Monday, May 14, 2007

Under the Texas Dome - Another Good Bill that Needs to be Passed

GOOD BILL - HB 2112 (Diane Patrick) Relating to the prosecution of an offense prohibiting the exhibition, use, or threatened exhibition or use of a firearm in or on school property or a school bus. Has been passed by the house and referred to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice on May 14, 2007.

Currently, Section 37 of the Education Code does not include parking lots and parking garages in the list of premises on which a person is prohibited from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possessing a firearm. As a result, the language does not specifically allow for a District Attorney to prosecute a person possessing a firearm on school property not defined as the premises, such as parking lots.

C.S.H.B. 2112 would add language to include the prohibition of possession of a firearm if a person intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to another person or to damage school property in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private or public school, or on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a private or public school.

Subsection (a)(1) is added to describe the property of the school, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is own by a private or public school. The bill strikes language relating to the commission of an offense if a person interferes with the normal use of a building or portion of a campus.

History and Status of Bill

Text of Bill

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please contact members of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice and ask them to pass C.S.H.B. 2112
Chair: Sen. John Whitmire
Vice Chair: Sen. Kel Seliger
Members: Sen. John Carona, Sen. Bob Deuell, Sen. Rodney Ellis, Sen. Glenn Hegar, Sen. Juan Hinojosa

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