Now that the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee has heard HB 63, what happens next?
In the Texas Legislature, committees tend to leave bills pending after the hearing. They will typically vote on bills in batches. This means that it can take about 2 weeks for a bill to be voted on, though this can vary. This means that we can expect a vote on HB 63 in the near future. Once the committee votes, they will issue a report on the bill that will be distributed to every member in the chamber. Learn more about the process.
What can you do to help today?
Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Moody has expressed the need for Texans to reach out the their Representatives and ask them to support HB 63. Ask your legislator to be a coauthor on HB 63 today! This will help continue to solidify the strong bipartisan support as the bill progresses.
- You can also reach out to your Senator to support the companion bill, SB 156, would eliminate the arrest, jail time, and criminal record associated with low-level marijuana possession.
- When HB 63 progresses, it will be sent to Committee on Calendars, the committee that Speaker Pro Tempore Moody sits as Vice-Chair, to be place on the floor calendar. This is another reason why reaching out directly to your legislator is so important!
- Stay tuned! We will keep you updated on the progress of the bill and any additional actions that may need to be taken.