Legislative Roundup: Alabama Passes Tint Exemption for Law Enforcement

May 5th, 2021 by Editor

WINDOW FILM magazine continues to keep an eye on state legislation that would affect the window film industry, following recent developments in Alabama, Texas and Hawaii. Legislation that would exempt law enforcement from the state prohibition on tinted windows passed the Alabama Legislature on April 29 and is now awaiting action by the Governor. Alabama law prohibits tinting or any reduction of light transmission on a front windshield. It also prohibits reduction of light transmission on rear and side windows to less than 32 percent and light reflection to more than 20 percent.

The bill, HB 332, would exempt “any personal use vehicles belonging to, and occupied by, any active or retired state, local or federal law enforcement officer.” The exemption would require law enforcement officers to carry appropriate identification when suing their personal use vehicles.

Text of the Alabama bill can be found here.

In Texas, the Senate is considering legislation that could require the Department of Public Safety to equip all motor vehicles used by officers of the Texas Highway Patrol in discharging the officers’ official duties with bullet-resistant windshields. Texas law provides that funding must be provided for the specific purpose to require the Department to do so, or the Department may merely implement the bullet-resistant directive on a voluntary basis. Text of SB 2222, which has passed the Senate Finance Committee, can be found here.

Also, the state legislature in Hawaii legislature is considering a bill that would repeal a provision in state law that requires light transmission of no less than 35% on side and rear windows. The bill has passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is presently being considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Text of the bill, HI SB 227, can be found here.

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