HBA-ALS H.B. 1112 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1112 By: Ellis, Dan Corrections 3/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, only the director of the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the director's designees can authorize institutional division employees to transport inmates and to apprehend escapees. This is true even though an employee from another division may be pursuing or expected to pursue an escaped inmate. The purpose of this bill is to grant TDCJ employees the power to transport offenders and pursue escapees, regardless of their division. In addition, there is no current statutory provision naming as peace officers those officers appointed by the executive director of TDCJ. H.B. 1112 allows the executive director of TDCJ or a designee of the executive director to authorize TDCJ employees to transport offenders, and to apprehend escapees from any division of the department. H.B. 1112 also names officers who are appointed by the executive director as peace officers. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 494.008, Government Code, as follows: Sec. 494.008. New title: DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES: LIMITED LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS. Authorizes the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) or the executive director's designee, rather than the director of the institutional division, to authorize TDCJ employees to transport offenders, rather than inmates, and to apprehend escapees from any division of the TDCJ. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Amends Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, to include officers who are appointed by the executive director of TDCJ under Section 493.019, Government Code (Enforcement Officers), among the list of persons who are considered peace officers. SECTION 3. Repealer: Section 507.021, Government Code (Employees: Limited Law Enforcement Powers). SECTION 4. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.