Bill Text: TX HB336 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-11-13 - Filed [HB336 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB336-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Dutton H.B. No. 336
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to abolishing the death penalty.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 12.31, Penal Code, is amended to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 12.31.  CAPITAL FELONY. (a) An individual adjudged
  guilty of a capital felony [in a case in which the state seeks the
  death penalty shall be punished by imprisonment in the Texas
  Department of Criminal Justice for life without parole or by death.
  An individual adjudged guilty of a capital felony in a case in which
  the state does not seek the death penalty] shall be punished by
  imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for:
               (1)  life, if the individual committed the offense when
  younger than 18 years of age; or
               (2)  life without parole, if the individual committed
  the offense when 18 years of age or older.
         (b)  In a capital felony trial [in which the state seeks the
  death penalty, prospective jurors shall be informed that a sentence
  of life imprisonment without parole or death is mandatory on
  conviction of a capital felony. In a capital felony trial in which
  the state does not seek the death penalty], prospective jurors
  shall be informed [that the state is not seeking the death penalty
  and] that:
               (1)  a sentence of life imprisonment is mandatory on
  conviction of the capital felony, if the individual committed the
  offense when younger than 18 years of age; or
               (2)  a sentence of life imprisonment without parole is
  mandatory on conviction of the capital felony, if the individual
  committed the offense when 18 years of age or older.
         SECTION 2.  Articles 1.13(a) and (b), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Subject to Subsection (b), the [The] defendant in a
  criminal prosecution for any offense is entitled [other than a
  capital felony case in which the state notifies the court and the
  defendant that it will seek the death penalty shall have the right],
  upon entering a plea, to waive the right of trial by jury,
  conditioned, however, that, except as provided by Article 27.19,
  the waiver must be made in person by the defendant in writing in
  open court with the consent and approval of the court, and the
  attorney representing the state. The consent and approval by the
  court shall be entered of record on the minutes of the court, and
  the consent and approval of the attorney representing the state
  shall be in writing, signed by that attorney, and filed in the
  papers of the cause before the defendant enters the defendant's
  plea.
         (b)  In a capital felony case [in which the attorney
  representing the State notifies the court and the defendant that it
  will not seek the death penalty], the defendant may waive the right
  to trial by jury but only if the attorney representing the State, in
  writing and in open court, consents to the waiver.
         SECTION 3.  Article 4.03, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 4.03.  COURTS OF APPEALS. The Courts of Appeals shall
  have appellate jurisdiction coextensive with the limits of their
  respective districts in all criminal cases [except those in which
  the death penalty has been assessed]. This article may [Article
  shall] not be so construed as to embrace any case which has been
  appealed from any inferior court to the county court, the county
  criminal court, or county court at law, in which the fine imposed or
  affirmed by the county court, the county criminal court or county
  court at law does not exceed one hundred dollars, unless the sole
  issue is the constitutionality of the statute or ordinance on which
  the conviction is based.
         SECTION 4.  Section 2, Article 4.04, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 2.  The Court of Criminal Appeals shall have, and is
  hereby given, final appellate and review jurisdiction in criminal
  cases coextensive with the limits of the state, and its
  determinations shall be final. [The appeal of all cases in which
  the death penalty has been assessed shall be to the Court of
  Criminal Appeals.] In addition, the Court of Criminal Appeals may,
  on its own motion, with or without a petition for such discretionary
  review being filed by one of the parties, review any decision of a
  court of appeals in a criminal case. Discretionary review by the
  Court of Criminal Appeals is not a matter of right, but of sound
  judicial discretion.
         SECTION 5.  The heading to Article 11.07, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Art. 11.07.  PROCEDURE AFTER FELONY CONVICTION [WITHOUT
  DEATH PENALTY]
         SECTION 6.  Sections 1 and 2, Article 11.07, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 1.  This article establishes the procedures for an
  application for writ of habeas corpus in which the applicant seeks
  relief from a felony judgment [imposing a penalty other than
  death].
         Sec. 2.  After indictment found in any felony case[, other
  than a case in which the death penalty is imposed,] and before
  conviction, the writ must be made returnable in the county where the
  offense has been committed.
         SECTION 7.  Section 3(b), Article 11.07, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  An application for writ of habeas corpus filed after
  final conviction in a felony case[, other than a case in which the
  death penalty is imposed,] must be filed with the clerk of the court
  in which the conviction being challenged was obtained, and the
  clerk shall assign the application to that court. When the
  application is received by that court, a writ of habeas corpus,
  returnable to the Court of Criminal Appeals, shall issue by
  operation of law. The clerk of that court shall make appropriate
  notation thereof, assign to the case a file number (ancillary to
  that of the conviction being challenged), and forward a copy of the
  application by certified mail, return receipt requested, by secure
  electronic mail, or by personal service to the attorney
  representing the state in that court, who shall answer the
  application not later than the 15th day after the date the copy of
  the application is received. Matters alleged in the application not
  admitted by the state are deemed denied.
         SECTION 8.  Articles 11.073(b) and (c), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A court may grant a convicted person relief on an
  application for a writ of habeas corpus if:
               (1)  the convicted person files an application, in the
  manner provided by Article 11.07[, 11.071,] or 11.072, containing
  specific facts indicating that:
                     (A)  relevant scientific evidence is currently
  available and was not available at the time of the convicted
  person's trial because the evidence was not ascertainable through
  the exercise of reasonable diligence by the convicted person before
  the date of or during the convicted person's trial; and
                     (B)  the scientific evidence would be admissible
  under the Texas Rules of Evidence at a trial held on the date of the
  application; and
               (2)  the court makes the findings described by
  Subdivisions (1)(A) and (B) and also finds that, had the scientific
  evidence been presented at trial, on the preponderance of the
  evidence the person would not have been convicted.
         (c)  For purposes of Section 4(a)(1), Article 11.07,
  [Section 5(a)(1), Article 11.071,] and Section 9(a), Article
  11.072, a claim or issue could not have been presented previously in
  an original application or in a previously considered application
  if the claim or issue is based on relevant scientific evidence that
  was not ascertainable through the exercise of reasonable diligence
  by the convicted person on or before the date on which the original
  application or a previously considered application, as applicable,
  was filed.
         SECTION 9.  The heading to Article 11.65, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Art. 11.65.  BOND FOR [CERTAIN] APPLICANTS.
         SECTION 10.  Article 11.65(a), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  This article applies to an applicant for a writ of
  habeas corpus seeking relief from the judgment in a criminal case[,
  other than an applicant seeking relief from a judgment imposing a
  penalty of death].
         SECTION 11.  Section 6, Article 24.29, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 6.  EXCEPTIONS. This Act does not apply to a person in
  this state who is confined as mentally ill [or who is under sentence
  of death].
         SECTION 12.  Articles 26.04(b) and (g), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Procedures adopted under Subsection (a) shall:
               (1)  authorize only the judges of the county courts,
  statutory county courts, and district courts trying criminal cases
  in the county, or the judges' designee, to appoint counsel for
  indigent defendants in the county;
               (2)  apply to each appointment of counsel made by a
  judge or the judges' designee in the county;
               (3)  ensure that each indigent defendant in the county
  who is charged with a misdemeanor punishable by confinement or with
  a felony and who appears in court without counsel has an opportunity
  to confer with appointed counsel before the commencement of
  judicial proceedings;
               (4)  [require appointments for defendants in capital
  cases in which the death penalty is sought to comply with any
  applicable requirements under Articles 11.071 and 26.052;
               [(5)]  ensure that each attorney appointed from a
  public appointment list to represent an indigent defendant perform
  the attorney's duty owed to the defendant in accordance with the
  adopted procedures, the requirements of this code, and applicable
  rules of ethics; and
               (5) [(6)]  ensure that appointments are allocated
  among qualified attorneys in a manner that is fair, neutral, and
  nondiscriminatory.
         (g)  A countywide alternative program for appointing counsel
  for indigent defendants in criminal cases is established by a
  formal action in which two-thirds of the judges of the courts
  designated under this subsection vote to establish the alternative
  program. An alternative program for appointing counsel in
  misdemeanor and felony cases may be established in the manner
  provided by this subsection by the judges of the county courts,
  statutory county courts, and district courts trying criminal cases
  in the county. An alternative program for appointing counsel in
  misdemeanor cases may be established in the manner provided by this
  subsection by the judges of the county courts and statutory county
  courts trying criminal cases in the county. An alternative program
  for appointing counsel in felony cases may be established in the
  manner provided by this subsection by the judges of the district
  courts trying criminal cases in the county. In a county in which an
  alternative program is established:
               (1)  the alternative program may:
                     (A)  use a single method for appointing counsel or
  a combination of methods; and
                     (B)  use a multicounty appointment list using a
  system of rotation; and
               (2)  the procedures adopted under Subsection (a) must
  ensure that:
                     (A)  attorneys appointed using the alternative
  program to represent defendants in misdemeanor cases punishable by
  confinement:
                           (i)  meet specified objective
  qualifications for that representation, which may be graduated
  according to the degree of seriousness of the offense and whether
  representation will be provided in trial court proceedings,
  appellate proceedings, or both; and
                           (ii)  are approved by a majority of the
  judges of the county courts and statutory county courts trying
  misdemeanor cases in the county;
                     (B)  attorneys appointed using the alternative
  program to represent defendants in felony cases:
                           (i)  meet specified objective
  qualifications for that representation, which may be graduated
  according to the degree of seriousness of the offense and whether
  representation will be provided in trial court proceedings,
  appellate proceedings, or both; and
                           (ii)  are approved by a majority of the
  judges of the district courts trying felony cases in the county; and
                     (C)  [appointments for defendants in capital
  cases in which the death penalty is sought comply with the
  requirements of Article 26.052; and
                     [(D)]  appointments are reasonably and
  impartially allocated among qualified attorneys.
         SECTION 13.  Articles 26.05(a) and (d), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A counsel, other than an attorney with a public
  defender's office or an attorney who is employed by the office of
  capital and forensic writs established under Subchapter B, Chapter
  78, Government Code, appointed to represent a defendant in a
  criminal proceeding, including a habeas corpus hearing, shall be
  paid a reasonable attorney's fee for performing the following
  services, based on the time and labor required, the complexity of
  the case, and the experience and ability of the appointed counsel:
               (1)  time spent in court making an appearance on behalf
  of the defendant as evidenced by a docket entry, time spent in
  trial, and time spent in a proceeding in which sworn oral testimony
  is elicited;
               (2)  reasonable and necessary time spent out of court
  on the case, supported by any documentation that the court
  requires;
               (3)  preparation of an appellate brief and preparation
  and presentation of oral argument to a court of appeals or the Court
  of Criminal Appeals; and
               (4)  preparation of a motion for rehearing.
         (d)  A counsel in a criminal [noncapital] case, other than an
  attorney with a public defender's office, appointed to represent a
  defendant under this code shall be reimbursed for reasonable and
  necessary expenses, including expenses for investigation and for
  mental health and other experts. Expenses incurred with prior court
  approval shall be reimbursed in the [same] manner provided [for
  capital cases] by Articles 26.052(f) and (g), and expenses incurred
  without prior court approval shall be reimbursed in the manner
  provided [for capital cases] by Article 26.052(h).
         SECTION 14.  The heading to Article 26.052, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Art. 26.052.  [APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL IN DEATH PENALTY
  CASE;] REIMBURSEMENT OF [INVESTIGATIVE] EXPENSES INCURRED BY
  APPOINTED COUNSEL.
         SECTION 15.  Section 3, Article 31.08, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 3.  An [Except for the review of a death sentence under
  Section 2(h), Article 37.071, or under Section 2(h), Article
  37.072, an] appeal taken in a cause returned to the original county
  under this article must be docketed in the appellate district in
  which the county of original venue is located.
         SECTION 16.  Article 34.01, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 34.01.  SPECIAL VENIRE. A "special venire" is a writ
  issued in a capital case by order of the district court, commanding
  the sheriff to summon either verbally or by mail such a number of
  persons, not less than 50, as the court may order, to appear before
  the court on a day named in the writ from whom the jury for the trial
  of such case is to be selected. Where as many as one hundred jurors
  have been summoned in such county for regular service for the week
  in which such capital case is set for trial, the judge of the court
  having jurisdiction of a capital case in which a motion for a
  special venire has been made, shall grant or refuse such motion for
  a special venire, and upon such refusal require the case to be tried
  by regular jurors summoned for service in such county for the week
  in which such capital case is set for trial and such additional
  talesmen as may be summoned by the sheriff upon order of the court
  as provided in Article 34.02 of this Code[, but the clerk of such
  court shall furnish the defendant or his counsel a list of the
  persons summoned as provided in Article 34.04].
         SECTION 17.  Article 35.15(b), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  In [non-capital] felony cases [and in capital cases in
  which the State does not seek the death penalty], the State and
  defendant shall each be entitled to ten peremptory challenges. If
  two or more defendants are tried together each defendant shall be
  entitled to six peremptory challenges and the State to six for each
  defendant.
         SECTION 18.  Article 35.16(b), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A challenge for cause may be made by the State for any of
  the following reasons:
               1.  That the juror has conscientious scruples in regard
  to the imposition [infliction] of a sentence of imprisonment for
  life without parole [the punishment of death for crime,] in a
  capital case[, where the State is seeking the death penalty];
               2.  That the juror [he] is related within the third
  degree of consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter
  573, Government Code, to the defendant; and
               3.  That the juror [he] has a bias or prejudice against
  any phase of the law upon which the State is entitled to rely for
  conviction or punishment.
         SECTION 19.  Article 35.17, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 35.17.  VOIR DIRE EXAMINATION
               [1].  When the court in its discretion so directs,
  [except as provided in Section 2,] the state and defendant shall
  conduct the voir dire examination of prospective jurors in the
  presence of the entire panel.
               [2.     In a capital felony case in which the State seeks
  the death penalty, the court shall propound to the entire panel of
  prospective jurors questions concerning the principles, as
  applicable to the case on trial, of reasonable doubt, burden of
  proof, return of indictment by grand jury, presumption of
  innocence, and opinion.   Then, on demand of the State or defendant,
  either is entitled to examine each juror on voir dire individually
  and apart from the entire panel, and may further question the juror
  on the principles propounded by the court.]
         SECTION 20.  Article 35.25, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 35.25.  MAKING PEREMPTORY CHALLENGE. The [In
  non-capital cases and in capital cases in which the State's
  attorney has announced that he will not qualify the jury for, or
  seek the death penalty, the] party desiring to challenge any juror
  peremptorily shall strike the name of such juror from the list
  furnished the party [him] by the clerk.
         SECTION 21.  Article 35.26, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 35.26.  LISTS RETURNED TO CLERK. [(a)] When the
  parties have made or declined to make their peremptory challenges,
  they shall deliver their lists to the clerk. The [Except as
  provided in Subsection (b) of this section, the] clerk shall, if the
  case be in the district court, call off the first twelve names on
  the lists that have not been stricken. If the case be in the county
  court, the clerk [he] shall call off the first six names on the
  lists that have not been stricken. Those whose names are called
  shall be the jury.
         [(b)     In a capital case in which the state seeks the death
  penalty, the court may direct that two alternate jurors be selected
  and that the first fourteen names not stricken be called off by the
  clerk. The last two names to be called are the alternate jurors.]
         SECTION 22.  Article 36.29(a), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Not less than twelve jurors can render and return a
  verdict in a felony case. It must be concurred in by each juror and
  signed by the foreman. After [Except as provided in Subsection (b),
  however, after] the trial of any felony case begins and a juror dies
  or, as determined by the judge, becomes disabled from sitting at any
  time before the charge of the court is read to the jury, the
  remainder of the jury shall have the power to render the verdict;
  but when the verdict shall be rendered by less than the whole
  number, it shall be signed by every member of the jury concurring in
  it.
         SECTION 23.  Section 2(b), Article 37.07, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  If [Except as provided by Article 37.071 or 37.072, if]
  a finding of guilty is returned, it shall then be the responsibility
  of the judge to assess the punishment applicable to the offense;
  provided, however, that (1) in any criminal action where the jury
  may recommend community supervision and the defendant filed his
  sworn motion for community supervision before the trial began, and
  (2) in other cases where the defendant so elects in writing before
  the commencement of the voir dire examination of the jury panel, the
  punishment shall be assessed by the same jury, except as provided in
  Section 3(c) of this article and in Article 44.29. If a finding of
  guilty is returned, the defendant may, with the consent of the
  attorney for the state, change his election of one who assesses the
  punishment.
         SECTION 24.  Section 1, Article 42.01, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 1.  A judgment is the written declaration of the court
  signed by the trial judge and entered of record showing the
  conviction or acquittal of the defendant. The sentence served shall
  be based on the information contained in the judgment. The judgment
  shall reflect:
               1.  The title and number of the case;
               2.  That the case was called and the parties appeared,
  naming the attorney for the state, the defendant, and the attorney
  for the defendant, or, where a defendant is not represented by
  counsel, that the defendant knowingly, intelligently, and
  voluntarily waived the right to representation by counsel;
               3.  The plea or pleas of the defendant to the offense
  charged;
               4.  Whether the case was tried before a jury or a jury
  was waived;
               5.  The submission of the evidence, if any;
               6.  In cases tried before a jury that the jury was
  charged by the court;
               7.  The verdict or verdicts of the jury or the finding
  or findings of the court;
               8.  In the event of a conviction that the defendant is
  adjudged guilty of the offense as found by the verdict of the jury
  or the finding of the court, and that the defendant be punished in
  accordance with the jury's verdict or the court's finding as to the
  proper punishment;
               9.  In the event of conviction where [death or] any
  punishment is assessed that the defendant be sentenced to [death,]
  a term of confinement or community supervision, or to pay a fine, as
  the case may be;
               10.  In the event of conviction where the imposition of
  sentence is suspended and the defendant is placed on community
  supervision, setting forth the punishment assessed, the length of
  community supervision, and the conditions of community
  supervision;
               11.  In the event of acquittal that the defendant be
  discharged;
               12.  The county and court in which the case was tried
  and, if there was a change of venue in the case, the name of the
  county in which the prosecution was originated;
               13.  The offense or offenses for which the defendant
  was convicted;
               14.  The date of the offense or offenses and degree of
  offense for which the defendant was convicted;
               15.  The term of sentence;
               16.  The date judgment is entered;
               17.  The date sentence is imposed;
               18.  The date sentence is to commence and any credit for
  time served;
               19.  The terms of any order entered pursuant to Article
  42.08 that the defendant's sentence is to run cumulatively or
  concurrently with another sentence or sentences;
               20.  The terms of any plea bargain;
               21.  Affirmative findings entered pursuant to Article
  42A.054(c) or (d);
               22.  The terms of any fee payment ordered under Article
  42.151;
               23.  The defendant's thumbprint taken in accordance
  with Article 38.33;
               24.  In the event that the judge orders the defendant to
  repay a reward or part of a reward under Articles 37.073 and 42.152,
  a statement of the amount of the payment or payments required to be
  made;
               25.  In the event that the court orders restitution to
  be paid to the victim, a statement of the amount of restitution
  ordered and:
                     (A)  the name and address of a person or agency
  that will accept and forward restitution payments to the victim; or
                     (B)  if the court specifically elects to have
  payments made directly to the crime victim, the name and permanent
  address of the victim at the time of judgment;
               26.  In the event that a presentence investigation is
  required by Subchapter F, Chapter 42A, a statement that the
  presentence investigation was done according to the applicable
  provision;
               27.  In the event of conviction of an offense for which
  registration as a sex offender is required under Chapter 62, a
  statement that the registration requirement of that chapter applies
  to the defendant and a statement of the age of the victim of the
  offense;
               28.  The defendant's state identification number
  required by Article [Section] 60.052(a)(2), if that number has been
  assigned at the time of the judgment; and
               29.  The incident number required by Article [Section]
  60.052(a)(4), if that number has been assigned at the time of the
  judgment.
         SECTION 25.  Sections 1 and 3, Article 42.09, Code of
  Criminal Procedure, are amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 1.  Except as provided in Sections 2 and 3, a defendant
  shall be delivered to a jail or to the Texas Department of Criminal
  Justice when his sentence is pronounced[, or his sentence to death
  is announced,] by the court. The defendant's sentence begins to run
  on the day it is pronounced, but with all credits, if any, allowed
  by Article 42.03.
         Sec. 3.  If a defendant convicted of a felony is sentenced to
  [death or to] life in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or is
  ineligible for release on bail pending appeal under Article
  44.04(b) and gives notice of appeal, the defendant shall be
  transferred to the department on a commitment pending a mandate
  from the court of appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals.
         SECTION 26.  Article 44.29(b), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  If the court of appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals
  awards a new trial to a defendant [other than a defendant convicted
  of an offense under Section 19.03, Penal Code,] only on the basis of
  an error or errors made in the punishment stage of the trial, the
  cause shall stand as it would have stood in case the new trial had
  been granted by the court below, except that the court shall
  commence the new trial as if a finding of guilt had been returned
  and proceed to the punishment stage of the trial under Subsection
  (b), Section 2, Article 37.07, of this code. If the defendant
  elects, the court shall empanel a jury for the sentencing stage of
  the trial in the same manner as a jury is empaneled by the court for
  other trials before the court. At the new trial, the court shall
  allow both the state and the defendant to introduce evidence to show
  the circumstances of the offense and other evidence as permitted by
  Section 3 of Article 37.07 of this code.
         SECTION 27.  Section 6(a), Article 49.25, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Any medical examiner, or his duly authorized deputy,
  shall be authorized, and it shall be his duty, to hold inquests with
  or without a jury within his county, in the following cases:
               1.  When a person shall die within twenty-four hours
  after admission to a hospital or institution or in prison or in
  jail;
               2.  When any person is killed; or from any cause dies an
  unnatural death[, except under sentence of the law]; or dies in the
  absence of one or more good witnesses;
               3.  When the body or a body part of a person is found,
  the cause or circumstances of death are unknown, and:
                     (A)  the person is identified; or
                     (B)  the person is unidentified;
               4.  When the circumstances of the death of any person
  are such as to lead to suspicion that he came to his death by
  unlawful means;
               5.  When any person commits suicide, or the
  circumstances of his death are such as to lead to suspicion that he
  committed suicide;
               6.  When a person dies without having been attended by a
  duly licensed and practicing physician, and the local health
  officer or registrar required to report the cause of death under
  Section 193.005, Health and Safety Code, does not know the cause of
  death. When the local health officer or registrar of vital
  statistics whose duty it is to certify the cause of death does not
  know the cause of death, he shall so notify the medical examiner of
  the county in which the death occurred and request an inquest;
               7.  When the person is a child who is younger than six
  years of age and the death is reported under Chapter 264, Family
  Code; and
               8.  When a person dies who has been attended
  immediately preceding his death by a duly licensed and practicing
  physician or physicians, and such physician or physicians are not
  certain as to the cause of death and are unable to certify with
  certainty the cause of death as required by Section 193.004, Health
  and Safety Code. In case of such uncertainty the attending
  physician or physicians, or the superintendent or general manager
  of the hospital or institution in which the deceased shall have
  died, shall so report to the medical examiner of the county in which
  the death occurred, and request an inquest.
         SECTION 28.  Article 60.052(c), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (c)  Information in the corrections tracking system relating
  to the handling of offenders must include the following information
  about each imprisonment or[,] confinement[, or execution] of an
  offender:
               (1)  the date of the imprisonment or confinement;
               (2)  [if the offender was sentenced to death:
                     [(A)  the date of execution; and
                     [(B)     if the death sentence was commuted, the
  sentence to which the sentence of death was commuted and the date of
  commutation;
               [(3)]  the date the offender was released from
  imprisonment or confinement and whether the release was a discharge
  or a release on parole or mandatory supervision;
               (3) [(4)]  if the offender is released on parole or
  mandatory supervision:
                     (A)  the offense for which the offender was
  convicted by offense code and incident number;
                     (B)  the date the offender was received by an
  office of the parole division;
                     (C)  the county in which the offender resides
  while under supervision;
                     (D)  any program in which an offender is placed or
  has previously been placed and the level of supervision the
  offender is placed on while under the jurisdiction of the parole
  division;
                     (E)  the date a program described by Paragraph (D)
  begins, the date the program ends, and whether the program was
  completed successfully;
                     (F)  the date a level of supervision described by
  Paragraph (D) begins and the date the level of supervision ends;
                     (G)  if the offender's release status is revoked,
  the reason for the revocation and the date of revocation;
                     (H)  the expiration date of the sentence; and
                     (I)  the date of the offender's release from the
  parole division or the date on which the offender is granted
  clemency; and
               (4) [(5)]  if the offender is released under Article
  42A.202(b), the date of the offender's release.
         SECTION 29.  Article 64.01(c), Code of Criminal Procedure,
  is amended to read as follows:
         (c)  A convicted person is entitled to counsel during a
  proceeding under this chapter. The convicting court shall appoint
  counsel for the convicted person if the person informs the court
  that the person wishes to submit a motion under this chapter, the
  court finds reasonable grounds for a motion to be filed, and the
  court determines that the person is indigent. Counsel must be
  appointed under this subsection not later than the 45th day after
  the date the court finds reasonable grounds or the date the court
  determines that the person is indigent, whichever is later.
  Compensation of counsel is provided in the same manner as is
  required by[:
               [(1)     Article 11.071 for the representation of a
  petitioner convicted of a capital felony; and
               [(2)]  Chapter 26 for the representation in a habeas
  corpus hearing of an indigent defendant convicted of a felony other
  than a capital felony.
         SECTION 30.  Article 64.05, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Art. 64.05.  APPEALS. An appeal under this chapter is to a
  court of appeals in the same manner as an appeal of any other
  criminal matter[, except that if the convicted person was convicted
  in a capital case and was sentenced to death, the appeal is a direct
  appeal to the court of criminal appeals].
         SECTION 31.  Sections 78.054(a) and (b), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The office may not accept an appointment under Article
  11.071, Code of Criminal Procedure, as that article existed before
  September 1, 2017, if:
               (1)  a conflict of interest exists;
               (2)  the office has insufficient resources to provide
  adequate representation for the defendant;
               (3)  the office is incapable of providing
  representation for the defendant in accordance with the rules of
  professional conduct; or
               (4)  other good cause is shown for not accepting the
  appointment.
         (b)  The office may not represent a defendant in a federal
  habeas review. The office may not represent a defendant in an action
  or proceeding in state court other than an action or proceeding
  that:
               (1)  is conducted under Article 11.071, Code of
  Criminal Procedure, as that article existed before September 1,
  2017;
               (2)  is collateral to the preparation of an application
  under Article 11.071, Code of Criminal Procedure, as that article
  existed before September 1, 2017;
               (3)  concerns any other post-conviction matter in a
  death penalty case other than a direct appeal, including an action
  or proceeding under Article 46.05 or Chapter 64, Code of Criminal
  Procedure; or
               (4)  is conducted under Article 11.073, Code of
  Criminal Procedure, or is collateral to the preparation of an
  application under Article 11.073, Code of Criminal Procedure, if
  the case was referred in writing to the office by the Texas Forensic
  Science Commission under Section 4(h), Article 38.01, Code of
  Criminal Procedure.
         SECTION 32.  Section 78.055, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 78.055.  COMPENSATION OF OTHER APPOINTED ATTORNEYS. If
  it is necessary that an attorney other than an attorney employed by
  the office be appointed, that attorney shall be compensated as
  provided by Article [Articles] 11.071 [and 26.05], Code of Criminal
  Procedure, as that article existed before September 1, 2017, and by
  Article 26.05, Code of Criminal Procedure.
         SECTION 33.  Section 78.056(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The presiding judges of the administrative judicial
  regions shall maintain a statewide list of competent counsel
  available for appointment under Section 2(f), Article 11.071, Code
  of Criminal Procedure, as that article existed before September 1,
  2017, if the office does not accept or is prohibited from accepting
  an appointment under Section 78.054. Each attorney on the list:
               (1)  must exhibit proficiency and commitment to
  providing quality representation to defendants in death penalty
  cases; and
               (2)  may not have been found by a state or federal court
  to have rendered ineffective assistance of counsel during the trial
  or appeal of a death penalty case.
         SECTION 34.  Section 508.145(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  An inmate [under sentence of death,] serving a sentence
  of life imprisonment without parole, serving a sentence for an
  offense under Section 21.02, Penal Code, or serving a sentence for
  an offense under Section 22.021, Penal Code, that is punishable
  under Subsection (f) of that section is not eligible for release on
  parole.
         SECTION 35.  Sections 508.146(a) and (f), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  An inmate other than an inmate who is serving a sentence
  of [death or] life without parole may be released on medically
  recommended intensive supervision on a date designated by a parole
  panel described by Subsection (e), except that an inmate with an
  instant offense that is an offense described in Article 42A.054,
  Code of Criminal Procedure, or an inmate who has a reportable
  conviction or adjudication under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, may only be considered if a medical condition of
  terminal illness or long-term care has been diagnosed by a
  physician, if:
               (1)  the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with
  Medical or Mental Impairments, in cooperation with the Correctional
  Managed Health Care Committee, identifies the inmate as being:
                     (A)  a person who is elderly or terminally ill, a
  person with mental illness, an intellectual disability, or a
  physical disability, or a person who has a condition requiring
  long-term care, if the inmate is an inmate with an instant offense
  that is described in Article 42A.054, Code of Criminal Procedure;
  or
                     (B)  in a persistent vegetative state or being a
  person with an organic brain syndrome with significant to total
  mobility impairment, if the inmate is an inmate who has a reportable
  conviction or adjudication under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal
  Procedure;
               (2)  the parole panel determines that, based on the
  inmate's condition and a medical evaluation, the inmate does not
  constitute a threat to public safety; and
               (3)  the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with
  Medical or Mental Impairments, in cooperation with the pardons and
  paroles division, has prepared for the inmate a medically
  recommended intensive supervision plan that requires the inmate to
  submit to electronic monitoring, places the inmate on
  super-intensive supervision, or otherwise ensures appropriate
  supervision of the inmate.
         (f)  An inmate who is not a citizen of the United States, as
  defined by federal law, who is not under a sentence of [death or]
  life without parole, and who does not have a reportable conviction
  or adjudication under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, or an
  instant offense described in Article 42A.054, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, may be released to immigration authorities pending
  deportation on a date designated by a parole panel described by
  Subsection (e) if the parole panel determines that on release the
  inmate would be deported to another country and that the inmate does
  not constitute a threat to public safety in the other country or
  this country and is unlikely to reenter this country illegally.
         SECTION 36.  Section 552.134(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  Subsection (a) does not apply to[:
               [(1)]  statistical or other aggregated information
  relating to inmates confined in one or more facilities operated by
  or under a contract with the department[; or
               [(2)  information about an inmate sentenced to death].
         SECTION 37.  Section 557.012(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  An offense under this section is punishable by[:
               [(1)  death; or
               [(2)]  confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal
  Justice for:
               (1) [(A)]  life; or
               (2) [(B)]  a term of not less than two years.
         SECTION 38.  Section 46.03(a), Penal Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally,
  knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal
  knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):
               (1)  on the physical premises of a school or
  educational institution, any grounds or building on which an
  activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being
  conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or
  educational institution, whether the school or educational
  institution is public or private, unless:
                     (A)  pursuant to written regulations or written
  authorization of the institution; or
                     (B)  the person possesses or goes with a concealed
  handgun that the person is licensed to carry under Subchapter H,
  Chapter 411, Government Code, and no other weapon to which this
  section applies, on the premises of an institution of higher
  education or private or independent institution of higher
  education, on any grounds or building on which an activity
  sponsored by the institution is being conducted, or in a passenger
  transportation vehicle of the institution;
               (2)  on the premises of a polling place on the day of an
  election or while early voting is in progress;
               (3)  on the premises of any government court or offices
  utilized by the court, unless pursuant to written regulations or
  written authorization of the court;
               (4)  on the premises of a racetrack;
               (5)  in or into a secured area of an airport; or
               (6)  within 1,000 feet of premises the location of
  which is designated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a
  place of execution [under Article 43.19, Code of Criminal
  Procedure,] on a day that a sentence of death is set to be imposed on
  the designated premises and the person received notice that:
                     (A)  going within 1,000 feet of the premises with
  a weapon listed under this subsection was prohibited; or
                     (B)  possessing a weapon listed under this
  subsection within 1,000 feet of the premises was prohibited.
         SECTION 39.  The following provisions of the Code of
  Criminal Procedure are repealed:
               (1)  Article 11.071;
               (2)  Articles 26.044(a)(2) and (n);
               (3)  Articles 26.052(a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (i), (j),
  (k), (l), (m), and (n);
               (4)  Article 34.04;
               (5)  Articles 35.13, 35.15(a), and 35.29(c);
               (6)  Article 36.29(b);
               (7)  Articles 37.071, 37.0711, and 37.072;
               (8)  Articles 38.43(i), (j), (k), (l), and (m);
               (9)  Article 42.04;
               (10)  Articles 43.14, 43.141, 43.15, 43.16, 43.17,
  43.18, 43.19, 43.20, 43.21, 43.22, 43.23, 43.24, and 43.25;
               (11)  Articles 44.251, 44.2511, and 44.29(c) and (d);
  and
               (12)  Article 46.05.
         SECTION 40.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only
  to a criminal case in which the indictment in the case is filed on or
  after the effective date of this Act. A criminal case in which the
  indictment was filed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect when the indictment was filed, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 41.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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