Bills already filed in the Texas Legislature

By: Burnam H.B. No. 127

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to the punishment for a capital felony committed by a person who is younger than 18 years of age at the time of committing the felony.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 8.07(c), Penal Code, is amended to read as follows:
(c) No person may, in any case, be punished by death for an offense committed while the person [he] was younger than 18 [17] years.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2003.

By: Naishtat H.J.R. No. 22

A JOINT RESOLUTION

proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a moratorium on the execution of persons convicted of capital offenses.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 11, Article IV, Texas Constitution, is amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
(c) The Governor may issue an order prohibiting the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from performing executions on and after the effective date of the order and until the order is revoked, either by the Governor issuing the order or by a successor to the Governor issuing the order.
SECTION 2. This proposed amendment shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 4, 2003. The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition:
"The constitutional amendment authorizing a moratorium on the execution of persons convicted of capital offenses."