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

Sen. Joan Huffman

District 17 (R-Houston)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
SB 825 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of prostitution. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 173 Relating to the designation for criminal prosecution and other purposes of certain chemicals commonly referred to as synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances and controlled substance analogues under the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 344 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of online solicitation of a minor. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 462 Relating to authorizing a revocable deed that transfers real property at the transferor's death. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 463 Relating to the restructuring of certain fund accounts of the Texas County and District Retirement System. Effective immediately
SB 183 Relating to the offenses of the violation of civil rights of and improper sexual activity with individuals in custody; imposing a criminal penalty. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 627 Relating to certain defenses to libel actions. Effective immediately
SB 1280 Relating to directing payment, after approval, of certain miscellaneous claims and judgments against the state out of funds designated by this Act; making appropriations. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1139 Relating to the operation and administration of and practice in courts in the judicial branch of state government, the composition of certain juvenile boards, and the increase of certain filing fees. See remarks for effective date
SB 172 Relating to the addition of certain substances to Penalty Groups 1-A and 2 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act for criminal prosecution and other purposes. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1697 Relating to the confidentiality of certain information regarding procedures and substances used in the execution of a convict. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1703 Relating to the deadlines for certain processes and procedures involving an election. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1707 Relating to the sealing of certain juvenile records. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1940 Relating to the creation of a joint interim committee to undertake a study of health benefit plans administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Effective immediately
SB 1135 Relating to civil and criminal liability for the unlawful disclosure or promotion of certain intimate visual material; creating an offense. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 534 Relating to the oath of a person admitted to practice law in the State of Texas. Effective immediately
SCR 17 In memory of Bob Lanier. Signed by the Governor
SB 1 Relating to certain restrictions on the imposition of ad valorem taxes and to the duty of the state to reimburse certain political subdivisions for certain revenue loss; making conforming changes. See remarks for effective date

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
SB 174 Relating to the eligibility of certain persons to receive a sentence of community supervision, including deferred adjudication community supervision. 01/27/2015
SB 345 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of breach of computer security. 04/15/2015
SR 87 Recognizing February 4, 2015, as Dyslexia Awareness Day. 02/04/2015
SB 588 Relating to the dispensing of aesthetic pharmaceuticals by physicians and therapeutic optometrists; imposing fees. 04/29/2015
SR 605 Recognizing March 26, 2015, as K9s4COPS Day. 04/29/2015
SR 719 Recognizing Dow Chemical Companys Texas Operations in Freeport on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. 05/06/2015
SR 958 Recognizing the staff of the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Mosquito Control Division. 05/22/2015
SB 1943 Relating to the duty to report child abuse or neglect. 03/25/2015
SB 1968 Relating to the organization of public employees. 05/21/2015
SR 342 In memory of Robert Crayford Lee. 03/09/2015
SB 493 Relating to evidence or testimony given by certain witnesses in a criminal case based on the trafficking of persons. 02/11/2015
SB 171 Relating to the addition of an offense for the continuous smuggling of persons. 02/25/2015
SB 824 Relating to the number of jurors required in certain civil cases pending in a statutory county court. 05/25/2015
SB 764 Relating to the creation of an additional family district court in Harris County. 03/02/2015
SB 779 Relating to access to certain medical test results in a criminal proceeding; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/26/2015
SB 780 Relating to the preservation of toxicological evidence collected in connection with certain intoxication offenses. 05/18/2015
SR 229 Recognizing February 23, 2015, as Crime Stoppers Day. 02/23/2015
SB 10 Relating to the prosecution of offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses. 05/27/2015
SR 340 In memory of Jeremy Davis Brown. 03/09/2015
SR 285 Recognizing March 3, 2015, as Brazoria County Day. 03/03/2015
SB 1705 Relating to the testing of a juvenile for a sexually transmitted disease or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) following the filing of a petition and a finding of probable cause that the juvenile has engaged in certain delinquent conduct. 03/23/2015
SB 1941 Relating to service credit and benefits under and funding requirements for the Employees Retirement System of Texas. 03/25/2015
SB 1969 Relating to ethics of public servants, including the functions and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission; the regulation of political contributions, political advertising, lobbying, and conduct of public servants; and the reporting of political contributions and expenditures and personal financial information; providing civil and criminal penalties. 04/27/2015
SB 1701 Relating to a human papillomavirus-associated cancer strategic plan developed by the Department of State Health Services. 03/23/2015
SB 1970 Relating to increasing the electronic filing fee for certain courts. 05/06/2015
SJR 66 Proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for the governor's and lieutenant governor's terms of office to begin at 10 a.m. on the day preceding the day the regular legislative session convenes. 05/24/2015
SB 1944 Relating to the disposition of a firearm seized from certain persons with mental illness. 05/24/2015
SB 1706 Relating to a grant program to fund domestic violence high risk teams. 04/29/2015
SB 1699 Relating to the designation of May as Postpartum Depression Awareness Month. 04/30/2015
SB 1700 Relating to the regulation of crafted precious metal dealers; creating a criminal offense. 03/23/2015
SB 1704 Relating to the transfer of certain inmates to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice following pronouncement of the inmate's sentence. 04/30/2015
SB 1708 Relating to the creation of a governor's program for victims of child sex trafficking. 05/26/2015
SB 1938 Relating to the creation of an additional family district court for Fort Bend County. 03/25/2015
SB 1939 Relating to contributions to, benefits from, membership in, and the administration of systems and programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. 05/06/2015
SB 1710 Relating to the creation of an additional county criminal court at law in Harris County. 03/23/2015
SB 1942 Relating to the doctrine of forum non conveniens. 03/25/2015
SB 1698 Relating to coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs. 03/23/2015
SB 1984 Relating to the canvass of election returns for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor. 05/24/2015
SB 1971 Relating to the transfer of the regulation of licensed dyslexia practitioners and licensed dyslexia therapists to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. 03/25/2015
SB 1972 Relating to the creation of a grant program to provide money for security at certain major events; authorizing fees. 03/25/2015
SB 1709 Relating to criminal liability for certain federal motor carrier safety regulation violations; increasing a criminal penalty. 04/15/2015
SR 374 Recognizing the 2015 Fishin Fiesta Barbecue Cook-off. 03/16/2015
SB 1702 Relating to the elimination of straight-party voting for judicial offices. 03/30/2015
SB 2023 Relating to the creation of the Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 191; granting a limited power of eminent domain; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose assessments, fees, and taxes. 05/14/2015
SR 536 Recognizing David Mitzner on the occasion of his 100th birthday. 04/13/2015
SR 486 Recognizing April 8, 2015, as Texas Retired Teachers Association Day. 04/08/2015
SB 2048 Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader. 05/26/2015
SR 579 Recognizing Rick Maldonado on the occasion of his retirement. 04/20/2015
SR 571 Congratulating the Texas Children's Hospital surgical team on the successful separation of conjoined twins. 04/21/2015
SR 535 Recognizing April 13, 2015, as Texas Female Judges' Day. 04/13/2015
SB 648 Relating to the distribution, possession, purchase, consumption, and receipt of cigarettes and tobacco products; providing penalties. 02/24/2015
SR 217 Celebrating February 23, 2015, as University of Houston System Day. 02/23/2015
SR 618 Recognizing April 23, 2015, as Texas Young Republican Federation and Texas Federation of College Republicans Legislative Day. 04/23/2015
SJR 1 Proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property. 06/01/2015
SB 7 Relating to the computation of and to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax. 05/12/2015
SB 8 Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax. 05/05/2015
SR 398 Extending condolences to the families of the missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. 03/19/2015

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