HBA-AMW H.B. 31 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 31 By: McClendon Criminal Jurisprudence 4/8/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The 73rd Legislature decreased the penalty from a third degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor 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 penalty from a Class A misdemeanor to a third degree felony for burglary of a vehicle and provides that it is a second degree felony for a second or subsequent offense. 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 Penal Code to increase the penalty from a Class A misdemeanor to a third degree felony for a person who, without the effective consent of the owner, breaks into or enters a vehicle or any part of a vehicle with intent to commit any felony or theft, unless the person has been previously convicted of this offense or the vehicle or part of the vehicle broken into or entered is a rail car, in which event the penalty is a second degree felony. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.