News Article | March 17, 2023
Bills of Interest
House Bill 17 by Rep. Cook – Expands the definition of official misconduct under Chapter 87 of the Local Government Code to include a policy by a prosecutor that prohibits or materially limits the enforcement of any criminal offense – other than to comply with an injunction, judgment or court order. A public declaration or announcement by a prosecutor of an intent to prohibit the enforcement of any criminal offense is prima facie evidence of such a policy.
House Bill 200 by Rep. Leach/Senate Bill 404 by Sen. King – Reestablishes the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council. The Texas Prosecutor Council, in existence from 1977 to 1985, functioned as an oversight body for elected prosecutors, with the authority to accept and investigate complaints against elected prosecutors and issue reprimands or refer claims to a separate judicial proceeding that could result in the removal from office of an elected prosecutor.
House Bill 3659 by Rep. Hefner – Limits the use of civil asset forfeiture.
House Bill 3675 by Rep. Ortega – Requires management training for certain elected prosecutors.
House Bill 3677 by Rep. J. Jones – Creates the offense of prosecutorial misconduct.
House Bill 3786 by Rep. S. Thompson – Authorizes victims' enforcement of crime victims' rights.
House Bill 4748 by Rep. Bernal – Authorizes the creation of regional broadband advisory groups.
House Bill 5002 by Rep. Smith/Senate Bill 2310 by Sen. Hinojosa – Provides a new third salary tier for elected prosecutors with more than 12 years in office, similar to the arrangement for judges under the salary structure enacted in 2019.
House Bill 5090 by Rep. Davis – Requires the Transportation Commission to adopt a policy implementing a statewide broadband infrastructure supporting new transportation technology, enhancing accessibility throughout the state.
Senate Bill 20 by Sen. Huffman – Expands the definition of official misconduct under Chapter 87 of the Local Government Code to include a policy by a prosecutor that prohibits or materially limits the enforcement of any criminal offense. Under the bill, official misconduct may also be demonstrated by the pattern or practice of a prosecutor.
Senate Bill 22 by Sen. Springer – Creates a funding mechanism for financial assistance to sheriffs and prosecutors in rural counties.
Senate Bill 2119 by Sen. Schwertner – Requires the Broadband Development Office and the Public Utility Commission to create a map showing areas supported by the broadband development program and receiving support from the Universal Service Fund. The map is to be updated annually and published on the Comptroller's and commission's websites.
Senate Bill 2432 by Sen. Bettencourt – Directs the State Auditor to conduct an audit of counties with a population over 1 million on their use of American Rescue Plan Act, Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds.