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Committee: House Law Enforcement
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: 911 emergency telephone service | Concealed weapons | Crime laboratories | Driver licenses | Homeland security | Houston Police Department | Identity requirements | Police departments |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 L41
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [95 pages  File size: 10,731 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the qualifications and standards necessary to be designated a police agency.
2. Monitor the impact of current Texas laws banning the carrying of firearms by holders of concealed carry licenses on the premises of educational institutions.
3. Study the funding of Texas 9-1-1 and poison control systems and the requirement to transition Texas 9-1-1 systems to the next generation of technology to meet future expectations for emergency communications.
4. Review the current requirements for receiving a Texas driver's license or ID card to determine whether they should be more stringent in order to prevent a criminal or terrorist from fraudulently obtaining an official form of Texas identification.
5. Monitor the report issued by the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room, the independent panel review of certain criminal convictions prompted by the conclusions of this report, and the implementation by the City of Houston of any reforms recommended in this report. Also monitor other urban crime laboratories and their compliance with state laws regulating their functions. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Urban Affairs.)
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Criminal Justice Committee interim report to the 79th Legislature.
Subjects: Alternatives to incarceration | Crime Victims' Compensation Fund | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Drug courts | Identity theft | Law Enforcement, Texas Commission on | Parole | Police departments | Police officers | Prison population | Privately-operated prisons | Probation | Technical parole violations | Underage drinking |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 C868
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [95 pages  File size: 643 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study identity theft and its effects, and the impact of recent legislation addressing the issue (HB 2138, 78th R.S., SB 473, 78th R.S., and SB 566, 78th R.S.). Make recommendations for enhancing the Texas' ability to implement effective programs to prevent identity theft. Monitor federal legislation regarding identity theft to ensure that state and federal laws are complementary and make recommendations for improvements.
2. Study and identify best practices for probation and community supervision programs including: the Community Justice Assistance Division; local probation management structure; the use of Drug Courts and the courts' impact on recidivism; programs to reduce underage drinking; mental health issues and continuity of care; use of the Community Supervision Tracking System (CSTS) and other data issues related to Criminal Justice information system components; and the implementation of HB 2668, 78th R.S.. Make recommendations for legislative changes to achieve best practices.
3. Study the management efficiency and organizational structure of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including implementation of recent restructuring by the TDCJ Board, and make recommendations on additional improvements, including possible consolidation of agency functions and other cost saving measures.
4. Study the use and effectiveness of current parole guideline policies and make recommendations for changes to improve the policies. Develop innovative options that improve efficiency and enhance safe and effective correctional policy.
5. Study and make recommendations relating to improving the use of specialized police agencies and officers, specifically, the necessity, accountability, qualifications, and jurisdictions of such police agencies.
6. Review the Crime Victims Compensation Fund (Fund), including state and local competition, use in state agency methods of finance, evaluation of grant programs, possible diversion of funds from crime victims as a result of prior legislation, and whether the Fund meets the objectives of its authorizing legislation.
7. Study the number of foreign citizens serving sentences in Texas prisons, including information relating to prison terms, recidivism, and types of offenses. Make recommendations for reducing the costs of providing prison services for this population, including leveraging of federal immigration funds and possible international agreements to pay home countries to transfer the prisoners to their respective countries to serve the remainder of their terms.
8. Study and make recommendations concerning the cost effectiveness and efficiency of private prisons, including private services performed at state-owned prisons.
Committee: Senate Crime Investigation
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report and recommendations of the Senate Committee Investigating Crime, 43rd Legislature, 1933-1934.
Subjects: Courts | Crime | Crime statistics | Gambling | Law enforcement | Police departments | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure |
Library Call Number: L1836.43 C868/S.J. of Tex., 44th Leg., R.S. 267 (1935)
Session: 43rd R.S. (1933)
Online version: View report [40 pages  File size: 2,390 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate and report upon the present, and, if any, growing disregard and violation by the criminal element of any and all laws of this state.
2. Investigate and report upon the effort or lack of effort on the part of any or all officers of the state government to enforce the laws of the state.
3. Investigate and report upon the effect, if any, that the disregard of some of the laws of this state has upon encouraging and making possible the violation of other laws of the state.
4. Investigate and report upon the effect, if any, that the lack of strict law enforcement by officials in certain sections has upon encouraging and making possible violations of law in other sections of the state.
5. Investigate and report upon any defects, if any, in our penal laws, laws of criminal procedure, and in our present jury system.
6. Investigate and fix responsibility, if possible, for the present seeming breakdown in the enforcement of our criminal laws.
7. Investigate and suggest needed rearrangement or consolidation of our state police system.
8. Investigate and report with reference to the so-called racket of slot machines and activities allowing bookmakers to run in Texas and whether or not certain lawyers of this state are in league with the illegal operators on a retainer basis to help them defeat the criminal laws of this state.

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