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Relating to procedures governing declared disasters for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2331 would require the Department of Criminal Justice to develop an emergency response plan to be relied upon under a future state of declared disaster. The plan would have to include procedures for evacuating inmates and employees of correctional facilities and ensuring that inmates retain access to programs and medical care, among other items. HB 2331 would establish an advisory board to provide the Department with recommendations for developing an emergency response plan. The advisory board would be required to update their recommendations annually.
While having a disaster response plan of the nature described by this bill is certainly a good idea, Texas Action is neutral on HB 2331 as it does not touch directly upon any of our Liberty Principles.