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  H.B. No. 567
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 541.201(1), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
               (1)  "Authorized emergency vehicle" means:
                     (A)  a fire department or police vehicle;
                     (B)  a public or private ambulance operated by a
  person who has been issued a license by the [Texas] Department of
  State Health Services;
                     (C)  an emergency medical services vehicle:
                           (i)  authorized under an emergency medical
  services provider license issued by the Department of State Health
  Services under Chapter 773, Health and Safety Code; and
                           (ii)  operating under a contract with an
  emergency services district that requires the emergency medical
  services provider to respond to emergency calls with the vehicle;
                     (D)  a municipal department or public service
  corporation emergency vehicle that has been designated or
  authorized by the governing body of a municipality;
                     (E) [(D)]  a private vehicle of a volunteer
  firefighter or a certified emergency medical services employee or
  volunteer when responding to a fire alarm or medical emergency;
                     (F) [(E)]  an industrial emergency response
  vehicle, including an industrial ambulance, when responding to an
  emergency, but only if the vehicle is operated in compliance with
  criteria in effect September 1, 1989, and established by the
  predecessor of the Texas Industrial Emergency Services Board of the
  State Firemen's and Fire Marshals' Association of Texas;
                     (G) [(F)]  a vehicle of a blood bank or tissue
  bank, accredited or approved under the laws of this state or the
  United States, when making emergency deliveries of blood, drugs,
  medicines, or organs; or
                     (H) [(G)]  a vehicle used for law enforcement
  purposes that is owned or leased by a federal governmental entity.
         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, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 567 was passed by the House on April
  11, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 567 was passed by the Senate on May
  15, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor