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

Rep. René Oliveira

District 37 (D-Brownsville)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 1717 Relating to the use of municipal hotel occupancy taxes by certain municipalities for ecological and space exploration-related tourism. Effective immediately
HB 4059 Relating to limitations on annexation by and extraterritorial jurisdiction of certain municipalities. Effective immediately
HB 2067 Relating to the rescission or waiver of an acceleration of the maturity date of certain debt secured by a lien on real property. Effective immediately
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 2066 Relating to the rescission of nonjudicial foreclosure sales. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1716 Relating to the term for a lease of land owned by certain navigation districts. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1736 Relating to building energy efficiency performance standards. Effective immediately
HB 11 Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety, military and law enforcement training, and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty; authorizing fees. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 939 Relating to unenforceable restrictive covenants regarding standby electric generators affecting residential homes. Effective immediately
HB 32 Relating to the computation and rates of the franchise tax; decreasing tax rates. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 40 Relating to the exclusive jurisdiction of this state to regulate oil and gas operations in this state and the express preemption of local regulation of those operations. Effective immediately

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 2063 Relating to the recording and effective date of certain documents relating to nonjudicial foreclosure sales. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 3545 Relating to the establishment of an infrastructure improvement council by the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority; providing authority to impose a voluntary assessment. Effective on 9/1/15

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 2538 Relating to the designation of certain customer bill payment assistance program costs as an expense of operation that is a first lien against revenue securing certain public securities or obligations in certain municipalities. 04/28/2015
HR 646 Recognizing March 3, 2015, as Port Isabel Day at the State Capitol. 03/06/2015
HB 1726 Relating to a study by the consumer credit commissioner regarding payment by mortgage lenders of property tax loans. 03/18/2015
HB 2069 Relating to the administration of foreclosure sales of real property. 04/28/2015
HB 1981 Relating to reporting requirements for certain unclaimed property. 05/12/2015
HR 1246 In memory of Elvis Hernandez of Brownsville. 03/27/2015
HR 2618 In memory of former Port Isabel mayor Quirino Z. Martinez. 05/26/2015
HR 2391 Congratulating the Rivera High School boys' soccer team on winning the UIL 6A state championship. 05/26/2015
HB 1936 Relating to notice by a property owner to a mortgage servicer that the owner intends to enter into a contract with a property tax lender. 05/07/2015
HB 2144 Relating to partnerships and limited liability companies. 04/30/2015
HB 2142 Relating to corporations and fundamental business transactions. 05/01/2015
HB 2587 Relating to a study regarding employers who do not participate in and injured employees who are not covered under the workers' compensation system. 05/04/2015
HB 1714 Relating to a report by the comptroller regarding the misclassification of employees. 03/18/2015
HB 1712 Relating to the establishment of an innovative workforce training center in the Rio Grande Valley. 04/02/2015
HB 1715 Relating to a report by the comptroller on wage theft. 05/13/2015
HB 3104 Relating to intra-industry relationships between alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. 03/23/2015
HB 3479 Relating to authorizing certain distributions of income from a nonprofit corporation to members of the corporation who are certain nonprofit corporations. 05/12/2015
HB 3305 Relating to a franchise tax credit for wages paid to certain employees. 03/30/2015
HB 1711 Relating to the compensatory education allotment and the bilingual education allotment under the Foundation School Program. 03/12/2015
HB 3284 Relating to venue for the appeal of a judgment of a district court determining an ad valorem tax appeal. 03/17/2015
HB 3082 Relating to increasing the amount of burial benefits required to be paid by an insurance carrier under the workers' compensation system. 05/14/2015
HR 222 Recognizing January 28, 2015, as Brownsville Day at the State Capitol. 01/29/2015
HR 241 Congratulating The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine on its receipt of a grant from the United Health Foundation. 03/01/2015
HB 1607 Relating to the amount of temporary income benefits to which an injured employee is entitled under the workers compensation system. 05/04/2015
HR 853 In memory of Jose Santos Jr. of Brownsville. 03/23/2015
HB 753 Relating to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 05/12/2015
HB 1668 Relating to the status of a subcontractor as an employee for the purposes of workers' compensation insurance coverage. 05/13/2015
HB 1199 Relating to deceptive representations or other conduct concerning certain synthetic substances as a violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. 05/13/2015
HB 4182 Relating to the creation of the Cameron County Healthcare District; granting the authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting the power of eminent domain. 05/14/2015
HR 443 Recognizing February 10, 2015, as Rio Grande Valley Day at the State Capitol. 02/19/2015
HB 4173 Relating to the date for publication of the factors considered for admission to a new graduate and professional program. 05/12/2015
HB 2263 Relating to warrants or orders issued to obtain location information from wireless communications devices and to public access to law enforcement or prosecutor requests for certain related location or communication information. 04/29/2015
HB 1984 Relating to the aerospace and aviation office of the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office and to the aerospace and aviation advisory committee. 05/07/2015
HB 1686 Relating to excluding a franchisor as an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee's employees. 05/11/2015
HB 512 Relating to waiver of immunity in certain employment discrimination actions in connection with a workers' compensation claim. 05/05/2015
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 2327 Relating to a studies on the rates of electric utilities. 04/30/2015
HB 31 Relating to decreasing the state sales and use tax rate. 05/06/2015

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