HB 642

84(R) - 2015
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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Terry Canales

Bill Caption

Relating to an alcohol awareness program or drug education program for certain minors convicted of or adjudicated to have engaged in, or placed on deferred disposition or community supervision for, certain drug or alcohol related offenses; authorizing a fee.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure and Family Code to permit a judge to require certain defendants,as a condition of community supervision, to attend and complete an alcohol awareness program,approved under Section 106.115, Alcoholic Beverage Code or drug education program,approved by the Department of State Health Services. The bill would require a judge to order the defendant to pay the cost of attending the program, unless the defendant is found to be indigent or unable to pay the cost. Under certain circumstances, the judge would be permitted to require the defendant's parent or guardian to pay the cost of attending the program. Under the provisions of the bill, the Department of State Health Services would be responsible for the administration of the program, provide training to a person who provides the program,and would be required to adopt rules regarding the drug education program. 

Bill Analysis

There is nothing substantial for us to add to the description provided in the fiscal note which accurately describes HB 642. 

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Hinojosa.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill promotes personal responsibility with a view toward requiring people to be accountable for their actions and to help set them on the right course to prevent them from becoming repeat offenders. We support SB 642.