HB 917

84(R) - 2015
House Public Education
House Public Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Jason Villalba

Bill Caption

Relating to school marshals for private schools, notifying a parent or guardian whether an employee of a public or private school is appointed school marshal, and the confidentiality of information submitted to or collected by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement in connection with a certification for appointment as school marshal.

Fiscal Notes

There is no significant fiscal implication to the State or local government.

Bill Analysis

HB 917 would allow the governing body of a private school to employ and appoint school marshals to make arrests and exercise the same authority as a peace officer. The private school marshal would be subject to the same provisions that govern the appointment and training of a school marshal for public schools and charter schools. The bill would require school districts or open-enrollment charter schools to disclose in writing whether any of their employees have been appointed as a school marshal if they receive a written request for this information by the parent or guardian of an enrolled student.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill affirms the principle of limited government by allowing private schools to appoint school marshals for the respective school's safety. For this reason, we support HB 917.