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  H.B. No. 2580
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of a peace officer employment
  opportunity Internet website by the Texas Workforce Commission.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 302, Labor Code, is
  amended by adding Section 302.016 to read as follows:
         Sec. 302.016.  PEACE OFFICER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
  INTERNET WEBSITE. (a) In this section, "peace officer" has the
  meaning assigned by Section 1701.001, Occupations Code.
         (b)  The commission shall develop, maintain, and promote a
  statewide employment opportunity Internet website to facilitate:
               (1)  public awareness of peace officer employment
  opportunities with state and local law enforcement agencies; and
               (2)  an exchange of information between individuals
  seeking employment as peace officers in this state and state and
  local law enforcement agencies seeking applicants for employment as
  peace officers.
         (c)  The Internet website must:
               (1)  be accessible to members of the public; and
               (2)  provide to individuals seeking employment as peace
  officers and state and local law enforcement agencies that have
  posted employment opportunities on the website an organized means
  of exchanging information.
         (d)  The commission shall contract with the Commission on Law
  Enforcement Officer Standards and Education to develop a license
  verification interface to verify whether an applicant for
  employment as a peace officer:
               (1)  holds a current license issued by the Commission
  on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education under Chapter
  1701, Occupations Code, and, if so, the level of that license; and
               (2)  has had the applicant's license revoked or
  suspended by the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards
  and Education.
         (e)  The Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and
  Education shall provide the commission with technical assistance in
  the development and testing of the license verification interface
  under Subsection (d).
         (f)  If the development and operation of the Internet website
  and the associated license verification interface is not possible
  due to a lack of available funding, the commission shall:
               (1)  enter into a memorandum of understanding with the
  Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education to
  integrate a peace officer job matching database for individuals
  seeking employment as peace officers in this state and state and
  local law enforcement agencies seeking applicants for employment as
  peace officers into the commission's existing Labor Exchange
  System; and
               (2)  ensure that:
                     (A)  the commission registers an Internet domain
  name that is unique and that identifies on its face the purpose of
  the peace officer job matching database; and
                     (B)  the registered domain name and associated
  link directs users of the Internet to a web page that instructs
  users on how to use the Labor Exchange System and includes a link to
  enter that system.
         SECTION 2.  This Act does not make an appropriation. A
  provision in this Act that creates a new governmental program,
  creates a new entitlement, or imposes a new duty on a governmental
  entity is not mandatory during a fiscal period for which the
  legislature has not made a specific appropriation to implement the
  provision.
         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, 2009.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2580 was passed by the House on April
  28, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 4, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2580 on May 23, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 1,
  1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2580 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 21, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor