SB 1114

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to the prosecution of certain misdemeanor offenses committed by children and to school district law enforcement.

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 1114 would require a law enforcement officer to submit on offense report to a court if the officer issues a citation on school property against a child 12 years of age or older. This bill would prohibit an officer from issuing a citation, excluding those related to traffic offenses, on school property to a child 12 years of age or younger. This bill would allow a child accused of a Class C misdemeanor to be referred to a first offender program. This bill would prohibit an officer for arresting a child under the age of 17 for Class C misdemeanors under the Education Code.

Analysis: SB 1114 attempts to curb the overciminalization in schools. School discipline should be handled by teachers and principals not police officers. This bill promotes limited government by attempting to stop the overcriminalization of schools. We recommend voting YES on SB 1114.