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    Saturday September 01, 2001. ... New criminal laws take effect Saturday By DPS Public Relations - AUSTIN There are a few new laws which take effect on
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      Saturday September 01, 2001.
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      New criminal laws take effect Saturday

      By DPS
      Public Relations - AUSTIN There are a few new laws which take effect on
      Saturday, and
      the readers of the newspaper should be aware of them, according to state
      officials.
      New criminal laws increase public safety Notable Texas
      criminal laws taking effect Saturday include:

      HB 656 abolishes the statute of limitations for sexual
      assault-if DNA was collected and tested during the investigation without
      identifying a named
      suspect. It also increases the statute of limitations from five to 10
      years for other sexual
      assaults.

      SB 1380 requires DPS to use a registered sex offender's
      driver license photograph for the registered sex offender Web site and
      post card notification
      projects. It also requires sex offenders who are subject to
      registration to submit DNA
      samples to the DPS DNA database.

      SB 654 requires sex offenders to disclose which professional licenses
      they currently hold or
      intend to seek, and directs DPS to forward that information to the
      appropriate licensing
      agency.

      SB 199 creates a state offense (Class A misdemeanor) for
      possession of a firearm for an individual under a protective order or
      convicted of certain
      family violence offenses. (This is already a federal offense.)

      SB 139 adds e-mail, fax or pager harassment to the existing prohibition
      on telephone and
      written harassment. (Class B misdemeanor). It also increases the
      penalty for stalking from
      a Class A misdemeanor to a third degree felony.

      SB 68 adds "dating violence" to the family violence
      protective order statute. (Minimum Class A misdemeanor.)

      SB 18 prohibits interference with an emergency telephone call by
      threats or
      damage to the telephone. (Minimum Class A misdemeanor.)

      HB 587 expands the definition of "hate crimes." It clarifies
      that the law applies to race, color, disability, religion, national
      origin (or ancestry), age, gender or sexual preference-when it is
      determined to
      be the reason a victim or their property was targeted in a crime. In
      those cases,
      the punishment can be enhanced one level under certain circumstances.
      The
      bill also provides for a "hate crimes" protective order.

      HB 195 requires a copy of an investigative report to be sent
      to DPS for analysis if the investigation involves thefts or frauds
      targeting the
      elderly.

      HB 3351 makes it an offense to possess chemicals with the
      intent to manufacture a controlled substance (i.e. methamphetamine,
      crack
      cocaine, ecstasy). Punishments vary.

      HB 776 creates a new database that will be used to record
      verified threats made against peace officers. It will be part of DPS'
      Texas Crime
      Information Center (TCIC) and will be electronically available through
      TLETS
      (Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) to all
      peace officers in the course of their routine duties.

      SB 795 provides for asset forfeiture for the profits received
      from the sale of notorious crime memorabilia.

      HB 84 makes it a third degree felony for a convicted felon to possess
      metal or
      body armor that is obviously designed, made, or adapted for the purpose
      of
      protecting a person against gunfire.

      SB 1074 defines and prohibits racial profiling, setting forth
      broad guidelines for data collection on law enforcement traffic and
      pedestrian
      stops. If a statewide bond issue is approved by voters in November,
      DPS will
      administer an $18.5 million grant to provide funding for county and
      municipal
      police agencies to purchase audio and video
      equipment to record traffic and pedestrian stops.

      HB 1925 makes it a third degree felony to possess most
      weapons, including an illegal knife or club, within 1,000 feet of a
      place of
      execution on the day of the scheduled execution.

      SB 214 increases the statute of limitations from three to 10
      years for injury to a child, elderly individual or disabled individual.

      The texts of these bills can be found at:
      www.capitol.state.tx.us. Select the enrolled version.

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