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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 82nd R.S. (2011)

Committee Members
Pete Gallego, Chair
Will Hartnett, Vice Chair
Jose Aliseda
Cindy Burkett
Stefani Carter
Wayne Christian
Yvonne Davis
Eddie Rodriguez
Bill Zedler
Charges
• Study and make recommendations for criminal penalties for the failure of a parent or guardian to report a missing child or the death of a child.
• Review and make recommendations for improving the level of funding for the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. (Joint with the House Committee on Appropriations)
• Study and make recommendations regarding the current procedures used in the testing of DNA evidence in Texas. Include a review of the feasibility of certifying additional DNA testing centers.
• Review the current sentencing practices for defendants with mental illnesses and make recommendations. Study practices in other states. Compare recent incarceration trends between those who have mental illnesses and those who do not.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
• Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
• Find ways to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.
• Study current driving while intoxicated laws, examine enforcement options used nationwide, including requiring interlock devices after a first offense as well as current fees or fines, and make legislative recommendations.

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