Bill Text: TX HB1571 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to enhancing the criminal penalties for burglary of a place of assembly or worship.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-04 - Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence [HB1571 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1571-Introduced.html
  86R3257 TSS-D
 
  By: Flynn H.B. No. 1571
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to enhancing the criminal penalties for burglary of a
  place of assembly or worship.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 30.02, Penal Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (e) to read as
  follows:
         (c)  Except as provided in Subsection (c-1), [or] (d), or
  (e), an offense under this section is a:
               (1)  state jail felony if committed in a building other
  than a habitation or a place of assembly or worship; or
               (2)  felony of the second degree if committed in a
  habitation or a place of assembly or worship.
         (e)  An offense under this section is a felony of the first
  degree if:
               (1)  the premises are a place of assembly or worship;
  and
               (2)  any party to the offense entered the place of
  assembly or worship with intent to commit a felony other than felony
  theft or committed or attempted to commit a felony other than felony
  theft.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense was
  committed before that date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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