Honorable Terry Keel, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
John S. O'Brien, Deputy Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB60 by Lucio (Relating to the punishment for a capital offense.), As Engrossed
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend the Penal Code by adding life without parole as a sentencing option for offenders convicted of capital murder and eliminating the option of a life sentence under which the person can become eligible for parole in 40 years.
Under current law and policy, the average time served in prison by persons likely to be affected by the provisions of this bill is greater than five years. Therefore, no significant impact on demands on the adult corrections agencies is anticipated during the first five years following passage.
The bill would take effect September 1, 2005.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.