SB 1163

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

Companion Bill

HB 1729

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


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 SB1163, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

This bill would establish a procedure for the collection of voluntary contributions during the application for a new, or the renewal of a drivers license or personal identification certificate. The funds would be used for a grant program that would be used for the testing of evidence related to sexual assault. The funds would be held in a dedicated account in the general revenue fund, and the criminal justice division would administer grants to law enforcement agencies or counties. If this bill passes, these funds may only be used to this purpose. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

On principle we are opposed to the use of dedicated accounts because they can conceal the actual expenditures of our state government. However, it is the proper role of government to collect evidence and prosecute those who violate the rights of others. Programs such as these serve as a reminder that government has expanded far beyond its proper role when the essential functions are underfunded and in need of "donations" to fund their operation.

This bill has an equal and opposite impact on our liberty principles, therefore we will remain neutral.