HB 3042

84(R) - 2015
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Greg Bonnen

Bill Caption

Relating to access to and review of information by a law enforcement agency regarding a potential employee of the agency.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3042 would amend the Occupations Code to require a law enforcement agency, prior to hiring a commissioned law enforcement officer, to review the person's employment records from each of the person's previous law enforcement employers. The bill would require the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to prescribe the manner by which a law enforcement agency shall make a person's employment records available to a hiring law enforcement agency.

The bill would create an administrative penalty for law enforcement agencies failing to conduct this review or failing to provide pertinent records. The bill would also amend the Local Government Code to authorize a police officer to view (and obtain copies of) the contents of the officer's department file.

Vote Recommendation Notes

We strongly support efforts of our law enforcement communities to attract and maintain quality candidates. But because this bill is mostly a procedural change to hiring practices between local law enforcement agencies and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, we are neutral on HB 3042.