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  H.B. No. 3558
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the issuance of warrants to certain persons for fire,
  health, and code inspections.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Articles 18.05(a) and (d), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (e) of this article, a
  search warrant may be issued to a [the] fire marshal, health
  officer, or code enforcement official of the state or of any county,
  city, or other political subdivision for the purpose of allowing
  the inspection of any specified premises to determine the presence
  of a fire or health hazard or unsafe building condition or a
  violation of any fire, health, or building regulation, statute, or
  ordinance.
         (d)  Each city or county may designate one or more code
  enforcement officials [official] for the purpose of being issued a
  search warrant as authorized by Subsection (a) of this article. A
  political subdivision other than a city or county may designate not
  more than one code enforcement official for the purpose of being
  issued a search warrant as authorized by Subsection (a) of this
  article only if the political subdivision routinely inspects
  premises to determine whether there is a fire or health hazard or
  unsafe building condition or a violation of fire, health, or
  building regulation, statute, or ordinance.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a warrant issued on or after the effective date of this Act.  A
  warrant issued before the effective date of this Act is governed by
  the law in effect when the warrant was issued, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3558 was passed by the House on May 4,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3558 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor