Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the House, House of Representatives
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB1212 by Price (Relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain offenses under the Texas Controlled Substances Act and the regulation and scheduling of certain substances; creating criminal offenses. ), As Passed 2nd House
The provisions of the bill addressing felony sanctions are the subject of this analysis. The bill would amend the Health and Safety Code to authorize the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to designate certain consumer commodities as abusable synthetic substances. Depending upon the circumstances, the manufacture, distribution, and retail sale of these substances would be punished as a state jail felony.
A state jail felony is punishable by confinement in a state jail for 180 days to two years and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.
Creating a new offense is expected to result in increased demands upon the correctional resources of the state due to additional persons placed under felony community supervision or admitted into state correctional institutions. This analysis assumes implementing the provisions of the bill would not result in a significant impact on state correctional populations, programs, or workloads.
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