Tag Archives: Department of Public Safety

DPS requests additional crime lab funding for fiscal 2020-21

The fiscal 2018-19 state budget appropriated a total of $76.1 million to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for crime lab services, but about 15 percent of that was slated to come from a new fee that will not … Continue reading

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Texas may consider revisions to Driver Responsibility Program, trauma care funding

Texas lawmakers in 2019 may again debate changes to the state’s Driver Responsibility Program (DRP). Created in 2003 under Transportation Code, ch. 708, the program requires the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assess surcharges on drivers for certain traffic offenses on … Continue reading

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Laws let Texans donate to fund testing of sexual assault kits

Two laws enacted by the 85th Legislature this year allow Texans who are obtaining a driver’s license or registering a vehicle to contribute money for the testing of evidence from sexual assaults or other sex crimes. By early 2018, the … Continue reading

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New state laws allow for changes to driver’s license appearance

The photograph on a Texas driver’s license no longer has to be in color under a new law enacted this year by the 85th Texas Legislature. HB 1345 by Dale, which made the change, applies to a license issued or renewed on or after … Continue reading

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