HBA-RBT H.B. 388 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 388 By: Tillery Criminal Jurisprudence 2/15/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE In recent years, there have been a number of highly publicized shootings at schools. Currently, a murder is a capital murder only in certain circumstances. H.B. 388 adds a murder that takes place on school property, a school vehicle, or in any building where an activity sponsored by a school is being conducted to the list of murders that are capital murders. The bill applies equally to public or private schools. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 19.03(a), Penal Code, to include a murder as defined under Section 19.02(b)(1) (Murder) that is committed on the physical premises of a school, on any grounds or in any building where an activity sponsored by a school is being conducted, or on a passenger transportation vehicle of a school, among the list of offenses which are capital murders. Makes a nonsubstantive change. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4. Emergency clause.