Proposed Bills Address Death Penalty
Meanwhile, Texas' death machine churns stronger than ever
But the Texas death machine continues on. On March 11, the state executed its 12th inmate this year, Luis Salazar, condemned for the murder of Martha Sanchez in San Antonio. Four more executions are already scheduled through June 2. The pace puts the state on track to far surpass the 2008 total of 18 inmates put to death.
On March 19, lawmakers are slated to hear several death-penalty-related bills in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Subcommittee on Capital Punishment (8am in the state Capitol, room E2.016), including a proposed constitutional amendment (House Joint Resolution 24) by Austin Dem Rep. Elliott Naishtat that would give the governor the power to impose a moratorium on executions, and a proposal to create a commission to study the use of the death penalty in Texas (House Bill 877). Another measure scheduled for hearing – HB 2267 by Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas – would repeal the so-called law of parties, whereby a defendant can be sent to death for the actions of a co-defendant.