HB 1845

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

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Lance Gooden

Bill Caption

Relating to capital murder of a district attorney, criminal district attorney, or county attorney performing the duties of a district attorney.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: Current Texas law makes murdering a judge a capital murder offense on account of their service or status. HB 1845 would extend this penalty enhancement to those convicted of murdering prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys.

Analysis: HB 1845 elevates the penalty for murdering certain categories of civil servants above the penalty for murdering other people. This penalty enhancement neither uplifts nor offends our liberty principles.