HB 1729

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice

Companion Bill

SB 1163

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Victoria Neave


Rafael Anchia
Diana Arevalo
Cesar Blanco
Sarah Davis
Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
Lance Gooden
Ryan Guillen
Roland Gutierrez
Gina Hinojosa
Will Metcalf
Ina Minjarez
Joe Moody
Tom Oliverson
Evelina Ortega
Four Price
Justin Rodriguez
Toni Rose
Senfronia Thompson
Jason Villalba


Sylvia Garcia

Bill Caption

Relating to establishing and funding a grant program for testing evidence collected in relation to sexual assaults or other sex offenses; authorizing voluntary contributions.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 1729, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019. 

Bill Analysis

This bill authorizes voluntary contributions toward a grant program that would go to the benefit of a grant program that helps test evidence related to sexual assault. The funds would be collected by the Comptroller and dispersed to law enforcement agencies.

Vote Recommendation Notes

It is within the proper role of government to collect evidence and prosecute those who violate the rights of others. Programs such as the grant program proposed under HB 1729 serve as a reminder that government has expanded far beyond its proper role at both the state and local levels when the essential functions are underfunded and in need of donations to fund their operation. While creating a new dedicated fund to cover these expenses is not the best funding mechanism, it does not affect our principles either way. We remain neutral.