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  S.B. No. 396
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the provision of state death benefits to certain
  employees of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas
  and the Parks and Wildlife Department.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 615.003, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 615.003.  APPLICABILITY. This chapter applies only to
  eligible survivors of the following individuals:
               (1)  an individual elected, appointed, or employed as a
  peace officer by the state or a political subdivision of the state
  under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, or other law;
               (2)  a paid probation officer appointed by the director
  of a community supervision and corrections department who has the
  duties set out in Section 76.002 and the qualifications set out in
  Section 76.005, or who was appointed in accordance with prior law;
               (3)  a parole officer employed by the Texas Department
  of Criminal Justice who has the duties set out in Section 508.001
  and the qualifications set out in Section 508.113 or in prior law;
               (4)  a paid jailer;
               (5)  a member of an organized police reserve or
  auxiliary unit who regularly assists peace officers in enforcing
  criminal laws;
               (6)  a member of the class of employees of the
  correctional institutions division formally designated as
  custodial personnel under Section 615.006 by the Texas Board of
  Criminal Justice or its predecessor in function;
               (7)  a jailer or guard of a county jail who is appointed
  by the sheriff and who:
                     (A)  performs a security, custodial, or
  supervisory function over the admittance, confinement, or
  discharge of prisoners; and
                     (B)  is certified by the Commission on Law
  Enforcement Officer Standards and Education;
               (8)  a juvenile correctional employee of the Texas
  Juvenile Justice Department [Youth Commission];
               (9)  an employee of the Department of Aging and
  Disability Services or Department of State Health Services who:
                     (A)  works at the department's maximum security
  unit; or
                     (B)  performs on-site services for the Texas
  Department of Criminal Justice;
               (10)  an individual who is employed by the state or a
  political or legal subdivision and is subject to certification by
  the Texas Commission on Fire Protection;
               (11)  an individual employed by the state or a
  political or legal subdivision whose principal duties are aircraft
  crash and rescue fire fighting;
               (12)  a member of an organized volunteer fire-fighting
  unit that:
                     (A)  renders fire-fighting services without
  remuneration; and
                     (B)  conducts a minimum of two drills each month,
  each two hours long;
               (13)  an individual who:
                     (A)  performs emergency medical services or
  operates an ambulance;
                     (B)  is employed by a political subdivision of the
  state or is an emergency medical services volunteer as defined by
  Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code; and
                     (C)  is qualified as an emergency care attendant
  or at a higher level of training under Section 773.046, 773.047,
  773.048, 773.049, or 773.0495, Health and Safety Code;
               (14)  an individual who is employed or formally
  designated as a chaplain for:
                     (A)  an organized volunteer fire-fighting unit or
  other fire department of this state or of a political subdivision of
  this state;
                     (B)  a law enforcement agency of this state or of a
  political subdivision of this state; or
                     (C)  the Texas Department of Criminal Justice;
  [or]
               (15)  an individual who is employed by the state or a
  political subdivision of the state and who is considered by the
  governmental employer to be a trainee for a position otherwise
  described by this section;
               (16)  an individual who is employed by the Department
  of Public Safety and, as certified by the director, is:
                     (A)  deployed into the field in direct support of
  a law enforcement operation, including patrol, investigative,
  search and rescue, crime scene, on-site communications, or special
  operations; and
                     (B)  given a special assignment in direct support
  of operations relating to organized crime, criminal interdiction,
  border security, counterterrorism, intelligence, traffic
  enforcement, emergency management, regulatory services, or special
  investigations; or
               (17)  an individual who is employed by the Parks and
  Wildlife Department and, as certified by the executive director of
  the Parks and Wildlife Department, is:
                     (A)  deployed into the field in direct support of
  a law enforcement operation, including patrol, investigative,
  search and rescue, crime scene, on-site communications, or special
  operations; and
                     (B)  given a special assignment in direct support
  of operations relating to organized crime, criminal interdiction,
  border security, counterterrorism, intelligence, traffic
  enforcement, emergency management, regulatory services, or special
  investigations.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act relating to
  the death of certain employees of the Department of Public Safety of
  the State of Texas and the Parks and Wildlife Department applies
  only in relation to a death that occurs on or after the effective
  date of this Act.  Matters regarding eligibility, payment, and
  benefits under Chapter 615, Government Code, in relation to a death
  that occurs before the effective date of this Act are governed by
  the law in effect when the death occurs, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 396 passed the Senate on
  March 27, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0;
  May 22, 2013, Senate refused to concur in House amendments and
  requested appointment of Conference Committee; May 23, 2013, House
  granted request of the Senate; May 25, 2013, Senate adopted
  Conference Committee Report by the following vote:  Yeas 30,
  Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 396 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 15, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 146,
  Nays 0, two present not voting; May 23, 2013, House granted request
  of the Senate for appointment of Conference Committee;
  May 25, 2013, House adopted Conference Committee Report by the
  following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
             Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor