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Interim Charges for House Committees
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 3/24/2014 Views: 849  Impressions: 4248
Categories: Legal, Politics



This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. The charges are good indicators of what legislation the legislature will take up during the next session. Legislators rely on public input when crafting legislation, and it is important that they hear from people during the interim.

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE:

* Study the classification of 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system of Texas.

* Study the effectiveness of deferred adjudication and orders for non-disclosure in spite of the many exceptions to the statute. Study extending the use of expunction of criminal records history and non-disclosures to certain qualified individuals with low-level, non-violent convictions. Examine the statutorily allowed but underused non-disclosure and expunction of criminal records, and the use of deferred adjudication.

* Study the impact of SB 1289 (83R). Examine the sale of criminal histories that may be
erroneous as well as the lasting impact that arrest records have on individuals who are
arrested but not charged or convicted. Assess the need for revision of existing statutes
and consider designating an agency responsible for regulating entities involved in the
industry.

* Examine the association between co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use
disorders and parole revocation among inmates from the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice. Review current policies and procedures for incarcerating individuals with a dual
mental health diagnosis in both state and county correctional facilities and examine
potential remedies within the State's criminal justice system to ensure that the public is
protected and that individuals with a mental health diagnosis receive a continuum of
mental health services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Corrections)

* Examine the current pecuniary loss thresholds associated with graffiti offenses. Study
the costs of enhancing the penalties associated with the offense of graffiti, as well as a
study of pretrial diversion programs that exist in other states and are specific to persons
convicted of graffiti offenses. Study the existing Graffiti Abatement Programs in Texas.

* Evaluate the approximately 1,500 non-traditional criminal offenses that can be found
outside of the Penal Code. Study the feasibility of streamlining these offenses and
examine ambiguities in the law. Study the existing use of the Rule of Lenity and Mens
Rea requirements in Texas and the benefit of codifying both of these standards.

* Examine the utilization of community supervision in state jail felonies and the
effectiveness of the state jail in light of its original purpose.

* Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.




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