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  S.B. No. 1465
  relating to creating limited purpose disaster declaration
  authority for the governor and a search and rescue task force in
  each disaster field response region.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 418, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 418.025 to read as follows:
         Sec. 418.025.  LIMITED PURPOSE DECLARATION.  (a)  If the
  governor determines that a disaster can be adequately addressed
  without invoking all the powers and duties provided by this
  subchapter, the governor may, by proclamation or executive order,
  issue a limited purpose disaster declaration invoking only the
  authority provided by Sections 418.016(a) and (e).
         (b)  A declaration made under this section is subject to
  Section 418.014.
         SECTION 2.  Section 418.043, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 418.043.  OTHER POWERS AND DUTIES.  The division shall:
               (1)  determine requirements of the state and its
  political subdivisions for food, clothing, and other necessities in
  event of a disaster;
               (2)  procure and position supplies, medicines,
  materials, and equipment;
               (3)  adopt standards and requirements for local and
  interjurisdictional emergency management plans;
               (4)  periodically review local and interjurisdictional
  emergency management plans;
               (5)  coordinate deployment of mobile support units;
               (6)  establish and operate training programs and
  programs of public information or assist political subdivisions and
  emergency management agencies to establish and operate the
               (7)  make surveys of public and private industries,
  resources, and facilities in the state that are necessary to carry
  out the purposes of this chapter;
               (8)  plan and make arrangements for the availability
  and use of any private facilities, services, and property and
  provide for payment for use under terms and conditions agreed on if
  the facilities are used and payment is necessary;
               (9)  establish a register of persons with types of
  training and skills important in disaster mitigation,
  preparedness, response, and recovery;
               (10)  establish a register of mobile and construction
  equipment and temporary housing available for use in a disaster;
               (11)  assist political subdivisions in developing
  plans for the humane evacuation, transport, and temporary
  sheltering of service animals and household pets in a disaster;
               (12)  prepare, for issuance by the governor, executive
  orders and regulations necessary or appropriate in coping with
               (13)  cooperate with the federal government and any
  public or private agency or entity in achieving any purpose of this
  chapter and in implementing programs for disaster mitigation,
  preparation, response, and recovery;
               (14)  develop a plan to raise public awareness and
  expand the capability of the information and referral network under
  Section 531.0312;
               (15)  improve the integration of volunteer groups,
  including faith-based organizations, into emergency management
               (16)  cooperate with the Federal Emergency Management
  Agency to create uniform guidelines for acceptable home repairs
  following disasters and promote public awareness of the guidelines;
               (17)  cooperate with state agencies to:
                     (A)  encourage the public to participate in
  volunteer emergency response teams and organizations that respond
  to disasters; and
                     (B)  provide information on those programs in
  state disaster preparedness and educational materials and on
  Internet websites;
               (18)  establish a liability awareness program for
  volunteers, including medical professionals;
               (19)  define "individuals with special needs" in the
  context of a disaster;
               (20)  establish and operate, subject to the
  availability of funds, a search and rescue task force in each field
  response region established by the division to assist in search,
  rescue, and recovery efforts before, during, and after a natural or
  man-made disaster; and
               (21) [(20)]  do other things necessary, incidental, or
  appropriate for the implementation of this chapter.
         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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 1465 passed the Senate on
  April 13, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0;
  May 25, 2015, Senate refused to concur in House amendment and
  requested appointment of Conference Committee; May 27, 2015, House
  granted request of the Senate; May 30, 2015, Senate adopted
  Conference Committee Report by the following vote:  Yeas 31,
  Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1465 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 21, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 140,
  Nays 1, two present not voting; May 27, 2015, House granted request
  of the Senate for appointment of Conference Committee;
  May 31, 2015, House adopted Conference Committee Report by the
  following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 2, two present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House