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Legislation authored by Robert W. Baker

Includes legislation with Robert W. Baker as the primary author for the 34th through 57th Legislatures. For other types of authorship, search the Legislative Archive System. Author information is not complete for the 43rd through 45th Legislatures or for sessions prior to the 34th.

57th Regular Session
SB 2 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to creating the University of Houston as a state-supported institution of higher education; providing an effective date.
SB 59 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to repealing a certain Act to regulate the sale, purchase, disposition and use of explosives and to define and prescribe penalties for certain offenses relating to explosives and bombs.
SB 70 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to arbitration; establishing the validity of a written agreement to arbitrate a controversy; establishing procedures, including provisions to compel or stay arbitration, appointment of arbitrators, power of arbitrators to act, conduct of hearing, waiver of right to be represented by an attorney, attendance of witnesses, issuance of subpoenas, taking of depositions, rendition of award, modification or correction of award by arbitrators, payment of fees and expenses of arbitration, and confirmation of an arbitration award.
SB 106 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending the Penal Code providing punishment for murder without malice.
SB 116 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to adopt and establish general statutory provisions and a definition applicable to real estate investment trusts.
SB 148 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Act providing for limiting hours of labor and prescribing wages for overtime labor for certain female employees.
SB 152 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to petit juries in counties using the jury wheel; relating to amending a certain Statute providing that in any county of this state having a population in excess of nine hundred thousand (900,000) according to the last preceding or any future United States Census, two separate jury panels for the week may be drawn, one of which shall be drawn by and be in attendance upon those courts which have a criminal docket and the other to be drawn by and be in attendance upon those courts which have a civil docket.
SB 153 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to petit juries in counties using the jury wheel; relating to amending a certain Statute providing that in those counties which draw two separate jury panels for the week, the Commissioners Court shall provide a room or place for each panel and the sheriff shall assign a deputy to look after each panel.
SB 170 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to constituting a local law for maintenance of the public roads and highways in Harris County; validating the road and bridge bond election held in said county January 31, 1961, on the proposition of issuing $4,000,000 bonds of said county for the purpose of constructing roads and bridges for public purposes within said county and improving and maintaining the public roads in said county.
SB 171 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to validating county park bond elections heretofore held on the proposition of issuing bonds of the county for the purpose of purchasing and/or improving lands for park purposes.
SB 224 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to the creation of a National Seashore Area on part of Padre Island and the surrounding submerged lands.
SB 279 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to providing for an interim joint committee to study development of beach areas.
SB 288 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing the Board of Directors of Texas Southern University for and on behalf of Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, to acquire by purchase, exchange or otherwise tracts of land in Harris County, Texas, contiguous and/or adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University when deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
SB 296 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to applying to Texas Southern University authorizing the governing board thereof to discontinue the charging and collection of tuition fees for a certain time and to charge students certain building-use fees.
SB 297 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Act relating to Harris County Houston Ship Channel Navigation District of Harris County, Texas; validating all acts and governmental proceedings of the Board of Navigation and Canal Commissioners and other officials of said District and all bonds and other obligations of said District heretofore issued and all proceedings heretofore adopted relating to bonds and other obligations of said District.
SB 352 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Statute providing for the limiting of hours of labor and the prescribing of wages for overtime labor for certain female employees including employees of banking institutions.
SB 385 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Statute providing that the certificate required to transact business in the State of Texas under an assumed name, which certificate has to be filed in the office of the county clerk, shall be effective for a period of not to exceed ten years, at which time it shall automatically terminate unless the certificate is renewed; providing for the termination of all certificates no on file in the county clerk's office as of December 31, 1962.
SB 420 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Act relating to the Municipal Pension Systems in certain cities.
SB 433 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to creating a conservation and reclamation district to be known as "Lomax Municipal District".
SB 451 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending the Texas Election Code to provide for increased assessments for candidates for the office of State Senator and State Representative in counties having a population of nine hundred thousand (900,000) or more.
57th 1st Called Session
SB 15 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Act relating to the Municipal Pension Systems in certain cities.
SB 40 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to making an appropriation to increase salaries of Justices of Supreme Court, all other Judges of Courts, including State's Attorney.
SB 60 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Act providing for adding certain unused sick leave to actual time of employment in determining time or years of creditable service of employee dying before retirement.
SB 69 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to validating all school districts, including all types of junior and regional college districts, together with the boundaries and names thereof; validating the creation, abolition, and conversion of all such school districts, and all changes in boundaries in all such school districts; validating the annexation of territory and the divorcement or separation from municipal control in all municipally controlled school districts; validating all bonds, bond taxes, maintenance taxes and bond assumptions and the elections authorizing same, of and in all school districts, including all types of junior and regional college districts.
57th 3rd Called Session
SB 4 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to making an appropriation to the Board of Control for repair of San Jacinto Memorial Tower and Building.
SB 15 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing certain cities to issue revenue bonds for the purpose of establishing, improving, enlarging, extending or repairing the airport or airports thereof, including the acquisition of land therefor, and containing provisions relating to such bonds and the revenues pledged in payment thereof; authorizing the levy and pledge of ad valorem taxes to pay operation and maintenance expenses of such airport or airports and containing provisions relating to the use thereof; authorizing the issuance of revenue refunding bonds and containing provisions relating to said bonds and the revenues pledged in payment thereof.
SB 64 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a re-enacting a certain Act relating to the issuance, expiration, renewal, cancellation, suspension and revocation of operator's, commercial operator's, and chauffeur's driver's licenses, and relating to violations, remitting of fees, penalties, reporting requirements and other general provisions.
SB 68 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to prohibiting the possession or use of any seine, net, or trawl in or around the waters of Lake Houston in Harris County; providing a penalty for the violation of any provision of this Act; granting the Game and Fish Commission the power to seize and hold certain tackle as evidence.
SB 69 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending a certain Statute providing that a wife shall never be the joint maker of a note or a surety on any bond or obligation of another without the joinder of her husband with her in making such contract, unless she has been declared a femme sole.
SB 86 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to creating a conservation and reclamation district to be known as "Memorial Villages Water Authority".
56th Regular Session
SB 9 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to creating and defining the offense of shoplifting; to provide punishments for the offense.
SB 28 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to creating the State Medical Examiner Commission.
SB 35 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to applying to Texas Southern University and for the purpose of eliminating the disadvantage to said University occasioned by its exclusion from the benefits of the State tax finance buildings and other permanent improvements at State institutions of higher learning.
SB 44 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing the State Building Commission to locate and purchase land in any of the cities of Texas to construct State Office Buildings and adjoining parking lots where such are deemed necessary to house State Departments and Agencies in said cities.
SB 84 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to repealing certain Statutes relative to "forming passenger trains" by railroads.
SB 98 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending the Penal Code so as to provide punishment for murder without malice.
SB 128 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to repealing certain acts relating to the applicability of the maximum tax rate of school districts in counties with seven hundred thousand (700,000) or more population having an assessed valuation for tax purposes in excess of one billion dollars.
SB 129 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to providing that in all cases where two or more responsible bidders submit the lowest and best bids in connection with a proposed county, city, or district contract and these bids are identical in both amount and nature, the Commissioners Court of the county or the governing body of the city or district shall only enter into a contract with one of the responsible bidders and the one bidder shall be selected by casting of lots, and the casting of lots shall be in such manner as shall be prescribed by the County Judge or Mayor or governing body of the district, as the case may be, and shall be conducted in the presence of the governing body of the county, city or district, at which time all qualified bidders or their legal representatives may also be present.
SB 130 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts to providing a minimum number of petitioners and their qualifications for the organization of water control and improvement districts, with provisions for unqualified signers.
SB 145 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to arbitration; establishing the validity of a written agreement to arbitrate a controversy.
SB 158 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending Insurance Code relative to Non-profit Corporations, salaries, investment of funds, authority to contract, membership certificates, etc.
SB 166 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to changing the name of the Texas State Cancer Hospital, to "The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute;" changing the name of the Dental College of The University of Texas to "the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston;" changing the name of the Preceptorial Training Center to "The University of Texas Postgraduate School of Medicine."
SB 269 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to fixing and making certain the amount of compensation to be paid from county funds by counties having a population of eight hundred thousand (800,000) or more, and having twelve (12) or more Civil District Courts and three (3) or more Criminal District Courts, as compensation to District and Criminal District Judges in such counties.
SB 295 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending the Probate Code so as to provide for administration of estates of persons whose deaths shall be proved by circumstantial evidence satisfactory to the court but concerning whose death there is no direct evidence.
SB 311 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to providing that printed copies of schedules, classifications and tariffs of rates, fares and charges, and supplements thereto, filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission or the Railroad Commission of Texas, may be received in evidence without certification and shall be presumed to be correct copies of the originals.
SB 362 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts by providing for discontinuing sparsely settled territory as a part of an incorporated city or town or as a part of a city or town operating under the general Home Rule law or under a special charter.
SB 376 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts so as to fix the minimum and maximum salaries of certain officials in all counties of the State having a population of 800,000 or more inhabitants according to the last preceding Federal Census.
SB 431 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing boards of trustees of independent school districts located in counties having a population of eight hundred thousand (800,000) or more, and having a scholastic enumeration of one hundred thousand (100,000) or more, to make expenditures from local school funds of the district for the purpose of televising and/or broadcasting their meetings.
SB 451 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts relating to the compensation which may be paid to employees of the Battleship Texas Commission.
SB 461 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to creating two Courts of Domestic Relations for Harris County, Texas.
SB 465 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing independent school districts in counties having a population of eight hundred thousand (800,000) or more according to the last preceding Federal Census to issue time warrants.
SJR 4 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Proposing an amendment permitting division of a county into two or more complete senatorial districts.
56th 1st Called Session
SB 19 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts to provide for the exchange of benches, and transfer of cases, and other proceedings in the three Courts of Domestic Relations of Harris County, Texas.
56th 2nd Called Session
SB 9 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to affirming and protecting the right of the public use of certain state-owned beaches or such larger area extending from the line of mean low tide to the line of vegetation, in the event the public has acquired a right of use or easement to or over such area by prescription, dedication, or has retained a right by virtue of a continuous right in the public bordering on the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico.
SB 13 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain statutes to provide that certain requirements shall not apply to the bidding for treasurer of an independent school district.
SB 15 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts so as to provide that the Juvenile Board in any county having a population of eight hundred and six thousand (806,000) or more, may designate one or more District Courts or Courts of Domestic Relations or the County Court or any combination thereof as Juvenile Courts of such county.
SB 31 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to the amending and re-enacting certain acts relating to the issuance, expiration, renewal, cancellation, suspension and revocation of operator's, commercial operator's, and chauffeur's driver's licenses, and relating to violations, remitting of fees, penalties, reporting requirements and other general provisions.
56th 3rd Called Session
SB 5 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain acts to make applicable to all counties, cities, and districts in the State of Texas where bidding is required, regardless of whether the bids are submitted pursuant to the provisions of a General Law, or Special Law, or a city charter, or a city ordinance, with certain exceptions.
55th Regular Session
HB 14 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending certain statutes to change the location of the Court of Civil Appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District from the City of Galveston to the City of Houston and making provision for suitable rooms for such Court and for the justices thereof.
HB 91 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending the Hot Check Law, by adding a new Section defining offenses relating to the making, drawing, uttering, or delivering of a check, draft or order for payment of wages or salaries for personal services without sufficient funds.
HB 169 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing outpatient clinics and establishing and providing for a community hospital for research and education in mental illness.
HB 183 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts by providing that it shall be unlawful to remove oil from the possession or control of the producer except from a tank or tanks under his control or through a meter (or meters) or other measuring device or devices capable of accurately measuring the volume of said oil without its being placed in tank or tanks.
HB 195 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts to provide for the refund of motor fuel taxes paid by cities and towns of the State.
HB 269 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to validating with certain exceptions annexations by cities and towns of less than one hundred thousand (100,000) inhabitants heretofore made of territories of water control and improvement districts and fresh water supply districts and the taking over the properties and assets of such districts and the assumption of debts and liabilities and obligations by such cities and towns, and bonds issued by such cities and towns to refund district obligations.
HB 288 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to making an appropriation to pay the principal and interest due thereon of a certain judgment obtained against the State of Texas by Tennessee Gas Transmission Company.
HB 362 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts by providing for compensation of District Judges from county funds in counties of six hundred thousand (600,000) or more inhabitants.
HB 501 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to creating the County Court at Law No. 4 of Harris County, Texas.
HB 580 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to deaths and dead bodies; providing for the appointment of the Chief Medical Examiner by the Public Safety Commission; providing for the appointment of Deputy Medical Examiners coordinating the functions of all law enforcement agencies relating to deaths and dead bodies; providing penalties.
HB 688 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to making an appropriation to pay the principal due on a certain judgment obtained against the State of Texas by the Pan American Gas Company.
HB 710 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to making an appropriation to pay the principal due on a certain judgment obtained against the State of Texas by the Tide Water Associated Oil Company.
54th Regular Session
HB 56 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending Statutes so as to change the location of the Court of civil Appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District from the City of Galveston to the City of Houston and making provision for suitable rooms for such court and for the justices thereof; providing for the temporary conduct of business at either the City of Galveston or the City of Houston but providing that the change of location from the City of Galveston to the City of Houston shall be completed by January 1, 1956.
HB 123 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Statutes to increase the maximum amount of group life insurance which may be written on an employee.
HB 124 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending Statutes to authorize the purchase of equipment for a Bureau of Criminal Identification in the office of each constable; eliminating provisions relating to payment of automobile expense on privately owned automobiles used by the sheriff or his deputies.
HB 300 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Statutes by increasing the amount of the bond required of a Notary Public from One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000); repealing all laws in conflict herewith.
HB 305 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts relating to the disposition of fees collected for the issuance of chauffeur's licenses, commercial operator's licenses, and operator's licenses, by the Texas Department of Public Safety; amending Statutes by increasing the fee for chauffeur's licenses, commercial operator's licenses and operator's licenses; providing for the disposition of such fees; repealing all inconsistent laws.
HB 539 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to enabling counties having a population of two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) or more to establish the office of Medical Examiner; providing qualifications; providing for salaries, necessary staff and facilities; requiring death investigations and reports in certain circumstances; prohibiting removal of dead bodies in certain circumstances; providing for autopsies and disinterments in certain cases; providing for restrictions on cremations; requiring the keeping of records.
HB 540 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to creating the office of Commissioner of Health and abolishing the office of State Health Officer; defining duties; repealing conflicting laws.
HB 600 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to prohibiting the transportation, concealment or possession of contraband narcotics by means of any vessel, vehicle or aircraft or occupant thereof, defining contraband narcotic, providing for the seizure and forfeiture of any vessel, vehicle, or aircraft used in violation of this Act, prescribing procedures for notice, answer, hearing and sale of such forfeited vehicle; providing for severability.
HB 702 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to contributing to the control and prevention of diseases which may be normally transmitted through the medium of food, drink, or utensils, dishes, and serving implements used in connection therewith; defining the term "food"; prohibiting certain performances and employment of persons infected with transmissible conditions of disease; providing for sanitary requirements and examinations of certain employees and persons; authorizing Incorporated cities (including home rule cities) to enact ordinances incidental hereto; providing a providing a penalty for violation of this Act; repealing all other laws in conflict herewith; providing for severability.
HB 703 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to authorizing the Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools to furlough certain ages, senile persons committed to State Hospitals as being insane or mentally ill; providing for said Board to contract to pay a sum not exceeding thirty dollars per month of the amount charged by convalescent and nursing homes for maintaining and caring for any such person.
HB 789 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts relating to minimum health, safety and sanitation standards to be maintained by business, manufacturing, and other industrial establishments, and the duties of the State Health Department with respect thereto.
HB 790 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending the Penal Code by prohibiting the conduct of trades, businesses or occupations or the maintenance of processes, conditions, or substances which are injurious to the health of those who reside in the vicinity.
53rd Regular Session
HB 166 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending certain Acts to authorize service of citation on the Chairman of the State Highway Commission in this State in suits against nonresident operators of motor vehicles or motorcycles and the agent, servant, employee, heir, legal representative, executor, administrator, or guardian of such operators.
HB 167 Author: Baker, Robert W.
Caption: Relating to amending statutes, providing the procedure for appointment and qualification of nonresident guardians requiring written application and certain procedure in connection therewith; validating certain Letters of Guardianship heretofore issued under the Article and also validating certain conveyances, mineral leases, and other acts of such guardians.
HB 842 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to creating a Conservation District comprising certain territory within Harris County, Texas, for the purpose of conserving the natural resources located within and without the confines of said District.
HB 867 Author: Baker, Robert W. | et. al.
Caption: Relating to authorizing the Governor, on application of any railroad company, to appoint railroad police to serve at the expense of the company; which police shall have authority to enforce any laws in this State designed to protect life and property other than those regulating the use of State highways by motor trucks, motor buses and other motor vehicles; making the company at whose request said police were appointed civilly responsible for their acts.