HBA-TBM H.B. 815 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 815 By: Bailey State Affairs 3/7/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the family of a deceased veteran is presented with a United States flag by an honor guard, upon request. However, current Texas law does not provide for the presentation of the state flag to the family of a deceased peace officer or retired peace officer. House Bill 815 provides for the presentation of the state flag to the family of a deceased peace officer or retired peace officer. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 815 amends the Government and Occupation codes to create regulations for the presentation of the state flag to survivors of deceased peace officers. The bill requires the state, at no cost, to provide, on the death of a peace officer or retired peace officer, to the individual's next of kin, the state flag and a letter expressing gratitude on behalf of the people of the state for the officer's service as a peace officer. The bill requires that the state flag be presented by a representative of the state or a representative of the political subdivision in which the individual served as a peace officer. The bill requires a funeral director to make reasonable efforts to determine whether a deceased person being prepared by the funeral director for burial or other disposition was a peace officer. The bill requires a funeral director who knows or suspects a deceased person was a peace officer to contact the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education to verify the status of the individual as an active or retired peace officer at the time of the individual's death, and to determine with whom the individual served as a peace officer. The bill also requires the funeral director to notify the state or the political subdivision in which the individual most recently served as a peace officer of the individual's death. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.