HBA-NIK H.B. 2099 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2099 By: Uresti Public Safety 4/21/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas does not require that a minor be given a drug test prior to receiving a driver's license. H.B. 2099 requires an applicant for a driver's license who is at least 16 but not yet 18 years of age to submit evidence of a negative drug test within 30 days preceding the date of the application. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Department of Public Safety in SECTION 1 (Section 521.204, Transportation Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 521.204, Transportation Code, as follows: Sec. 521.204. RESTRICTIONS ON MINOR. (a) Provides that the Department of Public Safety (department) may issue a Class C driver's license to an applicant under 18 years of age only if the applicant has submitted to the department evidence of a negative test result as required by Subsection (b), in addition to satisfying other enumerated requirements. (b) Authorizes the department to issue a driver's license to an applicant under 18 years of age only if the application is accompanied by evidence of a negative test result of a controlled substance abuse test administered to the applicant within the 30 days preceding the date of the application. (c) Provides that the evidence of a negative test result of a controlled substance abuse test required by Subsection (b) must be from the department's laboratory or a laboratory accredited for drug testing by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. (d) Requires an applicant to bear the cost of the controlled substance abuse test required by Subsection (b). (e) Requires the department to establish by rule a fee, which may not exceed the department's actual costs, for controlled substance abuse tests administered by the department's laboratory, and to adopt other rules and develop forms necessary for the administration of Subsections (b)-(d) and this subsection. (f) Defines "controlled substance," "controlled substance abuse test," and "negative test result." SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.