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1963 - Final draft of work of the Special Committee of the State Bar of Texas for the Revision of the Code of Criminal Procedure was introduced as a bill. SB270 was vetoed by Governor John Connally because of technical defects.

  • SB 270, 58th Legislature, R.S. [Bill file contains introduced version only]
    Relating to establishing and adopting a Code of Criminal Procedure for the State of Texas by revising and rearranging the statutes of this State which pertain to the trial of criminal cases; and fixing the effective date of the Code.
    • Read first time and referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence, February 13, 1963
    • Adopted in Senate, April 2, 1963
    • Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, April 8, 1963
    • Adopted in House, May 8, 1963
    • Conference committee report adopted in Senate, May 22, 1963
    • Conference committee report adopted in House, May 23, 1963
    • Vetoed, June 5, 1963

1965 - A new draft from the Special Committee of the State Bar of Texas for the Revision of the Code of Criminal Procedure was introduced as a bill. SB107 was adopted by the Senate and House and was signed into law on June 18, 1965.

  • SB107, 59th Legislature., R.S.
    Relating to amending and repealing Statutes and adopting a Code of Criminal Procedure for State, revising an rearranging Statutes pertaining to criminal cases.
    • Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence, January 28, 1965
    • Adopted in Senate, March 9, 1965
    • Read first time and referred to the Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, March 16, 1965
    • Adopted in House, May 19, 1965Conference committee report laid before the Senate not adopted; new conference committee requested and Senate conferees appointed, May 25, 1965
    • Request for new conference committee granted; new House conferees appointed, May 27, 1965
    • Conference committee report adopted in House, May 27, 1965
    • Conference committee report adopted in Senate, May 27, 1965
    • Resolution adopted authorizing certain corrections (HCR 182), May 29, 1965
    • Resolution adopted authorizing certain corrections (HCR 197), May 31, 1965
    • Signed by the Governor, June 18, 1965
    • Effective, January 1, 1966

1985 - A nonsubstantive revision of miscellaneous articles that were expressly saved from repeal in SB107, 59th Legislature, but were not incorporated into the new code was introduced as a bill. SB854 was adopted by the Senate and House and was signed into law on June 5, 1985.

  • SB854, 69th Legislature, R.S.
    Reforming the penal law; enacting a new penal code setting out general principles, defining offenses, and affixing punishments, making necessary conforming amendments to outside law; repealing replaced law.
    • Introduced, March 6, 1985
    • Adopted in the Senate, April 10, 1985
    • Adopted in the House, May 17, 1985
    • Signed by the Governor, June 5, 1985
    • Effective, September 1, 1985