LAW ENFORCEMENT LABOR BILLS
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04-25-2019 - 00:21:54

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HB 14   Stucky, Lynn Relating to higher education student loan repayment assistance for peace officers.
Bill History: 04-23-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 147   Moody, Joe Relating to access to certain law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law.
Remarks: OPPOSED: Opens up department records on officers subject to a criminal or internal investigation. Would allow for the release when a peace officer is subject of an investigation, even if the investigation ultimately is unfounded or unsubstantiated.

HB 147: Testified against on 2/27/19. Have met with the author and discussed changes.

Bill History: 04-24-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House State Affairs

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 561   Thierry, Shawn Relating to civilian complaint review boards in certain municipalities and counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Civilian review board for municipality with a population of 2 million or more or county with population of 3.3 million or more.
Bill History: 02-20-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

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 796   Thierry, Shawn Relating to civilian complaint review boards in certain municipalities and counties.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Civilian review boards in municipalities over 1 million and counties over 2 million. Limits membership of board. Requires municipal or county attorney to investigate complaints forwarded by board. Allows board to issue subpoenas.

HB 796: We have communicated our concerns to staff on this bill.

Bill History: 02-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

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 1221   Patterson, Jared (F) Relating to authorizing certain projects to be undertaken by economic development corporations.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Allows funds raised through economic development corporations to be used for public safety expenditures.
Bill History: 04-15-19 H Committee action pending House International Relations/Economic Dev

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 1681   Ashby, Trent Relating to peer assistance programs for employees of local law enforcement agencies.
Remarks: A local law enforcement agency may establish a peer assistance program, including a chaplain program, for the purpose of providing peer counseling to the agency's eligible employees.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported from committee as substituted House Homeland Security and Public Safety

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 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 2143   Turner, John (F) Relating to the eligibility of a first responder for workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Amends workers comp to include coverage for PTSD suffered by a first responder when it is caused by exposure to multiple events instead of a single event.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Business and Industry

HB 2348   King, Tracy Relating to the prohibition of certain employment discrimination regarding an employee who is a volunteer emergency responder.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who also serve as a volunteer first responders. Specifically if they are not able to be at work due to an emergency involving the first responder. Need to add reserve peace officers.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 2404   Bell, Cecil Relating to establishment of the office of first responder support within the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and to the provision of critical incident support services to first responders.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 2445   Parker, Tan Relating to the addition of territory to a crime control and prevention district.
Bill History: 04-18-19 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Urban Affairs

HB 2467   Zedler, Bill Relating to training requirements for certain county jailers.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Requires county jailer to complete training within 90 days of being hired instead of one year.
Bill History: 04-03-19 H Committee action pending 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 2816   Lucio III, Eddie Relating to compensation and leave for certain employees of the fraud unit of the Texas Department of Insurance.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Includes in definition of state employee a commissioned law enforcement officer of the insurance fraud unit of the Texas Department of Insurance. Includes in schedule C for wages.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

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 2969   Sanford, Scott Relating to prohibited adverse employment action against a first responder based on mental illness.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Received in the Senate

HB 3063   Smithee, John Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Allow an officer to retain their animal when they retire or when the animal is retired. Or allow the family to retain the animal if the officer dies in the line of duty.
Bill History: 04-25-19 H Set on the House Calendar

HB 3349   Bucy, John (F) Relating to certain drug tests administered to employees and independent contractors of state agencies and political subdivisions.
Remarks: Prohibits the state or political subdivisions from drug testing employees except for peace officers.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

HB 3757   Gonzalez, Jessica (F) Relating to a law enforcement policy regarding body worn cameras.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would remove the guarantee now existing in the the law that allows officers to review video before giving a statement.
Bill History: 03-19-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3858   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to an employment termination report submitted by a law enforcement agency.
Remarks: WATCH (Possible Support): Substitute would allow agency head to change F5 in the officers favor after the orginal F5 had already been submitted.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Homeland Security and Public Safety

HB 3859   Johnson, Jarvis Relating to mental health assessment programs for certain municipal police and fire departments.
Remarks: Houston Only - (c) Each municipal police and fire department shall establish and operate a mental health assessment program in accordance with this section to provide a mental health assessment for police officers or firefighters involved in a critical incident. Requires officers to participate. A municipal police or fire department may not terminate or retaliate against a police officer or firefighter for participating in the program.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Reported favorably from committee on House Urban Affairs

HB 3996   Burrows, Dustin Relating to liability of certain political subdivisions in certain workers’ compensation actions.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Includes sanctions against political subdivision for committing an administrative violation against a peace officer or fire fighter. Amends Chapter 607 Government Code, by naming specific cancers covered.
Bill History: 04-09-19 H Committee action pending House Business and Industry

HB 3999   Turner, Chris Relating to reimbursement for health care services provided to certain first responders.
Bill History: 03-21-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health

HB 4159   Capriglione, Giovanni Relating to state programs not funded by appropriations.
Bill History: 04-08-19 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

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 4339   Bohac, Dwayne Relating to the authority of certain counties to use an alternate work period for county peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends changes 157.022 limits on maximum hours a deputy can be required to work.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House County Affairs

HB 4367   Holland, Justin Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homesteads of certain disabled first responders and their surviving spouses.
Remarks: SUPPORT
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Committee action pending House Ways and Means

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

HJR 30   Burns, DeWayne Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would require an election to amend the constitution to prohibit the legislature from passing an law that is an unfunded mandate.
Bill History: 02-12-19 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs

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 16   Hancock, Kelly Relating to a student loan repayment assistance program for certain persons who agree to employment as full-time peace officers in this state.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Creates law enforcement student loan repayment assistance program for peace officers who have been employed at least 4 years and agrees to complete another 4 years of employment as a full time peace officer.
Bill History: 04-17-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Higher Education

SB 129   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to eligibility for the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of certain first responders.
Remarks: Expands definition of "first responder" to include a Customs and Border Protection Officer or Border Patrol Agent, an immigration enforcement agent or deportation officer of the Department of Homeland Security.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Ways and Means

SB 332   West, Royce Relating to preventing racial profiling and to video and audio equipment and recordings of certain law enforcement motor vehicle stops.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Does not include provisions related to "law enforcement purpose" and the right to view the video before being required to give a statement.
Bill History: 03-26-19 S Committee action pending Senate Criminal Justice

SB 782   West, Royce Relating to a law enforcement policy regarding a peace officer accessing a recording from the officer's body worn camera.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would limit officer to only seeing their own video before giving a statement instead of all video available.

SB 782: CWJ met with Senator West on 2/28/19.

Bill History: 03-01-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SB 811   Hughes, Bryan Relating to immunity from liability of a school district or open-enrollment charter school for certain actions of security personnel.
Bill History: 04-23-19 H Referred to House Committee on House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence

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 1131   West, Royce Relating to paid leave for military service for public officers and employees.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security

SB 1331   Hinojosa, Chuy Relating to the regulation of individuals and entities that conduct forensic analyses, examinations, and tests.
Bill History: 04-24-19 S Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar

SB 1348   Watson, Kirk Relating to compensation and leave for certain employees of the fraud unit of the Texas Department of Insurance.
Bill History: 03-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

SB 1369   Buckingham, Dawn Relating to state programs not funded by appropriations.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Finance

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 1670   Taylor, Larry Relating to the confidentiality of certain information concerning a firefighter or peace officer applicant.
Bill History: 03-14-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

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 1890   Fallon, Pat (F) Relating to authorizing certain projects to be undertaken by economic development corporations.
Remarks: SUPPORT: Allows funds raised through economic development corporations to be used for public safety expenditures.
Bill History: 03-18-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Natural Resources and Economic Deve

SB 2100   Birdwell, Brian Relating to the transfer of a retired county or municipal law enforcement animal.
Remarks: CLEAT BILL: Allow an officer to retain their animal when they retire or when the animal is retired. Or allow the family to retain the animal if the officer dies in the line of duty.
Bill History: 04-24-19 H Voted favorably from committee on House Homeland Security and Public Safety

SB 2114   West, Royce Relating to certain duties of peace officers and law enforcement agencies concerning certain information subject to disclosure to a defendant.
Remarks: Requires a law enforcement agency filing a criminal case to submit to the attorney representing the state a written statement by a peace officer employed by the agency acknowledging that all documents, items, and information in the possession of the agency that are required to be disclosed to the defendant in the case under Article 39.14(h) have been transmitted to the attorney representing the state. OPPOSE as filed. 4/10/19 negotiated changes that if adopted would allow us to SUPPORT. Removes peace officer having to sign written statement. Misconduct would have to be sustained and finally adjudicated in order for officer to be added to DA's "Brady" list.
Bill History: 04-25-19 S Placed on the Senate Calendar for

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

SB 2313   Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the authority of certain counties to use an alternate work period for county peace officers.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Amends changes 157.022 limits on maximum hours a deputy can be required to work.
Bill History: 03-21-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

SJR 10   Buckingham, Dawn Proposing a constitutional amendment to restrict the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on a municipality or county.
Remarks: OPPOSE: Would require an election to amend the constitution to prohibit the legislature from passing an law that is an unfunded mandate.
Bill History: 02-07-19 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Business and Commerce

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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