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6 Document(s) [ Subject: Alcohol-related deaths ]

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: 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 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.
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the Speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature : report of the Committee on Public Health.
Subjects: Alcohol-related deaths | Alcoholism | Alternative medicine | Border health | Health care costs | Indigent health care | Mental health services | Mentally ill persons | Psychologists | South Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 h349
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 1,116 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study, in cooperation with the House-Senate Joint Committee in Indigent Health Care, health care needs in South Texas.
2. To study chelation therapy, acupuncture, and the practice of human ecology, in cooperation with the House Committee on Human Services.
3. To study alcoholism in women.
4. To study the role of psychologists in mental health commitment process and in the delivery of health services.
5. Study the issues of rising medical costs and medical cost containment. *
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.

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

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