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

Rep. Patricia Harless

District 126 (R-Spring)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 643 Relating to the procedures for discharging bail in certain criminal proceedings. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1709 Relating to the closing, abandoning, and vacating of a public road by a county; authorizing the imposition of a fee. Effective immediately
HCR 92 Congratulating Dr. Stephen C. Head on his appointment as president of the Lone Star College System. Signed by the Governor
HB 2528 Relating to the authority of a water district to accept donations to fund certain economic development programs. Effective immediately
HB 2536 Relating to jurisdiction in an eminent domain proceeding in Harris County. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2186 Relating to suicide prevention training for educators in public schools. Effective immediately
HB 2246 Relating to the restriction of certain intoxication offenders to the operation of a motor vehicle with an ignition interlock device in lieu of a license suspension. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1794 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. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2076 Relating to notice requirements and other procedures relating to the possession or sale of a motor vehicle, motorboat, vessel, or outboard motor by a possessory lienholder. See remarks for effective date
HB 3283 Relating to contributions and registrations for an anatomical gift registry; authorizing a fee. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 3327 Relating to a grant program to fund domestic violence high risk teams. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 418 Relating to child victims of trafficking who are placed in secure foster homes. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1151 Relating to sexual harassment protection for unpaid interns. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 10 Relating to certain criminal and civil consequences of trafficking of persons, compelling prostitution, and certain other related criminal offenses; to the prevention, prosecution, and punishment of those offenses, and to compensation paid to victims of those offenses. Effective on 9/1/15

Vetoed Bills

Bill Caption Date Vetoed
HB 1363 Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of prostitution; creating a criminal offense. 06/20/2015

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 152 Relating to the authority of the voters of certain counties to authorize the county to regulate the sale and use of fireworks; providing penalties. 03/26/2015
HR 3320 Congratulating Keith Markuson on his retirement as director of the Klein High School Orchestra. 06/01/2015
HB 2441 Relating to voting rights and eligibility for office of residents of certain districts subject to a strategic partnership agreement. 04/20/2015
HB 2351 Relating to conflicts of interest and discrimination policies for an ethics or medical committee review of an advance directive. 05/14/2015
HR 2267 Congratulating the Cypress Ridge High School girls' wrestling team on winning the 2015 UIL 6A state championship. 05/01/2015
HB 215 Relating to waiving the fee for a fishing license for residents of this state who are at least 65 years of age. 05/14/2015
HB 214 Relating to the use of a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; creating an offense; providing penalties. 02/10/2015
HR 1218 In memory of Roy Dowell Hailey of Houston. 03/27/2015
HR 1219 Congratulating the Cypress Ranch High School football team on its successful 2014 season. 03/26/2015
HR 1217 Recognizing April 16, 2015, as Texas Federation of Republican Women Day at the State Capitol. 03/26/2015
HR 163 Recognizing February 6, 2015, as National Wear Red Day. 02/05/2015
HR 253 Recognizing February 11, 2015, as Community Impact Newspaper Day at the State Capitol. 02/19/2015
HR 1541 Honoring the Near East Foundation on the occasion of its centennial. 04/21/2015
HR 2268 Congratulating the Cypress Woods High School girls' basketball team on winning the 2014-2015 UIL 6A state championship. 05/01/2015
HR 239 Recognizing February 18, 2015, as Alliance of North Houston Chambers of Commerce Day at the State Capitol. 02/12/2015
HR 301 Recognizing February 18, 2015, as Alliance of North Houston Chambers of Commerce Day at the State Capitol. 03/01/2015
HR 3060 Congratulating Robin Burke on being named captain of the 2016 USA Curtis Cup women's golf team. 05/30/2015
HB 581 Relating to the manner in which a bail bond or personal bond is forfeited. 04/02/2015
HR 104 In memory of the Honorable J. Kent Adams, justice of the peace for Harris County Precinct 4, Place 1. 02/25/2015
HB 399 Relating to taxes wholly or partly deposited to the credit of the state highway fund; increasing the rates of the gasoline and diesel fuel taxes and authorizing the increase or decrease of those rates in subsequent years. 03/18/2015
HB 401 Relating to certain fees deposited to the credit of the state highway fund; increasing motor vehicle registration fees. 02/18/2015
HJR 48 Proposing a constitutional amendment limiting the permissible uses of the state highway fund, including further limiting the use of additional tax and fee revenue attributable to changes to certain state taxes and fees, to increase revenue for nontolled public highway purposes. 03/18/2015
HB 1548 Relating to comprehensive reviews of certain special districts. 03/09/2015
HR 2327 Congratulating Rosie and Neal Herman on the success of One Minute Manicure. 05/06/2015
HB 312 Relating to electronic voter registration. 02/11/2015
HB 1859 Relating to the production of the index of the parties to all suits by the clerk of a district court; authorizing a fee. 03/11/2015
HJR 24 Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating revenue derived from the taxes imposed on the sale, use, or rental of motor vehicles to the state highway fund and limiting the permissible uses of certain money in the fund. 03/24/2015
HB 153 Relating to the adoption of noise regulations by certain counties; providing a criminal penalty; authorizing a fee. 03/26/2015
HB 76 Relating to electronic voter registration. 04/27/2015
HB 589 Relating to a disqualification for unemployment benefits for refusing to take or failing a preemployment drug test. 05/14/2015
HB 802 Relating to the provision of a transportation allotment under the foundation school program based on the price of gasoline. 02/23/2015
HB 213 Relating to lobbying by former members of the legislature; creating an offense. 03/05/2015
HB 972 Relating to reporting of expenditures by persons registered as lobbyists. 03/18/2015
HB 1485 Relating to the establishment of a grocery access investment fund program. 05/15/2015
HB 934 Relating to the disqualification from receiving unemployment benefits of certain individuals who are terminated from employment after giving notice of resignation. 05/12/2015
HB 555 Relating to the width requirements for an area annexed by a municipality. 03/09/2015
HB 1225 Relating to the regulation of package store permit holders. 03/03/2015
HB 1420 Relating to the practice of therapeutic optometry. 04/14/2015
HR 791 In memory of Spencer Paul Golvach of Houston. 03/11/2015
HB 953 Relating to electronic voter registration. 04/27/2015
HB 2089 Relating to the repeal of certain occupational license fees and taxes. 04/28/2015
HB 2327 Relating to a studies on the rates of electric utilities. 04/30/2015
HB 1649 Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education. 05/11/2015
HB 1961 Relating to authorizing the optional imposition of a county air quality fee at the time other emissions-related inspection fees are collected. 04/21/2015
HB 2204 Relating to state support for assistance with payment of existing debt on certain bonds issued by school districts. 04/08/2015
HB 989 Relating to defenses and exceptions to the prosecution of the criminal offense of the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of certain prohibited explosive weapons, firearms, and related items. 05/08/2015
HB 3481 Relating to a fishing license fee waiver for certain residents. 05/18/2015
HB 2212 Relating to the repeal of certain state taxes; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/14/2015
HB 1247 Relating to presumptions in contested case hearings regarding certain environmental permit applications. 04/21/2015
HJR 13 Proposing a constitutional amendment temporarily dedicating a portion of the revenue derived from the state sales and use tax to the state highway fund. 04/30/2015
HB 619 Relating to an exemption from and a limitation on the sales tax imposed on certain boats and boat motors. 05/06/2015
HB 2114 Relating to the repeal of the inheritance tax. 05/14/2015
HB 2222 Relating to the creation of a public integrity unit to prosecute offenses against public administration, including ethics offenses, offenses involving insurance fraud, and offenses involving motor fuels tax. 03/26/2015
HB 37 Relating to the reporting of certain contributions and political expenditures by certain persons; adding provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/12/2015
HB 38 Relating to the duties of nonprofit corporations regarding certain contributions and the disclosure of information relating to those contributions in certain campaign finance reports. 03/25/2015
HB 2389 Relating to the use of sales tax revenue collected under certain contracts. 04/16/2015
HB 3010 Relating to the consideration of ownership interests of certain persons with disabilities in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting. 05/11/2015
HB 80 Relating to the use of a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; creating a criminal offense; modifying existing criminal penalties. 05/13/2015
HB 2221 Relating to the procedures for municipal annexations. 05/14/2015
HB 1865 Relating to procedures for certain environmental permit applications. 04/30/2015
HB 1812 Relating to grants awarded to reimburse counties for the cost of monitoring defendants and victims in criminal cases involving family violence. 05/13/2015
HB 597 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; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. 05/08/2015
HB 3567 Relating to the rights of certain religious organizations and individuals relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief. 05/12/2015
HB 3130 Relating to coverage provided by certain health plans and health benefit plans for abortions. 05/12/2015
HB 3045 Relating to the designation of a portion of U.S. Highway 69 in Jefferson County as the Allan B. Ritter Highway. 03/23/2015

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