- SB 117 by Ellis requiring law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies related to eyewitness identification procedures, and
- SB 1681 by Hinojosa requiring corroboration for jailhouse informant testimony in order to secure a conviction.
Hinojosa's bill builds on legislation he carried several sessions ago requiring corroboration for informant testimony in undercover drug stings (back in 2001 when he chaired the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee). At the committee hearing on the bill, Hinojosa agreed that, ideally, no one should be convicted based on uncorroborated testimony for which a witness receives official compensation or leniency. But ideals aside, you do what's possible in the legislative process and Hinojosa is extending the corroboration requirement to a significant new category of informants.
Now these bills move to the House, which has yet to move any legislation from the Calendars Committee to the floor (though a few bills have passed on "local" calendars). Both of these are agreed bills whose main barrier to passage at this point may be the calendar, rather than any organized opposition.