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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Aaron Peña, Chair
Allen Vaught, Vice Chair
Debbie Riddle, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Juan Escobar
Terri Hodge
Barbara Mallory Caraway
Paul Moreno
Paula Pierson
Robert Talton
  • Examine problems associated with the current system of deferred adjudication in Texas.
  • Study the need to add salvia divinorum to the list of controlled substances regulated under the Texas Controlled Substance Act.
  • Examine the criminal trespass statute in the Penal Code and propose needed amendments or reorganization.
  • Study the prosecution and effectiveness of current drunk driving laws in Texas and recommend any legislative changes needed to further combat the problem.
  • Research the problems associated with human trafficking and determine the need for additional penalties.
  • Examine the current Texas law allowing dual trials for capital murder defendants.
  • Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Charges issued by the Speaker November 29, 2007.

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