S.B. No. 2106
  relating to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission;
  authorizing the Supreme Court of Texas to adopt rules on
  ineligibility to renew a certification, registration, or license
  issued by the commission; specifying conditions for the imposition
  of administrative sanctions by the commission.
         SECTION 1. Section 152.203, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 152.203.  RULES ON INELIGIBILITY.  The supreme court
  shall adopt rules on applicants' ineligibility for certification,
  registration, or licensing or renewal of certification,
  registration, or licensing under this subtitle based on the
  person's criminal history or other information, including failure
  to comply with commission orders or timely pay fees or
  administration penalties, that indicates the person lacks the
  honesty, trustworthiness, or integrity to hold the certification,
  registration, or license.
         SECTION 2.  Section 153.004, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
  RENEW; REPRIMAND; PROBATION.  (a)  The commission may deny, revoke,
  suspend, or refuse to renew a certification, registration, or
  license or may reprimand a regulated person for a violation of this
  subtitle, a law establishing a regulatory program administered by
  the commission, a rule adopted under this subtitle, or an order
  issued by the commission or director.
         (b) The commission shall determine the severity of an
  administrative sanction, including the length of the period of time
  a revocation, suspension, refusal to renew a certification,
  registration, or license, based upon: 
               (1) the seriousness of the violation, including the
  nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of the violation;
               (2) the threat to health or safety caused by the
               (3) any previous violations; 
               (4) the administrative sanction necessary to deter a
  future violation;
               (5) whether the violator demonstrated good faith,
  including when applicable whether the violator made good faith
  efforts to correct the violation; and
               (6) any other matter that justice may require.
         (c) [(b)] The commission may place on probation a person
  whose certification, registration, or license is suspended. If a
  certification, registration, or license suspension is probated,
  the commission may require the person to:
               (1) report regularly to the commission on matters that
  are the basis of the probation;
               (2) limit practice to the areas prescribed by the
  commission; or
               (3) continue or review professional education until the
  person attains a degree of skill satisfactory to the commission in
  those areas that are the basis for the probation.
         (d) [(c)] On the commission's motion, or on the
  recommendation of commission staff, the commission may conduct a
  hearing to inquire into a suspension. If the commission determines
  that a person has not corrected the deficiencies that were the
  grounds of the suspension or has not complied with the conditions
  imposed by the commission, the commission may revoke or take other
  disciplinary action against the person's certification,
  registration, or license.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2106 passed the Senate on
  April 27, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2106 passed the House on
  May 19, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 126, Nays 17, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House