Bill Text: TX HB3409 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to requirements for training regarding trauma for judges, prosecuting attorneys, correctional officers, and law enforcement officers.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-30 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB3409 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB3409-Comm_Sub.html
  86R12492 YDB-F
 
  By: Reynolds, White, Wu, Allen, Miller H.B. No. 3409
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to requirements for training regarding trauma for judges,
  prosecuting attorneys, correctional officers, and law enforcement
  officers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 22, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 22.1102 to read as follows:
         Sec. 22.1102.  JUDICIAL TRAINING RELATED TO TRAUMA.  (a)  The
  court of criminal appeals shall assure that judicial training
  related to trauma is provided.
         (b)  The court of criminal appeals shall adopt the rules
  necessary to accomplish the purposes of this section. The rules
  must require each district judge, judge of a statutory county
  court, or judge of a county court to complete at least eight hours
  of the training within the judge's first term of office and provide
  a method for certification of completion of that training. The
  training must be dedicated to issues related to trauma and the
  impact of trauma to enable each judge to identify individuals who
  have experienced traumatic events, minimize re-traumatization, and
  refer those individuals to the appropriate medical or mental health
  care professional for treatment.  The rules must exempt from the
  training requirement of this subsection each judge or judicial
  officer who files an affidavit stating that the judge or judicial
  officer does not hear any criminal cases.
         (c)  In adopting the rules, the court of criminal appeals may
  consult with the supreme court and with professional groups and
  associations in the state that have expertise in the subject matter
  to obtain the recommendations of those groups or associations for
  instruction content.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter B, Chapter 22, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 22.1115 to read as follows:
         Sec. 22.1115.  TRAINING FOR PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS RELATED TO
  TRAUMA.  The court of criminal appeals shall provide to prosecuting
  attorneys training related to trauma and the impact of trauma to
  enable each prosecuting attorney to identify individuals who have
  experienced traumatic events, minimize re-traumatization, and
  refer those individuals to the appropriate medical or mental health
  care professional for treatment.
         SECTION 3.  Chapter 493, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Section 493.032 to read as follows:
         Sec. 493.032.  TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAINING FOR CORRECTIONAL
  OFFICERS. The department shall require each correctional officer
  employed by the department to complete, during the officer's first
  24 months of service, not less than 8 hours of training related to
  trauma and the impact of trauma to enable each officer to identify
  inmates who have experienced traumatic events, minimize
  re-traumatization, and refer those inmates to the appropriate
  medical or mental health care professional for treatment.
         SECTION 4.  Section 1701.253, Occupations Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (p) to read as follows:
         (p)  As part of the minimum curriculum requirements, the
  commission shall require each officer to complete not less than
  eight hours of training related to trauma and the impact of trauma
  to enable each officer to identify individuals who have experienced
  traumatic events, minimize re-traumatization, and refer those
  individuals to the appropriate medical or mental health care
  professional for treatment.
         SECTION 5.  (a) Not later than December 1, 2019, the court
  of criminal appeals shall adopt the rules necessary to provide the
  training required by Section 22.1102, Government Code, as added by
  this Act.
         (b)  A judge who is in office on the effective date of this
  Act must complete the training required by Section 22.1102,
  Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than September 1,
  2020.
         SECTION 6.  The court of criminal appeals shall make the
  training described by Section 22.1115, Government Code, as added by
  this Act, available to prosecuting attorneys not later than January
  1, 2020.
         SECTION 7.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice shall
  make the training described by Section 493.032, Government Code, as
  added by this Act, available to correctional officers not later
  than January 1, 2020.
         SECTION 8.  Not later than December 1, 2019, the Texas
  Commission on Law Enforcement shall establish the training program
  required by Section 1701.253(p), Occupations Code, as added by this
  Act.
         SECTION 9.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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