HB 183

85(R) - 2017
House Corrections
House Corrections
Criminal Procedure
Mandatory Community Supervision
Occupational Licensing

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Harold Dutton Jr.

Bill Caption

Related to the consequences of successfully completing a period of deferred adjudication community supervision. 

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, if an individual successfully completes their sentence of deferred adjudication community supervision a judge may dismiss the proceedings and discharge the defendant. Currently, the dismissal and discharge under this chapter may not be considered a conviction for the purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law for conviction of an offense. This bill would add a section to this portion of the code that states that a dismissal and discharge may not be used as grounds for denying a professional license to an individual who is otherwise qualified.  

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill upholds our commitment to limited government, and free markets. First, this bill promotes limited government by limiting the state-imposed disabilities that accompany involvement in the criminal justice system. Second, this bill promotes free markets by allowing someone who is otherwise qualified to receive a professional license, but who has been placed on deferred adjudication community supervision, to remain eligible for the license after they have been dismissed and discharged. We support HB 183. 

Organizations Supporting

Christian Life Commission
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas
Texas Association of Goodwills
Travis County Commissioners Court

Organizations Opposed

Texas Apartment Association