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Relating to the authority of a magistrate to issue a search warrant to collect a blood specimen from a person arrested for certain intoxication offenses.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2260 would allow a justice of the peace to issue a warrant for a blood sample for certain intoxication offenses if a magistrate is unavailable and unreachable or exigent circumstances exist.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2260 which is a procedural bill with no affect on our liberty principles. The same rules for issuance of a warrant would apply to a justice of the peace as to a magistrate whose duty it regularly is to issue such a warrant.