Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3589
By: Keel


Currently, emergency medical services personnel are not provided
specialized license plates.  The purpose of this bill is to provide a means
for emergency personnel to be immediately recognized and allowed access
onto an emergency scene when arriving at the accident scene in the
individual's private vehicle.  H.B. 3589 allows the issuance of specialized
license plates to emergency medical services personnel certified or
licensed by the Texas Department of Health.  


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 1. Amends Subchapter F, Chapter 502, Transportation Code, by adding
Section 502.298, as follows: 

Sec. 502.298. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL. (a)  Requires the Texas
Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specially designed license
plates for passenger cars and light trucks owned by emergency medical
services personnel who are certified or licensed by the Texas Department of

(b)  Requires the license plates to include the words "Emergency Medical
Services" and to display a blue reflective Star of Life.  

(c)  Authorizes a person to apply to TxDOT for registration on a required
form prescribed by TxDOT through the county assessor-collector of the
county in which the person resides. Requires TxDOT to require the applicant
to submit satisfactory proof of eligibility under this section.  

(d) Provides the registration fee for the issuance of the special plates
under this section is the fee otherwise prescribed for the vehicle by this
chapter plus an additional fee of $4. Requires the county
assessor-collector to send the additional fee to TxDOT to be used to defray
the cost of providing the special license plates.  

(e)  Provides that registration under this section is valid for one year. 

(f)  Authorizes a person to register one vehicle for the person's own use. 

(g)  Requires the registered vehicle owner to return the special license
plates to TxDOT if the owner disposes of the vehicle during the
registration year.  Authorizes the owner to then register another vehicle
under this section.  

(h) Requires the owner to return the special license plates to TxDOT if
action is taken by the Texas Department of Health resulting in loss of the
certification or license of the owner of the vehicle.  

 SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. 

SECTION 3.Emergency clause.