HBA-NIK, NIK, PDH H.B. 812 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 812 By: Jones, Jesse Corrections 3/15/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) contracts out inmates to perform dataentry work for various business and governmental entities. Depending on the type of contract, the inmate may have access to information on a person that is considered personal and sensitive. The public has raised concerns regarding confined inmates' access to such information. H.B. 812 prohibits the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from entering into a contract with a private business or public entity that allows access to personal information about persons who are not confined to inmates required to register as sex offenders. If TDCJ enters into this type of contract, it is required to search the inmates as they enter and leave the work area. 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; SEARCHES. Prohibits the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from entering into a contract with a private business or public entity if the contract requires or permits an inmate confined in a correctional facility to have access to personal information about non-inmates and the inmate is serving a sentence for an offense for which a defendant is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 (Sex Offender Registration Program), Code of Criminal Procedure. Requires the department to require an inmate to submit to a personal search by department personnel upon entering and leaving a work area if the department enters into a contract with a private business or public entity that requires or permits an inmate confined in a correctional facility to have access to personal information about non-inmates. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.