House passes bill to raise age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18

00 The age of criminal responsibility in Texas would rise from 17 to 18 under a bill House lawmakers passed Thursday.  House Bill 122, known as the “Raise the Age”…

Outlook uncertain for bill to raise age of criminal responsibility

00 Democratic state Sen. John Whitmire of Houston, head of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, says a bill that would raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in Texas from…

Sandra Bland's mother urges House committee to pass bill named after her daughter

00 Like many people who testify before lawmakers, Geneva Reed-Veal was a frustrated witness Tuesday. After dozens of others had chimed in on racial disparities in traffic stops, jail suicides…

Senate panel approves bill banning bestiality in Texas

00 The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted in favor of a bill Tuesday evening that would ban bestiality, an act currently not illegal in Texas. The vote moves the proposed…

Senate passes court security bill named in honor of Austin judge who was attacked

00 The Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act of 2017 passed the chamber Tuesday. Kocurek was attacked outside her Austin home in 2015 by a man who faced probation…

Bestiality isn't illegal in Texas. A Houston lawmaker wants to change that.

00 It’s not a crime for people in Texas to have sex with animals. When law enforcement comes across animal sexual abuse cases, they often only prosecute offenders for animal cruelty or…

House panel votes to raise age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18

00 The House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18. The…

Senate panel OKs bill requiring schools to teach teens about interacting with police

00 Texas would require high school students, drivers-in-training and police officers to be taught how law enforcement and civilians should interact under a measure approved by the Senate Criminal Justice…

Proposed bill would speed up the process of bonding out of jail

00 Two state lawmakers hope their bill – and a constitutional amendment – will speed up the process of releasing jailed defendants who are considered unlikely to skip their court date or…

Texas proposal would limit prosecutors in grand jury proceedings

00 A bipartisan proposal before state lawmakers would require prosecutors to share evidence with grand juries that might help a suspect’s case. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, filed the legislation,…