New Legislation

House Bill 2162
Effective Sept. 1, 2015
HB 2162 amends the Local Government Code to permit certain municipalities to regulate burglar alarm systems. The bill would require a municipal ordinance to use permit fees for the general administration of the subchapter if the ordinance adopted required such fees.

House Bill 4030
Effective Sept. 1, 2015
HB 4030 amends the Occupations Code to require an application for a registration to perform any activity regulated by the Private Security Act, or an application for an endorsement entitling an individual holding a registration to perform any such activity for an appropriately licensed company to include the required fees, including the criminal history check fee, and fingerprints of the applicant provided in the manner set by the Texas Private Security Board.

Senate Bill 807
Effective Sept. 1, 2015
SB 807 amends the Occupations Code to require a state agency that issues an occupational license to waive the license application and examination fees paid to the state for an applicant who is a military service member or military veteran whose military service, training, or education substantially meets all of the requirements for the license or who is a military service member, military veteran, or military spouse who holds a current license issued by another jurisdiction that has licensing requirements that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for the license in Texas.

Senate Bill 1307
Effective Jan. 1, 2016
SB 1307 amends the Occupations Code to revise certain definitions for purposes of provisions applicable to the occupational licensing of military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. The bill defines "active duty" to mean current full-time military service in the U.S. armed forces, active duty military service as a member of the Texas military forces, or similar military service of another state; defines "armed forces of the United States" to mean the army, navy, air force, coast guard, or marine corps of the United States or a reserve unit of one of those branches; redefines "military service member" to mean a person who is on such active duty; redefines "military spouse" to mean a person who is married to such a military service member; and redefines "military veteran" to mean a person who has served on such active duty and who was discharged or released from such active duty.