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House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Chair
Jim Dunnam, Vice Chair
Domingo Garcia
Rick Green
Terry Keel
Ann Kitchen
Trey Martinez Fischer
John Shields
Robert Talton
Charges
• Review changes in federal laws and law enforcement procedures, as well as recommendations from state and national agencies charged with homeland protection, to assess the need for changes in state criminal laws to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism
• Consider ways to cooperate with Mexican states to reduce international drug trafficking.

• Review the statutory law governing the use of devices known as "eight-liners" and suggest ways to eliminate ambiguity about the legality of their possession and use.

• Study trends and methods involved in identity theft in Texas. Suggest ways to reduce this type of crime.

• Consider the manner in which sexual assaults are reported in Texas, and specifically address the wide discrepancy between statistics reported in the Uniform Crime Report and estimates of other groups, such as the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center.

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