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OfflineLothar121
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Texans: HB 254 unanimously passed out of committee! TAKE ACTION NOW!
    #4059184 - 04/15/05 04:14 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

NORML Alert Texas: Bill Moves To The House Floor

Take Action Now! http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/ale...6847791&type=ST

Friends:

NORML is pleased to announce that House Bill 254, which seeks to amend penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a citation and a fine), unanimously passed the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee! The bill received a hearing in March, where testimony in favor of the bill came from a variety of witnesses, including newly elected Texas NORML Director Judie Niskala.

House Bill 254 next faces a vote on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, where we believe that it has a significant chance of passing. However, it will only receive serious consideration if state Representatives hear an unmistakable message of support from their constituents.

Please take two minutes to send a pre-written letter to your Representative urging him or her to support House Bill 254 by visiting: http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/ale...6847791&type=ST

To help support NORML's state legislative efforts, please donate today at: https://secure.norml.org/join/

Thank you for your help on this important issue. NORML will keep you informed as this bill works its way through the Texas Legislature.

Regards,

Kris Krane, Associate Director NORML

You can also use the MPP action alert system to send your letters http://www.mpp.org/TX/action.html
Please spread the word to your friends and family in Texas that HB 254 is moving to the house floor. We need as many letters generated as possible before the vote takes place.


Edited by Lothar121 (04/15/05 04:16 PM)


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Re: Texans: HB 254 unanimously passed out of committee! TAKE ACTION NOW! [Re: Lothar121]
    #4060502 - 04/15/05 10:09 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

This is good news. I hope it goes all the way through, even with the new part about the 6 month driver's license suspension part.


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OfflineLothar121
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Re: Texans: HB 254 unanimously passed out of committee! TAKE ACTION NOW! [Re: lackobreath]
    #4060801 - 04/16/05 12:18 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The driver's license provision already exists in Texas law, so it's nothing new, it simply reduces penalties in other areas of the law which is good.


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OfflineLothar121
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Star-Telegram: Marijuana bill clears House panel [Re: Lothar121]
    #4062260 - 04/16/05 01:40 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

By Matt Frazier
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

Texas lawmakers are one step closer to making possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a Class C misdemeanor, the same category as most traffic violations.

The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved House Bill 254 on Thursday, setting the bill up for debate on the House floor.

Current law assigns the same punishment for possession of a few seeds of marijuana as it does for as much as 2 ounces.

If the bill, sponsored by Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, is approved, those caught in Texas with a small amount of marijuana would pay a fine and attend a drug-abuse-awareness class.

To comply with federal law, they would also have to give up their driver's license for six months, although judges can grant an occupational license.

Those caught three times within 24 months would face a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Austin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws have testified in support of the bill, saying it would save the state millions in jail costs and give casual users the help they need to quit.

Opponents have said that lowering the penalty would send the wrong message and increase marijuana use.

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/legislature/11406856.htm


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Response From My Rep: [Re: Lothar121]
    #4073640 - 04/19/05 07:38 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

This is my recent letter I sent to Rep. Fred Brown (R) in support of H.B. 254.
As your constituent, I strongly implore you to support H.B. 254 which
would lessen penalties for 1 one ounce or less of marijuana to a class C
misdemeanor.

Things are clogged in the Texas criminal justice system. Jails are at the
threshold of being overcrowded and the need for more beds and space for
criminals are becoming all too genuine. To compensate, the state either
has to start revising some of its criminal statutes for certain offenses
or build more jails, order more beds, and hire more personnel to deal with
the increased amount of arrests overall and send the check to Texas
taxpayers.

A huge contribution to the overcrowding predicament comes from marijuana
related arrests. In 2003, there were over 51,563 marijuana related arrests
in Texas. This is 57% of all state wide arrests in Texas and each one of
these arrests costs the state approximately $10,400. In addition, our
probation officers already have an overbooked caseload.

H.B. 254 strikes a good balance between saving state resources and
handling our marijuana problem. As substituted in committee, the bill
requires a drug education class along with an evaluation to keep marijuana
offenders aware of the dangers the drug poses while making sure they are
in good health. To comply with Federal law, the bill would suspend the
offender?s driver?s license ensuring Texas keeps all of its highway funds.
At the same time, the substitute would reduce the penalty from a class B
misdemeanor to a class C which would have these offenders pay into the
system rather than cost counties money. This would free up a significant
quantity of jail space and would decrease probation caseloads saving Texas
taxpayers a tremendous sum of money. This bill would also save police time
to go after more serious offenses by allowing them to use discretion for
an arrest in this category. I strongly believe it is important to allocate
our criminal justice resources to the most important concerns that
directly harm society including property theft and violent crimes instead
of on small amounts of marijuana.

I acknowledge that marijuana is not a harmless substance, but neither are
many other legally used recreational substances such as alcohol and
tobacco. As recognized in the February 2005 issue of the scientific
medical journal Current Opinion in Pharmacology, ?Overall, by comparison
with other drugs used mainly for ?recreational? purposes, cannabis could
be rated to be a relatively safe drug.? H.B. 254 would keep all marijuana
offenses completely illegal, but would modify the law in an elegant way to
deal with both the problems surrounding the drug and saving Texas vastly
substantial amounts of resources. Similar legislation that has passed in
other states that reduced penalties for around the same quantity of
marijuana has not resulted in an increase in marijuana use. The Texas
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee recently unanimously voted
favorably on the committee substitute of H.B. 254 with 6 Ayes and 0 Nays
(with 3 absent).

H.B. 254 is a sensible bill that would take a balanced approach to
addressing Texas?s marijuana problem along with our overburdened criminal
justice system. I strongly urge you to vote yes and support this
legislation when it comes to the house floor. Thank you.


Response From Brown's Office

"I do plan to vote yes!"

Our Representatives will listen if we write letters that focus on the problem with Texas jails being overcrowded and the ridiculous amount of resources being spent on marijuana related arrests. We still got some time left before the vote, so if you are a Texan and you are reading this, I urge you to write a letter to your Reps before the vote takes place. Focus your letter on wanting Texas to spend its limited criminal justice resources on more violent crimes. Do not make marijuana out to be harmless. Rather, I recommend you acknowledge that marijuana has some harms, but compared to drugs like alcohol and tobacco, it is relatively safe. Tell them this bill strikes a good balance between addressing the marijuana issue as well as saving Texas resources. Keep those letters coming.

I also want everyone that has been following this bill to realize that if this passes the House (I think it will) we have to be ready to redirect our letters to the Senate. There can be little hesitation if we want this to be passed this session. Thanks again for everyone's support.


Edited by Lothar121 (04/19/05 07:40 PM)


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Re: Response From My Rep: [Re: Lothar121]
    #4073712 - 04/19/05 08:04 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Go Texas!


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Re: Response From My Rep: [Re: DNKYD]
    #4073743 - 04/19/05 08:11 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

I wonder what Dubya thinks about his home state now.


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OfflineLothar121
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Grits says moving time for pot bill H.B. 254 [Re: Silversoul]
    #4142262 - 05/06/05 02:39 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Moving time for pot legislation: Texas' county jails are filling up, and the final House floor calendar will be published on Tuesday. Isn't it time for the Calendars Committee to kick HB 254 restructuring sentences for low-level marijuana possession out onto the House floor before the deadline? I mean, y'all had time to debate the cheerleader thing. It passed unanimously from committee with no voiced opposition -- even conservative reps Debbie Riddle and Mary Denny voted for it. HB 254 provides much-needed relief for county jails, reducing overcrowding pressure, boosting local revenue, likely increasing enforcement, while saving jail space for more serious offenders. Come on, guys, how 'bout some love?

http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/


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Calendar Committee-- If your rep is on the committee, give them a call [Re: Lothar121]
    #4142539 - 05/06/05 03:47 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

The Calendar committee is holding the bill right now getting ready to place it. If the bill is placed on Tuesday, the bill still has enough time to make it through the Senate process (although we will have to push it hard). If your rep is on this committee, give him a call. Check out the members below.

http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/050.htm


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Re: Calendar Committee-- If your rep is on the committee, give them a call [Re: Lothar121]
    #4166945 - 05/12/05 05:05 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

The deadline for H.B. 254, the bill I have been following closest this Texas legislative session appears to have died in calenders. I do not see it listed anywhere for floor debate and according to the texas.gov website, the deadline for considering bills in the house has passed. Although I'm pissed that the bill did not make it to the floor for a vote (and I believe it would have passed had it) it did receive a considerable boost in momentum for upcoming sessions with the unanimous bi-partisan committee vote that was favorable on the substitute. On the flipside, probation reform is getting a vote both in the House and the Senate, and this is long overdue.

Marijuana law reform is a difficult thing to convince a legislator to act upon, and here in Texas it is hard given the political atmosphere. The committee vote moved the bill further this year than last year, so hopefully we can expect a similar bill to pass in 2007.

If the calender committee simply has not posted up the entire schedule, then I could be wrong on H.B. 254 being effectively killed. If so, let me know. Otherwise, better luck in 2007 and thanks to everyone who helped in this effort.


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