Amend HB 2833 (Senate committee printing) by adding the 
following appropriately numbered SECTIONS and renumber subsequent 
SECTIONS of the bill accordingly:
	SECTION __.  Article 56.541(e), Code of Criminal Procedure, 
is amended to read as follows:
	(e)  The attorney general may use money appropriated from the 
compensation to victims of crime fund for grants or contracts 
supporting victim-related services or assistance, including 
support for private Texas nonprofit corporations that provide 
victim-related civil legal services directly to victims, immediate 
family members of victims, or claimants and for the contract 
described by Article 56.16.  A grant supporting victim-related 
services or assistance is governed by Chapter 783, Government Code.
	SECTION __.  Subchapter A, Chapter 56, Code of Criminal 
Procedure, is amended by adding Article 56.16 to read as follows:
	Art. 56.16.  VICTIM NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.  (a)  The attorney 
general shall operate, through a service contract with a third 
party, a statewide automated victim notification system.  The 
attorney general shall operate the system in a manner that allows 
counties of this state and state agencies providing services to 
victims, guardians of victims, or close relatives of deceased 
victims to access the system without entering into any contract 
with the third party with which the attorney general has a service 
	(b)  The system operated under Subsection (a) must provide 
information to counties and state agencies described by Subsection 
(a) regarding:
		(1)  court proceedings relating to a defendant in a 
victim's case; and
		(2)  the release, transfer, or escape of a defendant 
convicted in a victim's case.
	(c)  This article does not create a cause of action against 
the state or a state agency, official, or employee.
	SECTION __.  As soon as practicable after the effective date 
of this Act and in accordance with the terms of the contract, the 
office of the attorney general shall amend any existing contract 
with a third party for the provision of a statewide automated victim 
notification system to comply with Article 56.16, Code of Criminal 
Procedure, as added by this Act.