Bill Text: TX SB245 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the authority of the office of capital and forensic writs to refuse to accept certain referrals for good cause.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - Referred to Criminal Justice [SB245 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB245-Introduced.html
  86R1888 AJZ-D
 
  By: Hinojosa S.B. No. 245
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the authority of the office of capital and forensic
  writs to refuse to accept certain referrals for good cause.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 78.054(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The office may not accept an appointment under Article
  11.071, Code of Criminal Procedure, or a referral under Section
  4(h), Article 38.01, Code of Criminal Procedure, 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.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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