Concurrence Vote Failed
May 1, 2007
April 24, 2007
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.
March 6, 2007(Key vote)
Title: Punishment of Sex Offenders
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill increasing penalties for violent or continuous sexual offenses against children.
- Defines continuous sexual abuse of a child as multiple offenses committed by someone 17 or older against a child under the age of 14 during a period of 30 or more days [sec. 1.02 (ch. 21)(sec. 21.02)(b)].
- Institutes a minimum sentence of 25 years for those convicted of continuous sexual offenses against children [sec. 1.02 (ch. 21)(sec. 21.02)(h)].
- Classifies repeat offenders as capital offenders, making them eligible for the death penalty upon conviction [sec. 1.02 (ch. 21)(sec. 21.02)(i)].
- Allows a jury to take any evidence into account when deliberating whether to sentence a continuous sexual offender to death or to life in prison without parole [sec. 1.03 (ch. 37)(art. 37.072)].
- Extends the statute of limitations for prosecution of continuous sexual offenses to the victim's 38th birthday [sec. 1.04 (art. 12.01)(5-6)].
- Requires continuous sexual offenders to serve the entirety of their sentence without the opportunity for parole [sec. 1.05 (sec. 508.145)(c-1)].
- Classifies the failure of an employee of a state agency or entity to report continuous sexual abuse of a child as a class 2 felony [sec. 2.56 (ch. 39)(sec. 39.07)].