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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
[SENATE SEAL]
February 23, 2015
Contact: Megan Hanson
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TODAY IN FINANCE

On the agenda: Article V

  • Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Justice Department
  • Military Department
  • Alcoholic Beverage Commission

For the full agenda, please view the posting online

Highlights:

  • Department of Public Safety
    • While SB 2 increases All Funds for the Department of Public Safety by $3.8M, DPS received a GR increase of $1.3B in SB 2 mostly due to eliminating diversions from Fund 6, the State Highway Fund, that currently support DPS.
    • SB 2 appropriates $815.2M for border security, nearly double what was appropriated last session. That funding includes $283.9M for DPS to establish a new Border Division and continue the National Guard deployment until that division is established. It also includes $520.1M for: continued funding of Operation Strong Safety II at 2015 levels ($152M); monthly stipends for officers ($3.2M); SWAT expansion ($19.7M); land in South Texas to build a training facility for both DPS and the Military Department ($10M); and an increase in grants to local police departments ($10M).
    • Statement from Senator Nelson: "As long as the federal government ignores the problem, it is up to us to defend our border from narcotics, human trafficking and other illegal activity that puts Texans at risk across the state."
  • SB 2 maintains funding for the Battering Intervention and Prevention program at the Department of Criminal Justice.
  • SB 2 includes a block funding rider for the Department of Juvenile Justice to allow the Legislature to discuss and address the challenges facing this agency without being limited by the current budget structure.
  • Military Department
    • In FY 2014-2015 the Military Department was given $50M ($32.5M in the emergency declaration and $17.5M in the budget execution) for the National Guard's involvement along the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Currently there are approximately 200 National Guards along the border. SB2 includes funding for the National Guard to remain on the border until DPS is able to provide a stable presence on the border to replace them.
    • Statement from Senator Nelson: "I am so grateful to the brave Texas men and women in the National Guard who have stepped up to support our state over the last year. They have greatly contributed to the success of Operation Strong Safety, and I am committed to maintaining that success into the future."

To watch the Senate Finance Committee hearing online, click here.


Senator Jane Nelson
Chair, Senate Finance Committee

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