By: Carona, et al. S.B. No. 242
 
  (Farias)
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the eligibility requirements for certain occupational
  licenses issued to applicants with military experience.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter H, Chapter 51, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.4013 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.4013.  LICENSE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR
  APPLICANTS WITH MILITARY EXPERIENCE. (a)  Notwithstanding any
  other law, the department shall credit verified military service,
  training, or education toward the licensing requirements, other
  than examination requirements, for a license issued by the
  department.
         (b)  The commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement
  this section.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  Subsection (a), Section 51.4013,
  Occupations Code, as added by this Act, applies only to an
  application for a license filed with the Texas Department of
  Licensing and Regulation on or after May 1, 2014.  An application
  for a license filed with the department before May 1, 2014, is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the application was filed,
  and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         (b)  The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation shall
  adopt rules under Section 51.4013, Occupations Code, as added by
  this Act, not later than March 1, 2014.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.