By: Parker S.B. No. 339 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1-1 relating to the qualifications of sheriffs. 1-2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-3 SECTION 1. Subsection (c), Section 415.015, Government Code, 1-4 is amended to read as follows: 1-5 (c) This chapter does not affect a constable or other 1-6 officer or county jailer elected under the Texas Constitution 1-7 before September 1, 1985, and does not affect a person who held the 1-8 office of sheriff before January 1, 1994. 1-9 SECTION 2. Section 415.053, Government Code, is amended to 1-10 read as follows: 1-11 Sec. 415.053. LICENSING OF CERTAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS 1-12 ELECTED UNDER TEXAS CONSTITUTION OR STATUTE. (a) An officer, 1-13 other than a sheriff, elected under the Texas Constitution or a 1-14 statute or appointed to fill a vacancy in an elective office must 1-15 be licensed by the commission not later than two years after the 1-16 date that the officer takes office. The commission shall establish 1-17 requirements for licensing and for revocation, suspension, 1-18 cancellation, or denial of a license of such an officer. It is 1-19 incompetency and a ground for removal from office under Title 100, 1-20 Revised Statutes, or any other removal statute if an officer to 1-21 whom this section applies does not obtain the license by the 1-22 required date or does not remain licensed. 1-23 (b) A person must be licensed by the commission before the 1-24 person is elected or appointed to the office of sheriff. The 2-1 commission shall establish requirements for licensing and for 2-2 revocation, suspension, cancellation, or denial of a license of a 2-3 sheriff. It is incompetency and a ground for removal from office 2-4 under Title 100, Revised Statutes, or any other removal statute if 2-5 a sheriff is not licensed as required by this subsection. 2-6 SECTION 3. Subchapter A, Chapter 85, Local Government Code, 2-7 is amended by adding Section 85.0011 to read as follows: 2-8 Sec. 85.0011. QUALIFICATIONS. (a) A person is not eligible 2-9 to serve as sheriff unless the person: 2-10 (1) has a high school diploma or a high school 2-11 equivalency certificate; 2-12 (2) is eligible to be licensed under Sections 415.058 2-13 and 415.059, Government Code; and 2-14 (3) has at least five years' experience as a peace 2-15 officer or a federal law enforcement officer. 2-16 (b) In this section, "peace officer" means a person listed 2-17 as a peace officer under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure. 2-18 SECTION 4. Section 85.0025, Local Government Code, is 2-19 repealed. 2-20 SECTION 5. The change in law made by Section 85.0011, Local 2-21 Government Code, as added by this Act, applies only to a person 2-22 first elected or appointed to the office of sheriff on or after the 2-23 effective date of this Act. A person elected or appointed to the 2-24 office of sheriff before the effective date of this Act is covered, 2-25 for the remainder of the term for which the person was elected or 2-26 appointed, or for any subsequent term for which the person serves 2-27 as sheriff, by the law relating to qualifications and continuing 3-1 education in effect when the person was first elected or appointed, 3-2 and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. 3-3 Changes made to Subchapter A, Chapter 85, Local Government Code, by 3-4 Section 85.0011, as added by this Act, do not apply to a person 3-5 first elected or appointed before the effective date of this Act. 3-6 SECTION 6. This Act takes effect on the date on which the 3-7 constitutional amendment proposed by Section 1, S.J.R. No. 18, 73rd 3-8 Legislature, Regular Session, 1993, takes effect. If that 3-9 amendment does not take effect, this Act has no effect. 3-10 SECTION 7. The importance of this legislation and the 3-11 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 3-12 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 3-13 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 3-14 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 3-15 and that this Act take effect and be in force according to its 3-16 terms, and it is so enacted.