Bill Text: TX HB330 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to an investigation by the Department of Public Safety into the response by certain public and private institutions of higher education to reports of sexual assault at those institutions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-27 - Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety [HB330 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB330-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Neave H.B. No. 330
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to an investigation by the Department of Public Safety
  into the response by certain public and private institutions of
  higher education to reports of sexual assault at those
  institutions.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 411, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 411.952 to read as follows:
         Sec. 411.952.  INVESTIGATION AND REPORT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT AT
  POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.  (a)  In this section,
  "postsecondary educational institution" means an institution of
  higher education or a private or independent institution of higher
  education, as those terms are defined by Section 61.003, Education
  Code.
         (b)  Using funds already appropriated, the Department of
  Public Safety shall collect information regarding the response by
  public institutions of higher education, and private institutions
  of higher education that receive tuition equalization grants, to
  reports of sexual assault committed against students enrolled at
  those institutions.  The investigation must include a review of
  policies adopted by those institutions that have the effect of
  deterring students from reporting incidents of sexual assault or of
  hindering investigations of those reports.
         
         (c)  Not later than December 1, 2018, the department shall
  submit to the legislature and the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board a report on the department's findings. Based on
  the department's report, the coordinating board shall review the
  policies adopted by those institutions that have the effect of
  deterring students from reporting those incidents or of hindering
  investigations of those reports.
         (d)  This section expires September 1, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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