HBA-CBW S.B. 1195 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1195 By: Wentworth Criminal Jurisprudence 4/30/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a driver with an instruction permit (permit holder) may operate a vehicle while accompanied by a licensed driver 18 years of age or older (licensed driver). There are no provisions prohibiting the licensed driver from sleeping while the permit holder operates the vehicle. Senate Bill 1195 establishes that a licensed driver who occupies the seat in a vehicle by a permit holder commits an offense if, while the permit holder is operating the vehicle, the licensed driver sleeps, is intoxicated, or is engaged in an activity that prevents the person from observing and responding to the actions of the permit holder. 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. ANALYSIS Senate Bill 1195 amends the Transportation Code to provide that a person who occupies the seat in a vehicle by a holder of an instruction permit commits an offense if, while the holder is operating the vehicle, the person sleeps, is intoxicated, or is engaged in an activity that prevents the person from observing and responding to the actions of the operator. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.