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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 72nd R.S. (1991)

Committee Members
Parker McCollough, Chair
Sam Russell, Chair
A.R. 'Augie' Ovard, Vice Chair
John Cook
Eddie De La Garza
Ken Fleuriet
Pete Gallego
Steve Ogden
Allen Place
Jim Tallas
Charges
• Monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and Special Called Sessions that was considered by the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee; Performance Audit Review Recommendations; and any agency-initiated changes.
• Carry out budget and oversight responsibilities for all agencies, boards, and commissions listed in Rule 3, Section 7.
A. Monitor and oversee documentation of salary increases.
B. Verify the number and status of outcomes and outputs as identified in the Appropriations Bill (HB 1, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session).
C. Review agencies' existing performance standards and determine whether new standards are needed.
• Review present DWI laws to determine if revisions shall be recommended. Study new programs and alternative for the youthful, as well as multiple, DWI offender (determine needs of the offender). Study and compare the accuracy and failings of the breath test to the blood test, the manner in which the tests are administered, and the equipment used to administer such tests. Study ALR, and other measures, which would allow access to federal funds. Compare the ALR programs of other states and determine which method is most effective.
• Study the feasibility of developing and implementing a uniform method of reporting gang activity (crime reporting program). Study ways of suppressing gang activity (alternative programs, enhanced penalties, vertical proesecution, parental responsibility, etc.) Study methods to remove hard core gang members from the street (training developing job skills and placement, counseling, community activities). Develop definition of "gang member" to apply on a state-wide basis.
• Review and compare rules of the 36 County Bailbond Boards. Compare bail bonds and personal bonds as used in the counties; the rate of collection on forfeitures; the cost of forfeitures to the county; and the rearrest rates. make recommendations for improvements to both systems.
• Review the grand jury process. Consider the jury wheel system versus the jury commission.
• Study the prevalence of fraud perpetrated upon the elderly in the state. Make recommendations for prevention and protection.
• Study the impact of mental health care on the Texas Crime Victims Compensation fund.
• Monitor the Texas Punishment Standards Committee.

Note:
Sam Russell (Chair) resigned 8/3/92. Parker McCollough appointed Chair.

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