HB 722

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Criminal Procedure
Mandatory Community Supervision

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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  • Neutral


Oscar Longoria

Bill Caption

Relating to certain procedures for defendants who successfully complete a period of state jail felony community supervision.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would allow individuals who have been convicted of a state jail felony to submit a motion to amend their record of conviction, after completing two-thirds of their sentence of community supervision. Except for certain serious criminal offenses, a judge could decide to amend the record of conviction from a state jail felony to a Class A misdemeanor. If passed, a defendant who qualifies under this law would have to fulfill the process outlined in this bill and may have the opportunity to have their arrest record amended to reflect that they are not considered to have been convicted of a felony with respect to this case.   

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill promotes our liberty principle of limited government by allowing judges to amend someone’s arrest record. Having a felony criminal conviction can harshly impact one’s potential for success, specifically for those who are excluded from acquiring occupational licenses. This bill would also uphold our liberty principle of personal responsibility by incentivizing individuals to comply with their community supervision. We support HB 722. 

Organizations Supporting

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Texas Association of Goodwills
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Travis County Commissioners Court