FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/29/2012
Rep. Price Files Legislation to Combat Incidences of Abuse
Austin, TX --- State Representative Four Price this week filed his first bill of the 2013 legislative session, a measure aimed at lengthening prison sentences for perpetrators convicted of repeated physical abuse or injury against a child, an elderly individual, or a disabled person.
Currently, such offenders serve concurrent rather than consecutive sentences for all crimes committed. As proposed, Price's House Bill 220 would amend the Penal Code to permit judges to hand down stacked sentences to first degree felony offenders.
“I believe those who commit the most heinous of crimes – abusers of our youth, our elderly and disabled Texans – should be subject to the full extent of the law," Price said. "HB 220 is a public safety measure intended to curb and help prevent instances of abuse by keeping violent offenders off the streets."
During the 2011 legislative session, Price filed a similar measure, which won widespread support from district attorneys, Texas CASA, United Ways of Texas, and the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. The bill passed the House with a 148-0 vote but did not reach the Senate floor in time for a vote.
"As a father of four, it is important to me that we do everything possible to keep our families safe, and HB 220 supports this philosophy," Price said. "I look forward to working during the upcoming session to pass this important piece of legislation."
The 2013 legislative session begins on January 8, 2013.