- Senate Criminal Justice - Tuesday. Highlights: expansion of hazing offense, post-conviction DNA testing, civil commitment of sex offenders, licensing of forensic analysts, plus repeats on body cameras and asset forfeiture.
- House Homeland Security - Tuesday. Highlights: Dueling bills on DPS collection of driver fingerprints, data retention for automated license plate readers.
- House Criminal Jurisprudence - Wednesday. Highlights: requiring warrants for cell-phone location data, penalty reductions for various nonviolent offenses (including civil penalties for pot), and for the attorneys in the crowd, there's a bill eliminating "the Rule" barring witnesses from hearing other witnesses testimony at trial, but only if they're detectives.
- House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues - Wednesday. Nothing earth shattering but an array of interesting topics.
- House Corrections - Thursday. Probation, nondisclosure, and mental health diversion.
- House Emerging Law Enforcement Issues - Thursday. Highlights: body cameras, recording custodial interrogations, regulating automated license plate readers.
Monday, April 06, 2015
TX Lege committee agendas packed with criminal justice reform bills
There's really kind of an amazing array of criminal-justice reform bills and a host of other legislation related to the topics covered on this blog up in committee this week at the Texas Legislature. I've no time to adumbrate them all (perhaps a few, as the week progresses), but for now just check out these agendas, especially CrimJur in the House which may well end up being an all-nighter:
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