CORRUPT COPS IN TEXAS, THE LEGISLATURE WANTS MORE “IMMUNITY” PROTECTION


Bill Text:   TX   HB3053

| 2015-2016 | 84th Legislature | Introduced

Texas House Bill 3053


Bill Title: Relating to complaints against a law enforcement officer or fire fighter.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2015-04-09 – Scheduled for public hearing on . . . [HB3053 Detail]

Download: Texas-2015-HB3053-Introduced.html


  84R10624 JTS-F
 
  By: Fletcher H.B. No. 3053
 
 
  A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
  AN ACT
  relating to complaints against a law enforcement officer or fire
  fighter.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 614.022, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 614.022.  COMPLAINT TO BE IN WRITING AND SIGNED BY
  COMPLAINANT. To be considered by the head of a state agency or by
  the head of a fire department or local law enforcement agency, the
  complaint must [be]:
               (1)  be in writing; [and]
               (2)  set forth the alleged act or acts of misconduct;
               (3)  for an internal complaint, identify the policy,
  rule, or law allegedly violated; and
               (4)  be signed by the person making the complaint.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 614.023(a) and (c), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A copy of a signed complaint against a law enforcement
  officer of this state or a fire fighter, detention officer, county
  jailer, or peace officer appointed or employed by a political
  subdivision of this state shall be given to the officer or employee
  within a reasonable time after the complaint is filed. The officer
  or employee may not be asked to give an oral or written statement
  concerning the subject matter of the complaint until at least 24
  hours after a copy of the complaint has been given to the officer or
  employee.
         (c)  In addition to the requirement of Subsection (b), the
  officer or employee may not be indefinitely suspended or terminated
  from employment based on the subject matter of the complaint
  unless:
               (1)  the complaint is investigated; [and]
               (2)  there is evidence to prove the allegation of
  misconduct; and
               (3)  the officer or employee has been provided the
  opportunity to respond to the allegations.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter B, Chapter 614, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 614.024 and 614.025 to read as follows:
         Sec. 614.024.  REMEDY AND WAIVER OF SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. (a)
  An officer or employee may bring suit to enforce the provisions of
  this subchapter.
         (b)  In a suit under this section, if the officer or employee
  demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation of
  this subchapter occurred, the court shall order reinstatement with
  full back pay and benefits and award attorney’s fees and costs. In
  lieu of reinstatement, the court may order front pay.
         (c)  Sovereign immunity from suit and liability for damages
  is waived for the purpose of enforcing this subchapter.
         Sec. 614.025.  APPEAL. (a) This section applies only to a
  governmental entity that has not adopted an appeal procedure under
  Chapter 143, Local Government Code, or through a collective
  bargaining or meet and confer agreement.
         (b)  An officer or employee covered by this subchapter who is
  terminated may request an appeal hearing before:
               (1)  the governing body of the state agency or
  governmental entity that employs the officer or employee; or
               (2)  an independent arbitrator, if the governing body
  of the state agency or local government by rule, order, or
  ordinance, as applicable, has adopted a process providing for an
  appeal to an arbitrator.
         (c)  In the appeal hearing under Subsection (b), the officer
  or employee may be represented by legal counsel and shall be allowed
  to present argument and evidence.
         (d)  The governing body shall order reinstatement with back
  pay and benefits if it finds a violation of this subchapter has
  occurred.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
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