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Motorcycle Helmets - S.B. 99

by Senator Patterson, et al.

House Sponsor: Representative Pitts

§ Repeals the portion of current law that requires adults operating or riding on a motorcycle to wear protective headgear.

§ Maintains the helmet requirement for operators or passengers under the age of 21, and provides for a fine between $10 and $50 for those not complying.

§ Requires that in order to be exempt from wearing a helmet, an operator or passenger must complete a motorcycle operator training and safety course or be covered by a health insurance plan providing the person with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

§ Creates a "Motorcycle Education Fund Account" from various motorcycle operator fees to promote motorcycle safety awareness.

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License Plates for Volunteer Advocates - S.B. 460

by Senator Shapiro, et al.

House Sponsor: Representative Cuellar

§ Requires the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specially designed volunteer advocate (otherwise known as court appointed special advocates-CASA) license plates.

§ Requires TxDOT to issue a license plate to an individual who pays an annual fee of $30, in addition to other license plate fees.

§ Requires TxDOT to deposit $25 of the fee to the credit of the attorney general volunteer advocate program and $5 to the credit of the state highway fund.

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Information Reported on Driving Records - S.B. 1268

by Senator Armbrister

House Sponsor: Representative Siebert

§ Provides that only convictions for motor vehicle moving violations, as determined by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), will be reported on a driver's record. Prohibits the inclusion of nonmoving violations, the reporting of which may increase the cost of a driver's personal automobile insurance coverage.

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Disabled Parking Program - H.B. 580

By Representative Coleman, et al.

Senate Sponsor: Senator Moncrief

§ Updates provisions regarding the application for and use of a disabled parking placard to provide for improved enforcement and administration of the program.

§ Requires a disabled parking placard to bear a hologram designed to prevent the reproduction of the placard or the production of a counterfeit placard.

§ Specifies the medical proof necessary to obtain a disable parking placard.

§ Authorizes a political subdivision to appoint a person to have authority to file a charge against a person who commits an offense relating to use of a disabled parking placard.

§ Authorizes a law enforcement officer (officer) to seize any disabled parking placard if the officer believes a person has committed an offense relating to the improper use of a disabled parking placard. Requires the officer to determine within 48 hours after the seizure whether or not probable cause existed to believe that an offense was committed. Requires TxDOT to conduct a hearing and determine whether the revocation should continue or the placard should be returned to the person and the revocation rescinded if the officer determines that probable cause did exist when the placard was seized.

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Extended Driver's Licenses - H.B. 1200

by Representative Cuellar, et al.

Senate Sponsor: Senator Brown

§ Provides that a license issued to a person 60 years of age or older does not expire.

§ Extends the time for renewal of a license from four years to six years.

§ Provides that the fee for the issuance or renewal of a license not otherwise provided for is $24, and the fee for renewal of a Class M license is $32. Requires the fee for a driver's license to be increased by $8, if the Class A, B, or C driver's license includes an authorization to operate a motorcycle or moped.

§ Provides that the fee for a personal identification certificate is $15 for a person under 60 years of age. Provides that the fee for a commercial driver's license or commercial driver learner's permit issued by the department is $60. Provides that the fee for the driver's license or permit is increased by $8, if a commercial driver's license or commercial driver learner's permit includes an authorization to operate a motorcycle or moped.

§ Authorizes DPS to provide for the staggered expiration of licenses, permits, and certificates. Requires the fees to be prorated based on the staggered expiration of licenses, permits, and certificates.

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Vehicle Registration Options - H.B. 1306

by Representative Reyna

Senate Sponsor: Senator Nelson

§ Allows new car vehicle registrations to be made at the owner's option for one, two, or three years.

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Proof of Insurance - H.B. 2067

by Representatives Swinford and Horn

Senate Sponsor: Senator Bivins

§ Requires persons obtaining a temporary vehicle registration permit to provide proof of financial responsibility.

§ Allows a person to obtain a permit by applying at one of the Texas Department of Transportation's vehicle title and registration regional offices.