Honorable Pete Gallego, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1489 by Naishtat (Relating to an oral statement regarding the impact of an offense in certain cases involving a violent crime. ), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to provide that after a court's finding of guilt but before sentencing, the court would allow a victim of the crime to make an oral statement about the offense and the effect of the offense on the victim. This provision would not apply if a jury were to assess punishment. To the extent a courtís allowing an oral statement will lengthen court proceedings, no significant fiscal implication is anticipated for the court system or the state. The bill would take effect September 1, 2011.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
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