SB 1147

86(R) - 2019
Senate Criminal Justice
House Corrections
Senate Criminal Justice
House Corrections
Mandatory Community Supervision

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Dawn Buckingham


Carol Alvarado

Bill Caption

Relating to conditions of community supervision applicable to certain intoxication offenses.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1147 would stipulate that if a judge finds that a defendant would benefit from medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependence, the judge may require the defendant to submit to an evaluation by a licensed physician as a condition of community supervision to determine whether the defendant would benefit from such treatment. Only a licensed physician may recommend that a defendant participate in medication-assisted treatment. In addition, a defendant would be entitled to refuse to participate in this treatment, and a judge would not be able to require the participation in the treatment as part of community supervision.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 1147 as it promotes the principle of limited government and personal responsibility. The bill would not require defendants' to take any medication, it would simply evaluate them and provide it as an option of a physician feels it could be beneficial. This does not absolve an offender's responsibility, rather it gives them access to tools which could potentially reduce their recidivism rate, saving the state money in the long run. 

Organizations Supporting

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas
Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Texas Probation Association
Texas Public Policy Foundation