Rep. Bell’s Bills

For a list of legislation from the 83rd Regular Session, click here.

84th Regular Session

For a complete list of legislation, please click here. Bills without an effective date did not pass.

  • H.B. 181, relating to information printed by school districts on high school diplomas
    • Removes the requirement that a high school diploma contain a student’s endorsements and achievements, correcting an error from last session and saving school districts time and money.
    • Effective immediately
  • H.B. 389, relating to the Montgomery County Hospital District
    • Aligns the election date for the Montgomery County Hospital District to run concurrently with November elections for other offices and aligns the district’s competitive bidding threshold with other hospital districts.
    • Effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 460, relating to the execution of a search warrant for taking a blood specimen from certain persons suspected of committing certain intoxication offenses
    • Allows blood warrants to be executed in a contiguous county so that blood may be drawn at the closest medical facility, saving police officers time and counties money.
  • H.B. 479, relating to the transfer of the regional emergency medical dispatch resource centers program to the Commission on State Emergency Communications and a pilot project to provide emergency telemedicine medical services in rural areas
    • Moves the Emergency Medical Dispatch Resource Center located in Conroe to the Commission on State Emergency Communications, where the intent of the program is better aligned with the agency. An amendment added creates a 9-1-1 telemedicine medical services pilot program.
    • Effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 480, relating to retaining a reserve investigator by a prosecuting attorney
    • Provides the Montgomery and Waller County District Attorneys and all prosecutors across the state the ability to retain trained reserve investigators.
    • Effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 673, relating to the amount of certain controlled substances in the body constituting intoxication for purposes of certain intoxication offenses
    • While we currently have a per se standard of driving while intoxicated for alcohol, there is no equivalent for drugged driving, making it difficult to prosecute. H.B. 673 adds penalty groups. Any amount of these drugs in your system would constitute driving while intoxicated.
  • H.B. 778, relating to access to pharmacists, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical care under certain health benefit plans
    • Also called the “Any Willing Pharmacy Law,” the intent is to protect the rights of patients to choose any pharmacy they want. In turn, it assures a pharmacy’s right to continue to serve its patients.
  • H.B. 1208, relating to lender notice to contractors regarding a construction loan or financing agreement for the improvement of real property and related procedures for suspending contractors’ and subcontractors’ performance
    • Imposes a statutory duty on the part of a lender to notify a general contractor when a default occurs on a construction loan or financing agreement. The general contractor must then notify the subcontractors, ensuring labor and material will not be wasted.
  • H.B. 1392, relating to the recovery of stranded oil, gas, or oil and gas from depleting Cenozoic Era reservoirs
    • Allows for unitization in the Cenozoic Era formations (Gulf Coast, including Conroe) to permit tertiary CO2EOR.
  • H.B. 1408, relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for capital projects at Prairie View A&M University
    • $28.6 million in tuition revenue bonds for campus-wide capital improvements and new construction in the Nathelyne Archie Kennedy School of Architecture.
    • Rolled into H.B. 100, effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 1418, relating to the annexation of certain territory by general law municipalities
    • Provides statutory authority for cities to annex a property in its ETJ if the owner of a noncontiguous area voluntarily petitions the city to be annexed.
    • Rolled into H.B. 1949, effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 1440, relating to the eligibility of Elite Rodeo Association World Championships for funding from the Major Events trust fund
    • Rolled into S.B. 633, effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 1473, relating to the authority of an advanced practice registered nurse to sign or issue certain documents
    • Expands the authority for APRNs and PAs to sign a limited number of medical forms.
  • H.B. 1864, relating to providing notification to certain legislators and county judges of certain applications or notices for an electric railway project
    • Requires TXDOT to provide notice of all proposed passenger rail projects, including high speed rail.
    • Rolled into H.B. 1, effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 1885, relating to the scope of practice of and the prescribing and ordering authority of advanced practice registered nurses
    • Provides for greater access to essential health care services in all areas of the state, especially rural and underserved regions by eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic restrictions requiring physician involvement before an APRN can provide patient care.
  • H.B. 2361, relating to the service areas of certain junior college districts
    • Moves Waller County schools out of Blinn College’s service area and into Lone Star College
  • H.B. 2532, relating to a study on the effectiveness of regulations governing the design and construction of certain Type I municipal solid waste landfills overlying aquifers
    • Requires TCEQ to evaluate landfills to determine if any are leaking; requires an independent review with recommendations.
  • H.B. 2535, relating to liability for damages incurred in connection with certain excavation activities and an award of attorney’s fees in lawsuits to recover the cost of the damages
    • Ensures excavators receive parity in the law when damage occurs as a result of an operator’s failure to mark a dig site.
  • H.B. 2583, relating to access to criminal history record information by a county sheriff
    • Allows the Tri-County Fire Department in Hockley and fire departments across the state to receive free background criminal checks on potential firefighters.
    • Effective Sept. 1, 2015
  • H.B. 3280, relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation for property owned by a charitable organization for the purpose of donation to a partially disabled veteran for use as the veteran’s residence homestead and for property donated to such a veteran by, or purchased by such a veteran with a donation from, such an organization for that purpose
    • Allows veterans to increase their property tax exemptions through organizations like Helping a Hero
  • H.B. 3602, relating to the religious freedom of a conscientious objector to act or fail to act with respect to certain issues of marriage, sexual relations, and gender
    • Protects individuals from adverse action if a person has a sincerely held religious belief.
  • H.B. 4105, relating to the issuance, enforcement, and recognition of marriage licenses and declarations of informal marriage
    • Expressly prohibits state or local government employees from recognizing, granting, or enforcing same-sex marriage licenses. Also prohibits courts from recognizing same-sex licenses and requires a court to dismiss actions challenging the law.
  • H.C.R. 29, declaring that presidential executive orders cannot interfere with states’ rights
    • Declares presidential executive orders moot in Texas if they interfere with state actions or activities.
  • S.B. 2049, relating to qualifications of members of the board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
    • Removes a provision that exempted the Board from abiding by normal conflict of interest rules pertaining to local governments.
    • Effective Sept. 1, 2015

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