P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2019
On the agenda: Article I - General Government
Office of the Governor and Governor's Trusteed Programs
Office of the Attorney General
Secretary of State
Department of Information Resources
Texas Ethics Commission
View the posting at https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/schedules/html/C5402019012409001.HTM.
Highlights for Today's Hearing
- SB 1 continues funding for economic development efforts through the Governor's Trusteed Programs, including $100M in General Revenue for the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is used to attract businesses to our state. Additionally, the Disaster Fund is replenished with $100M in Economic Stabilization Funds in the Supplemental Budget, SB 500.
- The Senate's budget increases funding to combat human trafficking by $64M -- up to $89M across state government -- and supports victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse with the following increases for the Office of the Attorney General:
- $1M to launch a new telemedicine program, defined in SB 71 by Senator Nelson, to expand forensic services for victims of sexual assault;
- $7.5M in new funding to expand rape crisis center capacity statewide and end service waitlists for victims; and
- $2.8M to expand human trafficking prosecution resources.
- SB 1 appropriates 100 percent of the eligible Sporting Goods Sales Tax revenue to parks and historical preservation. Of the amount collected, the Historical Commission will receive 6 percent with Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission receiving the remaining 94 percent. The Historical Commission is expected to receive $20M, up by $2M over current levels, to operate, preserve and maintain historic sites.
- SB 1 leverages $1.2M in state dollars to draw down $23.3M in federal funding to improve election security.
- State costs for -- and reliance on -- information technology (IT) continue to rise. SB 1 includes more than $1B to enhance cybersecurity, address IT needs, including the expansion of multi-factor authentication to additional high-risk state agency systems and the replacement of legacy IT systems to bolster our safeguards of sensitive information.
Statement from Senator Nelson: "I am personally committed to protecting and supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. SB 1 provides resources to help these populations heal and hold perpetrators accountable," said Senator Nelson. "SB 1 sets aside more than $1 billion to address cybersecurity, legacy system replacement and other information technology projects to fortify state agency networks and sensitive data. These funds will help secure Texas against cyber attack, a real and present danger facing our state. Additionally, we will preserve Texas' rich history for future generations by fully allocating the Sporting Goods Sales Tax."