Texas State & Federal Law Update #3186 (TCOLE) Course - Now Online!

Texas State & Federal Law Update #3186 (TCOLE)

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Texas State & Federal Law Update #3186 (TCOLE) Course - Now Online!

By OSS Academy Staff | Thu, 1 Aug 2019

The Texas Legislature has adjourned the 86th Regular Session. Among a wide variety of important legislative decisions, the U.S. 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court have both made important decisions that will effect your Peace Officer career.

OSS Academy just launched the new and required Texas State & Federal Law Update #3186 online training course.


During this legislative cycle, our lawmakers were looking out for first responder interests and adjusted benefits, retirement, and health. In addition to other changes affecting codes, the legislature passed no fewer than eleven (11) key new bills that directly affect you and your law enforcement careers. For these new laws, we are providing a brief description along with an embedded link to direct you to the full text. Additionally, here is a link to SB 201, which increased penalties for some misdemeanors.

  • HB 381 - Adds police trainee to the eligible list for the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Monument.
  • HB 766 – As some institutions of higher learning were not waiving tuition and fees for disabled peace officers and firefighters, the language was changed from may to shall. Also, firefighters are added to those eligible.
  • HB 872 - Requires agency management to submit information on a death to Employees Retirement System within 30 days and allows the Attorney General to act against employers if they fail to comply. Jailers were also included within the statute. This law directly relates to financial assistance paid to the survivors of certain law enforcement officers and other public employees killed in the line of duty.
  • HB 971 - Grants proficiency certification and training hours to newly-hired military veterans that become law enforcement officers.
  • HB 2137 - Waives the License to Carry fees for retired federal and state Peace Officers and removes the requirement for them to take the class or qualify at a range.
  • HB 2164 - Adds a $1,000 civil penalty to any business or venue for prohibiting or otherwise restricting a peace officer or special investigator from carrying a weapon on certain premises open to the public.
  • HB 2503 - Adds spouses of state employees to eligibility for workers' compensation death benefit when an employee is killed in the line of duty.
  • HB 3635 - The current payment of $500,000 is to be adjusted each year to the Consumer Price Index increase. Thereby, increasing the financial assistance paid to survivors of certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees killed in the line of duty.
  • SB 16 - Applies to newly hired officers after September 1, 2019. Officers will be able to seek student loan reimbursement after 1 year of service for 20% of loans up to $4,000 maximum, with a maximum of 5 years' reimbursement and a max of $20,000, for certain persons who agree to employment as full-time Peace Officers in Texas.
  • SB 201 - Increases penalties for certain offenses to a Class A, when the offense is committed in a disaster area or an evacuated area.
  • SB 1582 - Adds Peace Officers as a first responder to eligibility listing for benefits for certain diseases or illnesses.
  • HCR 19 – Urges the U.S. Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Act.
And this is just the beginning. As mentioned, there are a number of meaningful changes to the various code sections, code of criminal procedure, and penal code. Likewise, the U.S. 5th Circuit and Supreme Court have been busy during this cycle creating new opportunities and hurdles for those of us charged with enforcing the law within Constitutional limits. Among some of the decisions that will affect you and your agency, the courts decide on these questions:
  • 1st Amendment and Probable Cause - Does probable cause defeats a retaliatory arrest claim under 42 U.S.C. 1983?
  • Statute of limitations for 42 U.S.C. 1983 Claims - Does it start to run when the proceedings conclude in defendant’s favor or does it start when the defendant becomes aware of tainted evidence, and it’s improper use?
  • 4th Amendment - Can a statute allowing a blood draw from an unconscious motorist be an exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement?
  • Investigative [Terry] Stops - When conducting an investigative stop, is it reasonable for an officer to suspect that the registered owner of a vehicle is the one driving the vehicle absent any information to the contrary?

The new OSS Academy Texas State & Federal Law Update #3186 online training course is four (4) hours in length and only costs $30. We know you will enjoy this informative online course with its interactive content, videos, and stimulating graphics.

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