Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/17/2012
REP. LUCIO FILES SECOND SET OF LEGISLATION FOR UPCOMING 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State Representative Eddie Lucio III filed his second set of legislation for the 83rd Session today. On January 8, 2013, the 83rd legislative session will convene.
Rep. Lucio filed HB that 281 would give the right to one immediate family member of a peace officer fallen in the line of duty to give an in-court statement concerning the plea bargain in cases where the alleged actions of the accused resulted in that officer's death.
"Our Texas peace officers put their lives on the line every single day," Lucio said. "When one of those brave officers falls in the line of duty, I believe the family should be part of the prosecution process by providing a statement to the court."
Rep. Lucio III also re-filed HB 279, known as the “Pet Theft” bill, which would make the theft of a pet, a state jail felony. Currently, under the law, stealing a pet is a crime for which the penalty is determined by the pet's value as property traded in the free market.
"Our pets are family and have much more value than a dollar amount. The human reaction to losing a pet attributed to theft can be emotionally devastating and those who participate in such criminal activity should be held responsible" said Lucio.
Rep. Lucio III filed two bills dealing with time allocation of school counselors and the ratio of school counselors to students. HB 280 would prohibit the allocation of a counselor's time doing non-counseling duties to exceed more than 10%. HB 282 requires school districts to maintain at least one school counselor for every 300 students in the district.
Lucio commented, "these two bills will give students much needed guidance as they prepare for life after high school."