This Thursday, April 2, the Capital Punishment subcommittee in the Texas House of Representatives in Austin will hold a hearing on Rep Dutton's moratorium bill (HB 913). If passed, this bill would stop executions in Texas this year and the moratorium would last until 2011.
This bill should be a high priority for anyone who cares about the injustice of the Texas death penalty, including the risk of executing an innocent person.
If at all possible, people should try to drop to the hearing and sign a form in favor of this bill, which would stop executions for two years and create a death penalty study commission. It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form in favor and then leave, but you have to turn in the form in person. You can also give a short 2-3 minute personal testimony, if you want.
The Texas Democratic Party Platform has endorsed a moratorium on executions since 2004.
Also contact the capital punishment subcommittee members and tell them you support HB 913.
Members of the Subcommittee on Capital Punishment
Robert Miklos, Chair of Subcommittee on Capital Punishment
District 101 (Dallas County-part)
Phone: 512-463-0464; FAX: 512-463-9295
Wayne Christian (Vice Chair), District 09 (Shelby, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine, Jasper Counties)
Phone: 512-463-0556; FAX: 512-463-5896
Joseph Moody, District 78 (El Paso County-part)
Phone: 512-463-0728; FAX: 512-463-0397
Phone: 512-463-0566; FAX: 512-263-9408
Phone: (512) 463-0586 Fax: (512) 463-8147
Official Website: http://texasmoratorium.org
Added by niris on March 28, 2009