86R8479 TSS-F
  By: Fallon, Nelson S.B. No. 714
  relating to the prosecution of the criminal offense of capital
         SECTION 1.  Section 19.03, Penal Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (d) to read as
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person commits murder
  as defined under Section 19.02(b)(1) and:
               (1)  the person murders a peace officer, [or] fireman,
  or emergency medical services personnel who is acting in the lawful
  discharge of an official duty and who the person knows is a peace
  officer, [or] fireman, or emergency medical services personnel;
               (2)  the person intentionally commits the murder in the
  course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary,
  robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or
  retaliation, or terroristic threat under Section 22.07(a)(1), (3),
  (4), (5), or (6);
               (3)  the person commits the murder for remuneration or
  the promise of remuneration or employs another to commit the murder
  for remuneration or the promise of remuneration;
               (4)  the person commits the murder while escaping or
  attempting to escape from a penal institution;
               (5)  the person, while incarcerated in a penal
  institution, murders another:
                     (A)  who is employed in the operation of the penal
  institution; or
                     (B)  with the intent to establish, maintain, or
  participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination;
               (6)  the person:
                     (A)  while incarcerated for an offense under this
  section or Section 19.02, murders another; or
                     (B)  while serving a sentence of life imprisonment
  or a term of 99 years for an offense under Section 20.04, 22.021, or
  29.03, murders another;
               (7)  the person murders more than one person:
                     (A)  during the same criminal transaction; or
                     (B)  during different criminal transactions but
  the murders are committed pursuant to the same scheme or course of
               (8)  the person murders an individual under 10 years of
  age; or
               (9)  the person murders another person in retaliation
  for or on account of the service or status of the other person as a
  judge or justice of the supreme court, the court of criminal
  appeals, a court of appeals, a district court, a criminal district
  court, a constitutional county court, a statutory county court, a
  justice court, or a municipal court.
         (d)  In this section, "emergency medical services personnel"
  has the meaning assigned by Section 773.003, Health and Safety
         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
  governed by the law in effect on the date 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, 2019.