HBA-DMD S.B. 534 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 534 By: Ratliff Public Safety 5/11/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current Texas law, there is no provision specifying that to be eligible for certification as a peace office in this state, a person is required to be a U.S. citizen. Such a requirement existed before the 1981 legislative session. Until recently, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (commission) had continued to require citizenship for certification based on the Texas Administrative Code. However, an attorney general opinion withdrew the commission's authority to use the administrative rule. This bill would reinstate the language requiring citizenship in the statute governing the commission. S.B. 534 provides that a person must be a citizen of the United States in order to obtain a license as an officer, county jailer, or public security officer, with an exception. 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 Subchapter C, Chapter 415, Government Code, by adding Section 415.0591, as follows: Sec. 415.0591. CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENT. (a) Provides that a person must be a United States citizen in order to obtain a license to be an officer, county jailer, or public security officer. Requires the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education to establish procedures for proving citizenship. (b) Provides that a person who holds a license on September 1, 1999, is not subject to Subsection (a) while that license is in effect. SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.