By Tillery H.B. No. 2458 74R7147 GWK-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to requiring the Criminal Justice Policy Council to 1-3 prepare a report on the effectiveness of caning as a punishment for 1-4 criminal conduct. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Chapter 413, Government Code, is amended by 1-7 adding Section 413.017 to read as follows: 1-8 Sec. 413.017. REPORT ON CANING AS PUNISHMENT. Before 1-9 January 1, 1997, the policy council shall prepare a study on and 1-10 report to the legislature about the use of caning as a punishment 1-11 for defendants convicted of criminal offenses. The report must 1-12 include information about: 1-13 (1) the number of foreign jurisdictions that use 1-14 caning as punishment for criminal conduct and the names of those 1-15 jurisdictions; 1-16 (2) the offenses for which caning is a punishment in 1-17 foreign jurisdictions; 1-18 (3) whether caning is the sole punishment option for 1-19 an offense or caning is one among several options for punishment; 1-20 (4) whether the agreement of the defendant is a 1-21 necessity before using caning as punishment; 1-22 (5) whether caning is reserved for use on juvenile 1-23 offenders or is used on offenders of all ages; 1-24 (6) the medical consequences of caning; and 2-1 (7) the effect of caning as punishment on recidivism 2-2 for specific offenses, if the information is available. 2-3 SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the 2-4 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-5 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-6 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-7 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-8 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-9 passage, and it is so enacted.