Bill Text: TX HJR96 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail to an accused person if necessary to ensure the person's appearance in court and the safety of the community and of any person, including the victim of the alleged offense.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-15 - Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence [HJR96 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HJR96-Introduced.html
  87R9765 ADM-F
 
  By: Reynolds H.J.R. No. 96
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the denial of bail
  to an accused person if necessary to ensure the person's appearance
  in court and the safety of the community and of any person,
  including the victim of the alleged offense.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Article I, Texas Constitution, is amended by
  adding Section 11d to read as follows:
         Sec. 11d.  A person may be denied bail pending trial if a
  judge or magistrate determines by clear and convincing evidence
  that requiring bail and conditions of release is insufficient to
  reasonably ensure:
               (1)  the person's appearance in court as required; or
               (2)  the safety of the community or of any person,
  including the victim of the alleged offense.
         SECTION 2.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 2, 2021.
  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the denial
  of bail to an accused person if necessary to ensure the person's
  appearance in court and the safety of the community and of any
  person, including the victim of the alleged offense."
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