Bill Text: TX SB340 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of opioid antagonists.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - Referred to Criminal Justice [SB340 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB340-Introduced.html
  86R5742 JSC-D
 
  By: Huffman S.B. No. 340
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law
  enforcement agencies with the purchase of opioid antagonists.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 772, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 772.0078 to read as follows:
         Sec. 772.0078.  OPIOID ANTAGONIST GRANT PROGRAM. (a) In
  this section:
               (1)  "Criminal justice division" means the criminal
  justice division established under Section 772.006.
               (2)  "Opioid antagonist" and "opioid-related drug
  overdose" have the meanings assigned by Section 483.101, Health and
  Safety Code.
         (b)  The criminal justice division shall establish and
  administer a grant program to provide financial assistance to a law
  enforcement agency in this state that seeks to provide opioid
  antagonists to peace officers, evidence technicians, and related
  personnel who, in the course of performing their duties, are likely
  to come into contact with opioids or encounter persons suffering
  from an apparent opioid-related drug overdose.
         (c)  A law enforcement agency may apply for a grant under
  this section only if the agency first adopts a policy addressing the
  usage of an opioid antagonist for a person suffering from an
  apparent opioid-related drug overdose.
         (d)  In an application for a grant under this section, the
  law enforcement agency shall provide information to the criminal
  justice division about the frequency and nature of:
               (1)  interactions between peace officers and persons
  suffering from an apparent opioid-related drug overdose;
               (2)  calls for assistance based on an apparent
  opioid-related drug overdose; and
               (3)  any exposure of peace officers, evidence
  technicians, or related personnel to opioids or suspected opioids
  in the course of performing their duties and any reactions by those
  persons to those substances.
         (e)  A law enforcement agency receiving a grant under this
  section shall, as soon as practicable after receiving the grant,
  provide to the criminal justice division proof of purchase of the
  opioid antagonists.
         (f)  The criminal justice division may use any money
  available for purposes of this section.
         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 September 1, 2019.
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