HB 1355

86(R) - 2019
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate Criminal Justice
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement
Criminal Procedure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Angie Chen Button
Rhetta Andrews Bowers
Justin Holland
Mike Lang
Dennis Paul


Valoree Swanson


Nathan Johnson

Bill Caption

Relating to the execution of a search warrant for taking a blood specimen from certain persons in certain intoxication offenses.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1355 would allow for a police officer to execute a warrant to take a blood sample of a person suspected of committing an intoxication offense, such as a DWI or Intoxicated Manslaughter, in counties adjacent to the county that the warrant was issued. The police officer would have to be authorized to make an arrest in the county in which the warrant was executed.  

Vote Recommendation Notes

This is a local procedural bill which does not affect our liberty principles because it does not diminish the civil rights of defendants for whom a warrant has been issued for a blood draw. For these reasons we remain neutral. 

Organizations Supporting

City of Garland
County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Game Warden Peace Officers Association
Texas Municipal League