S.B. No. 1984
  relating to certification of a person in certain counties as
  eligible for disabled parking privileges.
         SECTION 1.  Section 681.003, Transportation Code, is amended
  by amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (f) to read as
         (c)  Subject to Subsections [Subsection] (e) and (f), the
  first application must be accompanied by a notarized written
  statement or written prescription of a physician licensed to
  practice medicine in this state or a state adjacent to this state,
  or authorized by applicable law to practice medicine in a hospital
  or other health facility of the United States Department of
  Veterans Affairs [Administration], certifying and providing
  evidence acceptable to the department that the person making the
  application or on whose behalf the application is made is legally
  blind or has a mobility problem that substantially impairs the
  person's ability to ambulate. The statement or prescription must
  include a certification of whether the disability is temporary or
  permanent and information acceptable to the department to determine
  the type of disabled parking placard for which the applicant is
  eligible. The department shall determine a person's eligibility
  based on evidence provided by the applicant establishing legal
  blindness or mobility impairment.
         (f)  This subsection applies only to the first application
  for a disabled parking placard submitted by a person who resides in
  a county with a population of 125,000 or less. The notarized
  written statement or prescription may be issued by:
               (1)  a person acting under the delegation and
  supervision of a licensed physician in conformance with Subchapter
  B, Chapter 157, Occupations Code; or
               (2)  a physician assistant licensed to practice in this
  state acting as the agent of a licensed physician under Section
  204.202(e), Occupations Code.
         SECTION 2.  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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 1984 passed the Senate on
  May 12, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1984 passed the House on
  May 27, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House