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Legislation authored by Bill Messer

Includes legislation with Bill Messer as the primary author for the 66th through 69th Legislatures. For other types of authorship, search the Legislative Archive System.

69th Regular Session
HB 245 Last Action: Removed from local & uncontested cal.
Caption: Relating to the use of gifts made to the State Preservation Board to repay the house of representatives for certain renovation expenditures.
HB 277 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to the transfer of human organs for valuable consideration; providing a penalty.
HB 278 Last Action: Referred to Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the grounds for termination of the parent-child relationship.
HB 316 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to notice, settlement, damages, and attorney's fees in claims of misrepresentation or unfair competition in the business of insurance and to the statute of limitations for those claims.
HB 337 Last Action: Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to application of the Professional Prosecutors Act to certain district attorneys.
HB 399 Last Action: No action taken in subcommittee
Caption: Relating to testimony in a criminal case involving the spouse or former spouse of a witness.
HB 400 Last Action: Considered in public hearing
Caption: Relating to a limit on the number of persons employed by a state agency.
HB 488 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the regulation of advertising by dentists and to certain exceptions from the definition of dentistry.
HB 505 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the right to a duty-free lunch period for certain public school teachers.
HB 513 Last Action: Companion considered in lieu of
Caption: Relating to interpretation of credit law by the consumer credit commissioner.
HB 565 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to acquisition of control of a gas utility.
HB 690 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to allocation of the authority in the state to issue private activity bonds and to bonds issued by an industrial development corporation.
HB 847 Last Action: No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to the powers and duties of the Railroad Commission of Texas regarding railroad safety and the enforcement of the laws relating to railroads.
HB 848 Last Action: 1st Printing sent to Comm. on Cal.
Caption: Relating to the amount assessed against a defendant as a personal bond fee.
HB 849 Last Action: Companion document considered in lieu
Caption: Relating to a solicitor acting as an insurance company agent.
HB 941 Last Action: Reported from s/c favorably w/sub.
Caption: Relating to the regulation of the use of safety belts in certain motor vehicles; providing a penalty.
HB 1122 Last Action: Laid on table subj. to call in comm.
Caption: Relating to venue for personal injury actions against a railroad corporation or an assignee, trustee, or receiver operating a railroad.
HB 1179 Last Action: Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Caption: Relating to the validation of certain municipal annexations and other related governmental acts and proceedings.
HB 1330 Last Action: See remarks
Caption: Relating to state and local regulation of outdoor signs.
HB 1331 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to the period during which a suit to determine paternity may be brought and to court procedures in those suits.
HB 1490 Last Action: Transferred to Calendars Committee
Caption: Relating to adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of the statutes relating to civil procedure and civil remedies and liabilities.
HB 1543 Last Action: Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the assignment and transfer of students to schools within a school district.
HB 1550 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the rights of landlords and tenants.
HB 1551 Last Action: Referred to Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the regulation of a person who is or seeks to become the sports agent of certain collegiate athletes; providing a penalty.
HB 1552 Last Action: Referred to Government Organization
Caption: Relating to the operation and continuation of the Texas Advisory Board of Occupational Therapy.
HB 1553 Last Action: Reported favorably w/o amendments
Caption: Relating to imposition of rates under bond by a telecommunications utility.
HB 1554 Last Action: Postponed in committee
Caption: Relating to the application of the Professional Prosecutors Act to certain prosecuting attorneys and to the imposition of special costs on conviction in certain counties.
HB 1656 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to prohibiting activities that interfere with the lawful hunting or catching of wildlife; providing a penalty.
HB 1657 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to fire fighters' and police officers' civil services; providing a penalty.
HB 1776 Last Action: Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the definition of "bet" for the purposes of the Penal Code prohibition against gambling.
HB 1777 Last Action: No action taken in committee
Caption: Relating to the regulation of physicians.
HB 1778 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to coverage of certain brain injuries under certain accident and sickness insurance policies.
HB 1779 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to authority of certain insurance agents; providing a penalty.
HB 1780 Last Action: Point of order sustained
Caption: Relating to savings and loan associations; providing penalties.
HB 1837 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to transactions by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System relating to the issuance, sale, exchange and redemption of bonds and notes.
HB 1988 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to the approval and form of bonds, transactions concerning the issuance, sale, exchange, and redemption of bonds; pledges for the security of bonds or transactions; and the investment of the proceeds from the sale of bonds; amending the Bond Procedures Act of 1981 (Article 717k-6, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
HB 1989 Last Action: Referred to Judiciary
Caption: Relating to procedures for claiming paternity and for receiving notice of suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
HB 2112 Last Action: Referred to Judicial Affairs
Caption: Relating to the compensation of presiding judges of certain administrative judicial districts.
HB 2222 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to inspection, insurance, and safety regulations for certain amusement rides.
HB 2395 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the applicability of the Development Corporation Act of 1979 to certain projects.
HB 2433 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the administration, powers, duties, and operations of and addition of territory to road utility districts and to conservation and reclamation districts and municipal utility districts operating with road utility district powers; amending Article 6674r-1, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes, and Chapter 54, Water Code.
HCR 29 Last Action: Signed by the Governor
Caption: Authorizing the Texas DeMolay Association to use the chambers of the house and senate, February 16 and 17, 1985 and February 15 and 16, 1986.
HCR 211 Last Action: Filed w/o the Governor's signature
Caption: Granting Roy W. Klagmann, Alvina Klagmann, Loretta Knesek and Elizabeth Struck permission to sue the state.
HR 192 Caption: Congratulating the Troy High School girls basketball team.
HR 244 Caption: Commending Jay Eric Larson Belton.
HR 486 Caption: Honoring Judge Jack Prescott.
68th Regular Session
HB 263 Last Action: Referred to Committee on State Affairs
Caption: Relating to application of the nepotism law to senate confirmation of certain appointees.
HB 408 Last Action: No action taken
Caption: Relating to a preliminary investigation in connection with the regulation of bail bondsmen.
HB 509 Last Action: Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the waiting period for remarriage after a divorce.
HB 510 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to the corrections of errors in the Business and Commerce Code.
HB 551 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Financial Institutions
Caption: Relating to the operation of state savings and loan associations and the savings and loan department and the continuation of the office of the savings and loan commissioner.
HB 593 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the administration, powers, duties, and continuation of the Railroad Commission of Texas, including the regulation of transportation, oil and gas, surface mining, and other mineral activities, and the regulation by the railroad commission and municipalities of gas utilities; establishing the Office of Public Utility Counsel.
HB 661 Last Action: Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to local government compensation for required removal of outdoor advertising.
HB 798 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Judicial Affairs
Caption: Relating to excuse from jury service for persons with a physical or mental impairment.
HB 799 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to certain exceptions to the confidentiality of certain medical and other mental health records regarding a patient.
HB 801 Last Action: Subcommittee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the classification of theft offenses on the basis of the value of the property or service stolen.
HB 802 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Public Education
Caption: Relating to public school holidays.
HB 833 Last Action: See remarks
Caption: Relating to repealing the use of the short form for the franchise tax.
HB 834 Last Action: See remarks
Caption: Relating to exemptions from the franchise tax for nonprofit corporations.
HB 1015 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to firemen's and policemen's civil service.
HB 1032 Last Action: Removed from local & uncontested calendar
Caption: Relating to regulation of the practice of dentistry, to fees established by the State Board of Dental Examiners, and to compensation for travel expenses incurred by members of that board.
HB 1054 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the regulation of credit unions; providing penalties.
HB 1103 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to the distribution of motion pictures.
HB 1134 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to the regulation of real estate brokers and salesmen and declaring an emergency.
HB 1157 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the authority of a commissioners court to permit the revision of a subdivision plat or cancellation of a subdivision.
HB 1186 Last Action: Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of the statutes relating to civil procedure and civil remedies and liabilities.
HB 1232 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to the regulation of job protection insurance; providing penalties.
HB 1438 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the removal of certain businesses from treatment as a consumer under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.
HB 1722 Last Action: Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the duties, functions, and operations of the legislative council.
HB 1849 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to fraud in a transaction involving real estate or stock in a corporation or joint stock company.
HB 1850 Last Action: Committee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the operation and continuation of the office of Consumer Credit Commissioner and to its regulatory responsibility concerning pawnshops and certain lenders.
HB 1851 Last Action: See remarks
Caption: Relating to an employer's right of notice and appeal of an unemployment compensation award.
HB 1852 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to workers' compensation insurance coverage of subcontractors as defined herein.
HB 1853 Last Action: Postponed
Caption: Relating to the regulation of monopolies, contracts, combinations, and conspiracies in restraint of trade or commerce; containing enforcement provisions.
HB 1864 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Judicial Affairs
Caption: Relating to adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of the statutes relating to property.
HB 1899 Last Action: Committee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to public school finance.
HB 1959 Last Action: House conferees appointed
Caption: Relating to the Development Corporation Act of 1979.
HB 1960 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to the confidentiality of certain medical and psychological records.
HB 1961 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Insurance
Caption: Relating to the licensing and regulation of title insurance agents.
HB 1985 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the establishment, powers, and duties of the Texas Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and to the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.
HB 2029 Last Action: Committee report printed and sent to Committee on Calendars
Caption: Relating to notice, settlement, damages, and attorneys' fees in claims of misrepresentation or unfair competition in the business of insurance.
HB 2047 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Urban Affairs
Caption: Relating to amending the Firemen's and Policemen's Civil Service Act, by changing the petition requirements for repeal elections and by changing the voting requirement for passage in such elections, and declaring an emergency.
HB 2250 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to the definition of telecommunications utilities under the Public Utility Regulatory Act, stating public policy in regard to telecommunications service; and expanding the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission of Texas over the regulation of telecommunications utilities.
HB 2345 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the election and terms of office of directors of the Comanche Hills Utility District.
HB 2346 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the electon and terms of office of directors of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3.
HB 2347 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the election and terms of office of directors of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1.
HB 2359 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the election and terms of office of directors of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 6.
HR 21 Caption: Commending Frank Machalek and Fritz Goldman.
HR 42 Caption: In memory of Clarence Taylor Saunders.
HR 67 Caption: Commending Curtis B. Elliott.
HR 301 Caption: Congratulating Red and Radell Kelley.
HR 312 Caption: Congratulating J. W. "Red" and Radell Kelley on their 50th wedding anniversary.
HR 470 Caption: Honoring Charlie Jones.
HR 471 Caption: Honoring Judge James K. Evetts.
HR 520 Caption: Suspending house rules on Senate Bill 960 to make appropriate changes in conference committee.
HR 531 Caption: In memory of Clarence and Mary Griggs.
HR 536 Caption: In memory of Clarence and Mary Griggs.
HR 564 Caption: Suspending House Rules on SB752.
68th 2nd Called Session
HB 116 Last Action: Laid on the table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the creation, administration, powers, duties, operations, financing, and dissolution of road utility districts under Article III, Section 52, of the Texas Constitution.
HB 123 Last Action: No action taken
Caption: Relating to adoption of a nonsubstantive revision of the statutes relating to civil procedure and civil remedies and liabilities.
HB 129 Last Action: Referred to Committee on State Affairs
Caption: Relating to a limit on the number of persons employed by a state agency.
HB 134 Last Action: Referred to Committee on State Affairs
Caption: Relating to conforming the Property Code and related statutes to the laws from which that code is derived and to laws enacted after the date of enactment of all or part of that code or laws.
HCR 61 Last Action: Signed by the Governor
Caption: In memory of Halley Cox.
HJR 8 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Elections
Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow a municipality that elects any part of its governing body from districts within the municipality to provide terms of office for its elected or appointed officers that are longer than two years but not longer than four years.
HR 79 Caption: In memory of Nola E. Kinney.
67th Regular Session
HB 138 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to the payment of unemployment insurance benefits to substitute teachers for educational institutions.
HB 250 Last Action: Subcommittee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to statute of limitations in paternity suits.
HB 251 Last Action: Committee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to the time that a detention hearing under Title 3, Family Code, is required.
HB 252 Last Action: Subcommittee laid on table subject to call
Caption: Relating to suits brought under the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act.
HB 276 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to the punishment of a felony of the first degree under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
HB 340 Last Action: No action taken
Caption: Relating to excuse from jury service for persons with a physical or mental impairment.
HB 341 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to the protection of certain child witnesses in prosecutions for certain sex offenses.
HB 453 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Transportation
Caption: Relating to the effect of a driver's refusal to take a chemical breath test for intoxication.
HB 557 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to the disposition of illegally acquired property.
HB 558 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to disqualification for benefits under the Texas Unemployment Act.
HB 609 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to adoption of a Medical Practice Act.
HB 676 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Financial Institutions
Caption: Relating to loans made by credit unions.
HB 824 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to increasing the amount of bond coverage available to state employees.
HB 902 Last Action: Referred to subcommittee
Caption: Relating to workers' compensation self-insurance and unfair or deceptive claims practices.
HB 1158 Last Action: No action taken
Caption: Relating to a requirement that a woman notify her spouse before receiving an abortion.
HB 1228 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to alternative ceilings on rates of interest or time price differential applicable to certain transactions.
HB 1295 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Caption: Making an appropriation to the Texas Highway Department for the purpose of erecting memorial highway markers.
HB 1296 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Caption: Relating to the admissibility of alibi evidence in a criminal case.
HB 2207 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to the authority of certain common carrier pipelines to incorporate under state law.
HB 2358 Last Action: No action taken
Caption: Relating to funds for administration of the Teacher Retirement system of Texas.
HB 2388 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to credit life and credit accident and health insurance.
HCR 169 Last Action: Reported from committee favorably without amendments
Caption: Requesting Texas Historical Commission to approve a historical marker for the Cochran, Blair, and Potts Department Store.
HR 68 Caption: Commending George W. Ferrell.
HR 74 Caption: Expressing support for the Easter Seal campaign and commending the Bell County Easter Seal campaign and the Bell County Rehabilitation Center.
HR 268 Caption: Directing the Committee on Environmental Affairs to study the feasibility of creating a desert museum state park.
HR 313 Caption: Commending V. J. Belda.
67th 1st Called Session
HB 15 Last Action: Coauthor authorized
Caption: Relating to the regulation of the practice of medicine and continuation of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.
HR 16 Caption: In memory of former state Representative John T. Cox, Sr.
HR 17 Caption: Congratulating Ruby McKee.
HR 18 Caption: Congratulating Samuel and Olga Moore.
HR 26 Caption: In memory of Iladene Madeley Walker.
67th 2nd Called Session
HR 37 Caption: Commending state Representative Susan Gurley McBee.
66th Regular Session
HB 708 Last Action: Considered by committee in public hearing
Caption: Relating to the taxation of nonprofit volunteer fire departments under the franchise tax.
HB 732 Last Action: Effective immediately
Caption: Relating to the amount a state bank may invest in another state bank.
HB 1117 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to fines for felonies of the first degree.
HB 1227 Last Action: Motion lost to suspend reg order (to consider on 2nd reading)
Caption: Relating to authority of county child welfare boards.
HB 1228 Last Action: Vetoed by the Governor
Caption: Relating to the authority of the Texas Employment Commission to sell and convey certain state-owned land and the disposition of the proceeds.
HB 1451 Last Action: Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Caption: Relating to guardianship of deceased wards, final accounting by the guardian, payment of a ward's funeral expenses, and payments becoming due until the guardian's discharge.
HB 1532 Last Action: Placed on daily General State Calendar
Caption: The Texas Newborn Pulmonary Program Act.
HB 1541 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Economic Development
Caption: Relating to the qualifications of certain members of the Finance Commission.
HB 1656 Last Action: Considered by committee in public hearing
Caption: Relating to revolving lines of credit available from certain creditors; regulating, authorizing and limiting certain loan contract requirements, provisions and practices; regulating and limiting interest rates; providing for penalties.
HB 1657 Last Action: Referred to Committee on Economic Development
Caption: Relating to unemployment compensation benefits paid to substitute teachers.
HCR 169 Last Action: Signed by the Governor
Caption: Honoring Carl T. Widen on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
HR 153 Caption: Congratulating Walter Fisher.