Bill

SB 64

87(R) - 2021
Senate Health and Human Services
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Senate Health and Human Services
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Law Enforcement
Health & Human Services

Contact the Author

Jane Nelson

Phone:

512-463-0112

Capitol Office:

1E.5

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Jane Nelson

Co-Author(s)

C├ęsar J Blanco
Donna Campbell
Brandon Creighton
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Joan Huffman
Nathan Johnson
Jose Menendez
Larry Taylor
Royce West
Judith Zaffirini

Sponsor(s)

James White

Bill Caption

Relating to a peer support network for certain law enforcement personnel. 

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 64, As Introduced: a NEGATIVE impact of ($1,051,820) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023. 

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill. 

Bill Analysis

SB 64 would require the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to establish a peer support network for law enforcement officers. Such a network would have to include:

  • peer-to-peer support; 
  • training for peer service coordinators and peers that includes suicide prevention training; 
  • technical assistance for program development, peer service coordinators, licensed mental health professionals, and peers; and 
  • identification, retention, and screening of licensed mental health professionals. 

SB 64 would allow the commission to contract with institutes of higher education with appropriate expertise to develop the peer support network. All information relating to a law enforcement officer's participation in peer-to-peer support would be considered confidential and not subject to disclosure by the commission, law enforcement agencies, or any other state agency/political subdivision. Participation in these services could not be considered grounds for termination, revocation, suspension, or denial of a license; or be considered in any proceeding related to the officer's license. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Mental health of law enforcement officers is an issue which may be best left to individual agencies to address, however this bill does not appear to directly impact our liberty principles so Texas Action remains neutral on SB 64.

Contact the Author

Jane Nelson

Phone:

512-463-0112

Capitol Office:

1E.5

Email: