DPS’ Regulatory Services Division (RSD) and its statutory licensing programs are currently reviewing legislation recently passed by the 84th Texas Legislature.
Summary of new laws passed in the 84th Regular Legislative Session that impact Handgun Licensing.
House Bill 910 Effective: January 1, 2016
Caption: Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating criminal offense.
Senate Bill 11 Effective: August 1, 2016
Caption: Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education; providing a criminal penalty.
VARIOUS OTHER CHANGES
House Bill 554 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to a defense to prosecution for the offense of possessing or carrying a weapon in or into the secured area of an airport.
House Bill 1376 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to community supervision and corrections department officers and juvenile probation officers; reducing a fee.
House Bill 2604 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to a concealed handgun license application that is submitted by a peace officer or a member of the state military forces.
House Bill 2739 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to the use of a concealed handgun license as valid proof of personal identification.
House Bill 3710 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to a voluntary contribution to the fund for veterans' assistance when applying for a concealed handgun license.
House Bill 3747 Effective: June 16, 2015
Caption: Relating to the issuance of a concealed handgun license to certain retired judicial officers.
Senate Bill 273 Effective: September 1, 2015
Caption: Relating to certain offenses relating to carrying concealed handguns on property owned or leased by a governmental entity; providing a civil penalty.
House Bill 1803
Effective: Jan. 1, 2014
Relating to the renewal of a controlled substance registration by physicians.
Senate Bill 406
Effective: Nov. 1, 2013
Relating to the practice of advance practice nurses and physician’s assistants and the delegation of prescriptive authority by physicians to and the supervision by physicians of certain advance practice nurses and physician’s assistants.
Senate Bill 1643
Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Relating to the monitoring of prescriptions of certain controlled substances.
House Bill 2187
Effective: Sept. 1, 2015
Relating to the regulation of metal recycling entities; imposing an administrative penalty; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty.
HB 2187 was signed by Gov. Abbott on June 19, 2015, and is effective Sept. 1, 2015. This bill relates to the regulation of MRES; imposing an administrative penalty, and amending provisions subject to criminal penalty. HB 2187 also requires MRES to issue cash transaction cards to any seller of regulated material being paid by cash or debit card. Cash transaction cards are non-transferable and the metal recycler will be required to keep copies of each application and a copy of each cash transaction card for two years.
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.
House Bill 2115
Effective Sept. 1, 2015
HB 2115 adds commercial fleet buyers to the list for initial inspections valid for two years for vehicles purchased in Texas or out-of-state. Only vehicles purchased in state were previously eligible for the initial two-year inspection.
House Bill 1888
Effective Jan 1, 2016
HB 1888 amends the Transportation Code by providing an exemption from inspection as a condition to register a motor vehicle in Texas when certain criteria is met and creates a penalty for failure to obtain an inspection in specific limited circumstances. The exemption applies to vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP), or a token trailer registered under Transportation Code, Chapter 502. Additionally, this bill provides authorization for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles or the county assessor-collector to register a vehicle located in another state without a vehicle inspection, if the applicant certifies an inspection will be obtained upon return to Texas.
Senate Bill 449
Effective Sept. 1, 2016
SB 449 amends Transportation Code, Chapters 501 and 502, to establish the definition of an autocycle and specify that an autocycle is considered to be a motorcycle for the purposes of vehicle titling and registration. The Texas Transportation Code currently defines autocycle as a vehicle with three or fewer wheels on the ground, equipped with a steering wheel, equipped with seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride the seat, and manufactured and certified to comply with federal safety requirements for a motorcycle.