility of certain evidence in capital cases in which the state seeks the death penalty. 04/29/2015
HB 662 Relating to public school students evaluated for purposes of accountability ratings. 02/19/2015
HB 752 Relating to the eligibility of property used for affordable housing for ad valorem tax benefits under the Texas Economic Development Act. 02/23/2015
HB 749 Relating to the dismissal of a case within the jurisdiction of a municipal court if a peace officer fails to appear for trial. 05/11/2015
HB 816 Relating to creating a criminal offense for a candidate for public office who misrepresents the candidate's residency. 04/13/2015
HB 865 Relating to the recording of certain grand jury proceedings that involve a peace officer. 05/06/2015
HB 1025 Relating to the approval of law enforcement training materials by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. 03/19/2015
HB 1032 Relating to abolishing the death penalty. 04/29/2015
HB 1024 Relating to an offense report prepared in the investigation of a criminal case. 03/05/2015
HB 1204 Relating to requiring the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide notice to certain persons of the right to vote. 04/23/2015
HB 1205 Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age. 05/12/2015
HB 1253 Relating to appointment of a grand jury. 03/25/2015
HB 1369 Relating to the creation of a special prosecution division in the office of the attorney general to investigate and prosecute peace officer misconduct. 03/26/2015
HB 1371 Relating to the creation of an independent ombudsman for children and youth in foster care. 05/19/2015
HB 1536 Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District. 05/12/2015
HB 1537 Relating to the sunset review of the authority of the governing bodies of taxing units to contract with attorneys to represent the taxing units in enforcing the collection of delinquent ad valorem taxes on property in the taxing units. 03/10/2015
HR 599 Congratulating the Northeast Cultural Arts Council of Houston on the 30th anniversary of its founding. 03/17/2015
HB 1727 Relating to petitions by parents of students for the repurposing, alternative management, or closure of low-performing public school campuses. 03/12/2015
HB 1728 Relating to certain facilities transactions between school districts and charter schools. 03/12/2015
HR 784 Honoring William Bates Jr. of Houston for his public service. 03/05/2015
HR 2822 In memory of Oris G. Green of Houston. 05/23/2015
HR 2821 In memory of LaRone Therion Perry. 05/23/2015
HR 2951 Honoring Emma Primas of Houston for her contributions to her community. 06/01/2015
HR 2953 Commemorating the 90th anniversary of the founding of Pinecrest Presbyterian Church in Houston. 05/22/2015
HR 3057 In memory of Lillie Beatrice Thomas of Houston. 06/01/2015
HR 3366 Congratulating John Jesse Balthazar of Houston on his 100th birthday. 05/28/2015
HR 3367 Congratulating Dr. Sophia Davis-Fields on being named an honoree at the KEW Learning Academy Profiles of Prominence Awards Banquet. 05/28/2015
HR 3365 Congratulating Johnny and Loretta Williams of Houston on their 50th wedding anniversary. 05/28/2015
HR 3480 Congratulating the Houston Food Bank on being named the 2015 Member of the Year by the Feeding America network. 06/03/2015
HR 3644 Congratulating the Phillis Wheatley High School Class of 1965 on the occasion of its 50-year reunion. 06/02/2015
HB 2345 Relating to the boundaries and territory of the Near Northside Management District. 05/25/2015
HR 856 Congratulating Marguerite Latson of Houston on the occasion of her 80th birthday. 03/23/2015
HB 2375 Relating to liability of a governmental unit for personal injury and death caused by the governmental unit's negligence. 03/13/2015
HB 561 Relating to the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. 04/23/2015
HB 1917 Relating to the hours for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at certain licensed or permitted premises during special events. 03/11/2015
HB 1785 Relating to reducing the amount of a fee imposed on certain sexually oriented businesses. 03/13/2015
HB 1763 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Education Agency and to the abolition of the State Board for Educator Certification and the transfer of its functions to the Texas Education Agency; providing for the ad valorem tax rate to be imposed after annexation of an insolvent or inoperative school district. 03/12/2015
HB 1805 Relating to abolishing a fee imposed on certain sexually oriented businesses. 03/16/2015
HR 807 Commemorating the dedication of a Texas Historical Marker at First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. 03/20/2015
HR 808 Recognizing March 3, 2015, as the Day of Innocence and honoring Sabrina Butler, Gary Drinkard, and Shujaa Graham for their efforts to effect reforms in the criminal justice system. 03/05/2015
HR 811 Honoring Sister Faye Marie Johnson for 50 years of service to Lyons Unity Missionary Baptist Church. 03/19/2015
HB 2614 Relating to a peace officer training advisory committee. 03/26/2015
HJR 112 Proposing a constitutional amendment to change the composition of the grand jury. 03/17/2015
HB 2615 Relating to the office of independent ombudsman for the Department of Family and Protective Services. 03/17/2015
HB 2617 Relating to reorganizing the grand jury as the probable cause jury. 03/16/2015
HJR 107 Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the periodic review of state and local tax preferences and the expiration of certain tax preferences if not reauthorized by law. 03/17/2015
HB 2371 Relating to qualifications and registration of certain voters on parole or mandatory supervision. 03/13/2015
HB 2343 Relating to the Generation Park Management District. 05/15/2015
HB 2344 Relating to filing requirements applicable to administrative writs of withholding for child support. 03/13/2015
HB 2613 Relating to the suspension of occupational and driver's licenses issued to persons who fail to pay an administrative penalty imposed by the Texas Funeral Service Commission. 03/16/2015
HB 2378 Relating to a periodic review and expiration dates of state and local tax preferences. 03/13/2015
HB 2373 Relating to the creation of a task force to conduct a study and develop recommendations to alleviate the incidence of gun violence in this state. 03/17/2015
HB 2374 Relating to access to certain law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law. 03/16/2015
HB 2632 Relating to removing a criminal penalty and authorizing a civil penalty for truancy. 05/20/2015
HB 3277 Relating to the authority of the office of independent ombudsman with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department in regard to juveniles in custody in certain facilities. 05/20/2015
HB 3276 Relating to automatic expunction of arrest records and files for certain persons who are tried for an offense and subsequently acquitted. 05/11/2015
HB 3884 Relating to the carrying of knives; creating a criminal offense. 05/23/2015
HB 4110 Relating to implementation of a workplace violence prevention plan in certain hospitals; providing an administrative penalty. 03/23/2015
HB 3889 Relating to adding certain substances to Penalty Group 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act for purposes of criminal prosecutions involving those substances, increasing penalties for the manufacture of, delivery of, or possession with the intent to deliver certain controlled substances, and a pilot program for field testing for controlled substances. 03/23/2015
HB 3660 Relating to low income housing tax credits awarded to at-risk developments. 05/21/2015
HB 3887 Relating to the establishment of the office of early learning within the Texas Education Agency. 03/23/2015
HB 3392 Relating to funding for an open-enrollment charter school based on certain ad valorem taxes collected by school districts. 03/17/2015
HB 2616 Relating to procedures related to juvenile justice proceedings; increasing the punishment for certain delinquent conduct. 05/11/2015
HB 3275 Relating to prohibited denial of a stay of proceedings for a contested case for which an interlocutory appeal has been filed. 03/17/2015
HB 4190 Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 546; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes. 05/22/2015
HR 2286 In memory of Carlton Earl Land of Houston. 04/27/2015
HR 2264 Congratulating the 2015 recipients of a Reginald Keith Guillory Scholarship. 05/26/2015
HR 2280 Congratulating Michael Donald Neely of Houston on his 75th birthday. 04/28/2015
HR 2265 Congratulating the 2015 honorees of the Reginald Keith Guillory Scholarship. 05/26/2015
HR 2263 Congratulating Vicky Pink of Houston on her 50th birthday. 05/26/2015
HCR 115 Requesting the Texas Supreme Court to study ways to eliminate court filing fees. 04/23/2015
HR 2729 Honoring the KEW Learning Academy in Houston on the occasion of its Profiles of Prominence Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance. 05/26/2015
HR 2784 Honoring Emma Primas of Houston for her contributions to her community. 05/26/2015
HR 2785 Commemorating the 65th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Houston. 05/26/2015
HB 1975 Relating to the state's burden of proof in certain asset forfeiture proceedings under the Code of Criminal Procedure. 05/04/2015
HB 3326 Relating to decreasing the punishment for certain criminal offenses. 05/11/2015
HB 3341 Relating to a requirement that school district superintendents report information relating to the use of restraints against students and student arrests; creating a criminal offense. 05/12/2015
HB 1168 Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of resisting arrest, search, or transportation or the offenses of escape or permitting or facilitating escape. 03/19/2015
HB 2934 Relating to prohibiting the use of a mechanical or physical restraint on a child during a judicial proceeding in the juvenile court. 05/12/2015
HB 507 Relating to a civil action to collect a civil penalty for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia. 05/11/2015
HB 2433 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of Family and Protective Services and procedures applicable to suits affecting the parent-child relationship, investigations of child abuse and neglect, and conservatorship of a child; affecting fee amounts and authorizing an administrative penalty. 05/14/2015
HB 3171 Relating to repealing civil asset forfeiture provisions and establishing criminal asset forfeiture in this state. 04/15/2015
HB 2304 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission and the provision of health and human services in this state. 04/27/2015
HR 751 Recognizing March 2, 2015, as Texas Southern University Day at the State Capitol. 03/05/2015
HB 1497 Relating to the issuance of school district teaching permits to persons who teach career and technology education. 05/13/2015
HB 2510 Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of State Health Services, the provision of health services in this state, and the regulation of certain health-related occupations and activities. 04/23/2015
HB 2024 Relating to the self-directed and semi-independent status of certain agencies and to the requirements applicable to, and the oversight of, those agencies. 04/01/2015
HB 550 Relating to the provision of health and human services in this state, including the powers and duties of the Health and Human Services Commission and other state agencies, and the licensing of certain health professionals; clarifying certain statutory provisions; authorizing the imposition of fees. 03/26/2015

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