By:  Cook of Colorado (Senate Sponsor - Armbrister)               H.B. No. 2296
	(In the Senate - Received from the House April 27, 2005; 
April 29, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on 
Criminal Justice; May 20, 2005, reported favorably by the 
following vote:  Yeas 4, Nays 0; May 20, 2005, sent to printer.)

relating to the reduction of a state jail felony prosecution to a misdemeanor prosecution. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 12.44(b), Penal Code, is amended to read as follows: (b) At the request of the prosecuting attorney [When a court is authorized to impose punishment for a lesser category of offense as provided in Subsection (a)], the court may authorize the prosecuting attorney to prosecute a state jail felony as a Class A misdemeanor [initially for the lesser category of offense]. SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act. 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. 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. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
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