88(4) HB 18 - Introduced version - Bill Text

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  By:  Guillen H.B.  No.  18
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of a grant program to provide
  financial assistance to qualified sheriff's departments in certain
  rural counties; making an appropriation.
               BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
  ARTICLE 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS
               SECTION  1.01.    The legislature finds that:
                           (1)    the legislature acting with the governor has the
  solemn duty to protect the citizens of this state;
                           (2)    many rural counties of this state are experiencing
  rapid population growth due to the influx of individuals from
  metropolitan areas and from outside the state;
                           (3)    many of these individuals settle in developments
  like Colony Ridge in Liberty County, leading to population growth
  and population density previously unseen in these rural counties;
  and
                           (4)    the increases in population and density strain the
  resources of these rural counties to provide adequate public
  services to their citizens, particularly when it comes to providing
  law enforcement in unincorporated areas of the county.
  ARTICLE 2. RURAL SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SHORTAGE RELIEF
               SECTION  2.01.    Subchapter Z, Chapter 130, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 130.914 to read as follows:
               Sec.  130.914.    RURAL SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SHORTAGE RELIEF GRANT
  PROGRAM. (a) In this section:
                           (1)    "Deputy-to-resident ratio" means the ratio of the
  number of deputy sheriffs to the number of residents of the
  unincorporated areas of the county, as determined by the population
  estimates provided by the state demographer under Section 468.004,
  Government Code.
                           (2)    "Grant" means a grant authorized to be awarded by
  the comptroller under the rural sheriff's deputy shortage relief
  grant program established by this section.
                           (3)    "Qualified county" means a county:
                                       (A)    with a population of 300,000 or less; and
                                       (B)    for which on January 1, 2024, the
  deputy-to-resident ratio is less than 15 to 10,000.
                           (4)    "Qualified deputy position" means a deputy sheriff
  position in a qualified county that:
                                       (A)    is held or will be held by a deputy sheriff
  who makes motor vehicle stops in the routine performance of the
  deputy's duties;
                                       (B)    is in addition to a deputy sheriff position
  held in the county on January 1, 2024; and
                                       (C)    when aggregated with each other qualified
  deputy position would result in a deputy-to-resident ratio of 15 to
  10,000, determined as of January 1, 2024.
               (b)    The comptroller shall establish and administer the
  rural sheriff's deputy shortage relief grant program to support the
  state purpose of ensuring professional law enforcement throughout
  the state by providing financial assistance to sheriff's
  departments in qualified counties.
               (c)    Not later than the 30th day after the first day of a
  qualified county's fiscal year, the county may submit an
  application for a grant to the comptroller. The county must
  indicate in the application the number of qualified deputy
  positions the county is requesting for inclusion in the
  determination of the amount of the grant for that fiscal year and
  the number for which the county is requesting additional funds
  described by Subsection (d)(2). A county may submit only one
  application each fiscal year.
               (d)    Subject to Subsections (e), (f), and (j), the
  comptroller shall award a grant to a qualified county that applies
  for the grant using money appropriated to the comptroller for that
  purpose. The grant must be in the following amount:
                         

Statutes affected:
Introduced: Subchapter Z, Chapter , Local Government Page - - As Received Code 2.01 (Subchapter Z, Chapter , Local Government Page - - As Received Code 2)