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Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission
on Law Enforcement.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1550 would reauthorize the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and make certain changes to its functions, requiring a limited scope review by the Sunset Advisory Commission prior to the next legislative session. It would require the executive director of TCOLE to create a training manual to be given to each member to review. It would remove the requirement that the Commission issue minimum moral standards for its employees and replace it with minimum mental standards. If enacted, TCOLE would be able to appoint unpaid advisory committees to make recommendations on the Commission's policies.
HB 1550 would grant TCOLE the power to issue and enforce subpoenas to conduct investigations of alleged violations of applicable laws. Additionally, it would expand the authority of the Commission to suspend a peace officer's license or deny a license to an unqualified applicant. It would also create a 17-member panel to review laws on law enforcement licensing and make recommendations to the Legislature and Sunset Advisory Commission.
Texas Action neutral on HB 1550. While it is not a major reform, this bill likely represents an incremental step in the right direction.