Bill Text: TX SB202 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with peace officers in the required curriculum for ninth grade public school students and to civilian interaction training for peace officers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-01-25 - Referred to Education [SB202 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SB202-Introduced.html
  85R2454 KJE-D
 
  By: West S.B. No. 202
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with
  peace officers in the required curriculum for ninth grade public
  school students and to civilian interaction training for peace
  officers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 28, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 28.012 to read as follows:
         Sec. 28.012.  INSTRUCTION ON INTERACTION WITH LAW
  ENFORCEMENT. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Board" means the State Board of Education.
               (2)  "Commission" means the Texas Commission on Law
  Enforcement.
         (b)  The board and the commission shall enter into a
  memorandum of understanding that establishes each agency's
  respective responsibilities in developing instruction on proper
  interaction with peace officers during traffic stops and other
  in-person encounters.
         (c)  The board and the commission may consult with any
  interested party in developing the instruction under this section.
         (d)  Before finalizing any instruction under this section,
  the board and the commission shall provide a reasonable period for
  public comment.
         SECTION 2.  Section 28.025, Education Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (b-20) to read as follows:
         (b-20)  The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
  include the instruction developed under Section 28.012 in the
  required curriculum for students in ninth grade.
         SECTION 3.  Section 1701.253, Occupations Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (n) to read as follows:
         (n)  As part of the minimum curriculum requirements, the
  commission shall require an officer to complete the civilian
  interaction training program developed under Section 1701.268. An
  officer shall complete the program not later than the second
  anniversary of the date the officer is licensed under this chapter
  unless the officer completes the program as part of the officer's
  basic training course.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter F, Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 1701.268 to read as follows:
         Sec. 1701.268.  CIVILIAN INTERACTION TRAINING PROGRAM. (a)
  In this section, "board" means the State Board of Education.
         (b)  The commission and the board shall enter into a
  memorandum of understanding that establishes each agency's
  respective responsibilities in developing a training program on
  proper interaction with civilians during traffic stops and other
  in-person encounters. 
         (c)  The commission and the board may consult with any
  interested party in developing the training program under this
  section.
         (d)  Before finalizing a training program under this
  section, the commission and the board shall provide a reasonable
  period for public comment.
         SECTION 5.  (a) Not later than September 1, 2018, the State
  Board of Education and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  shall develop:
               (1)  the instruction required under Section 28.012,
  Education Code, as added by this Act; and
               (2)  the training program required under Section
  1701.268, Occupations Code, as added by this Act.
         (b)  Section 28.025(b-20), Education Code, as added by this
  Act, applies beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.
         (c)  A peace officer or reserve law enforcement officer who
  holds a license under Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, issued on or
  before January 1, 2018, shall complete a training program
  established under Section 1701.268, Occupations Code, as added by
  this Act, not later than January 1, 2020.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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