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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for each license issued and to make a recommendation as to whether the requirement should be retained, modified, or repealed.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.