Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.126
Access to Criminal History Record Information: Volunteer Centers


(a)

In this section:

(1)

“Volunteer center” means a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization:

(A)

whose primary purpose is to recruit and refer individual volunteers for other nonprofit groups in that area; and

(B)

that is certified as a bona fide volunteer center by the department.

(2)

“Volunteer” or “volunteer applicant” means a person who will perform one or more of the following services without remuneration:

(A)

any service performed in a residence;

(B)

any service that requires the access to or the handling of money or confidential or privileged information; or

(C)

any service that involves the care of or access to:

(i)

a child;

(ii)

an elderly person; or

(iii)

a person who is mentally incompetent, mentally retarded, physically disabled, ill, or incapacitated.

(3)

“Employee” or “employee applicant” means a person who will perform one or more of the following services or functions for remuneration:

(A)

any service performed in a residence;

(B)

any service that requires the access to or the handling of money or confidential or privileged information; or

(C)

any service that involves the care of or access to:

(i)

a child;

(ii)

an elderly person; or

(iii)

a person who is mentally incompetent, mentally retarded, physically disabled, ill, or incapacitated;

(D)

coordination or referral of volunteers; or

(E)

executive administrative responsibilities.

(4)

“Client agency” means a nonprofit agency served by a volunteer center.

(b)

A volunteer center is entitled to obtain from the department criminal history record information maintained by the department that relates to a person who is:

(1)

an employee, an employee applicant, a volunteer, or a volunteer applicant of the volunteer center; or

(2)

an employee, an employee applicant, a volunteer, or a volunteer applicant of a client agency.

(c)

The department may establish rules governing the administration of this section and charge volunteer centers a fee to cover the department’s direct costs of administering this program.

(d)

A volunteer center may disseminate criminal history record information to a client agency, if the client agency has been approved by the department.

(e)

A volunteer center or client agency may not keep or retain criminal history record information obtained under this section in any file. Criminal history record information must be destroyed promptly after the determination of suitability of the person for any position as a volunteer or employee.

(f)

Subject to approval by the department, two or more volunteer centers may share technical and staff resources in the development and operation of services for the dissemination of criminal history record information.

(g)

Except in the case of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, a volunteer center is not liable for damages arising from:

(1)

the release or use of information obtained under this section;

(2)

the failure to release or use information obtained under this section; or

(3)

the failure to obtain information under this section.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 248, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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