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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Update on Death Penalty Bills Filed in Texas Legislature

Nineteen bills have been filed so far in the Texas Legislature in 2009 that relate directly with capital punishment.

If you want to see a list of bills filed dealing with capital punishment, click here.

The newest ones on the list include HB 913 to create a commission to study capital punishment in Texas and to enact a moratorium on executions, filed by Rep Harold Dutton; another bill (HB 938) by Dutton would require electronic recordings of confessions in capital cases obtained as a result of custodial interrogations.

Texas Legislature
Bills By Subject
General Subject Index: Crimes--Capital Punishment
81st Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 1/31/2009

Number of Bills: 19
HB 111 Author: Pena

Last Action: 11/10/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the joint or separate prosecution of a capital felony charged against two or more defendants.

HB 297 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the abolition of the death penalty.

HB 298 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain evidence in capital cases in which the state seeks the death penalty.

HB 304 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the extent of a defendant's criminal responsibility for the conduct of a co-conspirator in certain felony cases.

HB 682 Author: Farrar

Last Action: 01/20/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

HB 788 Author: Thompson

Last Action: 01/26/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to investigate and prevent wrongful convictions.

HB 825 Author: Hochberg

Last Action: 01/27/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to prohibiting deferred adjudication community supervision for a defendant convicted of murder.

HB 877 Author: Naishtat

Last Action: 01/29/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas.

HB 913 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas and to a moratorium on executions.

HB 916 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to standards for judicial review of certain writs of habeas corpus in capital cases.

HB 921 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to jury selection in capital cases.

HB 938 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain confessions in capital cases.

HJR 24 Author: Naishtat

Last Action: 11/10/2008 H Filed

Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a moratorium on the execution of persons convicted of capital offenses.

SB 115 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to investigate and prevent wrongful convictions.

SB 165 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to an annual report and analysis by the Office of Court Administration regarding cases involving the trial of a capital offense.

SB 167 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with mental retardation.

SB 169 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the authority of the governor to grant one or more reprieves in a capital case.

SB 426 Author: Shapleigh

Last Action: 01/07/2009 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the electronic filing of documents for capital cases in the court of criminal appeals.

SJR 7 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant one or more reprieves in a capital case.

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