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  H.B. No. 3226
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the payment of temporary housing costs for certain
  individuals who are released or are eligible for release on parole
  or to mandatory supervision.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 508, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 508.157 to read as follows:
         Sec. 508.157.  TEMPORARY HOUSING ON RELEASE. (a) This
  section applies only to inmates who are eligible for release on
  parole or to mandatory supervision and to releasees.
         (b)  The department may issue payment for the cost of
  temporary post-release housing for an inmate described by
  Subsection (a) or for a releasee that meets any conditions or
  requirements imposed by a parole panel and is located in the county
  of legal residence of the inmate or releasee.
         (c)  The amount of payment issued under Subsection (b) may
  not exceed an amount that is equal to the cost the department would
  incur to incarcerate the inmate for the period for which the payment
  is issued.
         (d)  The department shall issue payment under Subsection (b)
  out of funds appropriated by the legislature to the department for
  use in administering the parole system with respect to the housing
  of inmates on their release.
         (e)  The executive director of the Texas Department of
  Criminal Justice shall adopt rules as necessary to implement this
  section, including rules that ensure that the food, hygiene, and
  clothing needs of an inmate or releasee on whose behalf payment is
  issued under this section are adequately met during the period for
  which the payment is issued.
         (f)  Not later than September 30, 2010, for the first report
  and September 30, 2011, for the second report, the department shall
  submit to the Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee a
  report that covers the period of August 1 of the year preceding the
  year in which the report is submitted through September 1 of the
  year in which the report is submitted and that includes:
               (1)  the total number of inmates and releasees on whose
  behalf payment is issued under this section;
               (2)  the total dollar amount of payments issued under
  this section; and
               (3)  the county of release and the county of legal
  residence of each inmate or releasee on whose behalf payment is
  issued under this section.
         (g)  This subsection and Subsection (f) expire January 1,
  2012.
         SECTION 2.  Section 508.141(e), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (e)  A parole panel may release an inmate on parole only
  when:
               (1)  arrangements have been made for the inmate's
  employment or for the inmate's maintenance and care, which may
  include the issuance of payment for the cost of temporary
  post-release housing under Section 508.157; and
               (2)  the parole panel believes that the inmate is able
  and willing to fulfill the obligations of a law-abiding citizen.
         SECTION 3.  The executive director of the Texas Department
  of Criminal Justice shall adopt the rules required by Section
  508.157, Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than
  January 1, 2010.
         SECTION 4.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an inmate released on parole on or after January 1, 2010.
         SECTION 5.  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, 2009.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3226 was passed by the House on May 7,
  2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 125, Nays 16, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3226 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor