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HB 2619 amends Government Code by adding a section that would direct the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to establish and administer a grant program intended to monitor and improve the mental health of peace officers employed by a state law enforcement agency.
The criminal justice division would be required to create eligibility criteria and implementation procedures for grant applicants. The grant funds may only be used for mental health counseling, personnel costs incurred by the department, skills training for department personnel, and evaluation of the program.
This legislation would create a new state subsidy program to subsidize things local law enforcement agencies should fund on their own. This violates our limited government principle. For this reason we oppose HB 2619.