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Notwithstanding any other law, the department may implement a 10-hour workday and 50-hour workweek for commissioned officers of the department. (26992)

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 333 (H.B. 11), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2015. (26993)


The department may accept a person applying to the department's trooper trainee academy if the person: (26995)

(1) has served four or more years in the United States armed forces as a member of the military police or other security force and received an honorable discharge; and (26996)

(2) meets all other department requirements for a commissioned officer. (26997)

Added by Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 333 (H.B. 11), Sec. 8, eff. September 1, 2015. (26998)


(a) A person commits an offense if, without the director's authorization, the person: (27000)

(1) manufactures, sells, or possesses a badge, identification card, or other item bearing a department insignia or an insignia deceptively similar to the department's; (27001)

(2) makes a copy or likeness of a badge, identification card, or department insignia, with intent to use or allow another to use the copy or likeness to produce an item bearing the department insignia or an insignia deceptively similar to the department's; or (27002)

(3) uses the term "Texas Department of Public Safety," "Department of Public Safety," "Texas Ranger," or "Texas Highway Patrol" in connection with an object, with the intent to create the appearance that the object belongs to or is being used by the department. (27003)

(b) In this section, "department insignia" means an insignia or design prescribed by the director for use by officers and employees of the department in connection with their official activities. An insignia is deceptively similar to the department's if it is not prescribed by the department but a reasonable person would presume that it was prescribed by the department. (27004)

(c) A district or county court, on application of the attorney general or of the district attorney or prosecuting attorney performing the duties of district attorney for the district in which the court is located, may enjoin a violation or threatened violation of this section on a showing that a violation has occurred or is likely to occur. (27005)

(d) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this section that the object is used exclusively: (27006)

(1) for decorative purposes, maintained or preserved in a decorative state, and not offered for sale; or (27007)

(2) in an artistic or dramatic presentation, and before the use of the object the producer of the presentation notifies the director in writing of the intended use, the location where the use will occur, and the period during which the use will occur. (27008)

(e) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the object is shipped by United States mail or by any type of commercial carrier from a point outside the State of Texas to a point inside the state if the shipper or his agent has been sent notification by registered United States mail of this section prior to the shipment, in which event the offense is a felony of the third degree. (27009)

Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 147, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 496, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. (27010)

Sec. 411.018. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. (27011)(Text)

(a) The director shall adopt rules relating to the reporting of all transportation incidents involving releases of reportable quantities of hazardous materials occurring on public roads or railroads that are not on a private industrial site. The rules must be consistent with federal rules relating to hazardous materials adopted under federal law. The director may adopt all or part of the federal hazardous materials rules by reference. (27012)

(b) The department by rule shall require that all carriers of hazardous materials report all incidents involving a release of reportable quantities of hazardous materials to the department. (27013)

(c) The department shall serve as the central repository of statistical information relating to incidents involving release of hazardous materials. (27014)

(d) The department is responsible for the on-site coordination of all hazardous materials transportation emergencies. The director shall adopt necessary rules to implement this subsection. (27015)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 4, Sec. 2.22(a), eff. Sept. 1, 1989. (27016)

Sec. 411.019. TOLL-FREE NUMBER. (27017)(Text)

(a) The department shall provide a 24-hour toll-free telephone number for use by the public in reporting traffic offenses, including driving while intoxicated, suspected criminal activity, and traffic accidents and other emergencies. (27018)

(b) On receiving a report of an offense, the department shall contact the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction where the reported suspected driver or incident was observed or shall dispatch department officers. (27019)

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