The likely start time for the hearing on the death penalty bills on Tuesday March 29 in the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence is 1:30 – 2 PM. The full House does not even start meeting until noon and the committee does not start until “upon adjournment of the House”, so 1:30 or 2 is the probable start time for the hearing.

The hearing will likely go all afternoon and maybe into the early evening. We do not know in which order the bills will be taken up. If you absolutely can not get off work till 5, then come by after work and you will probably still be able to sign a support form in favor of the bills. But try to get there earlier so we can fill the meeting room with lots of people.

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence has set a hearing for Tuesday March 29, 2011 on several death penalty related bills, including a moratorium on executions (HB 1641), abolition of the death penalty (HB 852 and HB 819), and prohibiting death sentences in Law of Parties cases (HB 855 and HB 2511).

Please make plans to attend the meeting and sign in to show your support for bills that would stop executions in Texas. The meeting will be held in room 120 of the John H. Reagan Building at 105 W. 15th Street in Austin in the capitol complex (map). We have created a Facebook event page for the committee hearing. Post the event page to your Facebook profile and invite your friends to the meeting, so we get more people to attend the meeting.

Call the members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and urge them to vote in favor of a moratorium on executions, as well as the other bills that you favor.

Chair: Pete Gallego (Democrat, District 74 – Alpine)   (512) 463-0566  
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Vice Chair: Will Hartnett (Republican, District 114 – Dallas)  (512) 463-0576  
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Jose Aliseda (Republican, District 35 – Beeville)   (512) 463-0645   
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Cindy Burkett (Republican, District101 – Mesquite)  (512) 463-0464  
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Stefani Carter (Republican,District 102 – Dallas)   (512) 463-0454  
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Wayne Christian (Republican,District 9 – Center)  (512) 463-0556  
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Yvonne Davis (Democrat, District 111 – Dallas)   (512) 463-0598  
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Eddie Rodriguez (Democrat, District 51 – Austin)   (512) 463-0674   
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Bill Zedler (Republican,District 96 – Arlington)   (512) 463-0374   
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COMMITTEE: Criminal Jurisprudence

TIME and DATE: Upon final adjourn./recess
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CHAIR: Rep. Pete Gallego

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