HBA-NRS H.B. 348 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 348 By: Wise Civil Practices 3/11/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, an appellate or trial court is not able to issue an injunction to prevent a member of a gang from engaging in gang activities while a public nuisance trial is pending. Gang members are able to continue these actions during the course of the trial, providing no relief to the complainants. House Bill 348 authorizes an appellate or trial court to issue an injunctive order enjoining a gang member from engaging in gang activity. 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 348 amends the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to authorize an appellate or trial court to issue an injunctive order enjoining a member of a combination or criminal street gang that constitutes a public nuisance from engaging in the activities of the gang while a case is pending trial or appeal. The bill provides that the injunctive order expires not later than the 180th day after the date a temporary injunctive order is issued. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.