why do you say 1011 would protect the cemeteries, seems it supports
getting rid of them easier? is it the part of the THC being able to
block the removal?
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From: "John A. Stovall" <johnastovall(a)earthlink.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 1:36 PM
Subject: [ERATH] New bills supporting Cemetery Preservation
State Representative Harvey Hilderbran has introduced the following
HB1011 deals with abandoned cemeteries on private property and the
will allow the property owner to petition a District Court to remove
cemetery dedication on the land and will then require the removal of
This bill changes will also require notice of such filing
must be given to the Texas Historical Commission and will allow the
local county historical commissions to intervene as parties to the
HB1012 deals with desecration of cemeteries and abusing a corpse (as
digging up graves) and toughens the criminal prosecution, juvenile
and restitution procedures. If the juvenile is unable to pay the
restitution costs, the parents are to pay and the individual is
perform community service. The conviction of any offense under this
will be a state jail Felony or Class C misdemeanor.
The law will allow for the protection of ground burials but also adds
wording protecting, crypts, mausoleums, niches, etc. This law also
wording specifically related to anyone who "defaces, vandalizes,
or removes a gravestone, monument, or other structure commemorating
deceased person or group of deceased persons, whether located within
outside of a cemetery."
The bill adds protective language so that actions taken by cemetery
associations or other individuals caring for the cemetery are not
to this law.
We have lost some cemeteries here in Erath county which HB1011 might
helped protect. And HB1012 is needed to make people understand
monuments in a cemetery is not a prank.
I would hope we would let our State Representatives know we want the
support these bills. I know Sid Miller of Erath is very interested
protection of historical monuments and would support these bills.
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