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Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of opioid antagonists.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The criminal justice division of the governor's office is required to implement a provision of
this Act only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the
legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, the criminal justice
division of the governor's office may, but is not required to, implement a provision of this
Act using other appropriations available for that purpose.
SB 340 would require the Criminal Justice Division to establish and administer a grant program to provide financial assistance to a law enforcement agency that seeks to provide opioid antagonists to peace officers, evidence technicians, and related personnel who, in the course of performing their duties, are likely to come into contact with opioids or encounter persons suffering from an apparent opioid-related drug overdose. The Criminal Justice Division may use any money available for this purpose, and this is currently a permissible grant activity by the division. It is assumed that the implementation of the provisions of this bill could be absorbed using existing resources.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 340 because it does not affect our liberty principles.