SB 850

84(R) - 2015
Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations
Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations
Homeland Security
Law Enforcement

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Van Taylor


Eddie Lucio Jr.

Bill Caption

Relating to a public duty justification for conduct of a service member of the Texas military forces.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

This legislation clears up any ambiguity in regards to the Texas military forces, and their ability to use force. Currently, Texas military forces are only legally protected to use force if they are on a Presidential deployment. However, when these same forces are on a state sanctioned operation, they are only allowed to use force if it can be justified as self-defense. This legislation amends section Title 2 section 9.21 of the penal code to create consistency with federal law, enabling Texas military forces to effectively protect the border regardless of which level of government deploys them.

Vote Recommendation Notes

The distinction between state and federal mission deployment isn't something that should change the rules of engagement when it comes to protecting the Texas border. We support this bill, as it clarifies the rules of engagement for members of our the Texas military forces who are deployed to the border under the authority of the State of Texas