HBA-JEK H.B. 2784 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2784 By: Carter Public Safety 6/14/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 77th Legislature, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was required to maintain statistics regarding responses by law enforcement agencies to incidents in which a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun was convicted of an offense related to the unlawful carrying of a concealed handgun. Including statistics on responses to certain serious offenses committed by persons licensed to carry concealed handguns would provide important information on the influence of concealed handguns on the commission of certain serious crimes. House Bill 2784 authorizes DPS to maintain statistics related to responses by law enforcement agencies on its website only in incidents in which persons licensed to carry concealed handguns are convicted of certain serious offenses. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2784 amends the Government Code to authorize the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to maintain statistics on its website related to responses by law enforcement agencies to incidents in which a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun is convicted of robbery, burglary, an offense against a person, or an offense involving the unlawful use or possession of a weapon. The bill requires these statistics to be drawn and reported annually from the DPS Computerized Criminal History file on persons 21 years of age and older, and requires the statistics to be compared in numerical and graphical format to all like offenses committed in the state for the reporting period as a percentage of the total of such reported offenses. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.