Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Upcoming crimjust Lege hearings

There are four criminal-justice themed committee hearings next week in the Texas House of Representatives that may merit Grits readers' attention (links go to the agendas):

House Criminal Jurisprudence (Oct. 7, 10 a.m.): Regulating sale of criminal histories; consideration of crimes outside the penal code in terms of mens rea and the rule of lenity; expunction and non-disclosure orders; the effectiveness of graffiti laws; and the effectiveness of state jail system and the use of probation for state jail felonies.

House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee (Oct. 7, 2 p.m.): Will hear an interim charge related to emergency planning and receive updates on border security operations, the aftermath of the West fertilizer plant explosion, and draft legislation on the Driver Responsibility Surcharge.

House Corrections (Oct. 8, 10 a.m.): "Assess the impact of school discipline and school-based policing on referrals to the municipal, justice, and juvenile courts, and identify judicial policies or initiatives designed to reduce referrals without having a negative impact on school safety."

House Corrections (Oct. 8, 1 p.m.): Evaluate facilities, programming and reentry services at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.


Anonymous said...

I just recently wrote my House Rep who is on that committee concerning the surcharge law and lit him up. No response. Predictions?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Follow up with a phone call or drop by the district office. Don't stop.

As for predictions, I expect a slightly stronger bill than they discussed last time but Chairman Pickett will probably continue to say it can't be abolished and try to reform around the edges. Of course, we know they can't if they don't try. Can't never could, my Dad likes to say.

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