HBA-RBT H.B. 295 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 295 By: Wise Criminal Jurisprudence 2/10/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, certain youth groups which sponsor or provide drug abuse programs are entitled to receive a portion of the assets or proceeds recovered through drug forfeitures. However, some district attorneys and county commissioners feel that the pertinent provision in the present statute does not allow this type of distribution. H.B. 295 requires distribution of 2.5 percent of the proceeds of criminal asset forfeiture to drug abuse prevention programs provided by nonprofit organizations that primarily serve children. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Article 59.06, Code of Criminal Procedure, to require the governing body of a political subdivision to use not less than 25 percent of forfeited funds received by the political subdivision under Subsection (h) for drug-abuse prevention programs provided by nonprofit organizations that primarily serve children, and to use the remainder of the funds for other specified nonprofit entities and programs. Redesignates Subsections (i)-(k) to (k)-(m). Makes conforming and nonsubstantive changes. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.