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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 69th R.S. (1985)

Committee Members
Terral R. Smith, Chair
Anthony Polumbo, Vice Chair
Bill Blackwood
Debra Danburg
James Hury
Dan Morales
Jim Parker
Alan Schoolcraft
Tom C. Waldrop
Charges
• Study and recodify the Code of Criminal Procedure.
• Study federal RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] statutes and determine whether organized criminal activity in Texas necessitates the enactment of similar state legislation.
• Study sentencing standards and alternatives, including the deterrent effect of increased or enhanced penalties on criminal activity, and the potential of creating new felony offenses which would not require a sentence to the Department of Corrections.
• Study fraud, theft, and misappropriation of funds in the construction and home remodeling industry and determine the need to incorporate existing civil statutes with criminal sanctions into the Penal Code.
• Study legislation addressing inhalation of abusable or volatile substances, focusing not only on the retailer and the abuser, but also on the wholesaler and/or manufacturer.
• Study the grand jury system in Texas and consider the efficacy of reform.
• Review the statutes and procedures for handling death inquests; review the educational requirements of justices of the peace who handle death inquests; and study the need for a medical examiner in cases where the cause of death is questionable.
• Study the problem of elder abuse and neglect.*

Note:
No report was issued.
Interim member information and charges are from committee press releases. See 69th Legislature Committee Press Releases Including House and Senate Standing Committees and Interim Committee press releases, L1836.69 P 926.
2nd C.S.: No change in committee appointments, 8/26/1986.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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