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Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Alternatives to incarceration | Driving while intoxicated | Elderly inmates | Felonies | Inmate health | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Mentally ill inmates | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | Probation | Texas Penal Code | Theft | Youthful offenders |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 C868
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [85 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review cases involving the imposition of probation rather than imprisonment or commitment for adult and juvenile intoxication manslaughter offenders. Make recommendations to ensure that intoxication manslaughter sentences include appropriate punishment levels, maintain public safety, and serve to deter driving under the influence.
2. Study the operations of the Texas prison system with respect to the medical and mental health care treatment. Study potential cost savings associated with identifying offenders with dual diagnoses and routing these individuals into appropriate services before, during, and after involvement with the criminal justice system. Study the way in which geriatric parole cases are currently evaluated and identify opportunities for reducing costs associated with the geriatric inmate population without compromising public safety.
3. Study and make recommendations related to jail diversion, reduced recidivism rates, and access to services for those within the system who suffer from a mental illness. Monitor the progress and implementation of the jail diversion pilot program for the mentally ill in Harris County and determine the best practices to be applied statewide.
4. Compile an inventory of all the juvenile specialty courts in the state, the juvenile population served, and the courts' program guidelines and practices. Identify gaps in services, geographically, by issue area, and juvenile population. Study the efficacy of each court through an analysis of recidivism rates and cost effectiveness and make recommendations regarding the best practices of juvenile specialty courts.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding sentencing of youth under 18 accused of committing serious crimes.
6. Study the value ladder of charges for theft and related offenses within the Texas Penal Code and recommend any necessary updates and proposed legislative reforms.
7. Evaluate the approximately 1,500 non-traditional criminal offenses that can be found outside of the Penal Code. Study the feasibility of streamlining these offenses and examine ambiguities in the law. Analyze whether and to what extent some of these non-traditional criminal offenses should be eliminated.
Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agricultural chemicals | Border security | Councils of government | Driver licenses | Driver Responsibility Program | Driving while intoxicated | Emergency management | Explosions | Hazardous substances | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Traffic violations | West, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 P96H
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the level of preparedness among critical infrastructure entities, state and local emergency planning organizations, first response efforts, and overall coordination of jurisdictions across the state. Include a review of the state's role in preparing, resourcing, and coordinating with local emergency response, specifically in rural areas or areas that depend largely on volunteer response efforts.
2. Investigate the fatal explosion in West, Texas, in April 2013, for deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning by chemical facilities and state entities. Determine if any changes should be made to existing laws and rules relating to inspection, investigation, and enforcement, and make specific recommendations on how to reduce the likelihood for damage, injury, or death.
3. Evaluate state and local entities' effectiveness in meeting the state's border and homeland security program goals and objectives.
4. Review the Driver Responsibility Program and consider methods for overall improvement of the program.
5. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature / Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Subjects: Alcohol-related deaths | Alternatives to incarceration | Blood alcohol concentration | Child abuse | Child sexual abuse | Community notification of sex offenders | Concealed weapons | Crime laboratories | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | DNA testing | Driving while intoxicated | Forensics | Indigent criminal defense | Jail Standards, Texas Commission on | Juvenile detention facilities | Juvenile justice system | Juvenile Probation Commission, Texas | Mental health services | Mentally ill inmates | Municipal jails | Prison security | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Recidivism | School discipline | Sex offender registration | State Health Services, Texas Department of | Texas Fair Defense Act | Witnesses | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 C868
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 3,355 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the efficiency and fairness of the current sexual offender registry system and make recommendations to improve the system, if necessary. Study the issue of compliance with the Adam Walsh Act, focusing on the associated costs to the state and the punishment of juveniles. Examine the risk assessment tools used to measure the likelihood of recidivism of sexual predators.
2. Review statistics regarding the crime of driving while intoxicated, including accident statistics, alcohol-related deaths and injury, and other impacts on the community. Examine enforcement options used nationwide to deter driving under the influence and make recommendations to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities and accidents in Texas.
3. Review the performance of the Fair Defense Act and the Task Force on Indigent Defense. Study key outcomes of the law, including: appointment rates in felony and misdemeanor cases; state and county indigent defense expenditures; attorney caseloads; attorney compensation; access to investigators and experts; and overall quality of counsel for the indigent. Examine the Task Force on Indigent Defense's effectiveness in monitoring and enforcing standards and design strategies to improve the delivery of services for indigent defense, including timing of the appointment of counsel, the use of the appointment wheel and the monitoring of workloads and performance of attorneys.
4. Study and make recommendations related to municipal jails and other detention facilities that operate without state agency oversight. Identify the number of such facilities and the population detained, as well as best practices for municipal jails. Make recommendations to improve services and consider options for oversight of facilities by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
5. Review the detention of juvenile offenders in local jails, state jails, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units by examining conditions of confinement, including quality of education, mental health treatment and medical services, rehabilitative treatment, and equality of access to services for young female inmates. Review access to administrative and inspector general grievances in TDCJ facilities. Make recommendations for improving the system and reduce recidivism of juvenile offenders.
6. Study and make recommendations to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of testing done in Texas forensic laboratories, including DNA and blood/alcohol testing. Assess and make recommendations for improving the capacity of Texas criminal laboratories to process evidence, identify ways to reduce the backlog of DNA evidence processing, identify ways to encourage qualified applicants for crime lab jobs, ensure adequate training for new crime lab technicians, ensure the availability of efficient crime lab processing to all regions of the state, and determine the impact of additional collection requirements on the capacity of Texas crime labs to process evidence. Consider the costs and benefits of creating a statewide crime lab.
7. Assess how the Commission on Jail Standards, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Criminal Justice, and Department of State Health Services are working together to identify defendants with mental health issues, notify magistrates when defendants have been identified and, where appropriate, provide crisis stabilization services to defendants. Monitor legislation passed by the 81st Legislature for mental illness and make recommendations for any needed improvements to improve mental health services and reduce recidivism.
8. Study and evaluate the success of juvenile probation pilot programs aimed at community-based diversion of youth from Texas Youth Commission facilities. Make recommendations for needed legislative action and additional programs to increase the number of delinquent youth successfully rehabilitated in their home communities.
9. Consider the impact that secondary education school disciplinary laws and policies have on the juvenile justice system and the adult prison system. Recommend changes, if needed, to current law.
10. Evaluate the usage of current Texas practices for facilitating the fair and accurate courtroom testimony of children and reducing the trauma associated with testifying, particularly for children who are victims of sexual abuse. Specifically consider recent efforts and trends across the nation to develop best practices, including "court orientation" programs, and ensure that courtrooms are more child friendly and accommodating for young victims to reduce the trauma associated with testifying in court while ensuring that fair and accurate information is solicited from the child as a witness.
11. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
  • Study the impact of certain provisions in the 2009 DPS Sunset bill on the timely processing of concealed handgun license applications and the issuance of licenses.
  • Monitor and make recommendations, if needed, on actions by TDCJ to improve security and reduce contraband.
Committee: Senate Transportation and Homeland Security
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 80th Legislature
Subjects: Animal diseases | Border crossings | Border issues | Child car seats | County courthouses | Driver licenses | Driving while intoxicated | Emergency management | Federal funds | Highway finance | Highway rest areas | Highways | Historic preservation | Homeland security | Official designations | Operation Linebacker | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Railroad crossings | Railroads | Real ID Act | Rights of way | Safe Routes to School Program | Semi-trailer trucks | Traffic safety | Transportation Enhancement Program | Transportation planning | Truck inspection stations | Underground utility lines | Undocumented immigrants | USA Patriot Act | Wright Amendment |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 In5hs
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [294 pages  File size: 21,985 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations for updating the state's overweight truck fees. Include an analysis and recommendations relating to the distribution of fees collected.
2. Monitor the impact of federal actions regarding the Patriot Act on homeland security activities in Texas. Make recommendations for statutory changes required to implement federal legislation and improve the efficiency of the process.
3. Study the implementation of SB 9, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to homeland security, and make recommendations to enhance its effectiveness. Focus on implementation of provisions relating to mutual aid, including the need for a statewide compact, agricultural inspection stations, the health alert network, radio and computer interoperability and the protection of drinking water and of vital infrastructure. Assess the feasibility of establishing and operating a statewide public building mapping information system for state-owned buildings.
4. Study and make recommendations relating to the Texas Department of Transportation's ability to build, maintain, and relocate rail facilities. Monitor and report on the Departments ability to efficiently contract and provide funding for rail facility construction.
5. Evaluate and make recommendations relating to the naming of state highways and the criteria which should be followed in order to name a highway after a natural person. Include an analysis of criteria used in other states.
6. Study and make recommendations relating to the Texas Department of Transportation's programs designed to increase safety on all state transportation facilities.
7. Monitor ongoing federal, state and local efforts along the Texas Mexico border to combat criminal activity and prevent illegal border crossings. Study other border state activities in regard to the safety, efficiency and security of border crossings. Include an assessment of the impact of security measures on trade and vehicular and pedestrian commerce.
8. Study and make recommendations relating to the relocation of utilities from state owned right-of-way, including an assessment of the costs of relocations, possible funding sources and methods to decrease delays associated with relocation. Joint Charge with Senate Business & Commerce Committee.
9. Review the process by which the Texas Department of Transportation Commission allocates funds to the districts through the Allocation Program. Include a description of all scoring mechanisms used in making allocations of resources and make recommendations for maximizing the use of these funds to meet Legislative objectives. Joint Charges with Senate Finance Committee.
10. Review the process by which the Texas Department of Transportation Commission determines which federal funding sources should be implemented to comply with funding reductions mandated by Congress. Assess the Commission's options for determining how projects that were to be funded out of these reduced revenue sources will be funded this biennium. Joint Charges with Senate Finance Committee.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Driver licenses | Driving while intoxicated | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Parole | Peace officers | State Prosecuting Attorney, Office of |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 C868h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [61 pages  File size: 349 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study moving the DWI administrative license revocation hearing process from the State Office of Administrative Hearings to the trial court handling the DWI criminal prosecution.
2. Review the criminal laws and procedures relating to the substantive and procedural rights of defendants in proceedings before the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
3. Review Code of Criminal Procedure Article 2.13 and Art. 14.03 as they relate to a peace officer's authority to act outside of the peace officer's geographic or territorial jurisdiction.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including considering the ongoing functions of the Office of the State Prosecuting Attorney.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence Texas House of Representatives interim report 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol-related deaths | Blood alcohol concentration | Criminally insane | Driving while intoxicated | Mentally disabled persons | Mentally ill persons | Open container laws | Sobriety tests | Traffic fatalities |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 c868h
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 2,195 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the laws and procedures relating to driving while intoxicated, including blood-alcohol levels, sobriety check-points and open containers in automobiles.
2. Review and assess the need for changes in the insanity defense.
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 75th Legislature.
Subjects: Blood alcohol concentration | Community support services | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Driving while intoxicated | Drug rehabilitation programs | Gun laws | Guns | Handguns - Registration | Inmate rehabilitation | Open container laws | Parole | Prison construction | Prison population | Privately-operated prisons | Probation | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Recidivism | Right to Carry Act | Sex offenders | State jail system | Statutory revision | Substance abuse |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 c868
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 1,664 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and determine if there are any needed changes in the Driving While Intoxicated or related statutes, with a review of statutes in other states. This review should include, but not be limited to: the use of sobriety checkpoints; prohibition of open alcoholic beverage containers in motor vehicles; changing the blood alcohol threshold; and penalties for DWI offenses, including Intoxication Manslaughter.
2. Review present and future substance abuse treatment programs in community programs, correctional facilities, and parole programs, to determine the number of offenders requiring treatment in all stages of the criminal justice system, the facility and personnel requirements to effectively treat offenders and to provide necessary aftercare by the year 2002, including projections for the next two bienniums.
3. Review the progress of the state jails, including determining; (a) is programming available and effective for all state jail felons and if some are not receiving programming, why not; (b) is there effective programming in both the state operated and locally operated facilities; and (c) are programming efforts including preventing offenders from placing future demands on the criminal justice system.
4. Review alternatives to incarceration that will reduce the need for further prison expansion, while improving public safety in light of the demand for prison space, through the year 2002.
5. Review whether the Legislature should implement funding of the Department of Criminal Justice on performance of their efforts to reduce recidivism, including review of the Task Force on Recidivism.
6. Monitor implementation of SB 60, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, Right to Carry Act, and develop legislation to address administrative problems encountered by the Department of Public Safety and any other problems that may be identified.
7. Review the cost and effectiveness of construction and operations, including programming, of Mode I and Mode II state jails, and any correctional facilities that are operated by private entities for use by the state, to determine which type of facility is the most cost effective to operate and which have the most effective programming and treatment, and to make recommendations to improve future operations, including cost effectiveness.
8. Study and make recommendations for any penal or criminal justice issues that are identified as problems in legislation passed in the 74th Legislative Session, including omissions and unintended consequences of the legislation or related statutes, specifically including review of the criminal offenses created in the Education Code that may or may not conflict with provisions of the Penal Code.
9. Review parole issues regarding sex offenders including available treatment and the statutory requirements as to which county the Parole Board may release an offender, to make recommendations for statutory changes, if any, that may be needed.
Committee: Senate Juvenile Driving While Intoxicated Laws, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Senate Interim Committee on Juvenile Driving While Intoxicated Laws.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcohol-related deaths | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Blood alcohol concentration | Driver education | Driver licenses | Driving while intoxicated | Graduated driver licenses | Teenage drivers | Traffic fatalities | Underage drinking | Zero tolerance laws |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 j9882
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [107 pages  File size: 4,903 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding the establishment of a lower driving while intoxicated blood alcohol threshold for juveniles than for adults. Study and make recommendations regarding the penalties applicable to juveniles for DWI offenses in light of the penalties for adult DWI. Study and make recommendations as to whether changes in the penalties and procedures for dealing with related intoxication offenses, such as public intoxication, could reduce the incidence of juvenile DWI. Study and make recommendations as to whether changes are needed in the laws prohibiting sales of alcoholic beverages to minors or in enforcement of such laws. Identify prevention and intervention measures that hold promise for reducing the incidence of juvenile DWI and that merit expansion. Monitor any federal legislation regarding juvenile DWI issues to determine whether changes are needed in Texas statutes to participate fully in federal programming. Study and make recommendations regarding such other issues that come before the committee in relation to the above charges that the committee deems appropriate for consideration.
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Liquor Regulation, Texas House of Representatives, Seventieth Legislature : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, Seventieth Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcohol-related deaths | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Alcoholic beverages | Alcoholism | Driving while intoxicated | Military bases | Open container laws | Sobriety tests | Traffic fatalities | Traffic safety | Underage drinking |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 l669
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,115 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards, and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 22.
2. To study the industry response and ramifications of the trainer serving program as mandated by HB 1963, 70th Legislature, Regular Session, including a review of the Alcohol Beverage Commission's rules.
3. To study the law enforcement reaction to new laws enacted during the 70th Legislature with regard to driving while intoxicated and open containers.
4. To study the impact and relationship of the 21 year old drinking age limit on highway and road safety.
5. To study the feasibility and impact of requiring military installations to purchase liquor from state distributors.
6. To study the production of an educational video designed to be distributed to primary and secondary schools in Texas informing students of effects of alcohol and alcohol awareness.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Bail Bond committee documentation: meeting notes, law review and newspaper articles, legislation, etc.
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 J979 68
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [228 pages]
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: SR 653
Library Call Number: SR 653
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [7 pages  File size: 536 kb]
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Liquor Regulation, Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Driving while intoxicated | Open container laws | Underage drinking | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 l669
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [81 pages  File size: 3,336 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 21.
2. To study the possibility of increasing the legal drinking age from 19 to 21 years of age.
3. To do a comparative study of other state's laws prohibiting open alcoholic beverage containers in moving vehicles.
4. In cooperation with the House Committee on State Affairs, study the wine and grape industry in Texas, and how other states have encouraged the development of this industry.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Selected Texas transportation issues, 1977-78 : a report to the Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives / by the Texas Transportation Issues 1977 Policy Research Project, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Te
Subjects: Agriculture | Alcohol-related deaths | Driving while intoxicated | Semi-trailer trucks | Traffic fatalities |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 t687
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [176 pages  File size: 7,001 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit: Aeronautics Commission, State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, Department of Safety, Texas Motor Vehicle Commission, Railroad Commission (partial), Texas Transportation Institute, Civil Air Patrol.
2. A study of the statistical data linking traffic accidents and fatalities to alcohol and drug consumption. This study should include recommendations as to necessary changes in legislation or enforcement policy to deal effectively with this problem in an attempt to reduce the occurrence thereof.
3. A study of the trucking industry and the regulation thereof by the Railroad Commission. This study shall specifically determine the need for legislative changes, if any, to permit local movement of farm commodities from site of origin to processor during seasonal harvest periods. Consideration should also be given to the difference in treatment between an independent and a cooperative processor of farm commodities as related to transportation, both in receiving and shipping such commodities.

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