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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend and repeal various sections of the Government Code as it relates to local Community Justice Councils which provide policy guidance and direction for the development of community justice plans, community corrections facilities, programs, and conditions of community supervision. Under the bill's provisions, local judges that currently approve community justice plans would instead approve strategic plans developed by the local community supervision and corrections departments. Other statutory requirements linked to Community Justice Councils and community justice plans would be amended as described by the bill.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Court Administration,and Office of the Attorney General indicate that no significant fiscal impact is anticipated as a result of the bill's provisions. The bill would take effect September 1, 2015.
This legislation concerns an administrative process that has no discernible connection to our liberty principles. As such, we remain neutral on HB 1930.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator Menéndez.