HBA-JRA H.B. 2143 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2143 By: Goodman Juvenile Justice and Family Issues 4/16/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, individuals convicted of sex crimes must register as sex offenders. There is no mechanism for good cause exemption from the requirement for juveniles convicted of or adjudicated for such crimes. H.B. 2413 provides that a conviction or adjudication of a juvenile under the age of 16 for aggravated sexual assault, compelling prostitution, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, or an attempt to commit such an offense does not constitute a reportable conviction or adjudication. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Article 62.01(5), Code of Criminal Procedure, to provide that a conviction for aggravated sexual assault; an adjudication of delinquent conduct for aggravated sexual assault, compelling prostitution, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, or an attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit such an offense; or a deferred adjudication for such an offense, does not constitute a reportable conviction or adjudication if the conviction is for an offense in which the victim was 14 years of age or younger, the defendant was a person 16 years of age or younger at the time of the commission of the offense, and the judge enters a finding in the judgment in the case that to require the defendant to register under this chapter is not in the best interest of justice. SECTION 2. Provides that a change in law made by this Act to Article 62.01(5), Code of Criminal Procedure, applies to any person for whom a duty to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of that code or under former Article 6252-13c.1, V.T.C.S., has not expired before the effective date of this Act. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.