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

Rep. Ron Simmons

District 65 (R-Carrollton)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 280 Relating to the information required to be posted by the Texas Water Development Board on the board's Internet website regarding the use of the state water implementation fund for Texas. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1286 Relating to the prosecution and punishment of the offense of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1287 Relating to a requirement that each state university's Internet website include a link to certain employment data. Effective immediately
HB 2162 Relating to municipal regulation of the use of alarm systems; authorizing a municipal fee. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2883 Relating to the addition of territory to a crime control and prevention district and to a fire control, prevention, and emergency medical services district. Effective immediately
HB 20 Relating to the operations of and transportation planning and expenditures by the Texas Department of Transportation and planning organizations. Effective immediately
HB 3750 Relating to interim studies on real property owned by the state. Effective immediately
HB 1905 Relating to certain state and local taxes, including ad valorem taxes, and to the repeal of certain of those taxes. See remarks for effective date
HB 638 Relating to annuity payments to surviving spouses and designated beneficiaries of persons wrongfully imprisoned. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2739 Relating to the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 903 Relating to the investment of a percentage of the economic stabilization fund balance in excess of the sufficient balance. Effective immediately
HB 554 Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 440 Relating to adapting the public school physical education curriculum to accommodate the needs of students with mental disabilities. Effective immediately
HB 2717 Relating to the deregulation of hair braiding. Effective immediately
HB 1044 Relating to the designation of a segment of Farm-to-Market Road 423 in Denton County as the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway. Effective immediately
HB 3994 Relating to notice of and consent to an abortion for a minor and associated requirements; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 32 Relating to the computation and rates of the franchise tax; decreasing tax rates. Effective on 1/1/16

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 281 Relating to a limitation on the expansion of certain landfills. Effective immediately
HB 13 Relating to categories of and funding allocation for transportation projects by the Texas Department of Transportation and local transportation entities. Returned from the House for further action

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 1942 Relating to judicial authority to issue orders allowing minors to consent to abortions and disclosure of that authority. 04/29/2015
HB 374 Relating to requiring State Board of Education approval to offer advanced placement and international baccalaureate courses in public high schools. 02/12/2015
HB 376 Relating to the additional tax imposed on land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as open-space land if a change in use of the land occurs. 05/19/2015
HB 279 Relating to eligibility for a public education grant of certain students receiving special education services. 05/12/2015
HB 3008 Relating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action. 05/01/2015
HR 1426 Congratulating the Denco Area 9-1-1 District on its receipt of the 2015 Outstanding 9-1-1 Call Center/Program Award. 04/22/2015
HJR 123 Proposing a constitutional amendment extending the length of the terms of members of the legislature. 03/23/2015
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 3282 Relating to the coordination of, communication of best practices concerning, and collection of information pertaining to the provision of evidence-based behavioral services for students with autism spectrum disorder in this state. 05/13/2015
HB 3109 Relating to the requirements for request for proposals for design-build contracts for highway projects and the scope of and limitation on design-build contracts. 03/23/2015
HB 3978 Relating to limitations on training and education for state agency administrators and employees. 03/24/2015
HB 3986 Relating to coverage by certain health benefit plans for certain services prescribed to treat autism spectrum disorder. 05/14/2015
HCR 103 Recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month in Texas. 04/09/2015
HR 1965 Commending jazz trumpeter Freddie Jones for his work through Trumpets4Kids. 04/24/2015
HR 1979 Congratulating Alexandra Babino of Central Elementary School on being named Educator of the Year by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. 05/25/2015
HR 1976 Congratulating Huffines Auto Dealerships on being named Business of the Year by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. 05/25/2015
HR 1981 Congratulating Dan Irvin on being named Ambassador of the Year by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. 05/25/2015
HR 1970 Congratulating Leah Olguin of Creekview High School on winning the 2015 UIL state wrestling championship in the 119-pound weight class. 05/25/2015
HR 2150 Honoring the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Cyclones Special Olympics Team on its 25th anniversary. 05/25/2015
HR 2151 Congratulating Sami Gonzalez of Creekview High School in Carrollton on recording the nation's fastest time of the season in the 300-meter hurdles. 05/25/2015
HR 1980 Congratulating Von Beougher on being named Citizen of the Year by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. 05/25/2015
HR 2225 Congratulating Phillip Hinojosa on attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. 04/30/2015
HR 2359 Recognizing the Chin Community Ministry for its contributions to Chin residents of Lewisville. 05/06/2015
HB 4215 Relating to the statutory county courts in Denton County. 05/11/2015
HB 375 Relating to eliminating the set-aside of a portion of designated tuition for student financial assistance at public institutions of higher education. 02/12/2015
HR 768 Recognizing Kenwoo Kim of Lewisville High School as state champion in the 2014-15 American Legion Oratorical Contest. 03/23/2015
HR 887 Congratulating the city of Carrollton on its recognition by WalletHub as the nation's highest ranking city for economic class diversity. 03/23/2015
HB 2685 Relating to the operations of and transportation planning and expenditures by the Texas Department of Transportation and local transportation entities. 03/09/2015
HJR 46 Proposing a constitutional amendment on the length of legislative terms and limiting to three the number of terms for which a person may be elected or appointed to the legislature or certain state offices. 03/03/2015
HB 1285 Relating to the authority of certain personal protection officers to carry certain weapons. 05/04/2015
HB 1283 Relating to a proposition to approve the issuance of bonds or other debt. 05/04/2015
HB 1288 Relating to the elimination of straight-party voting. 03/16/2015
HB 1284 Relating to the review by certain governmental entities of a permit application for a solid waste facility. 03/17/2015
HR 756 Honoring Captain Brett Baker Flagg Jr. of the U.S. Army for his military service. 03/18/2015
HB 1943 Relating to the indexing of correction instruments in a county index to real property records. 05/15/2015
HB 373 Relating to the allocation of certain revenue from the taxes imposed on the sale, rental, or use of motor vehicles to the state highway fund and to the uses of that revenue. 04/09/2015
HB 2161 Relating to the regulation of certain private security companies and occupations; expanding the applicability of an occupational license. 05/12/2015
HB 1941 Relating to the designation of the structure on Interstate Highway 35 East crossing Lewisville Lake in Denton County as the Commissioner Bobbie J. Mitchell Bridge. 04/07/2015
HB 1944 Relating to coordinated county transportation authorities. 05/12/2015
HCR 66 Declaring Israel a major strategic ally of Texas. 05/14/2015
HR 769 Honoring Captain Brett Baker Flagg Jr. of the U.S. Army for his military service. 03/03/2015
HB 2703 Relating to the establishment of the Texas Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and the requirement to obtain a license to practice as a behavior analyst or assistant behavior analyst; imposing fees; providing an administrative penalty. 05/18/2015
HB 3055 Relating to assessment of public school students enrolled in a special education program. 03/23/2015
HB 3156 Relating to annuity payments to surviving spouses and designated beneficiaries of persons wrongfully imprisoned. 03/23/2015
HB 3168 Relating to remedies for oppression of minority shareholders by directors of closely held corporations. 04/14/2015
HB 3167 Relating to the governing bodies of certain local planning organizations. 05/25/2015
HR 1840 Welcoming students from the Prestonwood Christian Academy Upper School to the State Capitol. 04/22/2015
HCR 61 Urging Congress to reimburse the State of Texas for bearing the financial burden of the federal government's responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico international border. 05/23/2015
HB 1686 Relating to excluding a franchisor as an employer of a franchisee or a franchisee's employees. 05/11/2015
HR 1541 Honoring the Near East Foundation on the occasion of its centennial. 04/21/2015
HB 630 Relating to requiring state contractors and governmental entities to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program, or E-Verify, and authorizing the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state; authorizing a fee. 02/26/2015
HB 1407 Relating to the comparison of any list of the legal status of certain persons who are not citizens to the list of registered voters. 03/17/2015
HB 1216 Relating to zero-based budgeting for state agencies as part of the sunset review process. 03/03/2015
HB 3625 Relating to requirements for certain service contracts. 05/11/2015
HJR 21 Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring that any appropriations in excess of the constitutional spending limit be approved by a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to each house of the legislature. 04/22/2015
HB 1668 Relating to the status of a subcontractor as an employee for the purposes of workers' compensation insurance coverage. 05/13/2015
HJR 43 Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the taxation of the sale or use of certain prescription medicine. 05/07/2015
HB 98 Relating to the Texas Balance of Powers Act. 04/21/2015
HB 2722 Relating to prohibition of the operation and sale of certain motor vehicles resembling authorized emergency vehicles; creating a criminal offense. 05/14/2015
HB 1208 Relating to lender notice of default to contractors regarding certain construction loans or financing agreements for the improvement of real property and related procedures for suspending contractors' and subcontractors' performance. 05/04/2015
HB 2355 Relating to an exemption for certain persons who sell signs from the requirement to be licensed as an electrician. 05/04/2015
HB 1517 Relating to the imposition of the student centers fee at Texas Woman's University. 04/30/2015
HB 1294 Relating to the disclosure on personal financial statements of certain contracts or subcontracts with governmental entities. 05/11/2015
HB 1653 Relating to the ownership or operation of a motor vehicle dealership by certain manufacturers or distributors. 04/13/2015
HB 1872 Relating to the authority of general-law municipalities to restrict sex offenders from child safety zones in the municipality. 05/12/2015
HB 572 Relating to the sunset review of regional tollway authorities. 03/19/2015
HB 3766 Relating to the establishment of the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program; authorizing the imposition of fees. 03/23/2015
HB 799 Relating to a study conducted by the Legislative Budget Board on the impact to state agencies of federal regulations and mandates enacted by federal law. 05/18/2015
HB 2474 Relating to requirements for and the transparency of epidemiological reports and immunization exemption information and reports. 05/11/2015
HJR 8 Proposing a constitutional amendment to dedicate certain money to the purpose of retiring state debt early. 05/22/2015

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