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Sample State Budget Rider for State Byrne Act Funds

May 6, 2009 by Randy Chapman

Budget rider now pending in Conference Committee considering a two year Texas budget.  Talking points are also available.

 

 

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Article XII

Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor

Proposed Amended Rider for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants

 

Non-LBB Prepared Rider, 5/06/09

 

 

Overview

Amend Article XII, Sec. 23. Legal Services Victim Assistance Grants to clarify the Legislature's intent that preference be given to non-profit programs that provide basic civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking when awarding Byrne Justice Assistance Grants appropriated to the State of Texas as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.   The version passed by the Texas House is shown in the language that has been struck.

 

Required Action

1. On page XII-10 of Special Provisions American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, amend the following rider as follows: 

 

Sec. 23. Legal Services Victim Assistance Grants.  It is the intent of the Legislature that to the extent allowed by federal law, oOut of the funds appropriated in Item 1, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG), to the Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor, $6,500,000 in fiscal year 2010 and $6,500,000 in fiscal year 2011 of those funds shall be directed for priority shall be given to grants to nonprofit programs that provide basic civil legal services (BCLS) to assist indigent individuals that have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking.  It is further the intent of the Legislature that the Office establish a goal of allocating $6,500,000 in fiscal year 2010 and $6,500,000 in fiscal year 2011 for these priority grants to be awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit providers of BCLS.  As part of that goal, the Office of the Governor may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Court of Texas to facilitate the distribution and oversight of these funds.for the Administration and monitoring of Legal Services grants to assist crime victims.

 

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