SB 320

84(R) - 2015
Senate Transportation
Senate Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Companion Bill

HB 716

Vote Recommendation

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Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the certification of certain peace officers to enforce commercial motor vehicle safety standards.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State or units of local government is anticipated.

The bill would amend the Transportation Code to require the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to establish by rule uniform weighing procedures for weight enforcement offices and permit DPS to revoke or rescind the authority of a weight enforcement officer if certain conditions exist. The bill would permit police officers in certain municipalities to apply for a certificate under Section 644, Transportation Code. 

Bill Analysis

SB 320 would amend the Transportation Code’s chapter on “Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standard” to require the Texas Department of Transportation to promulgate uniform rules to regarding weighing procedures for weight enforcement of commercial vehicles. The bill would also provide for the revocation of authority of any weight officer who fails to comply with these rules.

Under current law, a bracketed list of municipalities have authorization to certify officers to have administrative authority under "Chapter 644. Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standards" of the Transportation Code. This adds to the bracket a county with a population between 60,000 and 66,000 adjacent to a bay connected to the Gulf of Mexico.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill would establish a uniform process for weighing commercial vehicles in Texas and provide for the granting and revoking of authority for officers to enforce laws related to commercial motor vehicle safety standards. This bill has no discernible impact on our liberty principles. We remain neutral.