Saturday, February 17, 2007

Contact House and Senate Criminal Justice Committees regarding a moratorium on executions

Contact the members of the two committees in the Texas House and Senate who will be hearing moratorium legislation soon. Ask them to enact a temporary, two year moratorium on executions and to create a commission to study the death penalty in Texas. Let them know that Texas may have executed three innocent people: Ruben Cantu, Cameron Todd Willingham and Carlos De Luna. A moratorium will help prevent more innocent people from being executed in Texas. Tell them that a moratorium is a top priority for you, because if a moratorium is not enacted this year, another innocent person could be executed. Tell them that a moratorium has been endorsed by most of the major newspaper editorial boards in Texas.

While executions have slowed in other states, the torrid pace continues in Texas. So far in 2007, there have been five executions in the U.S. and four of them were in Texas. Through March, there are seven more executions scheduled in the U.S. and six of them are in Texas.

Criminal Justice Committees in 80th Texas Legislature

House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee:

Name Party District Counties Phone
Aaron Pena (Chair)
email Pena
D 40 Hildago-part 512-463-0426
Allen Vaught (Vice)
email Vaught
D 107 Dallas-part 512-463-0244
Debbie Riddle
email Riddle
R 150 Harris-part 512-463-0572
Juan Escobar
email Escobar
D 43 Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Willacy, Cameron-part 512-463-0666
Terri Hodge
email Hodge
D 100 Dallas-part 512-463-0586
Barbara Mallory Caraway
email Mallory Caraway
D 110 Dallas-part 512-463-0664
Paul Moreno
email Moreno
D 77 El Paso-part 512-463-0638
Paula Hightower Pierson
email Pierson
D 93 Tarrant-part 512-463-0562
Robert Talton
email Talton
R 144 Harris-part 512-463-0460

Senate Criminal Justice Committee:

Name Party Dist Counties Phone
John Whitmire (Chair)
email Whitmire
D 15 Harris-part 512-463-0115
Kel Seliger (Vice)
email Seliger
R 31 Andrews, Bailey, Cochran, Crane, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Howard, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Martin,Midland,Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Yoakum 512-463-0131
John Carona
email Corona
R 16 Dallas-part 512-463-0116
Bob Duell
email Duell
R 2 Dallas-part, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall, Smith-part, Van Zandt 512-463-0102
Rodney Ellis
email Ellis
D 13 Fort Bend-part, Harris –part 512-463-0113
Glenn Hegar
email Hegar
R 18 Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend-part, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria,

Waller, Washington, Wharton

Juan Hinojosa
email Hinojosa
D 20 Brooks, Hidalgo-part, Jim Wells, Nueces 512-463-0120

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