Honorable Terry Keel, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
John S. O'Brien, Deputy Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2317 by Puente (Relating to the seizure of property by law enforcement and to the treatment of that property in a criminal proceeding.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to require, in a county with a population of 500,000 or more, that during or after a criminal proceeding, the court reporter shall release for safekeeping any firearm or contraband received as an exhibit in that proceeding to the sheriff or to the law enforcement agency that collected, seized, or took possession of the firearm or contraband or produced those items at the proceeding.
Under current statute, the firearm or contraband must be released only to the sheriff.
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