78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 346, Chapter 425 Page: 1 of 3
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CHAPTER 425 H.B. No. 346
1 AN ACT
2 relating to the period during which a person may be confined for
3 contempt of court.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
5 SECTION 1i. Section 21.002, Government Code, is amended by
6 amending Subsections (a), (e), and (f) and adding Subsection (h) to
7 read as follows:
8 (a) Except as provided by Subsection [Subzctionc] (g) [an
9 4], a court may punish for contempt.
10 (e) Except as provided by Subsection (h), this [T4e]
11 section does not affect a court's power to confine a contemner to
12 compel the contemner [him] to obey a court order.
13 (f) Article 42.033, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Chapter
14 157, Family Code, apply when a person is punished by confinement for
15 contempt of court for disobedience of a court order to make periodic
16 payments for the support of a child. Subsection (h) does not apply
17 to that person.
18 (h) Notwithstanding any other law, a person may not be
19 confined for contempt of court longer than:
20 (1) 18 months, including three or more periods of
21 confinement for contempt arising out of the same matter that equal a
.22 cumulative total of 18 months, if the confinement is for criminal
23 contempt; or
24 (2) the lesser of 18 months or the period from the date
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 346, Chapter 425, legislative document, 2003-05/2003-06; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth158647/m1/1/: accessed December 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.