76R12157 E By Hinojosa H.B. No. 1132 Substitute the following for H.B. No. 1132: By Hodge C.S.H.B. No. 1132 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to certain municipal firefighters and police officers 1-3 entitled to additional wages. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Chapter 141, Local Government Code, is amended by 1-6 adding Subchapter C to read as follows: 1-7 SUBCHAPTER C. ADDITIONAL WAGES FOR CERTAIN MUNICIPAL 1-8 FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS 1-9 Sec. 141.051. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter: 1-10 (1) "Additional language skill" means fluency in a 1-11 language other than English. 1-12 (2) "Firefighter" means a full-time member of a 1-13 municipal fire department who performs: 1-14 (A) fire suppression; 1-15 (B) fire prevention; 1-16 (C) fire training; 1-17 (D) fire safety education; 1-18 (E) fire maintenance; 1-19 (F) fire communications; 1-20 (G) fire medical emergency technology; 1-21 (H) fire photography; or 1-22 (I) fire administration. 1-23 (3) "Police officer" means a member of a municipal 1-24 police department who is a licensed peace officer under Section 2-1 415.052, Government Code. 2-2 Sec. 141.052. ENTITLEMENT TO ADDITIONAL WAGES FOR CERTAIN 2-3 SERVICES. A firefighter or police officer may receive appropriate 2-4 additional wages if: 2-5 (1) the firefighter or police officer provides a 2-6 service to the department that uses an additional language skill 2-7 possessed by the firefighter or police officer; and 2-8 (2) the additional language skill used is outside the 2-9 course and scope of the firefighter or police officer's position as 2-10 indicated by the firefighter or police officer's official job 2-11 description. 2-12 Sec. 141.053. DEPARTMENTAL GUIDELINES. The fire or police 2-13 department may establish guidelines to determine: 2-14 (1) the types of additional language skills and the 2-15 levels of fluency in additional language skills that require a 2-16 department to pay additional wages under this section; and 2-17 (2) the appropriate levels of additional wages. 2-18 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1999. 2-19 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 2-20 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-21 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-22 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-23 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.