HBA-SEP, EDN H.B. 519 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 519 By: Gallego Criminal Jurisprudence 6/5/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Victims of domestic violence are eligible to file a claim with the Texas crime victims' compensation fund to seek compensation for certain costs incurred, including relocation costs. However, prior to the 77th Legislature, the term "domestic violence" was not defined under state law and may have excluded certain individuals who could have benefitted from assistance with relocation costs. House Bill 519 replaces the term "domestic violence" with "family violence" and establishes a definition that enables certain victims of sexual assault to qualify for compensation. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 519 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to replace the term "domestic violence" with "family violence" and to establish a definition that enables victims of sexual assault who are assaulted in their place of residence to receive a onetime-only assistance payment as compensation for pecuniary loss for relocation and housing rental expenses. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.