Bill

SB 719

86(R) - 2019
Senate Criminal Justice
Senate Criminal Justice
Criminal Procedure

Contact the Author

Pat Fallon

Phone:

512-463-0130

Capitol Office:

GE.7

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Pat Fallon

Bill Caption

Relating to the prosecution of the offense of capital murder.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 719 would increase the age of a victim for which a defendant can be prosecuted for a capital felony from under the age of 10 to under the age of 15.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on SB 719. In general, we do not believe that the degree of a murder should be based upon the status of the victim; it is reprehensible to take a life no matter the age. However, we see no reason to oppose changing the arbitrary age at which a murder becomes a capital offense from "under the age of 10" to "under the age of 15."

Organizations Supporting

Dallas Police Department
Sheriffs' Association of Texas

Contact the Author

Pat Fallon

Phone:

512-463-0130

Capitol Office:

GE.7

Email: