June 19, 2014, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement will be voting on new rules.
Texas peace officers need to be aware that a new law was passed that adds protection for persons who use service animals. In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 489 relating to the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities. Texas law and federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) direct all public places to allow service animals accompanied by a person who is blind or has other disabilities. There are a growing number of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) whose disability may not be obvious, but who are impacted by this new law.
In accordance with theActofJune29, 2011, 82nd Leg., 1stC.S., ch. 3, §§ 5.02, 5.07 (HB 79), amending section 27.060 of the Texas Government Code and abolishing the small claims court as of May 1, 2013, Rules 500-510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted as follows, and Rules 523-591 and 737-755 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and section 92.0563(d) of the Texas Property Code are repealed, effective May 1, 2013.
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The Justices of the Peace & Constables Association of Texas welcome you to our website. With over fifteen hundred Constables and JP's in Texas, we represent a large portion of the public's first contact with government, law enforcement, and the judicial process. Our association, with over 2,000 members, represents the largest group of county elected offices in the State of Texas.
The purpose of our association is to improve educational training on a professional level for both offices and their employees & to provide a network of peers that have hundreds of years of experience.
JPCA has represented the issues of the Justices of the Peace and Constables at the State Legislature for many years and, due to the dedicated efforts of committed legislative committee members, have fought for our interests and have been very successful in developing relationships with our legislature.
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