SRC-TAG S.B. 1919 78(R) BILL ANALYSIS Senate Research Center S.B. 1919 By: Harris Criminal Justice 5/5/2003 As Filed DIGEST AND PURPOSE In recent years, sports participants, including referees, athletes, and coaches, have become targets of violent acts. Despite the fact that their official position often places them in compromising situation, they are afforded few protections under Texas law. As proposed, S.B. 1919 raises the level of certain crimes against a sports participant from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Sections 22.01 (c) and (e), Penal Code, as follows: (c) Provides that an offense under Subsections (a)(2) or (3) is a Class C misdemeanor, except that the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed under Subsection (a)(3) against an elderly individual or disabled individual, as those terms are defined by Section 22.04, or a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed against a person the actor knows is a sports participant either while the participant is performing duties or responsibilities in the participant's capacity as a sports participant or in retaliation for or on account of the participant's performance of a duty or responsibility within the participant's capacity as a sports participant. (e) Defines "sports participant." SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 2003.