HBA-AMW H.B. 31 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 31 By: McClendon Criminal Jurisprudence 7/18/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The 73rd Legislature decreased from a third degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor the penalty for an offense of burglary of a vehicle. In 1999, 91,992 vehicles were reported stolen in Texas. In an effort to deter this crime, House Bill 31 increases the number of hours of community service work ordered by a judge for a Class A misdemeanor offense of burglary of a vehicle. 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 31 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to increase from 200 to 600 the maximum number of hours and from 80 to 160 the minimum number of hours of community service work ordered by a judge for Class A misdemeanor burglary of a vehicle. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.