1-1     By:  Haywood, et al.                                   S.B. No. 159

 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed December 23, 1996; January 14, 1997,

 1-3     read first time and referred to Committee on State Affairs;

 1-4     April 11, 1997, reported adversely, with favorable Committee

 1-5     Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 13, Nays 0; April 11, 1997,

 1-6     sent to printer.)

 1-7     COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 159                   By:  Nelson

 1-8                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-9                                   AN ACT

1-10     relating to permitting certain law enforcement authorities and

1-11     probation officers to receive reduced airline fares while engaged

1-12     in certain official duties.


1-14           SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 2171.055, Government Code,

1-15     is amended to read as follows:

1-16           Sec. 2171.055.  PARTICIPATION [BY STATE AGENCIES] IN TRAVEL


1-18           SECTION 2.  Section 2171.055, Government Code, is amended by

1-19     adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:

1-20           (e)  A county sheriff or deputy sheriff or an adult or

1-21     juvenile probation officer who is transporting a state prisoner

1-22     under a felony warrant may participate in the commission's contract

1-23     for travel services for purposes of obtaining reduced airline fares

1-24     for the law enforcement or probation officer and the prisoner.  The

1-25     commission may charge a participating county a fee not to exceed

1-26     the costs incurred by the commission in permitting the county to

1-27     participate in the commission's contract under this subsection.

1-28     The commission shall periodically review the fees and adjust the

1-29     fees as necessary to ensure that the commission recovers the costs

1-30     incurred in permitting counties to participate in the commission's

1-31     contract under this subsection.  The commission shall adopt rules

1-32     and make or amend contracts as necessary to administer this

1-33     subsection.

1-34           SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.

1-35           SECTION 4.  The importance of this legislation and the

1-36     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

1-37     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

1-38     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

1-39     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.

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