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Relating to the continuation and functions of the Department of
Public Safety of the State of Texas, the conditional transfer of the
driver licensing program to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles,
the abolition of the Texas Private Security Board, the transfer of
the motorcycle and off-highway vehicle operator training programs
to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and the
regulation of other programs administered by the Department of
Public Safety; imposing an administrative penalty; authorizing and
repealing the authorization for fees.
The General Revenue fiscal impact of the bill cannot be determined at this time due to the
unavailability of certain fiscal estimates associated with the transfer of the driver license
program. There would be fiscal impacts to the Texas Mobility Fund and the Motorcycle
SB 616 is the sunset bill for the Department of Public Safety and its administrative operations and non-law enforcement functions. The bill provides for the conditional transfer of the driver license program from DPS to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The bill includes provisions extending the sunset of DPS for 12 years, extending the term of a non-commercial driver license from six to eight years, creating the Motor Safety Advisory Board, requiring DPS to track and publicly provide crime statistics as part of its border security performance reporting, and amends regulations regarding private security services, among other things.
Texas Action is neutral on SB 616 because it does not affect our liberty principles.