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  H.B. No. 200
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the notification of the release of certain inmates
  given to certain courts, law enforcement agencies, and the United
  States Social Security Administration.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 493.025, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 493.025.  NOTIFICATION OF COURT OF RELEASE. On release
  of an inmate who discharges the inmate's sentence or on release of
  an inmate on parole or to mandatory supervision, the department
  promptly shall notify the clerk of the court in which the inmate was
  convicted of that fact. The notice must be provided by e-mail or
  other electronic communication.
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 493, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Section 493.030 to read as follows:
         Sec. 493.030.  NOTICE TO SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.
  (a) The department shall notify the United States Social Security
  Administration of the release or discharge of a prisoner who:
               (1)  immediately before the prisoner's confinement in a
  state correctional facility, was receiving:
                     (A)  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
  under 42 U.S.C. Section 1381 et seq.; or
                     (B)  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  benefits under 42 U.S.C. Section 401 et seq.; and
               (2)  before the release or discharge, was confined in
  the facility for a period of less than 12 consecutive months.
         (b)  The department shall provide the notice described by
  Subsection (a) to the United States Social Security Administration
  by mail and electronically immediately on the prisoner's release or
  discharge from custody. The department shall provide a copy of the
  notice to the prisoner at the time of the prisoner's release or
  discharge.
         SECTION 3.  Section 499.026(d), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (d)  Not later than the 10th day before the date on which a
  parole panel proposes to release an inmate under this subchapter,
  the department shall give notice of the proposed release to the
  sheriff, the attorney representing the state, and the district
  judge of the county in which the defendant was convicted. If there
  was a change of venue in the case, the department shall also notify
  the sheriff, the attorney representing the state, and the district
  judge of the county in which the prosecution was originated. Any
  notice required by this subsection must be provided by e-mail or
  other electronic communication.
         SECTION 4.  Section 499.051(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  On the release of an inmate determined by the department
  to be a member of a security threat group, the department shall
  notify the sheriff of the county to which the inmate is released
  and, if the inmate is released to a municipality, the chief of
  police for that municipality. The notice must state the date on
  which the inmate was released and state that the inmate has been
  determined by the department to be a member of a security threat
  group. The notice must be provided by e-mail or other electronic
  communication.
         SECTION 5.  Section 508.115, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
         (e)  The notice must be provided by e-mail or other
  electronic communication.
         SECTION 6.  Section 508.181(g), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (g)  The division shall, on the first working day of each
  month, notify the sheriff of any county in which the total number of
  sex offenders under the supervision and control of the division
  residing in the county exceeds 10 percent of the total number of sex
  offenders in the state under the supervision and control of the
  division. The notice must be provided by e-mail or other electronic
  communication. If the total number of sex offenders under the
  supervision and control of the division residing in a county
  exceeds 22 percent of the total number of sex offenders in the state
  under the supervision and control of the division, a parole panel
  may require a sex offender to reside in that county only as required
  by Subsection (a) or for the reason stated in Subsection (b)(2)(B).
  In this subsection, "sex offender" means a person who is released on
  parole or to mandatory supervision after serving a sentence for an
  offense described by Section 508.187(a).
         SECTION 7.  Section 493.030, Government Code, as added by
  this Act, applies to the release or discharge of a prisoner from a
  state correctional facility that occurs on or after the effective
  date of this Act, regardless of the date the prisoner was initially
  confined in the state correctional facility.
         SECTION 8.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 200 was passed by the House on March
  30, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 200 on May 21, 2011, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 200 on May 28, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 149,
  Nays 0, 1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 200 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 19, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a conference
  committee to consider the differences between the two houses; and
  that the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.B. No.
  200 on May 28, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0
  .
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor