Bill

HB 217

87(R) - 2021
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Criminal Procedure

Contact the Author

Senfronia Thompson

Phone:

(512) 463-0720

Capitol Office:

3S.6

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to postconviction forensic DNA testing.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 217 would include DNA test results that indicate a match between an unidentified DNA profile on the evidence and another person's DNA profile in a database under the term "exculpatory results" in the context of post-conviction DNA testing. Exculpatory evidence is evidence favorable to the defendant in a criminal trial that exonerates or tends to exonerate the defendant of guilt.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 217 because it would advance individual liberty and limited government. Clarifying that a DNA match to a person other than the defendant is considered exculpatory creates a crucial avenue for a court to overturn wrongful convictions. HB 217 would expand the opportunity of those wrongfully convicted to have their names cleared through post-conviction DNA testing.

Contact the Author

Senfronia Thompson

Phone:

(512) 463-0720

Capitol Office:

3S.6

Email:

senfronia.tho[email protected]