By Turner of Coleman H.B. No. 679
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to permitting certain county law enforcement officers in
1-3 rural areas to receive reduced airline fares while engaged in
1-4 certain official duties.
1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-6 SECTION 1. The heading to Section 2171.055, Government Code,
1-7 is amended to read as follows:
1-8 Sec. 2171.055. PARTICIPATION [
BY STATE AGENCIES] IN TRAVEL
1-9 SERVICES CONTRACTS.
1-10 SECTION 2. Section 2171.055, Government Code, is amended by
1-11 adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
1-12 (e) A county sheriff or deputy sheriff located in a rural
1-13 area who is transporting a state prisoner under a felony warrant
1-14 may participate in the commission's contracts for travel services
1-15 for purposes of obtaining reduced airline fares. In this
1-16 subsection, "rural area" means an area that is predominately rural
1-17 in character and is designated by the commission as a rural area.
1-18 The commission shall:
1-19 (1) adopt rules and make or amend contracts as
1-20 necessary to administer this subsection; and
1-21 (2) at the request of a county, determine whether the
1-22 county constitutes a rural area for purposes of this subsection.
1-23 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the
1-24 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-1 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-2 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-3 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
2-4 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
2-5 passage, and it is so enacted.