Nineteen bills have been filed so far in the Texas Legislature in 2009 that relate directly with capital punishment.

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The newest ones on the list include HB 913 to create a commission to study capital punishment in Texas and to enact a moratorium on executions, filed by Rep Harold Dutton; another bill (HB 938) by Dutton would require electronic recordings of confessions in capital cases obtained as a result of custodial interrogations.

Texas Legislature
Bills By Subject
General Subject Index: Crimes--Capital Punishment
81st Legislature Regular Session
Report Date: 1/31/2009

Number of Bills: 19
HB 111 Author: Pena

Last Action: 11/10/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the joint or separate prosecution of a capital felony charged against two or more defendants.

HB 297 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the abolition of the death penalty.

HB 298 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain evidence in capital cases in which the state seeks the death penalty.

HB 304 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 11/19/2008 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the extent of a defendant's criminal responsibility for the conduct of a co-conspirator in certain felony cases.

HB 682 Author: Farrar

Last Action: 01/20/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to abolishing the death penalty.

HB 788 Author: Thompson

Last Action: 01/26/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to investigate and prevent wrongful convictions.

HB 825 Author: Hochberg

Last Action: 01/27/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to prohibiting deferred adjudication community supervision for a defendant convicted of murder.

HB 877 Author: Naishtat

Last Action: 01/29/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas.

HB 913 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to study capital punishment in Texas and to a moratorium on executions.

HB 916 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to standards for judicial review of certain writs of habeas corpus in capital cases.

HB 921 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to jury selection in capital cases.

HB 938 Author: Dutton

Last Action: 01/30/2009 H Filed

Caption: Relating to the admissibility of certain confessions in capital cases.

HJR 24 Author: Naishtat

Last Action: 11/10/2008 H Filed

Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a moratorium on the execution of persons convicted of capital offenses.

SB 115 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the creation of a commission to investigate and prevent wrongful convictions.

SB 165 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to an annual report and analysis by the Office of Court Administration regarding cases involving the trial of a capital offense.

SB 167 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with mental retardation.

SB 169 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the authority of the governor to grant one or more reprieves in a capital case.

SB 426 Author: Shapleigh

Last Action: 01/07/2009 S Filed

Caption: Relating to the electronic filing of documents for capital cases in the court of criminal appeals.

SJR 7 Author: Ellis

Last Action: 11/10/2008 S Filed

Caption: Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the governor to grant one or more reprieves in a capital case.
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