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Relating to an appropriation of money from the emergency radio
infrastructure account for the planning, development, and
provision of an interoperable statewide emergency radio
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB3397, As Introduced: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
However, the bill would make an appropriation from a General Revenue Dedicated account used for certification, therefore the bill would have a negative impact of ($23,000,000) on General Revenue Related Funds available for certification in the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
According to the author's statement, almost a decade ago, the Legislature established the emergency radio infrastructure account to speed development and operation of an interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure. After Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Public Safety indicated that there remain unappropriated funds for radio infrastructure.
HB 3397 would appropriate $23 million from the emergency radio account in the general revenue fund to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for the 2020-2021 state fiscal biennium to be used to plan, develop, and provide an interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 3397 because it does not affect our liberty principles.