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Relating to the prosecution of the offense of capital murder.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
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.
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."