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Friday, March 09, 2001

Moratorium Bills Filed!

Moratorium Bills Filed!

House Bill 720, filed by Rep. Dutton, a Democrat from Houston, calls for a moratorium and for a study to be conducted during the period in which executions are halted.  It has been referred to the House State Affairs Committee.  He has also filed House Joint Resolution 56, which calls for a Constitutional Amendment declaring a moratorium.  HJR 56 has been referred to the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.  And Rep. Naishtatt, a Democrat from Austin, has filed HJR 59, which calls for a Constitutional Amendment granting the Governor the power to establish a moratorium on executions. Soon, there will be a Senate version of a moratorium bill, and yet another version may also be filed in the House.


The next step is a hearing on a moratorium.


We are asking supporters to call your Texas State Representative and State Senator and ask them to cosponsor or otherwise support *any* legislation that calls for a moratorium on executions in Texas. If your State Representative is on the State Affairs or Criminal Jurisprudence committees, please urge them to see to it that moratorium legislation gets a full and public hearing. 


If you don’t know who your state legislators are, you can find out by going to the following website:      http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/fyi.htm


Thank you again for your support for a moratorium on executions in Texas.  With your help, we have made great progress, and we will not cease of efforts until the moratorium is a reality.  If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at: 512-302-6715

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