HB 1234

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

Vote No; Amend
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Four Price

Bill Caption

Relating to the eligibility of an inmate convicted of reckless injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person for release to mandatory supervision.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB1234, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($1,982,218) through the biennium ending August 31, 2015.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 1234 would add a state jail or third degree felony involving injury to a child, elder, or disabled individual to the list of those ineligible for community supervision.

Analysis: Individuals who cause harm to children, the elderly, or disabled individuals should be penalized based on the severity of the crime. However, HB 1234 includes unintentional but reckless behavior in the list of offenses ineligible for community supervision. Additionally, this bill comes with an extra cost to the taxpayer because of the increased time spent in jail by these individuals.

We recommend amending HB 1234 so that the bill does not apply to conduct that is reckless rather than knowing or intentional. If HB 1234 is not amended, we recommend voting NO.