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  H.B. No. 431
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to reconsideration of parole eligibility for certain
  inmates convicted of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled
  person.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  This Act may be cited as Emma's Law.
         SECTION 2.  Section 508.141, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (g) and adding Subsection (g-1) to read as
  follows:
         (g)  The board shall adopt a policy establishing the date on
  which the board may reconsider for release an inmate who has
  previously been denied release. The policy must require the board
  to reconsider for release:
               (1)  an inmate serving a sentence for an offense listed
  in Section 508.149(a) or for an offense punishable as a felony of
  the second or third degree under Section 22.04, Penal Code, during a
  month designated under Subsection (g-1) by the parole panel that
  denied release; and
               (2)  an inmate other than an inmate described by
  Subdivision (1) as soon as practicable after the first anniversary
  of the date of the denial.
         (g-1)  The [designated] month designated under Subsection
  (g)(1) by the parole panel that denied release must begin after the
  first anniversary of the date of the denial and end before the fifth
  anniversary of the date of the denial. [The policy must require the
  board to reconsider for release an inmate other than an inmate
  serving a sentence for an offense listed in Section 508.149(a) as
  soon as practicable after the first anniversary of the date of the
  denial.]
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies on or
  after the effective date of this Act to the policy adopted by the
  Board of Pardons and Paroles under Section 508.141(g), Government
  Code, concerning the time by which the board must reconsider an
  inmate for release on parole, regardless of whether the inmate is
  serving a sentence for an offense committed before, on, or after the
  effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 431 was passed by the House on April
  26, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 431 on May 24, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2
  present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 431 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor