S.B. No. 1598
  relating to the inspection of portable fire extinguishers.
         SECTION 1.  Section 6001.002, Insurance Code, is amended by
  adding Subdivision (5-a) and amending Subdivision (7) to read as
               (5-a)  "Portable fire extinguisher inspection" means a
  monthly inspection to ensure that a portable fire extinguisher:
                     (A)  is in the extinguisher's designated
                     (B)  has not been actuated or subject to
  tampering; and
                     (C)  does not have any obvious physical damage or
  another condition that may prevent proper operation of the
               (7)  "Service" and "servicing" mean servicing a
  portable fire extinguisher or a fixed fire extinguisher system by
  [inspecting,] charging, filling, maintaining, recharging,
  refilling, repairing, or testing.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (a), Section 6001.156, Insurance
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The licensing provisions of this chapter do not apply
               (1)  the filling or charging of a portable fire
  extinguisher by the manufacturer before initial sale of the fire
               (2)  the servicing by a firm of the firm's portable fire
  extinguishers or fixed systems by  the firm's personnel who are
  specially trained for that servicing;
               (2-a) the inspection of a firm's portable fire
  extinguisher by a person who is:
                     (A)  specially trained to perform portable fire
  extinguisher inspections; and
                     (B)  under contract with the firm for that
               (3)  the installation of portable fire extinguishers in
  a building by the building owner, the owner's managing agent, or an
  employee of the building owner or the owner's managing agent;
               (4)  the installation or servicing of water sprinkler
  systems installed in compliance with the National Fire Protection
  Association's Standards for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems;
               (5)  a firm that is engaged in the retail or wholesale
  sale of portable fire extinguishers that carry an approval label or
  listing of a testing laboratory approved by the department, but
  that is not engaged in the installation or servicing of those
               (6)  a fire department that services portable fire
  extinguishers as a public service without charge, if the members of
  the fire department are trained in the proper servicing of the fire
               (7)  a firm that is a party to a contract under which:
                     (A)  the installation of portable fire
  extinguishers or a fixed fire extinguisher system is performed
  under the direct supervision of and certified by a firm
  appropriately registered to install and certify portable
  extinguishers or fixed systems; and
                     (B)  the registered firm assumes full
  responsibility for the installation; or
               (8)  an engineer licensed under Chapter 1001,
  Occupations Code, while acting solely in the engineer's
  professional capacity.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1598 passed the Senate on
  April 21, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1598 passed the House on
  May 20, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 149, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House