The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.
82nd Legislature (2011):
Minimum Standards for Juvenile Case Managers: Would establish basic guidelines for juvenile case managers. (House sponsor: Rep. Armando Walle, R-Houston; sent to the Governor on May 25, 2011).
Supervision of Juvenile Case Mangers: Would establish guidelines and minimum supervision standards for entities who employ juvenile case managers. (House sponsor: Rep. Armando Walle, R-Houston; sent to the Governor on May, 30, 2011).
Protective Orders for Victims of Stalking: Would allow victims of stalking to obtain a protective order regardless of relationship. (House sponsors: Reps. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas; Pete Gallego, D-Alpine; Will Hartnett, R-Dallas; signed by the Governor on May 27, 2011, effective on September 9, 2011).
Pleas for Bexar County Magistrates: Would allow Bexar County magistrates to accept pleas of guilty for misdemeanors and felonies. (House author: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; signed by the Governor on May 27, 2011).
Deferred Adjudication Hearings for Minors: Would create an authorization to allow a
sentence hearing of a defendant convicted of an offense involving possession, manufacture, or delivery of a controlled substance, to take place at a secondary school for drug use prevention among teens. (House authors: Reps. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo; Pete Gallego, D-Alpine; Wayen Christian, R-Center; signed in the Senate on May 29, 2011).
Webb County District Courts: This is a clean-up bill for the Webb County district courts. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo; sent to the Governor on May 27, 2011).
Law Enforcement Discipline Procedures: Exempt law enforcement officers licensed, or an applicant to be licensed, under Chapter 1701 of the Occupations Code from the general provisions for discipline under Chapter 53 of the Occupations Code. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City; sent to the Governor on May 27,2011).
Protective Orders for Victims of Sexual Assault and Stalking: This bill would allow victims of stalking or sexual assault to more easily obtain protective orders. It would also allow recorded statements made by children under 14 years of age to be used as evidence. (House author: Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, D-Brownsville; sent to the Governor on May 27, 2011).
Bexar County Court Reporter: Allows criminal law magistrates in Bexar County to appoint an official court reporter. (House author: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio); Effective September 1, 2011.
Bexar County Court Clean-up: Cleans up the statutes regarding the duties and authority of the Bexar County courts system. (House author: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio); Effective September 1, 2011.
Confidentiality of Forensic Medical Examination Records: This bill would protect sexual assault victims’ identifying information from open records requests. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo; sent to the Governor on May 27, 2011)
81st Legislature (2009):
Unauthorized Use of Computers: Adds the use of botnets to the list of prohibited actions using a computer. Authorizes civil penalties for using a botnet, including a cause of action for a victim, and authorizes the attorney general to seek injunctive relief and actual damages with respect to a violation of the bill’s provisions. (House sponsor: Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur); Effective 9/1/09.
Illegal Use of Parking Spaces Designated for Persons with Disabilities: Increases the penalty for a second, third, fourth, and fifth offense relating to misuse of disabled parking placards or spaces. (House sponsor: Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/09.
Child Passenger Safety Seats: Provides that the operator of a passenger vehicle transporting a child commits an offense if the child is eight years old or younger (unless he or she is taller than four feet, nine inches) and is not secured in a child passenger safety seat system in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system. Includes a warning period of one year, until June 1, 2010; shifts the focus from punishment to education, reducing the financial penalty from up to $200 to $25; and directs that a portion of court costs associated with this offense be used to buy booster seats for low-income children. (House sponsor: Rep. Allen Vaught, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/09.
Emergency Contact Info: Authorizes a driver’s license or identification card applicant to voluntarily provide emergency contact information for DPS to store in a database to be used to reach next of kin in the event of a serious accident. (House sponsor: Rep. Stephen Frost, D- Atlanta); Effective 9/1/09.
Affirmative Defense for Certain Sex Offenses: Provides that the fact that the victim was married to the defendant at the time of the offense is an affirmative defense for the offenses of indecency with a child, sexual assault of a child, engaging in an improper relationship between an educator and a student, improper sexual activity with a person under the supervision of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Youth Commission, or a local juvenile probation department. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/09.
Crime Stoppers Advisory Council: Changes the name of the Crime Stoppers Advisory Council to the Texas Crime Stoppers Council. (House author: Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Lake Dallas); Effective 5/27/09.
Theft of Driver’s License: Amends the penal code by making theft of a driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, or personal identification certificate a Class B misdemeanor. (House author: Rep. Ruth McClendon D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/09.
Forensic Exams: Allows sexual assault victims in Texas to obtain a forensic examination free of charge without having to cooperate with law enforcement. Thus, if a victim is unable or unwilling to cooperate with law enforcement officials but later wishes to press charges, forensic examination results will be available for use. (House author: Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 6/19/09.
Fatality Reviews: Allows for the use of certain information and records acquired during a fatality review and investigation. (House author: Rep. Carol Kent, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/09.
Transfer of DPS Property to Webb County: Transfers a former DPS license building for the use of a justice of a peace for law enforcement purposes. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 6/16/09.
80th Legislature (2007):
Protecting Children from Internet Predators: Requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to comply with court orders within 48 hours; raises penalties for the on-line solicitation and communication with minors; and targets rewards for the identification of unregistered sex offenders. (House sponsor: Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg); Effective 9/1/07.
Collection of Sexual Assault Information: Improves the collection and analysis of information relating to sexual offenses through the use of improved reporting by law enforcement agencies. (House author: Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/07.
Solicitation Using Text Messaging: Adds the use of text messages or other electronic message services to the list of ways in which the offense of online solicitation of a minor may be committed; expands the offense of improper relationship between educator and student to include online solicitation of a minor, regardless of the age of the victim. (House author: Rep. Betty Brown, R-Athens); Effective 9/1/07.
Bailiffs Carrying Weapons: Provides that certain laws regarding the unlawful carrying of a weapon and the locations in which weapons are prohibited do not apply to a bailiff escorting a judge. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective immediately.
Deferred adjudication of certain intoxication offenses: Prohibits a defendant from receiving deferred adjudication for committing the offenses of Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger or Assembling or Operating an Amusement Ride While Intoxicated. (House author: Rep. Stephen Frost, D-Atlanta); Effective 9/1/07.
Family Violence Counseling: Requires a family violence offender to file a completion affidavit with the court within 30 days of the expiration of the protective order or not later than the 30th day before the first anniversary of its issuance, whichever date is earlier. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/07.