Honorable Rodney Ellis, Chair, Senate Committee on Government Organization
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB653 by Whitmire (Relating to abolishing the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and transferring the powers and duties of those agencies to the newly created Texas Juvenile Justice Department and to the functions of the independent ombudsman for the Texas Youth Commission.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Human Resources Code (HRC) by adding Title 12, which would create the
Texas Juvenile Justice Board and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD). It would also
create a transition team to oversee the creation of the new agency during fiscal year 2012, and abolish
the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) and the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (JPC) on
September 1, 2012. The members of the board and the transition team are to be appointed by the
Office of the Governor, whose representative also serves as the presiding officer over the transition
team. Beginning September 1, 2012, all powers and duties of TYC and JPC would transfer to the new
agency and all references to TYC or JPC in other law would be references to the new agency. TJJD
would be subject to review by the Sunset Advisory Commission in 2017.
The bill would repeal Subchapters A and B, Chapter 61, HRC, and Subchapters A and B, Chapter 141,
HRC. Those two chapters establish and outline the duties of TYC and JPC, respectively. All repealed
text is moved to HRC, Title 12, Chapter 201. Subchapter A establishes an 11-member transition team
consisting of representatives of government, the executive directors of JPC and TYC, and other
stakeholders in juvenile justice matters. The transition team is established beginning September 1,
2011 and coordinates and oversees the transition of services and facilities from JPC and TYC to TJJD
before September 1, 2012. Between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, the transition team
shall further assist the TJJD in the transition. The chapter that establishes the transition team expires
December 31, 2012.
Chapter 202.001 would establish the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. Section 202.006 would require
board members to participate in a training program prior to exercising duties as members of the
board. A board member is entitled to reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in attending the
training program. Furthermore, a board member is not entitled to compensation for service on the
board, but is entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing
official duties as a board member.
SECTION 1.004 of the bill would transfer Subchapters C, D, and E, Chapter 141, HRC, to Subtitle B,
Title 12, HRC, and redesignates them as Chapters 221, 222, and 223, respectively. This transfers the
duties of JPC regarding assistance to counties and regulation of juvenile boards and juvenile probation
departments, to TJJD. The bill does not replace Section 141.056, HRC in Chapters 221, 222, or 223.
This has the effect of removing the direction to study alternatives to the juvenile justice system for
children who engage in acts of prostitution. The transfer also includes the present duties of JPC regarding setting standards for and regulating juvenile probation officers and distributing state aid to
local juvenile probation boards. Section 223.001 (d) removes the requirement that funding formulas
established by JPC (or TJJD) include all grants for which the commission, on or before September 1,
2009, established an allocation formula. This would allow for a change in the number of grants that
provide state aid to local juvenile probation boards.
SECTION 1.006 of the bill would transfer Subchapter G, Chapter 61, HRC, to Subtitle C, Title 12,
HRC, and redesignates it as Chapter 241. This transfers the duties of TYC regarding secure facilities
to TJJD. SECTION 1.007 of the bill transfers Subchapters C, D, E, and F, Chapter 61, HRC, to
Subtitle C, Title 12, HRC, and redesignates them as Chapters 242, 243, 244 and 245, respectively.
Section 242.002 directs the agency to study the effectiveness of treatment methods in cooperation with local courts and other entities, which would be easily absorbed within the current resources of TYC and JPC. SECTION 1.008 of the bill transfers Subchapters H and I, Chapter 61, HRC, to Subtitle 12, HRC, and redesignates them as Chapter 246.
SECTION 1.010 of the bill would transfer Chapter 64, HRC to Subtitle D, Title 12, HRC and
redesignates it as Chapter 261. The transfer includes the present duties of the Independent
Ombudsman of TYC, and continues its responsibilities, transferring them to oversight of the new
The bill would repeal Subchapters A and B, Chapter 61, HRC and Subchapters A and B, Chapter 141, HRC, as described above.
SECTION 4.005 of the bill would allow TYC or TJJD to transfer a closed facility to the county or municipality in which it is located, if the county has a population of less than 100,000. The transfer of property must be for a purpose that benefits the public interest of the state. If the county or municipality ceases to use the property for a public purpose, ownership of the property would revert to TJJD. The transfer of the property would not include mineral interests in the property, and would prohibit exploration of the property related to mineral interests. The Texas Public Finance Authority would need to determine the amount of outstanding indebtedness on any property transferred to a county or municipality to ensure the transfer complies with the United States Internal Revenue code and other state laws.
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116 Sunset Advisory Commission, 301 Office of the Governor, 302 Office of the Attorney General, 303 Facilities Commission, 304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 308 State Auditor's Office, 313 Department of Information Resources, 347 Public Finance Authority, 529 Health and Human Services Commission, 530 Family and Protective Services, Department of, 665 Juvenile Probation Commission, 694 Youth Commission, 701 Central Education Agency
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