S.B. No. 1421
relating to eligibility for beginning positions in certain police
and fire departments.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subsection (c), Section 143.023, Local
Government Code, is amended to read as follows:
(c) A person who is 45 years of age or older may not be
certified for a beginning position in a police department. [
person who is 36 years of age or older and under 45 may not be
certified as eligible for a beginning position in a police
department unless the person has at least five years' experience as
a peace officer or at least five years of military experience.]
SECTION 2. Subchapter B, Chapter 143, Section 143.025,
Local Government Code, is amended by adding Subsection (j) to read
(j) Notwithstanding Subsection (i), each applicant who is
either a natural-born or adopted child of a fire fighter who
previously suffered a line-of-duty death while covered by this
chapter shall be ranked at the top of any eligibility list in which
said applicant receives a minimum passing grade on that respective
eligibility exam. The deceased fire fighter's applicant child must
otherwise satisfy all of the requirements for eligibility for a
beginning position in a fire department contained in this chapter.
This commission shall promulgate rules to identify and verify each
applicant's eligibility for applicability of this subsection.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1421 passed the Senate on
April 21, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 26, 2005, by the
following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1421 passed the House, with
amendment, on May 20, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 137,
Nays 0, one present not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House