By: Howard H.B. No. 183
  relating to the establishment of the task force on asylum-seeking
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 403, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter R to read as follows:
         Sec. 403.501.  DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
               (1)  "Asylum-seeking migrant" means a person who is
  seeking asylum in the United States and who has been released into a
  community in this state by:
                     (A)  the Office of Refugee Resettlement;
                     (B)  United States Customs and Border Protection
  or United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, pending an
  immigration hearing;
                     C)  the Department of Public Safety; or
                     (D)  any other state or federal law enforcement
  agency stationed at the border.
               (2)  "Task force" means the task force on
  asylum-seeking migrants.
         Sec. 403.502.  ESTABLISHMENT; PURPOSES. The task force on
  asylum-seeking migrants is established to:
               (1)  study the humanitarian and fiscal impacts of the
  presence of asylum-seeking migrants in this state related to:
                     (a)  public education and school districts;
                     (b)  open-enrollment charter schools;
                     (c)  institutions of higher education;
                     (d)  the provision of health and human services
  and child protection;
                     e)  the Texas Workforce Commission;
                     f)  the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as
  well as the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, issues studied by
  the Task Force shall include, but is not limited to, information
  pertaining to:
                           (f-1)  human trafficking;
                           (f-2)  sex trafficking; and
                           (f-3)  sexual assault; or
                     (g)  other areas the Task Force determines to be
  relevant in the production of the report.
               (2)  produce a report outlining the status of
  asylum-seeking migrants in this state and distribute that report to
  state officials.
         Sec. 403.503.  COMPOSITION. The task force is composed of
  twelve members to be appointed by the comptroller as follows:
               (1)  one representative of a faith-based organization
  providing direct services to asylum-seeking migrants in this state;
               (2)  one representative of a community-based
  organization providing direct services to asylum-seeking migrants
  in this state;
               (3)  one member who is a superintendent of a school
  district from the border region of Texas;
               (4)  one representative of a law enforcement agency;
               (5)  one representative of the Texas Education Agency;
               (6)  one representative of the Health and Human
  Services Commission;
               (7)  one representative of the comptroller;
               (8)  one representative of the Texas Higher Education
  Coordination Board;
               (9)  one representative of the Texas Department of
  Criminal Justice;
               (10)  one representative of the Texas Juvenile Justice
  Department; and
               (11)  one member from the Texas House and Texas Senate
  who represent a region of the border.
         Sec. 403.504.  MEETINGS. (a) The task force shall meet at
  least three times each year and may hold additional meetings in
  person or by conference call if necessary.
         (b)  Section 551.125 applies to a meeting held by conference
  call under this section, except that Section 551.125(b) does not
         Sec. 403.505.  COMPENSATION. A member of the task force may
  not receive compensation for service on the task force.
         Sec. 403.506.  REPORT. (a) Using funds available to the
  task force under Section 403.507, the task force shall partner with
  an independent third party to produce a report outlining the status
  of asylum-seeking migrants in this state.
         (b)  The task force shall submit the report to the governor,
  lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and
  comptroller no later than December 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023.
         Sec. 403.507.  GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS.  The
  comptroller may accept on behalf of the task force a gift, grant, or
  donation from any source to carry out the purposes of this
  subchapter. Notwithstanding any other provision of this
  subchapter, the comptroller is not required to convene the task
  force to produce the report if sufficient private gifts, grants, or
  donations are not available.
         Sec. 403.508.  EXPIRATION. The task force is abolished and
  this subchapter expires January 1, 2024.
         SECTION 2.  (a) Not later than December 31, 2021, the
  comptroller of public accounts shall, subject to Section 403.507,
  Government Code, as added by this Act, convene the task force
  required under Subchapter R, Chapter 403, Government Code, as added
  by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2021.