Suspending limitations on conference committee
jurisdiction, S.B. No. 1952 (Ellis/Swinford)
By: Garza H.R. No. 1772
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003, That House Rule 13, Section 9(a), be suspended in part as provided by House Rule 13, Section 9(f), to enable the conference committee appointed to resolve the differences on Senate Bill 1952, relating to the reorganization of, efficiency in, and other reform measures applying to state government, to consider and take action on the following matter: (1) House Rule 13, Sections 9(a)(3) and (4), are suspended to permit the committee to add new text to Section 521.142(a), Transportation Code, so that the subsection reads as follows: (a) An application for an original license must state the applicant's full name and place and date of birth. This information must be verified by presentation of proof of identity satisfactory to the department. The department shall accept as proof of the applicant's identity an identity document that is issued by the government of another country, if that document bears the applicant's photograph, full name, and date of birth and the government of the other country has established reasonable mechanisms by which the department can verify the identity document. For purposes of this section, an identity document includes a passport, a consular identity document, and a national identity document. On the reverse side of a driver's license, the department shall print the license holder's country of citizenship and indicate the country of citizenship by a uniform symbol or code on the face of the license in the space where the department indicates a restriction or endorsement. Explanation: The added text is necessary to clarify Section 521.142(a), Transportation Code, to allow the Department of Public Safety to accept identity documents issued by foreign governments as proof of identity for purposes of application for an original driver's license.