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Relating to the establishment of an emergency radio infrastructure revolving loan program.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB2952, As Introduced: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but provides the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
Under current statute, a General Revenue Dedicated account exists to fund emergency radio infrastructure. According to the bill author's office there have been problems with funds from this account being used for purposes other than the emergency radio infrastructure purposes to which they are dedicated. HB 2952 is an attempt to address that issue.
HB 2952 would abolish GR Account 5153 - Emergency Radio Infrastructure and in its place create the a new GR Dedicated Emergency Radio Infrastructure Revolving Loan Account. The bill would require the Governor's office to use the account exclusively to provide loans to finance interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure. The account would be funded by remaining funds from the account being abolished, revenue from certain court fees, and interest earned on loans.
We support HB 2952 for uplifting the principle of limited government by for taking an approach that promotes transparency and accountability in an area where those characteristics appear to be largely missing. Dedicated funds should be used exclusively for the purpose to which they are dedicated.