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   86th Legislative Session: 2019

SB 616 Effective: September 1, 2019
Summary of changes relating to Private Security:

  • Creates new Subchapters Q and R, to Chapter 411, Government Code. These subchapters address the administration of complaints; investigations; informal resolution proceedings; administrative actions against licensees and related procedures. 
  • Requires the development of penalty schedules and enforcement plans, and the publication of an annual report of regulatory statistics. 
  • Changes references to 'the board' to either 'the department' or to 'the Public Safety Commission'.
  • Reconstitutes the private security board.
  • Creates a private security advisory committee whose members are appointed by the Public Safety Commission.
  • Defines the duties of the private security advisory committee.
  • Defines company and individual licenses (removes the terminology, registrations and endorsements).
  • Eliminates the licensing/registration requirements for the following:       

Qualified Manager, Supervisor, Alarm Salesperson, Security Salesperson, Security Consultant, Branch Office Manager, Employee of a License Holder (as defined by Texas Occ. Code 1702.228), Guard Dog Trainer, Security Consulting Company, Guard Dog Company and Branch Office

  • Removes Private Business Letter of Authority, Government Letter of Authority, and Telematics Company from the classification and limitation of company license listing (1702.103).
  • Eliminates the requirement that Telematics pay the annual fee of $2500.
  • Eliminates the requirement business register a qualified manager. 
  • Require the applicant for a company license have the required experience in the category of business licensure and take the examination.
  • Directs DPS to create a registry relating to Private Businesses and Political Subdivisions that employ commissioned security officers.  
  • Repeals Subchapter Q of Chapter 1702, Occupations Code, regarding the procedures for appeal of administrative actions.
  • Sets the expiration date for Alarm Salesperson, Security Salesperson, Private Security Consultant, Guard Dog Trainer, Guard Dog Company, and Private Security Consulting Company to September 1, 2019.

HB 1342 Effective: September 1, 2019

Caption: Relating to the consequences of a criminal conviction on a person's eligibility for an occupational license.

  • This bill amends several provisions of Occupations Code Chapter 53 relating to the offenses determined by a licensing agency to be disqualifying and the procedures by which a licensing agency may deny an application or suspend or revoke an occupational license. 
  • Repeals Section 53.021(a)(2), Occupations Code, eliminating the authority to deny, suspend or revoke for a criminal conviction that does not relate to the occupation.
  • Adds new Section 53.0231, requiring notice of the intent to deny an application and the allowance of not less than thirty days to submit additional material relevant to the individual's fitness for licensure.
  • Repeals Section 53.023(c), Additional Factors for Licensing Authority to Consider.

HB 4195 Effective: September 1, 2019

Caption: Relating to photographs on certain state-issued identification cards.

  • Removes the requirement which requires the photograph on a Private Security pocket card be in color.

SB 37 Effective: June 7, 2019

Caption: Relating to a prohibition on the use of student loan default or breach of a student loan repayment or scholarship contract as a ground for refusal to grant or renew an occupational license or other disciplinary action in relation to an occupational license.

  • Repeals Sec. 57.491 of the Education Code.  State agencies may no longer refuse to renew an occupational license based on a student loan.
   85th Legislative Session: 2017

House Bill 91
Effective Immediately
HB 91 requires state licensing authorities to review eligibility requirements related to an applicant's criminal history for each license issued and to make a recommendation as to whether the requirement should be retained, modified, or repealed.

House Bill 1508
Effective Sept. 1, 2017
HB 1508 adds Subchapter E to Chapter 53 of the Occupations Code to provide that entities that provide educational programs to prepare individuals for issuance of an occupational license shall notify each individual of their potential ineligibility due to conviction of an offense; the guidelines of an occupational license including any other state or local guideline used to determine the eligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense; and the right of an individual enrolled or planning to enroll in the educational program to request a criminal history evaluation letter. If the entity fails to provide the notice, and the license is denied due to a conviction of an offense, the entity is liable to the individual for the tuition, exam and application fees paid by the individual. Additionally the bill authorizes a licensing authority that determines that an entity regulated by the licensing authority has failed to provide notice of potential ineligibility to individuals who are then denied, may order the entity to refund the amount of any tuition, examination fees and application fees to the individual.

Senate Bill 2065
Effective Sept. 1, 2017
SB 2065 adds Section 1702.333 to the Texas Occupations Code exempting a person from the requirement to be registered or licensed with the Private Security Program if providing volunteer security services on the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of religious worship. The individuals may not wear a uniform or otherwise give the impression that they are a peace officer, personal protection officer, or security officer.

House Bill 2812
Effective Sept. 1, 2018
HB 2812 amends Section 547.305 of the Transportation Code to permit a security patrol vehicle to have only green, amber, or white lights regardless of whether the light is attached to the vehicle temporarily or permanently and regardless of whether or not the light is activated.  Additionally the bill defines a Security Patrol Vehicle as a motor vehicle used to provide security services by either a guard company or a security officer as defined in the Occupations Code sections 1702.108 and 1702.002 respectively.