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  H.B. No. 3690
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 414.004, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 414.004.  DIRECTOR. The [council and the] executive
  director of the criminal justice division of the governor's office,
  with input from the council, shall designate a person to serve as
  director. [The director must be approved by the governor.] The
  executive director [council] shall consult with the council to 
  define the director's authority and responsibilities.
         SECTION 2.  Section 414.012, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 414.012.  STATEWIDE CRIME REPORTING SYSTEMS [TOLL-FREE
  TELEPHONE SERVICE]. The council shall establish a free statewide
  [and operate a toll-free] telephone service and other appropriate
  systems to allow information about criminal acts to be reported to
  the council and shall make the telephone service and other
  reporting systems accessible at all times to persons residing in
  areas of the state not served by a crime stoppers organization [for
  reporting to the council information about criminal acts]. [The
  toll-free service must be available between the hours of 5 p.m. and
  8 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m.
  Monday.] The council shall forward the information received to
  appropriate law enforcement agencies or crime stoppers
  organization.
         SECTION 3.  Article 102.013(a), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The legislature shall appropriate funds from the crime
  stoppers assistance account to the Criminal Justice Division of the
  Governor's Office. The Criminal Justice Division may use 10
  percent of the funds for the operation of the free
  statewide
  [toll-free] telephone service or other appropriate systems for the
  reporting of crime under Section 414.012, Government Code, and
  shall distribute the remainder of the funds only to crime stoppers
  organizations. The Criminal Justice Division may adopt a budget
  and rules to implement the distribution of these funds.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3690 was passed by the House on May 4,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 3690 on May 25, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 1,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3690 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 23, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor