Bill Summary for H 775 (2021-2022)

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May 3 2021

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House Bill 775 (Public) Filed Monday, May 3, 2021
AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, DETENTION, AND CORRECTIONS RECRUITMENT AND OTHER NEEDS.
Intro. by McNeill, Faircloth, Boles, C. Smith.

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Appropriates the following from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Alcohol Law Enforcement Division: (1) $300,000 in nonrecurring funds for each year of the 2021-23 fiscal biennium to lease additional office space; (2) $716,023 in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-23 fiscal biennium to hire nine full-time administrative support positions; and (3) $233,040 in recurring funds for each year of the 2021-23 fiscal biennium to hire two full-time sworn law enforcement officer positions.

Appropriates $10 million for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Governor's Crime Commission within DPS for competitive grants to the State Highway Patrol, county law enforcement agencies, and municipal law enforcement agencies that have at least a 10% vacancy rate in sworn law enforcement officer positions. The grants are to provide $5,000 signing bonuses to newly hired law enforcement officers that sign a contract to work for three years with the law enforcement agency. Repayment of the bonus is required at the time of a law enforcement officer's voluntary departure from the agency, prorated based upon the percentage of time remaining in the three-year contract; does not require repayment when a law enforcement officer's employment is terminated. Requires the Governor's Crime Commission to develop guidelines and procedures for the grant program, including that: (1) no law enforcement agency is to receive grant funds in excess of $100,000; and (2) no law enforcement agency can use grant funds to add more law enforcement officer positions to the law enforcement agency but must use funds to fill vacant existing law enforcement officer positions. Also appropriates $2 million for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Governor's Crime Commission to provide competitive grants to local confinement facilities that have at least a 10% vacancy rate in certified detention officer positions. Requires the grants to be used to provide $5,000 signing bonuses, subject to the same requirements as the program for the bonuses to newly hired law enforcement officers. Appropriates $50,000 for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the Governor's Crime Commission to implement and manage these grant programs. 

Appropriates $2 million for 2021-22 from the General Fund to DPS, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, to provide $5,000 signing bonuses to newly hired certified correctional officers that sign a contract to work for three years within the State prison system. Requires repayment of the bonus at the time of a certified correctional officer's voluntary departure from the State prison system, prorated based upon the percentage of time remaining in the three-year contract; does not require repayment when a certified correctional officer's employment is terminated.

Appropriates $200,000 if House Bill 607 (LEO Background Checks/FBI Rap Back Services) becomes law, for 2021-22 from the General Fund to the State Bureau of Investigation to implement the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Record of Arrest and Prosecution Background (Rap Back) Service.

Effective July 1, 2021.

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