SB 108

84(R) - 2015
Senate Criminal Justice
Senate Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Positive


John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to criminal procedures for certain misdemeanor offenses committed by children.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 108 is an administrative bill largely designed to harmonize differences between two bills from the 83rd Legislature that both addressed ticketing students at school but did so in slightly different ways. This legislation cleans up some statutory language related to truancy enforcement. This bill would also define a child as greater than 10 years of age and younger than 18 years of age.

Furthermore, SB 108 would "prohibit a peace officer, law enforcement officer, or school resource officer from issuing a citation to a child who is alleged to have committed a school offense."

Vote Recommendation Notes

SB 108 supports limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility by moving in the direction of decriminalizing truancy and providing an appropriate structure for enforcing school discipline and attendance polices without resorting to criminal penalties. We support this legislation.

Organizations Supporting

Texans Care for Children
Texas Appleseed