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

Sen. Kel Seliger

District 31 (R-Amarillo)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
SB 1189 Relating to the establishment of a multidisciplinary studies associate degree program at each public junior college. Effective immediately
SB 453 Relating to minimum scores required for public school students to receive credit by an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program. Effective immediately
SB 2041 Relating to the designation of the portion of State Highway 191 in Midland County as the Sergeant Michael Naylor Memorial Highway and of the portion of Interstate Highway 30 in Rockwall County as the Congressman Ralph Hall Highway. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1227 Relating to payment of covered claims based on assignment. Effective immediately
SB 149 Relating to alternative methods for satisfying certain public high school graduation requirements, including the use of individual graduation committees. Effective immediately
SB 431 Relating to the deadline for filing a candidate's personal financial statement. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 489 Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 87 in Howard County as the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 551 Relating to the duty of the Water Conservation Advisory Council to submit a report and recommendations regarding water conservation in this state. Effective on 9/1/15
SCR 13 Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports. Signed by the Governor
SB 804 Relating to the period of eligibility for support from the universal service plan for certain providers. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 810 Relating to the authority of an independent school district to contract with a municipality for the design, improvement, or construction of an instructional facility, stadium, or other athletic facility. Effective immediately
SB 685 Relating to the applicability of open meetings and public information laws to the education research center advisory board. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 686 Relating to the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1228 Relating to authorizing children of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission employees to be employed by holders of licenses or permits issued by the commission. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1024 Relating to eligibility for course credit and high school diplomas of students enrolled in educational programs provided by the Windham School District in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Effective immediately
SB 1025 Relating to supplemental compensation paid to certain county judges. Effective immediately
SB 1191 Relating to the amount and allocation of the annual constitutional appropriation to certain agencies and institutions of higher education. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SCR 22 Designating Quitaque as the official Bison Capital for a 10-year period beginning in 2015. Signed by the Governor
SCR 19 Recognizing Johnny Trotter of Hereford on the occasion of his induction into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Signed by the Governor
SB 1517 Relating to the appointment of counsel to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1928 Relating to ensuring local governmental and community input in any federal refugee resettlement program established in this state. Effective immediately
SB 2030 Relating to the election date of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 917 Relating to the applicability of the Texas Mass Gatherings Act to certain horse and greyhound races. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 18 Relating to measures to support or enhance graduate medical education in this state, including the transfer of certain assets from the Texas Medical Liability Insurance Underwriting Association to the permanent fund supporting graduate medical education and the authority of the association to issue new policies. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 2031 Relating to the date for publication of the factors considered for admission to a new graduate and professional program. Effective immediately
SB 795 Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 11 Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Vetoed Bills

Bill Caption Date Vetoed
SB 313 Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum, the administration of and reports relating to assessment instruments administered to public school students, the instructional materials allotment, and proclamations for the production of instructional materials. 06/20/2015

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
SB 1735 Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents. Remarks ordered printed

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
SR 173 Celebrating February 18, 2015, as Andrews County Day. 02/18/2015
SB 177 Relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education in this state. 03/24/2015
SB 176 Relating to the Texas School Accountability Dashboard. 01/27/2015
SB 150 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education. 04/13/2015
SB 312 Relating to a required report made to a public school student, parent, and teacher regarding the student's performance on certain state-adopted or state-developed assessment instruments. 02/02/2015
SB 413 Relating to the qualifications for membership on the Texas Water Development Board. 05/22/2015
SR 58 Recognizing W. David Watts for his contributions to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 01/26/2015
SR 59 Recognizing the Texas Shoot Out BBQ Cook-off. 01/26/2015
SB 452 Relating to administering the Texas Success Initiative assessment instrument to certain public school students. 02/09/2015
SB 451 Relating to eliminating certain state-required assessment instruments administered to public school students in certain grades. 02/09/2015
SB 454 Relating to the alignment of the college readiness standards and expectations and the essential knowledge and skills. 02/09/2015
SB 488 Relating to the criteria for awarding the Texas Purple Heart Medal to members of the armed forces wounded or killed at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009. 03/04/2015
SB 490 Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax. 02/10/2015
SR 106 Recognizing February 10, 2015, as Howard County Day. 02/10/2015
SR 175 In memory of Roy Don Creacy. 02/17/2015
SB 605 Relating to the method of determining the average daily attendance in certain school districts. 02/23/2015
SB 266 Relating to the first day of instruction of a school year for public school students. 01/28/2015
SB 803 Relating to the validation of certain actions relating to municipal airport zoning regulations. 03/03/2015
SB 778 Relating to performance-based tuition limitations for certain public institutions of higher education. 05/24/2015
SR 253 Recognizing Texas PTA for their work on behalf of the children of Texas. 02/24/2015
SR 402 Congratulating Kirk Edwards for being named 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. 03/19/2015
SR 403 Recognizing the Chuck Wagon Gang of Odessa for 75 years of service to the community. 03/19/2015
SB 1392 Relating to service contracts, vehicle protection products and loss damage waivers for heavy equipment; requiring an occupational license; expanding the applicability of an occupational license. 03/18/2015
SB 1023 Relating to the designation of van-only parking spaces for use by persons with disabilities; creating an offense. 03/11/2015
SR 107 Congratulating Howard Parker and Joe Parsley for receiving the 2014 Top Hand Award. 02/09/2015
SR 57 Recognizing the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. 01/26/2015
SR 733 Recognizing May 7, 2015, as Salad Day 2015. 05/07/2015
SR 174 Recognizing February 17, 2015, as Panhandle Day. 02/17/2015
SB 689 Relating to a refund of overpayments of the motor vehicle sales tax computed based on standard presumptive value. 02/25/2015
SB 846 Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to abolish the permanent resident hotel occupancy tax exemption. 03/04/2015
SB 1030 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain equipment used for digital audio broadcasting. 05/18/2015
SB 1226 Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain equipment used for digital audio broadcasting. 03/17/2015
SB 1026 Relating to the regulation of the sale of dextromethorphan to minors; providing civil penalties. 03/11/2015
SB 1188 Relating to a study on the feasibility of requiring certain researchers to make research papers available to the public. 05/18/2015
SB 892 Relating to educator preparation programs and teacher certification examinations. 05/24/2015
SB 916 Relating to the creation of a program to improve public education through partnerships between certain public school campuses and public universities. 03/09/2015
SB 1190 Relating to the granting of undergraduate course credit by advanced placement examination at public institutions of higher education. 03/17/2015
SB 1225 Relating to the retention and use of sales tax revenue collected by certain retailers to provide job training and placement services to certain persons. 03/17/2015
SB 1518 Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax. 03/23/2015
SB 1520 Relating to transparency of certain information related to certain health benefit plan coverage. 03/23/2015
SB 1515 Relating to the temporary exemption of certain tangible personal property related to a data center from the state sales and use tax. 03/23/2015
SB 1516 Relating to the calculation of a service retirement annuity for certain members of the elected class. 03/23/2015
SB 1229 Relating to restrictions on the use of credit card payments to settle claims for health care services. 05/20/2015
SB 893 Relating to public school teacher performance appraisals, continuing education, professional development, career advancement, and compensation. 04/30/2015
SB 1797 Relating to the limitation on the amount of supplemental payments under the Texas Economic Development Act. 03/24/2015
SB 1983 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of pollution control property. 03/25/2015
SB 1755 Relating to named driver insurance policies and certain related exclusions. 03/24/2015
SB 1798 Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. 03/24/2015
SB 1403 Relating to the financing of convention center hotels in certain municipalities. 03/18/2015
SB 1027 Relating to refunding certain taxes remitted by racing associations in consideration for enhancing racing purses. 03/11/2015
SR 548 Recognizing April 15, 2015, as County Government Day. 04/15/2015
SR 503 Recognizing the Hemphill County Airport for being selected Most Improved General Aviation Airport of the Year. 04/07/2015
SR 502 Recognizing the Andrews County Airport for being selected Airport of the Year. 04/07/2015
SR 645 Recognizing the 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Chili and Barbecue Cook-off. 04/28/2015
SR 1059 Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, S.B. 1191. 05/30/2015
SR 1025 In memory of W. Winfred Moore. 05/27/2015
SR 1067 Recognizing June 6, 2015, as Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day in Texas. 05/31/2015
SB 1519 Relating to notice and appeal of an adverse determination by utilization review agents. 03/23/2015
SB 1927 Relating to the investment of a portion of the economic stabilization fund balance. 04/09/2015
SR 424 Recognizing March 25, 2015, as Ward and Winkler Counties Day. 03/25/2015
SR 1024 Recognizing Shanna Peeples for being named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year. 05/28/2015
SB 13 Relating to measures to support public school student academic achievement and high school, college, and career preparation, including measures to improve and support dual credit courses, the development of public outreach materials, and the development of postsecondary education and career counseling academies. 05/26/2015
SB 1165 Relating to the express preemption of regulation of oil and gas operations and the exclusive jurisdiction of those operations by the state. 05/05/2015
SB 439 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of unlawful carrying of weapons. 02/10/2015
SB 694 Relating to authorizing patients with certain terminal illnesses to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials. 05/20/2015
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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