HBA-NIK S.B. 420 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 420 By: Shapiro Corrections 4/16/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, there is no Texas statute that prevents inmates in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) or in a state jail facility from participating in a prison work program that gives the inmates access to personal information about citizens. In the absence of such a law and have obtained personal information regarding private citizens. S.B. 420 prohibits the department from entering into a contract with a private business or public entity that permits an inmate to have access to personal information about persons not confined in the prison system. 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 Subchapter A, Chapter 497, Government Code, by adding Section 497.011, as follows: Sec. 497.011. CERTAIN CONTRACTS PROHIBITED. Prohibits the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (department) from entering into a contract with a private business or public entity that requires or permits an inmate confined in a correctional facility operated by or for the department to have access to personal information about persons who are not confined in facilities operated by or for the department. SECTION 2. Repealer: Sections 497.098 (Prohibition from Participation in Certain Work Programs), 498.0041(Forfeiture for Work Program Violations), and 507.028 (Prohibition from Participation in Certain Work Programs), Government Code. SECTION 3. Repealer: Section 38.111 (Inmate Misuse of Information Gained Through Work Program), Penal Code. SECTION 4. Makes application of SECTION 1 of this Act prospective. SECTION 5. Makes application of the repeal of Section 38.111, Penal Code of this Act prospective. SECTION 6. Requires the director of the institutional division of the department to forfeit good conduct time earned by an inmate convicted of an offense under Section 38.111, Penal Code, regardless of whether the conviction occurs before, on, or after the effective date of this Act, and Section 498.0041, Government Code, is continued in effect for that purpose. SECTION 7. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 8. Emergency clause.