By Coleman                                            H.B. No. 3020
                                 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
    1-1                                AN ACT
    1-2  relating to a report on fire protection services by the Texas
    1-3  Commission on Fire Protection.
    1-5        SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 419, Government Code, is
    1-6  amended by adding Section 419.012 to read as follows:
    1-7        Sec. 419.012.  FIRE PROTECTION REPORT.  (a)  The commission
    1-8  shall file annually with the governor and the presiding officer of
    1-9  each house of the legislature a comprehensive report on the
   1-10  condition of fire protection services in the state.  The report
   1-11  shall:
   1-12              (1)  present and analyze data relating to the
   1-13  capability of fire departments, rural fire protection districts,
   1-14  and other firefighting organizations within the state to deliver
   1-15  effective fire protection services;
   1-16              (2)  discuss the implications of the data and analyses
   1-17  presented and make recommendations to improve the delivery of
   1-18  effective fire protection services;
   1-19              (3)  address the effectiveness of emergency medical
   1-20  services, rescue services, services involved in response to release
   1-21  of hazardous materials, and other services delivered by
   1-22  professional and volunteer fire departments and other organizations
   1-23  involved in fire protection; and
    2-1              (4)  provide statistical information regarding
    2-2  certified firefighters, including information on the ethnic
    2-3  composition of professional and volunteer fire departments.
    2-4        (b)  Each local government with a fire department and each
    2-5  organization and association involved in fire protection services
    2-6  shall provide the commission with the data necessary to compile the
    2-7  report required under Subsection (a), in a form prescribed by the
    2-8  commission.
    2-9        SECTION 2.  (a)  This Act takes effect September 1, 1995.
   2-10        (b)  The Texas Commission on Fire Protection shall file its
   2-11  first annual report required by Section 419.012, Government Code,
   2-12  as added by this Act, on or before September 1, 1996.
   2-13        SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
   2-14  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   2-15  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
   2-16  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   2-17  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.