Looking at the bill text, something is a bit confusing. I thought it had been delayed for enactment until 2010, but the last line says 9/1/2009. Do I misunderstand? and what does the floor amendment mean for us. Assuming of course that this all flies over the rest of the hurdles without being further molested.
It is confusing (lawyer language gives me a headache
), but the section delaying implementation of parts of the bill is still there.
SECTION 7. Subsections (a) and (c), Section 46.03, Penal
Code, as amended by this Act, and Subsection (k), Section 46.035,
Penal Code, as added by this Act, apply only to an offense committed
on or after September 1, 2010. An offense committed before
September 1, 2010, is covered by the law in effect when the offense
was committed, and the former law is continued in effect for that
purpose. For purposes of this section, an offense was committed
before September 1, 2010, if any element of the offense occurred
before that date.
It delays implementation of the changes in the Penal Code, without which the bill is worthless.