Austin, Texas

                           FISCAL NOTE
                       74th Regular Session

                          May 25, 1995

 TO:     Honorable Bob Bullock        Honorable Pete Laney
         Lieutenant Governor          Speaker of the House
         Senate Chamber               House of Representatives
         Austin, Texas                Austin, Texas

                           IN RE:     Conference Committee
                                       Report for House Bill No. 327

FROM: John Keel, Director

In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on House Bill No. 327 (relating
to the juvenile justice system, including the adjudication and disposition of
children; providing for civil and criminal penalties) this office has 
determined the following: 

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for 
an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill. 

This bill would amend Title 3 of the Family Code and Chapter 61 of the
Human Resources Code by: 

* Requiring law enforcement records of juvenile offenders be sent to a
  central state depository. 
* Allowing each juvenile probation department to implement a progressive
  sanctions program under the direction of the Texas Juvenile Probation
* Expanding the sentenced juvenile offender statute to include new offenses. 
* Lowering the minimum age for certification and transfer to adult court.
* Allowing the fingerprinting and photographing of juveniles referred to
  juvenile court for certain offenses. 
* Requiring the Texas Youth Commission to accept mentally retarded
  delinquents in appropriate correctional facilities. 
* Authorizing the Texas Youth Commission to operate or contract for youth
  boot camp programs for certain juvenile offenders. 
* Establishing early youth intervention services for certain at-risk youth. 
* Establishing an industries program and the Texas Youth Commission
  industries program fund in the state treasury. 

The cost of implementing the progressive sanctions model would depend on the 
decision of each individual juvenile probation department and therefore cannot
be determined. Cost estimates for the Texas Youth Commission assumes the
commission will convert a number of units currently operated by the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice into juvenile facilities. 

The Criminal Justice Policy Council is given additional juvenile justice
program evaluation duties. 

The probable fiscal implication of implementing the provisions of the bill
during each of the first five years following passage is estimated as follows: 

Fiscal YearProbable Cost
Out of
General Revenue
Fund 001
Costs From General
Obligation Bonds
Probable Costs
for Debt Service
out of the General
Revenue Fund 001
Probable Cost
Out Of
Funds 555
Change in
Number of State
Employees from
FY 1995

Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as the provisions
of the bill are in effect. 

The fiscal implication to units of local government cannot be determined. 

Source: Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Policy Council,
         Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Juvenile
         Probation Commission, Youth Commission, Department of Criminal
         Justice, Department of Protective and Regulatory Services 

LBB Staff: JK, BP, RT, RR