By Turner of Harris                                    H.B. No. 636
         77R1817 KEL-F                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to sexual assault prevention and crisis services.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Section 420.006, Government Code, is amended to
 1-5     read as follows:
 1-7     (a)  To prevent sexual assault and improve services to survivors,
 1-8     the [The] attorney general may consult and contract with or award
 1-9     grants to local and statewide programs for special projects, as
1-10     appropriate, including the sexual assault public awareness campaign
1-11     required by Subsection (b) [to prevent sexual assault and improve
1-12     services to survivors].
1-13           (b)  To develop and implement a sexual assault public
1-14     awareness campaign, the attorney general shall contract with a
1-15     statewide program that, for the three-year period preceding the
1-16     date the contract is signed, has provided to other programs
1-17     technical assistance relating to sexual assault issues.
1-18           (c)  In connection with the campaign, the statewide program
1-19     shall:
1-20                 (1)  use a variety of English and Spanish media,
1-21     including newspapers, radio, television, the Internet, and
1-22     billboards;
1-23                 (2)  primarily address:
1-24                       (A)  the criminality of sexual violence;
 2-1                       (B)  the criminal and civil consequences of
 2-2     sexual violence to the perpetrator;
 2-3                       (C)  the eradication of public misconceptions of
 2-4     sexual violence; and
 2-5                       (D)  the services available to survivors;
 2-6                 (3)  develop a sexual violence prevention program model
 2-7     that:
 2-8                       (A)  is targeted toward secondary school
 2-9     students; and
2-10                       (B)  promotes respect and nonviolence;
2-11                 (4)  work with secondary schools to implement in those
2-12     schools the program model described by Subdivision (3);
2-13                 (5)  in English and Spanish, develop and implement
2-14     education and training in the prevention of sexual violence in
2-15     counties adjacent to the international border of this state; and
2-16                 (6)  establish a 24-hour toll-free hotline to provide
2-17     crisis intervention and referral services to callers.
2-18           (d)  Not later than September 1 of each even-numbered year,
2-19     the statewide program shall submit to the attorney general a
2-20     written report on the sexual assault public awareness campaign,
2-21     including recommendations for continuation or elimination of the
2-22     campaign or changes to the campaign.
2-23           (e)  Nothing in this section prevents the statewide program
2-24     from receiving gifts, grants, or donations from any source for the
2-25     purpose of developing and implementing the campaign.
2-26           SECTION 2.  Section 420.007(b), Government Code, is amended
2-27     to read as follows:
 3-1           (b)  The attorney general shall allocate [may not use more
 3-2     than 15 percent of] the annual legislative appropriation to the
 3-3     service as follows:
 3-4                 (1)  money to pay administrative costs, not to exceed
 3-5     15 percent of the annual appropriation;
 3-6                 (2)  money equal to at least 15 percent of the annual
 3-7     appropriation to fund the statewide sexual assault public awareness
 3-8     campaign described by Section 420.006; and
 3-9                 (3)  the remaining money to local and statewide
3-10     programs described by [for the administration of] this chapter.
3-11           SECTION 3. Section 420.012, Government Code, is amended to
3-12     read as follows:
3-13           Sec. 420.012.  SEXUAL ASSAULT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
3-14     [CONSULTATIONS]. (a)  The [In implementing this chapter, the]
3-15     attorney general shall establish a sexual assault advisory
3-16     committee composed of at least nine members from local and
3-17     statewide programs [consult persons] and from other organizations
3-18     having knowledge and experience relating to sexual assault.
3-19           (b)  The committee shall advise the attorney general
3-20     regarding:
3-21                 (1)  program issues, including:
3-22                       (A)  program standards;
3-23                       (B)  program effectiveness, including methods for
3-24     measuring that effectiveness;
3-25                       (C)  assignment of service areas to programs;
3-26                       (D)  distribution of money to programs, including
3-27     criteria for distribution; and
 4-1                       (E)  collection of information from programs and
 4-2     from any other source;
 4-3                 (2)  standards for certification of sexual assault
 4-4     nurse examiners, including standards for examiner training courses
 4-5     for the nurse examiners;
 4-6                 (3)  protocols and models for treatment of survivors by
 4-7     medical, law enforcement, and any other relevant personnel; and
 4-8                 (4)  any other relevant sexual assault issues.
 4-9           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.