By: Giddings (Senate Sponsor - Deuell) H.B. No. 771
(In the Senate - Received from the House May 5, 2003;
May 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on
Education; May 26, 2003, reported favorably by the following vote:
Yeas 6, Nays 0, 2 present not voting; May 26, 2003, sent to
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the creation of an offense of using a telephone while
operating a school bus.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter I, Chapter 545, Transportation Code,
is amended by adding Section 545.425 to read as follows:
Sec. 545.425. USE OF TELEPHONE WHILE OPERATING SCHOOL BUS.
(a) An operator of a school bus may not use a telephone while
operating the school bus.
(b) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an
offense under this section that the telephone was used to make an
emergency call to or receive a call from:
(1) an emergency response service, including a rescue,
emergency medical, or hazardous material response service;
(2) a hospital;
(3) a fire department;
(4) a health clinic;
(5) a medical doctor's office;
(6) an individual to administer first aid treatment;
(7) a police department; or
(8) a school bus dispatcher or other school district
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.
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