H.B. No. 2194
  relating to the offense of leaving a motor vehicle unattended.
         SECTION 1.  Section 545.404, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 545.404.  UNATTENDED MOTOR VEHICLE. (a) Except as
  provided by Subsection (b), an [An] operator may not leave a [the]
  vehicle unattended without:
               (1)  stopping the engine;
               (2)  locking the ignition;
               (3)  removing the key from the ignition;
               (4)  setting the parking brake effectively; and
               (5)  if standing on a grade, turning the front wheels to
  the curb or side of the highway.
         (b)  The requirements of Subsections (a)(1), (2), and (3) do
  not apply to an operator who starts the engine of a vehicle by using
  a remote starter or other similar device that: 
               (1)  remotely starts the vehicle's engine without
  placing the key in the ignition; and 
               (2)  requires the key to be placed in the ignition or
  physically present in the vehicle before the vehicle can be
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
         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, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2194 was passed by the House on April
  30, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2194 was passed by the Senate on May
  27, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________