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Relating to the execution of a search warrant for taking a blood specimen from certain persons in certain intoxication offenses.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1355 would allow for a police officer to execute a warrant to take a blood sample of a person suspected of committing an intoxication offense, such as a DWI or Intoxicated Manslaughter, in counties adjacent to the county that the warrant was issued. The police officer would have to be authorized to make an arrest in the county of execution.
Texas Action recommends supporting HB 1355 because it promotes our principle of limited government. This bill could streamline the process for police departments and lessen their dependence on having a hospital nearby to retrieve blood samples in intoxication charges.