City-Related Bills Filed

MUNICIPAL COURT

S.B. 1908 (West) – Municipal Court Fees:  would provide that: (1) not later than December 1, 2015, the State Office of Court Administration shall: (a) conduct a study on court fees and costs that identifies each statutory law imposing a fee or cost for filing a paper document with a court in this state; (b) determine whether each identified fee or cost is necessary; (c) compile a list of the identified fees and costs and of each fee or cost the office determines is necessary; and (d) publish the list on the office's Internet website and in the Texas Register; and (2) a court fee or cost included in the list prepared under (1) that is not determined and listed as necessary by the office is repealed on January 1, 2016.

PERSONNEL

S.B. 1911 (Garcia) – Union Representation:  would provide that a public employee, on request, has the right to be represented by a labor organization in a disciplinary proceeding initiated against the employee by the public employer of the employee, including an investigatory interview conducted by the employer that the employee reasonably believes may result in disciplinary action. (Note: This bill would overturn a recently-issued Supreme Court of Texas opinion [City of Round Rock v. Rodriguez] in which the Court held in favor of the city.)

PUBLIC SAFETY

S.B. 1904 (Hegar) – Texas Commission on Fire Protection:  would essentially provide that the Texas Commission on Fire Protection is transferred and subordinate to the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

S.B. 1907 (Hegar) – Concealed Handguns:  would provide that an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state may not adopt or enforce any rule, regulation, or other provision prohibiting a student enrolled at that institution who holds a license to carry a concealed handgun from transporting or storing a handgun or ammunition for that handgun in a locked, privately-owned motor vehicle or a motor vehicle leased by the student: (1) on a street or driveway located on the campus of the institution; or (2) in a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area located on the campus of the institution.

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