Bill Text: TX HB2073 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to quarantine leave for fire fighters, peace officers, detention officers, and emergency medical technicians employed by, appointed by, or elected for a political subdivision.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-04-12 - Referred to Local Government [HB2073 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB2073-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Burrows, Goldman, Longoria, Meyer, H.B. No. 2073
      Sherman, Sr., et al.
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to quarantine leave for fire fighters, peace officers,
  detention officers, and emergency medical technicians employed by,
  appointed by, or elected for a political subdivision.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Chapter 180, Local Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 180. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS AFFECTING OFFICERS AND
  EMPLOYEES OF MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF [MUNICIPALITIES, COUNTIES, AND
  CERTAIN OTHER] LOCAL GOVERNMENT [GOVERNMENTS]
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 180, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Section 180.008 to read as follows:
         Sec. 180.008.  QUARANTINE LEAVE FOR FIRE FIGHTERS, PEACE
  OFFICERS, DETENTION OFFICERS, AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS.  
  (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Detention officer" means an individual appointed
  or employed by a political subdivision as a county jailer or other
  individual responsible for the care and custody of individuals
  incarcerated in a county or municipal jail.
               (2)  "Emergency medical technician" means an
  individual who is:
                     (A)  certified as an emergency medical technician
  under Chapter 773, Health and Safety Code; and
                     (B)  employed by a political subdivision.
               (3)  "Fire fighter" means a paid employee of a
  municipal fire department or emergency services district who:
                     (A)  holds a position that requires substantial
  knowledge of fire fighting;
                     (B)  has met the requirements for certification by
  the Texas Commission on Fire Protection under Chapter 419,
  Government Code; and
                     (C)  performs a function listed in Section
  143.003(4)(A).
               (4)  "Peace officer" means an individual described by
  Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, who is elected for,
  employed by, or appointed by a political subdivision.
         (b)  A political subdivision shall place on paid quarantine
  leave a fire fighter, peace officer, detention officer, or
  emergency medical technician employed by the political subdivision
  and ordered by a supervisor or a health authority to quarantine or
  isolate due to a possible or known exposure to a communicable
  disease while on duty.
         (c)  A political subdivision shall provide to a fire fighter,
  peace officer, detention officer, or emergency medical technician
  on quarantine leave:
               (1)  all employment benefits and compensation,
  including leave accrual, pension benefits, and health benefit plan
  benefits; and
               (2)  costs related to the quarantine, including
  lodging, medical, and transportation costs.
         (d)  A political subdivision may not reduce a fire fighter's,
  peace officer's, detention officer's, or emergency medical
  technician's sick leave balance, vacation leave balance, holiday
  leave balance, or other paid leave balance in connection with
  quarantine leave required by Subsection (b).
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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