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  84R9045 JRR-D
 
  By: Alvarado H.B. No. 1812
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to grants awarded to reimburse counties for the cost of
  monitoring defendants and victims in criminal cases involving
  family violence.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 772, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Section 772.0072 to read as follows:
         Sec. 772.0072.  GRANT PROGRAM FOR MONITORING DEFENDANTS AND
  VICTIMS IN FAMILY VIOLENCE CASES. (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Criminal justice division" means the criminal
  justice division established under Section 772.006.
               (2)  "Family violence" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 71.004, Family Code.
         (b)  The criminal justice division shall establish and
  administer a grant program to reimburse counties for all or part of
  their financial losses incurred as a result of monitoring in cases
  involving family violence defendants and victims who participate in
  a global positioning monitoring system under Article 17.292 or
  17.49, Code of Criminal Procedure.
         (c)  The criminal justice division shall establish:
               (1)  additional eligibility criteria for grant
  applicants;
               (2)  grant application procedures;
               (3)  guidelines relating to grant amounts;
               (4)  procedures for evaluating grant applications; and
               (5)  procedures for monitoring the use of a grant
  awarded under the program and ensuring compliance with any
  conditions of a grant.
         (d)  The criminal justice division shall include in the
  biennial report required by Section 772.006(a)(9) a detailed
  reporting of the results and performance of the grant program
  administered under this section.
         (e)  The criminal justice division may use any revenue
  available for purposes of this section.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2015.