HBA-LJP H.B. 2867 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2867 By: Sadler Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 4/2/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, if a child commits an offense, other than a traffic violation, that is a misdemeanor or violates a penal ordinance of any Texas political subdivision, then the conduct of the child indicates a need for supervision. In most cases, juvenile courts have jurisdiction over minors who commit an offense. However, there are instances, such as in fine only offenses, where other courts have jurisdiction over the minor. If a juvenile court has original jurisdiction of cases relating to conduct in need of supervision, then there may be an increase in early intervention which could result in fewer repeat offenders. House Bill 2867 provides that certain school- related offenses constitute conduct indicating a need for supervision. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2867 amends the Family Code to provide that in a county with a population of less than 100,00, conduct other than a traffic offense that violates the penal laws of this state of the grade of misdemeanor that is punishable by fine only is conduct indicating a need for supervision if the conduct occurs on school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.