CLEAT BILLS
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04-25-2019 - 00:21:54

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HB 159   Canales, Terry Relating to the waiver of governmental immunity of a county or sheriff's department for claims arising from a final decision of certain civil service commissions.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Waives sovereign immunity for enforcement of county civil service commission orders.
Bill History: 02-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House County Affairs

HB 354   Herrero, Abel Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Exempts police officers and fire fighters from jury service.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence

HB 359   Moody, Joe Relating to the employment of certain peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, or firefighters who are injured in the course and scope of duty.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Protects peace officers, detention officers or firefighters who are injured in the line of duty from being discharged before the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
Bill History: 04-15-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Business and Commerce

HB 766   Huberty, Dan Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers and fire fighters from payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: The bill simply fixes an oversight and inequity in the current law. Currently the law allows for a mandatory tuition exemption for the following: 1) the children of disabled peace officers or fire fighters; 2) the children of peace officers or fire fighters killed in the line of duty; 3) and the spouse of a peace officer or fire fighter killed in the line of duty. However, the law only allows for a permissive exemption for a disabled peace officer. The bill makes the disabled PO exemption mandatory.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Referred to Senate Committee on Senate Higher Education

HB 872   Hefner, Cole Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers and employees killed in the line of duty.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Fixes the section in Chapter 615 that provides a death benefit retirement to those who don’t have it to include jailers and DO’s.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 1383   Lozano, Jose Relating to exemption of certain firefighters and police officers from jury service.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Exempts police officers and fire fighters from jury service.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Committee action pending House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence

HB 1492   Wray, John Relating to benefits for peace officers who suffer from certain diseases or illnesses.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Amends Chapter 607, Gov't Code, to add peace officers to the coverage, immunizations and presumptions for diseases or illnesses suffered in the line of duty, including smallpox, heart attack, stroke, and tuberculosis or other respiratory illness.
Bill History: 04-10-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 1521   Burrows, Dustin Relating to liability of certain political subdivisions in certain workers’ compensation actions.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Would allow an administrative penalty against a political subdivision for violation of a peace officer's rights under the Texas worker's compensation law.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry

HB 1789   Tinderholt, Tony Relating to the authority of certain local governmental entities to enter into an agreement to create a mutual aid law enforcement task force.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Removes the requirement that mutual aid task forces can only be formed with agencies contiguous counties.
Bill History: 04-22-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

HB 1926   Herrero, Abel Relating to claims for financial assistance for survivors of certain public employees killed in the line of duty.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 1961   Moody, Joe Relating to the criminal offense of making a false report to a peace officer, federal special investigator, law enforcement employee, corrections officer, or jailer.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Expands 37.08 Penal Code (False Report to Peace Officer) to include false reports made to corrections officers or jailers.
Bill History: 03-05-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 2090   Martinez, Armando Relating to deputy sheriff civil service appeals of certain sheriff's department actions.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Amends, Sheriff's Civil Service (Chapter 158, Local Government Code) to provide appeals to an independent hearing examiner (arbitrator).
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Vote failed in committee on House County Affairs

HB 2137   Burns, DeWayne
Flores, Pete
Relating to an application made by certain retired state and federal officers to obtain a license to carry a handgun.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: The bills simply waives the fee (currently $25) for a retiree to obtain a license to carry (LTC) a handgun. CLEAT passed legislation last session to waive the fee for active officers and detention officers. The bill would just extend the waiver to honorably retired peace officers. NOTE: These bills DO NOT affect the ability of a retiree to carry a handgun under LEOSA without a handgun license. If the retiree has met the handgun proficiency requirements of their department and been issued department credentials, they can carry under federal law without a handgun license. But many officers and retirees want to obtain a LTC so that they can purchase firearms without having to undergo the federal background check at the time of purchase.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Meeting set for 9:00 A.M., Senate Chamber Senate State Affairs

HB 2465   Gutierrez, Roland Relating to the retirement eligibility of certain peace officers who are members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Would return TRS pension benefits for campus peace officers to the rules in place before 2013 when they were changed. Under current law, officers can retire at age 62 w/5 years of service + Rule of 80 or at 65 years of age with 5 years of service. Pensions are reduced by up to 7% per year for retirement under age 65. Under this bill, officers would be able to retire at age 60 w/5 years or service + Rule of 80 or at age 65 w/5 years service. Pension reduced 5% per year for each year the person retires under the age of 60 if they were hired after 2007. If hired before 2007, pension reduced 2% per year for each year the person retires under the age 50.

Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 2469   Gutierrez, Roland Relating to retirement benefits for certain peace officers who are members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: 20 Year Retirement Option for Campus Officers Under TRS. Under current law, campus officers can retire at age 62 w/5 years of service + Rule of 80 or at 65 years of age with 5 years of service. Pensions are reduced by up to 7% per year for retirement under age 65. Under this bill, officers could retire at age 55 w/10 years of service or at any age with 20 years of service. Normal retirement age would be 57 or Rule of 80. Pensions would be reduced 5% per year for retiring under normal retirement age or rule of 80. Officers currently pay a pension contribution of 7.7% of pay. Under this bill, this would be increased to 9.5%.
Bill History: 04-04-19 H Committee action pending House Pensions/Investments/Financial Services

HB 2472   Gutierrez, Roland Relating to retirement benefits for certain peace officers who are members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, including the creation of a peace officer supplemental retirement fund.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: 20 Year Retirement Option for Campus Officers Under TRS with a Supplemental like LECOS. Under current law, campus officers can retire at age 62 w/5 years of service + Rule of 80 or at 65 years of age with 5 years of service. Pensions are reduced by up to 7% per year for retirement under age 65. Under this bill, officers could retire at age 55 w/10 years of service or at any age with 20 years of service. Normal retirement age would be 57 or Rule of 80. Pensions would be reduced 5% per year for retiring under normal retirement age or rule of 80. Officers currently pay a pension contribution of 7.7% of pay. Under this bill, this would be increased to 8.3%. To fund a 0.5% per year pension increase over the current standard pension benefit.
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 2473   Gutierrez, Roland Relating to eligibility for membership and funding of benefits for certain law enforcement, custodial, and other peace officers.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Currently campus peace offices and several other groups of state peace officers are not eligible to participate in the ERS LECOS fund. Campus officers are in TRS while the other groups are in ERS, but not LECOS. This bill is a proportional retirement bill that would allow campus peace officers to freeze their accrued service and benefits within TRS and begin earning service credit within ERS and LECOS. Upon retirement, those officers would receive a combined or proportional pension annuity from both systems. The bill would also allow other state peace officers not in LECOS to earn future credit in LECOS and received a proportional annuity upon retirement.
Bill History: 03-11-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Pensions/Investments/Financial Servi

HB 2612   Perez, Mary Ann Relating to the establishment of a constable's department civil service system in certain counties.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Creates a civil service system for Constable employees in Harris County that mirrors Sheriff's Department Civil Service.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House County Affairs

HB 2683   Geren, Charlie Relating to the transfer or sale of a law enforcement dog to a peace officer, an honorably retired peace officer, or a survivor of a deceased peace officer.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Allows a LEO dog handler to retain a K9 that is being retired from service. Allows a LEO who is a dog handler who retires, to purchase the K9 that was assigned to them. Allows the family of a LEO dog handler who is killed in the line of duty to purchase the officers K9.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Removed from hearing 04/10/19 House Homeland Security and Public S

HB 2953   Moody, Joe Relating to a grant program to provide salary increases to full-time peace officers employed by certain local governments with limited tax bases.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Creates a grant program to fund minimum salaries for peace officers in areas with a limited tax base.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Vote failed in committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3097   Lucio III, Eddie Relating to the right of one immediate family member of certain deceased peace officers to make an oral statement regarding the terms of a plea bargain agreement.
Bill History: 03-13-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence

HB 3216   Israel, Celia Relating to 72-hour and 144-hour registration permits for commercial motor vehicles, trailers, semitrailers, and motor buses.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Transportation

HB 3635   Turner, John (F) Relating to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Texas line of duty death lump sum benefit is currently capped at $500k. Any increases have to be approved by the legislature. Federal death benefit is currently $359,316 and is incrementally increased each year by the annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers. (CPI). This bill would do the same for the Texas lump sum benefit.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Appropriations

HB 4017   Calanni, Gina (F) Relating to the eligibility for a handgun license of a person who is identified as a member of a criminal street gang.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Prohibits a person from obtaining a LTC if they are a member of a criminal street gang.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Removed from hearing 04/10/19 House Homeland Security and Public S

HB 4308   Walle, Armando Relating to conditions of employment for an employee of certain sheriff's or constable's departments.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Would authorize meet & confer for Harris County Sheriff's Department and Harris County Constables Departments. Tracks Municipal M&C under Chapter 142.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Committee action pending House County Affairs

HB 4457   Dominguez, Alex (F) Relating to the minimum number of county jailers necessary to staff a county jail.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Requires minimum staffing of 48-1 in county jail.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Committee action pending House County Affairs

HCR 19   Herrero, Abel Urging Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Act.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Urges Congress to repeal the Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Rereferred to Committee on Senate Committee on Administration

HJR 96   Tinderholt, Tony Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Constitution Amendment to allow the legislature to authorize a law enforcement agency to transfer a law enforcement dog, horse, or other animal to the animal's handler.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

SB 405   Birdwell, Brian Relating to the criminal offense of making a false report to a peace officer, federal special investigator, law enforcement employee, corrections officer, or jailer.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Expands 37.08 Penal Code (False Report to Peace Officer) to include false reports made to corrections officers or jailers.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for

SB 858   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to liability of certain political subdivisions in certain workers' compensation claims.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Would allow an administrative penalty against a political subdivision for violation of a peace officer's rights under the Texas worker's compensation law.
Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 1065   Flores, Pete Relating to an application made by certain retired state and federal officers to obtain a license to carry a handgun; waiving a fee.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: The bills simply waives the fee (currently $25) for a retiree to obtain a license to carry (LTC) a handgun. CLEAT passed legislation last session to waive the fee for active officers and detention officers. The bill would just extend the waiver to honorably retired peace officers. NOTE: These bills DO NOT affect the ability of a retiree to carry a handgun under LEOSA without a handgun license. If the retiree has met the handgun proficiency requirements of their department and been issued department credentials, they can carry under federal law without a handgun license. But many officers and retirees want to obtain a LTC so that they can purchase firearms without having to undergo the federal background check at the time of purchase.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 1396   Flores, Pete Relating to claims for financial assistance for survivors of certain public employees killed in the line of duty.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Fixes the section in Chapter 615 that provides a death benefit retirement to those who don’t have it to include jailers and DO’s.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 1582   Lucio, Eddie Relating to benefits for peace officers relating to certain diseases or illnesses.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Amends Chapter 607, Gov't Code, to add peace officers to the coverage, immunizations and presumptions for diseases or illnesses suffered in the line of duty, including smallpox, heart attack, stroke, and tuberculosis or other respiratory illness.
Bill History: 04-12-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 1745   Menendez, Jose Relating to complaints filed against certain law enforcement officers, peace officers, detention officers, county jailers, and fire fighters.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 2045   Fallon, Pat (F) Relating to the authority of certain local governmental entities to enter into an agreement to create a mutual aid law enforcement task force.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Removes the requirement that mutual aid task forces can only be formed with agencies contiguous counties.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 2056   Menendez, Jose Relating to the retirement eligibility of certain peace officers who are members of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Would return TRS pension benefits for campus peace officers to the rules in place before 2013 when they were changed. Under current law, officers can retire at age 62 w/5 years of service + Rule of 80 or at 65 years of age with 5 years of service. Pensions are reduced by up to 7% per year for retirement under age 65. Under this bill, officers would be able to retire at age 60 w/5 years or service + Rule of 80 or at age 65 w/5 years service. Pension reduced 5% per year for each year the person retires under the age of 60 if they were hired after 2007. If hired before 2007, pension reduced 2% per year for each year the person retires under the age 50.

Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 2057   Menendez, Jose Relating to eligibility for membership and funding of benefits for certain law enforcement, custodial, and other peace officers.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Currently campus peace offices and several other groups of state peace officers are not eligible to participate in the ERS LECOS fund. Campus officers are in TRS while the other groups are in ERS, but not LECOS. This bill is a proportional retirement bill that would allow campus peace officers to freeze their accrued service and benefits within TRS and begin earning service credit within ERS and LECOS. Upon retirement, those officers would receive a combined or proportional pension annuity from both systems. The bill would also allow other state peace officers not in LECOS to earn future credit in LECOS and received a proportional annuity upon retirement.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs

SB 2294   Powell, Beverly (F) Relating to a minimum wage and monthly stipend for municipal and county peace officers.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance

SCR 5   Huffman, Joan Urging Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Act.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Urges Congress to repeal the Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
Bill History: 03-27-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar

SJR 32   Birdwell, Brian
Tinderholt, Tony
Proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a dog used for county law enforcement purposes to the dog's handler on the dog's retirement.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Constitution Amendment to allow a county to transfer a law enforcement dog to the dog's handler at no cost.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety


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