By: Parker S.B. No. 339 73R3060 JRD-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the qualifications of sheriffs. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Section 415.015(c), Government Code, is amended 1-5 to read as follows: 1-6 (c) This chapter does not affect a constable or other 1-7 officer or county jailer elected under the Texas Constitution 1-8 before September 1, 1985, and does not affect a person who held the 1-9 office of sheriff before January 1, 1994. 1-10 SECTION 2. Section 415.053, Government Code, is amended to 1-11 read as follows: 1-12 Sec. 415.053. Licensing of Certain Law Enforcement Officers 1-13 Elected Under Texas Constitution or Statute. (a) An officer, 1-14 other than a sheriff, elected under the Texas Constitution or a 1-15 statute or appointed to fill a vacancy in an elective office must 1-16 be licensed by the commission not later than two years after the 1-17 date that the officer takes office. The commission shall establish 1-18 requirements for licensing and for revocation, suspension, 1-19 cancellation, or denial of a license of such an officer. It is 1-20 incompetency and a ground for removal from office under Title 100, 1-21 Revised Statutes, or any other removal statute if an officer to 1-22 whom this section applies does not obtain the license by the 1-23 required date or does not remain licensed. 1-24 (b) A person must be licensed by the commission before the 2-1 person is elected or appointed to the office of sheriff. The 2-2 commission shall establish requirements for licensing and for 2-3 revocation, suspension, cancellation, or denial of a license of a 2-4 sheriff. It is incompetency and a ground for removal from office 2-5 under Title 100, Revised Statutes, or any other removal statute if 2-6 a sheriff is not licensed. 2-7 SECTION 3. Subchapter A, Chapter 85, Local Government Code, 2-8 is amended by adding Section 85.0011 to read as follows: 2-9 Sec. 85.0011. QUALIFICATIONS. (a) A person is not eligible 2-10 to serve as sheriff unless the person: 2-11 (1) has a high school diploma or a high school 2-12 equivalency certificate; 2-13 (2) is eligible to be licensed under Sections 415.058 2-14 and 415.059, Government Code; and 2-15 (3) has at least five years' experience as a peace 2-16 officer or a federal law enforcement officer. 2-17 (b) In this section, "peace officer" means a person listed 2-18 as a peace officer under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure. 2-19 SECTION 4. Section 85.0025, Local Government Code, is 2-20 repealed. 2-21 SECTION 5. The change in law made by Section 85.0011, Local 2-22 Government Code, as added by this Act, applies only to a person 2-23 elected, reelected, or appointed to the office of sheriff on or 2-24 after the effective date of this Act. A person elected or 2-25 appointed to the office of sheriff before the effective date of 2-26 this Act is covered, for the remainder of the term for which the 2-27 person was elected or appointed, by the law relating to 3-1 qualifications and continuing education in effect when the person 3-2 was elected or appointed, and the former law is continued in effect 3-3 for that purpose. 3-4 SECTION 6. This Act takes effect January 1, 1994. 3-5 SECTION 7. The importance of this legislation and the 3-6 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 3-7 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 3-8 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 3-9 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.