HBA-DMD H.B. 957 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 957 By: Uher Public Safety 2/17/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current state law, reserve police officers, reserve deputies, and reserve deputy constables in Texas are not classified as "peace officers," even though they have been required since 1989 to undergo the same amount of training as regular, full-time officers, and are required to obtain their peace officer license. Therefore, these officers or deputies are unable to assist on-duty officers in arrests and are unable to carry their weapons while off-duty without being subject to prosecution for unlawfully carrying a weapon. H.B. 957 includes reserve police officers, reserve deputies, and reserve deputy constables as peace officers. The bill does not exempt those officers or deputies from the Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies Act or make them eligible for benefits that a full-time peace officer receives. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, to include as peace officers, reserve deputies; reserve deputy constables; and reserve municipal police officers who are licensed under Chapter 415, Government Code (Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education). Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Amends Section 85.004(b), Local Government Code, to specify that a reserve deputy, regardless of whether the reserve deputy is a peace officer as defined by Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, is not eligible for participation in any county program that is normally considered a financial benefit of full-time employment or for any pension fund created by statute for the benefit of full-time paid peace officers; or is not exempt from the Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies Act (Article 4413 (29bb), V.T.C.S.). SECTION 3.Amends Section 86.012(b), Local Government Code, to make conforming changes. SECTION 4.Amends Section 341.012(h), Local Government Code, to make conforming changes. SECTION 5.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 6.Emergency clause.