GENERAL GOVERNMENT

The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.

82nd Legislature (2011):

SB 811
Veterinary Medicine Omnibus Bill: Removes outdated language, authorizes a Board approved peer assistance program to require a disciplined veterinarian to attend the program, and clarifies licensing examinations. (House sponsor: Rep. Rick Hardcastle, R-Vernon); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 328
Texas.gov: Authorizes the tax code to change from Texasonline.com to Texas.gov in tax statute. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D- Rio Grande City) ; Effective 6/19/11.

HB 1330
Mud flaps: Authorizes super wide tires to be equipped with safety guards or flaps. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D – Laredo); Effective 6/19/11.

HB 1346
Game Warden Terminology: Would replace outdated references to “game management officer” to “game warden.” (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 5/19/11.

HB 1449
Easements on Parks and Wildlife Land: Would streamline the application for an easement on Parks and Wildlife Land. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/17/11.

HB 1450
Study on Torts for Parks and Wildlife Volunteers: Would allow the Parks and Wildlife
Department to conduct a study on tort liability resulting from volunteers for the Parks and Wildlife Department. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 5/28/11.

HB 2138
Search and Rescue of Victims of Water-oriented Accidents: This bill would formalize the cooperative efforts between game wardens and state military forces in water-related rescues. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/17/11.

HB 3722
Boater Education Program of the Parks and Wildlife Department: would allow the
commission to set the amount of the service fee that online providers would be able to keep. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/17/11.

81st Legislature (2009):

SB 1145
Protocol for Folding the State Flag: Provides specific instructions for folding the state flag of Texas and designates this act as the “Rod Welsh Act.” (House sponsor: Rep. Jim Dunnam, D- Waco); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 72
Divorce Waiting Periods: Waives the 60-day waiting period required for a divorce when the respondent has been finally convicted of or received deferred adjudication for family violence against the petitioner or a member of the petitioner’s household. Also waives the waiting period when the petitioner obtains a protective order against the respondent because of family violence committed during the marriage. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 1177
Legislative Leave Eligibility: Expands leave eligibility to allow firefighters and peace officers to appear before the legislature if they are from counties with a population of 190,000 or more and municipalities with a population of 50,000 or more. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D- Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 4114
Tejano Memorial Monument: Authorizes the placement of a Tejano Memorial Monument on the historic south grounds of the capitol. (House author: Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio); Effective 5/29/09.

HCR 79
First Responder Funding: Urges the United States Congress to refine Department of Homeland Security policy to consider risk levels as well as population size in assessing the financial needs of first responders in border communities along the international boundary created by the Rio Grande. (House joint authors: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo and Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/09.

80th Legislature (2007):

SB 66:
Cattle Guards on County Roads: Authorizes counties with more than 60,000 persons to construct cattle guards on county roads. (House sponsor: Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 967
Reappraisal after Tick Infestation: Entitles an owner of land for which the Texas Animal Health Commission has established a temporary quarantine for eradicating ticks or exposure to ticks, to reappraisal of the owner’s land. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 2095
Funding for Rural Counties: Authorizes counties with no incorporated areas, but that have ordinance making authority, to be eligible for any federal grant or funding program for which cities are eligible. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 2498
Hazardous Pay for State Employees: Increases the amount of hazardous duty pay that a full- time correctional officer may receive from $10 to $12 for each 12-month period of lifetime service credit accrued by the employee, unless the amount exceeds $300. (House author: Rep. Yvonne González Tourielles, D-Alice); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 2618
County Leasing Authority: Authorizes counties to lease directly to a governmental entity without complying with certain competitive bidding procedures. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 2641
County Deposit Accounts: Requires the commissioners court of a county to consider applications before the existing depository contract expires. (House author: Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton); Effective immediately.

HB 3392
Resumption of Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) Benefits: Allows a retired employee to return to work for the same city without a suspension of TMRS benefits if the city department was privatized. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

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