Texas Political Lobbyist 83rd Session Update: SB 484
Senate Bill 484 would amend the present Health and Safety Code to require a court, if a defendant successfully completes a prostitution prevention program further defined in the bill, to enter an order of nondisclosure. The bill requires the preventative program to ensure that the defendant is eligible and is provided with adequate legal counsel before making any decisions about participating in the program. The bill was passed on March 31st, and will be enacted by September 1st of 2013.
The bill specifically cites how to determine a fee amount for the prevention program to collect. It should be taken into consideration how much the participant is willing and able to pay, as well as not exceed a total of 1,000 dollars per program participant. The bill authorizes a payment plan in which fees can be collected. The bill also requires that this preventative program be established in all cities if the population exceeds 200,000 and if there is not already a comparable program present.