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  By: King of Uvalde H.B. No. 2455
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to an annual occupational medical examination for fire
  fighters.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 180, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Section 180.010 to read as follows:
         Sec. 180.010.  ANNUAL OCCUPATIONAL MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR
  FIRE FIGHTERS. (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Fire department" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 419.021, Government Code.
               (2)  "Fire fighter" means an individual:
                     (A)  defined as fire protection personnel under
  Section 419.021(3)(C), Government Code; and
                     (B)  who is certified by the Texas Commission on
  Fire Protection under Chapter 419 of that code.
         (b)  A fire department shall offer an annual occupational
  medical evaluation to each fire fighter employed by the fire
  department at no cost to the fire fighter.
         (c)  The annual occupational medical evaluation must be
  confidential and include:
               (1)  fluid tests;
               (2)  a pulmonary function test;
               (3)  an electrocardiogram;
               (4)  an infectious disease screening;
               (5)  a cancer screening; and
               (6)  a chest x-ray, subject to Subsection (d).
         (d)  A fire fighter is eligible to receive a chest x-ray
  during an annual occupational medical examination under this
  section once every five years.
         (e)  The Texas Commission on Fire Protection shall adopt
  rules establishing minimum standards for annual occupational
  medical examinations under this section by using standards
  developed by the National Fire Protection Association.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, but not later than June 1, 2024, the Texas Commission
  on Fire Protection shall adopt rules as required by Section
  180.010(e), Local Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  A fire department is not required to comply with
  Section 180.010, Local Government Code, as added by this Act, until
  July 1, 2024.
         SECTION 4.  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, 2023.