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HB 1599 82-0 (2011) Author: Rodriguez, Eddie Relating to the sale of prison-made products to nonprofit organizations. House: Corrections Left pending in committee
HB 129 79-0 (2005) Author: Berman, Leo | et. al.
Sponsor: Eltife, Kevin | et. al.
Relating to the authority to require a convicted person to perform manual labor for a nonprofit organization or a cemetery maintained by the county. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective immediately
HB 508 79-0 (2005) Author: McClendon, Ruth Relating to the authority to require a convicted person to perform manual labor for a nonprofit organization. House: Corrections Referred to Corrections
HB 1653 79-0 (2005) Author: Chisum, Warren Relating to the approval, certification, and oversight of the private sector prison industries program. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Referred to Criminal Justice
HB 2839 79-0 (2005) Author: Allen, Ray
Sponsor: Harris, Chris
Relating to the participation of state inmates in the production of certain goods and the provision of certain services. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective on 9/1/05
SB 154 79-0 (2005) Author: Zaffirini, Judith | et. al. Relating to the authority to require a convicted person to perform manual labor for a nonprofit organization. Senate: Criminal Justice Co-author authorized
SB 159 79-0 (2005) Author: Eltife, Kevin | et. al. Relating to the authority to require a convicted person to perform manual labor for a nonprofit organization. Senate: Criminal Justice Co-author authorized
SB 463 79-0 (2005) Author: Shapleigh, Eliot Relating to the discharge of certain costs and fines in a criminal case. Senate: Criminal Justice Referred to Criminal Justice
SB 951 79-0 (2005) Author: Estes, Craig
Sponsor: King, Phil
Relating to the operation of certain cemeteries using county resources. House: County Affairs
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective on 9/1/05
SB 1129 79-0 (2005) Author: Hinojosa, Juan Relating to the authority to require a convicted person to perform manual labor for certain public purposes. Senate: Criminal Justice Referred to Criminal Justice
HB 2967 78-0 (2003) Author: Naishtat, Elliott Relating to the establishment of a program for the disposition of electronic equipment in a manner that protects the water and other natural resources of the state; providing a criminal penalty. House: Environmental Regulation Left pending in committee
SB 1239 78-0 (2003) Author: Barrientos, Gonzalo | et. al. Relating to the establishment of a program for the disposition of electronic equipment in a manner that protects the water and other natural resources of the state; providing a criminal penalty. Senate: Natural Resources Left pending in committee
HB 1260 77-0 (2001) Author: Hardcastle, Rick Relating to work projects on which the labor of inmates confined in county jail may be used. House: County Affairs Left pending in committee
HB 127 76-0 (1999) Author: McClendon, Ruth | et. al.
Sponsor: Armbrister, Kenneth
Relating to the participation of Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates in community service projects performed by state agencies and local governments. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective immediately
HB 133 76-0 (1999) Author: McClendon, Ruth | et. al. Relating to certain contracts for inmate labor. House: Corrections Left pending in committee
HB 244 76-0 (1999) Author: West, George | et. al.
Sponsor: West, Royce
Relating to a requirement that inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice participate in work and educational programs. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Removed from local & uncontested calendar
HB 812 76-0 (1999) Author: Jones, Jesse Relating to contracts for inmate labor entered into by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that provide inmates with access to personal information about persons who are not confined. House: Corrections Left pending in committee
HB 1198 76-0 (1999) Author: Hardcastle, Rick Relating to work projects on which the labor of inmates confined in county jail may be used. House: County Affairs Considered in Calendars
HB 1443 76-0 (1999) Author: Wilson, Ron Relating to the use of inmates by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in training dogs to attack. House: Corrections Referred to Corrections
HB 1640 76-0 (1999) Author: Solis, Jim Relating to unemployment compensation benefit eligibility of certain inmates. House: Economic Development Laid on the table subject to call
HB 2342 76-0 (1999) Author: Culberson, John Relating to the repeal of certain prevailing wage requirements regarding payment for services under certain contracts. House: State Affairs Left pending in committee
SB 334 76-0 (1999) Author: Sibley, David
Sponsor: Solis, Jim
Relating to unemployment compensation benefit eligibility of certain inmates. House: Economic Development
Senate: Economic Development
Effective on 9/1/99
SB 420 76-0 (1999) Author: Shapiro, Florence
Sponsor: Jones, Jesse
Relating to certain contracts for inmate labor and to criminal and administrative consequences for inmates who gain access to certain information while performing inmate labor. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective on 9/1/99
SB 906 76-0 (1999) Author: Haywood, Tom Relating to work projects on which the labor of inmates confined in county jail may be used. Senate: Criminal Justice Referred to Criminal Justice
SB 1514 76-0 (1999) Author: Ogden, Steve
Sponsor: Averitt, Kip
Relating to contracts for the use of inmate labor and the labor of persons placed on community supervision for state highway system improvement and brush control projects. House: Corrections
Senate: Criminal Justice
Effective in 90 days -- 8/30/99
SCR 10 70-2 (1987) Author: Washington, Craig Creating a special joint committee to study prison industries. House: House Administration
Senate: Administration, Special
Referred to House Administration
SR 141 70-2 (1987) Author: Washington, Craig Directing the Senate Criminal Justic Committee to study the prison industries program operated by the Texas Department of Corrections.
HB 1573 69-0 (1985) Author: Granoff, Al
Sponsor: Farabee, Ray
Relating to the expansion and development of certain prison industries. House: Law Enforcement
Senate: Criminal Justice
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HB 1073 68-0 (1983) Author: Granoff, Al Relating to the creation of a program to establish an industrial park in conjunction with the Texas Department of Corrections. House: Law Enforcement Referred to subcommittee
HB 1720 68-0 (1983) Author: Hernandez, Joe Relating to providing compensation for prisoners engaged in work while incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections to fund the crime victims compensation fund and to create a prisoner work incentive fund. House: Law Enforcement Referred to Committee on Law Enforcement
SB 1080 68-0 (1983) Author: Caperton, Kent Relating to certain aspects of the work furlough program for prisoners and abolishing the Texas Work Furlough Program Advisory Board. Senate: State Affairs Reported from committee favorably without amendments
HB 393 67-0 (1981) Author: Hernandez, Joe Relating to providing minimum compensation for inmates in work while incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections; creating a work incentive fund; providing for funding of the victim compensation fund. House: Security & Sanctions Committee laid on table subject to call
HB 647 67-0 (1981) Author: Willis, Doyle
Sponsor: Mauzy, Oscar
Relating to manual labor of county jail prisoners and to the commutation of time for certain conduct or labor. House: Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate: Jurisprudence
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HB 2290 67-0 (1981) Author: Tow, Rodney
Sponsor: Caperton, Kent
Relating to contracts between the State Highway and Public Transportation Commission and the Texas Board of Corrections for the provision of inmate labor for state highway system improvement. House: Security & Sanctions
Senate: State Affairs
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HB 1074 66-0 (1979) Author: Hernandez, Joe Relating to providing minimum compensation for inmates engaged in work while incarcerated in the Texas Department of Corrections; and declaring an emergency. House: Security & Sanctions
Senate: State Affairs
Referred to Committee on State Affairs
HB 1962 66-0 (1979) Author: Hall, Tip Relating to the employment of county jail prisoners. House: Security & Sanctions Scheduled for future calendar placement
SB 162 66-0 (1979) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill"
Sponsor: Edwards III, Jimmie C.
Relating to the authority of the Texas Department of Corrections to contract for the manufacture and sale of items made by prison industries. House: Security & Sanctions
Senate: State Affairs
Effective immediately
HB 1205 65-0 (1977) Author: Ceverha, Bill Relating to the performance of work for the county by prisoners in a county jail. House: Social Services Referred to Subcommittee on Correctional Institutions
HB 1421 65-0 (1977) Author: Edwards III, Jimmie C.
Sponsor: Moore, W.T. "Bill"
Relating to payments from a prisoner at the department of corrections for his keep while employed under work furlough privileges. House: Social Services
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective immediately
HB 25 64-0 (1975) Author: Leland, Mickey Relating to the hourly rate of pay for inmates of the Texas Department of Corrections for certain prison labor. House: Social Services Referred to Subcommittee on Correctional Institutions
HB 122 64-0 (1975) Author: Hall, Anthony Relating to the administration of the Texas Department of Corrections' Work Furlough Program, the requirements imposed on employers of work furlough inmates and the entitlement of said inmates and their dependents to workmen's compensation benefits. House: Social Services Reported from committee favorably with amendments
HB 455 64-0 (1975) Author: Hubenak, Joe A. Relating to fees for inmate benefits to be deducted from prison labor payments; authorizing certain deductions from prison labor payments to satisfy judgments against inmates. House: Social Services Considered by committee in public hearing
HB 763 64-0 (1975) Author: Rucker, Calvin Relating to the performance of work for the county by prisoners in a county jail. House: Intergovernmental Affairs Rules suspended
SB 292 64-0 (1975) Author: Braecklein, Bill Relating to the performance of work for the county by prisoners in a county jail. Senate: Intergovernmental Relations Referred to Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
HB 997 63-0 (1973) Author: Clark, Jim Stating legislative purpose; defining terms; providing certain limitations on the use of convict labor; providing injunctive relief; repealing all laws in conflict; providing for severability; and declaring an emergency. House: Labor Reported favorably
HB 1239 63-0 (1973) Author: Edwards III, Jimmie C.
Sponsor: Moore, W.T. "Bill"
Relating to the sale of merchandise made by convicts or prisoners. House: Labor Signed by the Governor
SB 410 63-0 (1973) Author: Mengden, Walter Relating to prison-made goods and services. Senate: State Affairs Referred to Committee on State Affairs
SB 442 63-0 (1973) Author: Mauzy, Oscar Stating legislative purpose; defining terms; providing certain limitations on the use of convict labor; providing injunctive relief; giving standing to bring action to any citizen over 21 years of age repealing all laws in conflict; providing for severability. House: Labor
Senate: State Affairs
Sent to Calendar Committee
SB 852 63-0 (1973) Author: Mauzy, Oscar Relating to exempting public schools and public hospitals from certain provisions of the Prison-Made Goods Act of 1963; amending Subsections (c), (d), (f), (g), and (m) of and adding Subsection (b-1) to Section 9, Chapter 67, General Laws, Acts of the 41st Legislature, 5th Called Session, 1930, as amended (Article 6203c, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); providing a penalty; and declaring an emergency. Senate: Intergovernmental Relations Motion to suspend rules lost
HB 1631 62-0 (1971) Author: Floyd, Guy Relating to prison made goods and services.
SB 340 61-0 (1969) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill" Relating to authorizing the use of inmate labor and equipment on or in connection with the property or easements owned by The Trinity River Authority of Texas.
SB 429 61-0 (1969) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill" Relating to authorizing the use of inmate labor and equipment on or in connection with the property or easements owned by The Trinity River Authority of Texas.
HB 1207 60-0 (1967) Author: Hannah, Jr., John Henry Relating to use of convict labor on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.
HB 1280 60-0 (1967) Author: Lovell, James Lacy Relating to use of convict labor on the Sam Houston State College Campus.
SB 557 60-0 (1967) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill" Relating to use of convict labor on the Sam Houston State College Campus.
SB 338 58-0 (1963) Author: Crump, Louis M. | et. al. Relating to products made by inmates of the Texas Department of Corrections and the sale of such products to state institutions, departments, and agencies and to political subdivisions; authorizing vocational training and rehabilitation of prisoners through work in industries at penal units under the Texas Board of Corrections; making it unlawful to sell prison-produced products on the open market, and specifying penalties therefor.
HB 299 57-0 (1961) Author: Bridges, Ronald Wayne Relating to amending the Code of Criminal Procedure providing an alternative procedure relating to the execution of judgments in misdemeanor cases.
HB 188 48-0 (1943) Author: Phillips, Jimmy Relating to suspending for the duration of the present war and for six months thereafter all laws forbidding the use of convict labor on farms other than those owned or leased by the state.
HB 323 47-0 (1941) Author: Harris, Fred R. "Red" | et. al. Relating to providing that it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation to sell or offer for sale within the State of Texas any goods, wares, or merchandise manufactured wholly or in part by convicts or prisoners in penal and reformatory institutions, except convicts or prisoners on parole or probation; providing exemptions and penalties.
HB 756 47-0 (1941) Author: Gandy, Joe W. Relating to providing that in certain counties the Commissioners Court shall have the authority to fix the per diem rate of pay for county prisoners working or serving out a fine.
SB 20 46-0 (1939) Author: Burns, Gordon M. Relating to amending a certain Act relating to overtime to be allowed prisoners in the Texas Penitentiary; defining what constitutes a day in overtime work and fixing the date when this Act shall become effective.
HB 672 45-0 (1937) Relating to authorizing the Commissioners Court in certain counties to require all male convicts to labor on the public roads.
HB 1057 45-0 (1937) Relating to providing that in certain counties convicts, either laying their fines out in jail, or working such fines out on the county farm or on the county roads or other public works, shall receive a credit therefor of One Dollar ($1) per day for each day worked, or spent in jail.
HB 45 45-1 (1937) Relating to authorizing the Commissioner's Court of each county to fix the wages of county convicts.
SB 13 45-1 (1937) Relating to providing that in certain counties all persons convicted by a municipal court of such counties, either laying out their fines in a city jail or working out such fines shall receive a credit therefor of One ($1.00) Dollar per day.
HB 32 45-2 (1937) Relating to fixing the rate of wages in certain counties to be paid county convicts committed to workhouses, county farms, or public improvements.
HB 60 45-2 (1937) Relating to providing that in certain counties convicts, either laying their fines out in jail or working such fines out on the county farm, county roads, or other public works, shall receive a credit therefor of One Dollar ($1) per day for each day worked or spent in jail.
SB 462 44-0 (1935) Relating to providing that it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to sell or to offer to sale, within the State of Texas, any goods, wares and/or merchandise manufactured out of the State of Texas, wholly or in part, by by convicts or prisoners in penal and/or reformatory institutions except convicts or prisoners on parole or probation, providing exemptions, providing penalties.
SB 34 43-1 (1933) Author: Pace, Will D. Relating to amending the Special Road Law for Smith County so as to further provide that the Commissioners' Court of Smith County, Texas shall provide for the transportation of the county convicts who may be ordered to work on said roads, and for the transportation from place to place in the county of the various employees and hands, laborers, mechanics, and artisans who may be employed on the roads and bridges of Smith County, Texas, as well as the transportation of the members of the Court in the inspection and general supervision of the roads and bridges of Smith County, Texas by providing for the purchase by the Court of such motor vehicles, motor trucks and trailers as may appear reasonably necessary and proper by said Court for said purposes.
HB 676 41-0 (1929) Author: Kayton, Harold | et. al. Relating to overtime allowances to prisoners in penitentiary, etc.
HB 579 37-0 (1921) Author: Teer, Claud D. Relating to regulating the management, control, etc., of the penitentiary system.
HB 484 36-0 (1919) Author: Murphy, Sr., Charles Alfred | et. al. Relating to amending certain statute referring to the credit to be allowed to county convicts upon his fine for his manual labor.
HB 509 36-0 (1919) Author: Malone, Wallace Relating to amending certain statute relating to lease of short-term convicts so as to authorize the county commissioners court in counties having a population of over one hundred thousand (100,000) according to the U.S. Census of 1910 to have the option of leasing from the Board of Prison Commissioners all convicts sent to the penitentiary from such counties where the convictions do not exceed two years in length, and providing for the terms upon which such convicts can be obtained by said counties.
SB 239 36-0 (1919) Author: Carlock, Sr., Robert Lee Relating to amending certain statute so as to authorize the County Commissioners' Court in counties having a population of over one hundred thousand (100,000) according to the U.S. census of 1910, to have the option of leasing from the Board of Prison Commissioners all convicts sent to the penitentiary from such counties, where the convictions do not exceed two years in length, and providing for the terms upon which such convicts can be obtained by said counties. Senate: State Penitentiaries
HB 188 36-2 (1919) Author: Davidson, Lynch | et. al. Relating to providing for the construction of a road and highway in and through San Jacinto State Park and to provide for the use of convict labor; making an appropriation.
SB 142 36-2 (1919) Author: Strickland, Jeff J. Relating to providing for the construction of a road and highway in and through the San Jacinto State Park; making an appropriation.
SB 64 36-3 (1920) Author: Strickland, Jeff J. | et. al. Relating to authorizing the Board of Prison Commissioners of the State of Texas to use its funds not exceeding fifty thousand dollars for the purpose of maintaining and operating the Texas State Railroad.
HB 1 35-0 (1917) Author: Moore, John R. Relating to providing for the working of felony convicts within the prison walls and upon farms owned or controlled by the State, and public works operated by the State, and providing for the working of short term men on the public county roads of the State.
HB 257 35-0 (1917) Author: Seawright, Alva H. | et. al. Relating to providing for the working of short-term state convicts upon the public roads.
HB 444 35-0 (1917) Author: Morris, Fred E. | et. al. Relating to requiring the Prison Commission to establish a department governing the working of convicts upon public roads.
HB 483 35-0 (1917) Author: Clark, Henry Relating to providing for the working of convicts upon public roads and providing regulation and providing that any county may discontinue the practice.
SB 149 34-0 (1915) Author: McGregor, Temple Harris | et. al. Relating to creating a State Trunk Highway Department as part of the Prison System of Texas.
SB 259 34-0 (1915) Author: McNealus, James Clayton Relating to regulating the sale of convict made goods and to punish violations thereof.
SB 355 34-0 (1915) Author: Nugent, Clinton W. Relating to amending a certain Statute relating to the hiring of county convicts.
HB 140 33-0 (1913) Author: Coffey, Joe F. | et. al. Relating to requiring all convict made goods sold within the state to be labeled; prescribing penalties.
HB 178 33-0 (1913) Author: Reedy, D. M. Relating to authorizing the working of short term felony convicts on the public roads by the counties of Texas; defining who are short term convicts, and providing rules and regulations under which said convicts can be so worked.
SB 376 33-0 (1913) Author: Nugent, Clinton W. Relating to amending the Special Road Law of Montgomery County; providing a penalty against county convicts who escape while being worked on public roads.
HB 5 33-1 (1913) Author: Reedy, D. M. Relating to establishing a prison system, and declaring the policy of the state with reference thereto; to provide for the management and control of such prison system; to provide for the control, management and treatment of all prisoners sentenced to the penitentiary; to provide that prisoners and ex-prisoners, as herein defined, shall be permitted to testify in certain cases; prescribing penalties.
HB 18 33-1 (1913) Author: Humphrey, R. B. | et. al. Relating to amending the Revised Statutes of 1911 so as to provide that prisoners of the State Penitentiary System may be required to labor from sunrise to sunset and need not be paid for Sunday labor.
HB 31 33-1 (1913) Author: Reedy, D. M. Relating to providing for the employment of felony convicts, for the disposal of the products of the labor of such convicts, and providing that the Prison Commission shall have control, regulation and supervision of the labor of such convicts.
SB 6 33-1 (1913) Author: Warren, Robert Lee Relating to amending Chapters 1 and 2, Title 104, Revised Civil Statutes of 1911.
SB 14 33-1 (1913) Author: Brelsford, Homer Platt Relating to amending Title 104, Revised Civil Statutes of 1911, prescribing penalties; repealing Chapters 1-8 of Title 79 of the Revised Statutes of 1895.
SB 15 33-1 (1913) Author: Townsend, Jr., William J. "Jim" Relating to authorizing the Board of Prison Commissioners to work all able-bodied male convicts serving a twenty-five year sentence or less in the State Penitentiary on the public roads of this state.
HB 532 29-0 (1905) Relating to amending the road system for Hill, Grimes, Cooke, Hunt, Jackson, Bee, Victoria and Falls counties in regard to convict labor.
HB 616 29-0 (1905) Relating to amending "An Act to create a more efficient road system for Harrison county, Texas," relating to the punishment for escaping convicts while at work on public roads or county poor farms, and to compensation of the road superintendent.
HB 593 24-0 (1895) Relating to county convicts, so as to provide that they may satisfy costs and fines by labor on county farms, upon public roads, etc.
SB 22 23-0 (1893) Relating to authorizing the penitentiary board to purchase agricultural lands for the purpose of utilizing convict labor on State farms, and to provide funds for that purpose.
SB 200 21-0 (1889) Relating to providing that when a convict has been committed to jail in default of payment of fine and costs is required to do manual labor he shall be credited upon such fine and costs at the rate of twenty-five cents for each day he must labor.
SB 45 20-0 (1887) Relating to the hiring of county convicts.
SB 269 20-0 (1887) Relating to providing for the hiring of convicts in incorporated cities and towns.

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