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

Sen. Kelly Hancock

District 9 (R-North Richland Hills)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
SB 272 Relating to making a voluntary contribution to the Special Olympics Texas fund when registering a motor vehicle or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Effective on 1/1/16
SB 530 Relating to the licensing of vehicles for hire and passenger transportation services by certain airport governing boards; authorizing the imposition of fees; expanding the authorization to require an occupational license; amending a provision subject to a criminal penalty. Effective immediately
SB 529 Relating to the eligibility of a landman for unemployment compensation. Effective immediately
SB 607 Relating to the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 481 Relating to consumer information concerning facility-based physicians and notice and availability of mediation for balance billing by a facility-based physician. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1666 Relating to excepting manufacturers engaged in certain commercial research and development from certain provisions of the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Effective immediately
SB 1510 Relating to authority of the county auditor to examine and audit the records of certain special districts. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 903 Relating to procedures for the management, sale, or lease of certain state-owned real property and the management or collection of related funds, including disputed oil and gas royalties owed to the state. Effective on 9/1/15
SB 1162 Relating to the nonsubstantive revision of certain local laws concerning water and wastewater special districts, including conforming amendments. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SB 1420 Relating to notices of appraised value sent to property owners by the chief appraisers of appraisal districts. Effective on 1/1/16
SB 1394 Relating to the presentation of evidence in appraisal review board hearings on protests. Effective on 1/1/16
SB 1512 Relating to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles fund. Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
SB 1654 Relating to the standard valuation for life insurance, accident and health insurance, and annuities and the nonforfeiture requirements of certain life insurance policies; amending provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty. Effective on 9/1/15
SCR 40 Authorizing a portrait of Governor Rick Perry to be placed in the Texas Capitol. Signed by the Governor
SB 795 Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Effective on 9/1/15
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
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
SCR 9 Authorizing the lieutenant governor and speaker to appoint interim joint committees. Filed with the Secretary of State
SB 9 Relating to limitations on the rate of growth of appropriations for certain categories of spending. House appoints conferees-reported

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
SR 525 Suspending Senate Rule 2.02 to grant floor privileges to the former lieutenant governors, former senate members, and the former secretary of the senate during the Former Members Day recognition ceremony. 04/08/2015
SB 307 Relating to dedicating certain state revenue to the purpose of retiring state general obligation debt. 02/02/2015
SJR 26 Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to appropriations for the preservation and perpetuation of certain items of historical value; allowing the legislature and state agencies to accept on behalf of the state gifts of items of historical value and contributions to purchase such items. 02/02/2015
SB 356 Relating to the creation, purpose, implementation, and funding of the County Park Beautification and Improvement Program. 02/02/2015
SJR 27 Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring certain tax bills to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature. 05/12/2015
SB 482 Relating to the creation of an optional consumer-directed health plan for certain individuals eligible to participate in the group benefits program provided under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Act and their qualified dependents. 02/10/2015
SB 554 Relating to zero-based budgeting for state agencies as part of the sunset review process. 04/09/2015
SB 608 Relating to an exemption for certain tangible personal property related to medical data centers from the sales and use tax. 02/23/2015
SB 609 Relating to the regulation of package store permit holders. 04/01/2015
SB 623 Relating to state funding for certain children to attend certain private prekindergarten programs. 02/23/2015
SB 639 Relating to the ownership or operation of a motor vehicle dealership by certain manufacturers or distributors. 02/24/2015
SB 1011 Relating to public school choice, including school campus information, student transfers, the public education grant program, and the transportation allotment. 03/11/2015
SB 1012 Relating to local control school districts. 05/12/2015
SB 303 Relating to the effect of certain agreements with a collective bargaining organization on certain state-funded public work contracts. 02/02/2015
SR 752 Recognizing the National Association of Chemical Distributors. 05/11/2015
SR 1064 Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, H.B. 1295. 05/31/2015
SR 1073 Commending Sharon Scarborough for her service to the Texas Senate and congratulating her for earning a 2015 Betty King Public Service Award. 06/01/2015
SR 1074 Commending Elizabeth "Bitsy" Rice for her service to the Texas Senate and congratulating her for earning a 2015 Betty King Public Service Award. 06/01/2015
SR 1077 Recognizing staff members of the Legislative Reference Library for their service. 06/01/2015
SR 1028 Relating to the preservation of the present definition of marriage. 05/27/2015
SB 1104 Relating to the temporary exemption of certain tangible personal property related to large data center projects from the sales and use tax. 03/16/2015
SR 232 Recognizing February 25, 2015, as City of Irving Day. 02/25/2015
SB 794 Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to issue debt to purchase or lease tangible personal property. 03/02/2015
SB 773 Relating to the requirement a protest or appeal based upon inequality of appraisal be determined by the application of generally accepted appraisal methods and techniques. 04/07/2015
SB 771 Relating to the frequency with which the Board of Pardons and Paroles considers the eligibility of certain inmates for release on parole. 03/02/2015
SB 772 Relating to legal representation for certain emergency services districts. 05/08/2015
SR 295 Commemorating Texas Independence Day 2015. 03/02/2015
SB 683 Relating to the payment of certain ad valorem tax refunds. 05/12/2015
SB 1017 Relating to the decertification of a certified capital company. 05/04/2015
SB 1018 Relating to the provision of direct primary care. 04/01/2015
SJR 2 Proposing a constitutional amendment concerning the limitation on the rate of growth in appropriations. 04/14/2015
SB 1164 Relating to insurance agents' ownership and use of certain information related to general property and casualty insurance policies; authorizing administrative penalties; adding provisions that may be subject to a criminal penalty. 03/18/2015
SB 1163 Relating to advance directives and health care and treatment decisions. 05/25/2015
SB 1103 Relating to the eligibility of property used for large data center projects for ad valorem tax benefits under the Texas Economic Development Act. 04/07/2015
SB 1016 Relating to participation in certain programs by, and insurer premium tax credits for investments in, certified capital companies. 03/11/2015
SB 1509 Relating to suits brought by local governments for violations of certain laws under the jurisdiction of, or rules adopted or orders or permits issued by, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; affecting civil penalties. 05/08/2015
SB 1511 Relating to the establishment and governance of certain regional transportation authorities. 05/26/2015
SCR 27 Expressing opposition to EPA-proposed guidelines regarding carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. 05/05/2015
SB 1513 Relating to state funding for certain children to attend certain private school. 04/21/2015
SR 430 Celebrating March 30, 2015, as Baylor Day. 03/30/2015
SR 118 Recognizing February 25 and 26, 2015, as Tarrant County Days. 02/09/2015
SR 681 Recognizing the opening of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's new headquarters. 05/05/2015
SR 618 Recognizing April 23, 2015, as Texas Young Republican Federation and Texas Federation of College Republicans Legislative Day. 04/23/2015
SR 627 Recognizing Young Conservatives of Texas on the occasion of its 35th anniversary. 04/27/2015
SR 519 Recognizing April 8, 2015, as Texas Home School Day. 04/08/2015
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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