Bill Text: TX HB3354 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Relating to the fee for a driver's license or personal identification certificate for a homeless individual.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2017-03-31 - Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety [HB3354 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB3354-Introduced.html
  By: Neave H.B. No. 3354
  relating to the fee for a driver's license or personal
  identification certificate for a homeless individual.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter R, Chapter 521, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 521.4265 to read as follows:
         Sec. 521.4265.  EXEMPTION FOR A HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL. (a) In
  this section, "homeless individual":
               (1)  means an individual who:
                     (A)  lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate
  nighttime residence; or
                     (B)  has a primary nighttime residence that is:
                           (i)  a supervised publicly or privately
  operated shelter designed to provide temporary living
  accommodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and
  transitional housing for the mentally ill;
                           (ii)  an institution that provides a
  temporary residence for individuals intended to be
  institutionalized; or
                           (iii)  a public or private place not
  designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping
  accommodation for human beings; and
               (2)  does not include an individual who is imprisoned
  or otherwise detained in a correctional facility.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsections (f) and (g), a
  homeless individual is entitled to an exemption from the payment of
  fees under this chapter for the issuance of a driver's license or
  personal identification certificate.
         (c)  For the purposes of this section, to confirm a person's
  status as a homeless individual he or she must submit a notarized
  affidavit from:
               (1)  an employee of a homeless shelter or transitional
  housing facility;
               (2)  an employee of an organization that provides to
  homeless individuals or assists homeless individuals in obtaining
  services such as health services, mental or behavioral health
  services, substance abuse services, public assistance services, or
  employment services;
               (3)  an attorney licensed to practice law in this
               (4)  a peace officer who is an official homeless
  liaison; or
               (5)  an employee of a faith-based organization that
  provides benefits or services to homeless individuals.
         (d)  A person may not charge a fee for the affidavit
  described by Subsection (c).
         (e)  An affidavit described by Subsection (c) may not be used
  for a driver's license or personal identification certificate
  application if the affidavit was signed more than 60 days before the
  date the application is submitted.
         (f)  Subsection (b) does not apply to a person subject to the
  registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal
         (g)  For each exemption granted under this section the
  department shall deposit to the credit of the Texas mobility fund an
  amount from the identification fee exemption account under
  Subsection (h) that is equal to the amount of the waived fee that
  would otherwise be deposited to the mobility fund.
         (h)  The identification fee exemption account is created as
  an account in the general revenue fund of the state treasury. The
  fund consists of grants and donations made to the department for the
  purposes of this section. The department shall administer the
  account. Money in the account may be appropriated for the purposes
  of Subsection (g).
         (i)  The department may not grant an exemption under this
  section if money is not available in the identification fee
  exemption account to meet the requirements of Subsection (g).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.