House Criminal Jurisprudence Hearing
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Last evening the House Committee for Criminal Jurisprudence released its agenda for Monday’s meeting and there were no bail bills on it. In the last hour, the committee chair announced on the floor of the House that the rules were being suspended to amend the agenda to add three bail bills for consideration. These bills are as follows: HB 1323 by Murr; HB 2020 by Kacal; and HB 3283 by White. If our opponents were attempting to catch us off guard, they do not know us very well. Therefore, this is your first call to action this legislative session.
PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO COME TO AUSTIN ON MONDAY (IN THREE DAYS) TO SIGN CARDS OPPOSING THE BILLS THAT WILL HURT OUR INDUSTRY AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND TO SUPPORT THE BILLS THAT WILL HELP THE INDUSTRY AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM..
The first bill is the Whitmire/Murr bills which is a continuation of the fight from last session. Murr’s bill provides for Preventative Detention, a mandated risk assessment to be used statewide; and requires that justices of the peace review criminal histories of defendants before setting bail.
Kacal’s bill is the Governor’s supported Damon Allen Act which requires criminal histories to be reviewed before bail is set. The bill also currently includes a risk assessment and a Governor’s panel for addressing bail issues in the future.
White’s bill is a codification of the 5th Circuit ruling. We support this bill.
THIS IS A CALL FOR ALL HANDS ON DECK. YOUR INDUSTRY NEEDS YOU. MAKE PLANS TO COME AND TO BRING OTHERS.
You do not have to testify. You will be signing cards opposing certain bills and supporting other bills. This is very important.
More information will follow.

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