By Yarbrough H.B. No. 1508
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Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to payment of educational incentive pay to certain fire
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 143.112, Local Government Code, is amended
1-6 to read as follows:
1-7 Sec. 143.112. EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PAY. (a) In this
1-9 (1) "Accredited college or university" means a college
1-10 or university that is[
1-11 [ (A)] accredited by a nationally recognized
1-12 accrediting agency and by the state board of education in the state
1-13 in which the college or university is located[ ; and]
1-14 [ (B) approved or certified by:]
1-15 [ (i) the Texas Commission on Law
1-16 Enforcement Officer Standards and Education as teaching the core
1-17 curriculum or its equivalent in law enforcement; or]
1-18 [ (ii) the Texas Commission on Fire
1-19 Protection Personnel Standards and Education].
1-20 (2) "Core curriculum in law enforcement" means those
1-21 courses in law enforcement education approved by the Coordinating
1-22 Board, Texas College and University System, and the Texas
2-1 Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
2-2 (b) The governing body of a municipality may authorize
2-3 educational incentive pay for[ :]
2-4 [ (1) each fire fighter within each classification who
2-5 has successfully completed courses at an accredited college or
2-6 university that are applicable toward a degree in fire science; or]
2-7 [ (2)] each police officer within each classification
2-8 who has successfully completed courses at an accredited college or
2-9 university that are applicable toward a degree in law
2-10 enforcement-police science and include the core curriculum in law
2-12 (c) The governing body of a municipality shall authorize
2-13 educational incentive pay for each fire fighter who has or is
2-14 awarded a degree by an accredited college or university. A fire
2-15 fighter with a Bachelors degree will receive the bi-weekly amount
2-16 of $100.00. A fire fighter who has a Masters degree will receive
2-17 the bi-weekly amount of $200.00. A fire fighter who has a
2-18 Doctorate or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree will receive the
2-19 bi-weekly amount of $300.00.
2-20 (d) The educational incentive pay is in addition to the
2-21 regular pay received by a fire fighter or police officer.
2-22 SECTION 2. This act takes effect September 1, 2001.