HBA-SEP H.B. 141 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 141 By: Wise Criminal Jurisprudence 8/28/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 77th Legislature, state law did not provide an increased punishment for the offense of kidnapping if the actor exposed the abducted person to a risk of serious bodily injury, abducted a child or an incompetent person, intended to use the victim to coerce a third person to perform some act, or intended to hold the person in a condition of involuntary servitude. House Bill 141 provides an increase in punishment for these offenses to decrease the occurrence of such cases. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 141 amends the Penal Code to provide that the punishment for the offense of kidnapping is a second degree felony if the actor exposed the person abducted to a risk of serious bodily injury. The bill also provides that a person commits an offense of aggravated kidnapping if the person intentionally or knowingly abducts another person: _with the intent to coerce a third person to perform some act; _with the intent to hold the person abducted in a condition of involuntary servitude; or _ who is younger than 17 years of age or incompetent. EFFECTIVE DATE Vetoed.