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80th Legislative Session Summary


Sex Offender Bills
HB 8

(Riddle/Duell) (Jessica’s Law) Relating to the prosecution, punishment, and supervision of certain sex offenders and to certain crimes involving sex offenders. Adds continuous abuse of a child offense. Ends statute of limitation for sexual assault under Section 22.011(a)(2) or aggravated sexual assault Section 22.021(a)(1)(B). Limitation on prosecution from 20 years from the 18 th birthday on sexual performance, aggravated kidnapping with intent, and burglary with intent. Mandates SOTP for inmates under Section 21.02(h) or 22.021(f). Adds death penalty provision for a second conviction with one super-aggravating factor. Adds monitoring sexually violent predators by GPS tracking. Adds the expulsion of a student if the student commits continuous abuse of a child during school sponsored activities. Effective September 1, 2007
HB 2034

(England/Shaprio) Relating to the regulation of sex offender treatment providers. Clarifies the definition of a sex offender and sex offender treatment provider. Deletes rehabilitation service and adds a person does not have to be licensed to provide adjunct treatment. Clarifies that CSOT licensees are subject to the rules of the Council rather than the rules of the other licensing entity with respect to sex offender treatment. Amends Health & Safety Code 841 so a judge is not subject to an objection other than an objection made under Section 74.053(d) of the Government Code. Clarifies SPU civil division. Allows the local prosecuting attorney to request SPU assist in the violation trial. Failure to comply with civil commitment may be prosecuted in the county of violation or Montgomery County. Effective immediately upon 2/3 rd vote of the House and Senate or September 1, 2007

SB 6

(Zaffirini/Pena) Relating to the apprehension, prosecution, and punishment of individuals committing or attempting to commit certain sex offenses, subpoenaing internet service providers, and preserving information. Effective 1, 2007

SB 75

(Shapiro/Rose) Relating to penalties for certain repeat and habitual felony sex offenders. Effective September 1, 2007

SB 103

(Hinojosa/Madden) Relating to the Texas Youth Commission. Adds that TYC may not exempt any employee of the Commission from CSOT licensing requirement imposed under Chapter 110, Occupations Code for any reason. Effective immediately upon 2/3 rd vote of the House and Senate or September 1, 2007

SB 1951

(Wentworth/Williams/Hartnett) Relating to the creation of 435 th Judicial District Court in Montgomery County for civil commitment proceedings under Chapter 841, Health & Safety Code and criminal cases involving 841.085, Health & Safety Code, and Article 62.203, Code of Criminal Procedures. Effective September 1, 2007

Sexual Assault Bills

HB 76

(Naishtat/Zaffirini) Relating to law enforcement information collected to perform a statistical breakdown of offenses under Sections 22.011 and 22.021 Penal Code must include information on the specific offense committed and information regarding the victim, the offender’s relationship to the victim, weapons used or exhibited, and injuries sustained by the victim. Effective September I, 2007

HB 433

(Madden/Seliger) Relating to disclosure by the inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice of the identifying information of victims of sex offenses who are confined in a facility operated by or under contract with the department. Effective September 1, 2007

HB 1751

(Cohen/West) Relating to the imposition and use of a fee on certain sexually oriented businesses to fund sexual assault prevention programs. SANE, victim assistance, rape crisis centers, a DSHS study on the prevalence of sexual assault, a UT study on the sexual assault and domestic violence. sexual assault training for Texas Rangers, increase in civil commitment trials, monitoring high risk offenders, and increasing TYC and TDCJ SOTP. Effective January 1, 2008

HB 1944

(Coleman/Ellis) Relating to the elimination of sexual assault against inmates confined in a facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Effective Immediately

HB 1988

(Martinez/Hinojosa) Relating to the issuance of a protective order for a victim of the offense of sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, or indecency with a child. Effective September 1, 2007

HB 3505

(Hartnett/West) Relating to the requirements for judicial training on issues regarding family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect for first term (12 hours) and first fourth term judges. Effective September 1, 2007

SB 9

(Shaprio/Branch/Madden) Relating to the disclosure or dissemination of criminal history record information, child abuse investigation reports, and school district audit working papers for certain purposes, including the certification and employment of educators and other public school employees who engage in certain misconduct. Effective immediately

SB 74

(Lucio/Guillen/Gonzales) Relating to the confidentiality of certain information regarding victims of family violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including the creation of an address confidentiality program; providing a penalty. Effective immediately

SB 199

(Nelson/Rose) Relating to barring employment from working at facilities that service the elderly or disable populations if convicted of sexual assault, improper student teacher relationship, indecent exposure, aggravated sexual assault, improper photography, online solicitation, etc. Effective September 1, 2007

SB 584

(Carona/Pena) Relating to the issuance or violation of an order for emergency protection on the basis of the offense of sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault. Effective immediately


2005 Legislation


SB 912- relating to civil commitment of sexually violent predators. Amends sexually violent offenses to include sexually motivated murder and capital murder. Research regarding internet child pornography and sex offenders.
HB 2036- relating to licensure and protective practice of sex offender treatment providers. Implements a pilot program to research dynamic risk assessments of sex offenders.
HB 867- relating to sex offender registration and deregistration.
SB 990- relating to sexual assault and sex offender training for youth camp counselors.
HB 1575- relating to transferring to another county, interim supervision, permanent supervision, deferred prosecution, referrals to mental health/mental retardation, dissemination of information, information to the child on discharge, rescinding restricted access, additional court costs, chief administrative, and procedures in cases involving minors.
HB 2228- relating to the of crime of on-line solicitation of minors.
HB 544- relating to victims rights and adds the right to a forensic exam if the sexual assault is reported to law enforcement within 96 hours of the assault.
HB 546-relating to certain medical exam requirements with an allegation of sexual assault of a child.
HB 308-relating to the transfer of students involved in sexual assault.
HB 839-relating to Article 18.18 CCP seizing and destroying obscene material and child pornography.
HB 1068-relating to collection of DNA on Sex Offenders and creates Texas Forensic Science Commission.

2003 Legislation


SB 1054 (2003) relating to the Council developing offensive specific guidelines for Community Supervision and child safety zones of 1000 feet.
HB 155 (2003) relating to prohibiting sex offender from securing employment or owning a sexually oriented business.
HB 1060 (2003) relating to improper photography and visual recording without a person's consent or with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
SB 871 (2003) relating to sex offender registration.
HB 236 (2003) relating to enhancing the obscenity law regarding material that depicts images of children.
SB 146 (2003) relating to registration requirement..
SB 1232 (1997) relating to registration requirements for juveniles convicted of sex offenses.

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