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  S.B. No. 372
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the authority of an open-enrollment charter school to
  employ security personnel, commission peace officers, and have
  school resource officers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 12.104, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (a-1) and (a-2) to read as follows:
         (a-1)  The governing body of an open-enrollment charter
  school may:
               (1)  employ security personnel and commission peace
  officers in the same manner as a board of trustees of a school
  district under Section 37.081; and
               (2)  enter into a memorandum of understanding with a
  local law enforcement agency to assign a school resource officer,
  as that term is defined by Section 1701.601, Occupations Code, to
  the school. 
         (a-2)  A reference in law to a peace officer commissioned
  under Section 37.081 includes a peace officer commissioned by an
  open-enrollment charter school in accordance with Subsection
  (a-1), and a charter school peace officer has the same powers,
  duties, and immunities as a peace officer commissioned under that
  section.
         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, 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 372 passed the Senate on
  April 11, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 24, 2019, by the
  following vote: Yeas 28, Nays 3.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 372 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 121,
  Nays 20, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor