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Public Safety News
Texas Department of Public Safety
News Release
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fee Schedule for DPS Crime Lab Services Released

Sept. 1st Funding Change Mandated by Legislative Action

AUSTIN – In accordance with the General Appropriation Act (GAA) passed by the 85th Texas Legislature requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to collect up to $11.5 million in fees for forensic analysis services (per Rider 58) in order to realize the full budget authorization for DPS Crime Labs ($74.5 million), DPS will begin charging law enforcement agencies for using certain crime laboratory services on Sept. 1, 2017. Accordingly, DPS today released a fee schedule for particular crime lab services.

The Legislature provided the DPS lab system approximately $63 million for FY 2018-2019, and requires up to an additional $11.5 million to be charged and collected (as referenced above), which would make up the balance of the total authorized budget of the $74.5 million for crime laboratory services. Last biennium, the DPS crime lab was appropriated approximately $74.7 million.

For additional details and the fee schedule, visit: http://www.dps.texas.gov/docs/rider58.pdf




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