HBA-KMH H.B. 657 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 657 By: Keel Criminal Jurisprudence 1/25/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law provides numerous rights for a victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim, including the right to be informed of the process of an investigation and the right to certain monetary relief under the Crime Victim's Compensation Act. These statues do not provide for compensation to these persons for costs incurred in witnessing an execution. H.B. 657 allows eligible persons under the Crime Victim's Compensation Act to also file for compensation for reasonable travel and lodging costs incurred to witness an execution. 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 Article 56.32(a)(9) (Definitions), Code of Criminal Procedure, by adding Paragraph (H) which includes reasonable and necessary costs of traveling to and from a place of execution for the purpose of witnessing the execution, including one night's lodging near the place at which the execution is conducted, to the definition of pecuniary loss. Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.