Sen. Kirk Watson • District 14
SB 1032 would allow state employees to work flexible hours or to work from home in order to ease rush-hour traffic congestion. The bill passed the Senate on April 22, and it was released from the House State Affairs Committee on May 15. The bill awaits a vote in the House.
HB 1510 would protect landlords from liability when they rent to tenants with criminal records. The bill passed the House on May 5 and was released from the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 19. It awaits a vote in the Senate.
Sen. Judith Zaffirini • District 21
SB 33, which would provide more stringent punishments for hazing on college campuses, was passed by the Senate on April 30. The bill had a public hearing in the House on May 21.
SB 234, which would allow Hays County residents to hold an election to create a recreational district along the San Marcos River, was approved by the Senate on May 11. The bill was voted out of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts on May 20.
Rep. Dawnna Dukes • District 46
Dukes sustained injuries during an August 2013 car accident that have resulted in her absence at the Capitol for about a month, she said. “My injuries began to seriously deteriorate to a level inconveniencing my ability to be fully mobile ... without excessive amounts of medication and pain management,” she said in an April 28 Facebook post. “I am fully in communication and interfacing with my staff to do the people’s business.”
Rep. Donna Howard • District 48
The Senate passed HB 426 on May 20. The bill reconfigures the Work in Texas website for easier usage for applicants.
The House passed HB 964 on May 17. The bill amends the tax code relating to the calculation of the rollback tax rate for school districts.
The Senate passed HB 1902 on May 20. The bill address the regulation and use of gray water.
Rep. Elliott Naishtat • District 49
A public hearing was held May 20 for HB 1807, which requires the state to list all postsecondary educational programs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
HB 3183, an advance directive and do-not-resuscitate order of a pregnant patient—also known as Marlise’s Law—was left pending in a committee despite an April 15 public hearing.
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez • District 51
Eligible high school students can take as many dual-credit courses as they want under HB 505, a bill that will become law pending the governor’s signature.
The House approved HB 1891, which would allow struggling schools to adopt a community schools system.