HBA-NLM, KMH H.B. 556 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 556 By: Hunter Criminal Jurisprudence 4/23/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a district court may expunge all records and files relating to persons arrested for commission of a felony or misdemeanor, if the person is tried for the offense for which the person was arrested, convicted of the offense, and acquitted by the court of criminal appeals. However, a district court does not have the authority to seek an expunction of arrest records and files of persons convicted of an offense and placed on community supervision. H.B. 556 authorizes a district court to expunge the records of a person who had been convicted of an offense and placed on community supervision, if the conviction was later set aside. 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 55.01(b), Code of Criminal Procedure, by authorizing a district court to expunge the records of a person who had been convicted of an offense and placed on community supervision, if the person was released and the conviction was set aside in accordance with Section 20 (Reduction or Termination of Community Supervision), Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.