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Relating to a law enforcement agency accreditation grant program.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB323, As Introduced : a
negative impact of ($273,252,130) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.
This analysis assumes all law enforcement agencies will pursue a grant, under the grant program established
by the bill, and each will receive the maximum amount. However, the cost is dependent on the level of funding
provided by the Legislature for this purpose.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to
implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 323 would establish a grant program under the Criminal Justice Division to issue grants to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining recognition through the Texas Police Chiefs Association Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognition Program, or by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., or other such agencies.
Texas Action is supports HB 323 on the principle of individual liberty. The fiscal note is a drastic over-estimation which assumes every law enforcement agency would pursue the grant and be awarded the full amount. The true cost would not be significant. This being so, the bill creates a new pathway to allow agencies to seek accreditation which is more effective for their accountability than statutory prohibitions on their operations.