By: Wise H.B. No. 39
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offenses of
kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 20.03(c), Penal Code, is amended to read
(c) An offense under this section is a felony of the third
degree, except that an offense under this section is a felony of the
second degree if the actor exposed the person abducted to a risk of
serious bodily injury.
SECTION 2. Section 20.04(a), Penal Code, is amended to read
(a) A person commits an offense if:
(1) the person [
he] intentionally or knowingly abducts
another person with the intent to:
(A) [ (1)] hold the person abducted [ him] for
ransom or reward or to coerce a third person to perform some act;
(B) [ (2)] use the person abducted [ him] as a
shield or hostage;
(C) [ (3)] facilitate the commission of a felony
or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony;
(D) [ (4)] inflict bodily injury on the person
abducted [ him] or violate or abuse the person abducted [ him]
(E) [ (5)] terrorize the person abducted [ him] or
a third person; [ or]
(F) [ (6)] interfere with the performance of any
governmental or political function; or
(G) hold the person abducted in a condition of
involuntary servitude; or
(2) the person intentionally or knowingly abducts
another person who is:
(A) younger than 18 years of age; or
SECTION 3. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies
only to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this
Act. For purposes of this section, an offense was committed before
the effective date of this Act if any element of the offense was
committed before that date.
(b) An offense committed before the effective date of this
Act is covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed,
and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect December 1, 2003.