Bill Text: TX HB2009 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a prohibition on the issuance of a warrant authorizing the use of a no-knock entry by a peace officer.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-15 - Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence [HB2009 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB2009-Introduced.html
  87R892 ADM-D
 
  By: Reynolds H.B. No. 2009
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a prohibition on the issuance of a warrant authorizing
  the use of a no-knock entry by a peace officer.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 15, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended by adding Article 15.251 to read as follows:
         Art. 15.251.  NO-KNOCK WARRANT PROHIBITED. (a) In this
  article, "no-knock entry" means a peace officer's entry, for the
  purpose of executing a warrant, into a building or other place
  without giving notice of the officer's authority or purpose before
  entering.
         (b)  A magistrate may not issue a warrant under this chapter
  that authorizes a no-knock entry.
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 18, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended by adding Article 18.025 to read as follows:
         Art. 18.025.  NO-KNOCK WARRANT PROHIBITED. (a) In this
  article, "no-knock entry" has the meaning assigned by Article
  15.251.
         (b)  A magistrate may not issue a warrant under this chapter
  that authorizes a no-knock entry.
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a warrant issued on or after the effective date of this Act. A
  warrant issued before the effective date of this Act is governed by
  the law in effect on the date the warrant was issued, and the former
  law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
feedback