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HB 2268

83rd Legislative Session Human Trafficking Update: HB 2268 Awaiting Governor’s Signature

HB 2268 by Rep. John Frullo, which the CLC supports, will streamline the investigations of Texas law enforcement officers into aspects of human trafficking taking place on the internet. Current limitations on search warrants in Texas hinder the ability of law enforcement to fully investigate human trafficking based online; this bill would create a new ability to obtain search warrants for information transmitted electronically.

Update: This bill has been passed by the House and the Senate and has gone to the Governor for his signature.

Texas 83rd Legislative Session Human Trafficking Update: HB 2268

This bill will streamline the investigations of Texas law enforcement officers into aspects of human trafficking taking place on the internet. Current limitations on search warrants in Texas hinder the ability of law enforcement to fully investigate human trafficking based online; this bill would create a new ability to obtain search warrants for information transmitted electronically.

HB 2268 has cleared the house and a senate committee. It now awaits a vote in the Senate.

Details:

HB 2268 ON THIRD READING
(by Frullo, S. Thompson, and Fletcher)

HB 2268, A bill to be entitled An Act relating to search warrants issued in this state and other states for certain customer data, communications, and other related information held in electronic storage in this state and other states by providers of electronic communications services and remote computing services.

HBi2268 was passed by (Record 596): 129 Yeas, 0 Nays, 3 Present, not voting.

Yeas — Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Ashby; Aycock; Bell; Bonnen,
D.; Bonnen, G.; Branch; Burnam; Button; Callegari; Canales; Capriglione;
Carter; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Cortez; Craddick; Creighton; Crownover; Dale;
Darby; Davis, J.; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Dukes; Dutton; Elkins; Fallon;
Farias; Farrar; Fletcher; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Geren; Goldman; Gonza´lez, M.;
Gonzalez, N.; Gooden; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Harless; Harper-Brown;
Hernandez Luna; Herrero; Howard; Huberty; Hughes; Hunter; Isaac; Johnson;
Kacal; Keffer; King, K.; King, P.; King, S.; King, T.; Kleinschmidt; Klick;
Kolkhorst; Krause; Kuempel; Laubenberg; Lavender; Leach; Lewis; Longoria;
Lozano; Lucio; Martinez Fischer; McClendon; Mene´ndez; Miles; Miller, D.;
Miller, R.; Morrison; Murphy; Naishtat; Oliveira; Orr; Otto; Paddie; Parker;
Patrick; Perez; Perry; Phillips; Pickett; Price; Raney; Ratliff; Raymond;
Reynolds; Riddle; Ritter; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Rose; Sanford; Schaefer;
Sheffield, J.; Sheffield, R.; Simmons; Simpson; Smith; Smithee; Springer;
Stickland; Strama; Taylor; Thompson, E.; Toth; Turner, C.; Turner, E.S.; Turner,
S.; Villalba; Villarreal; Vo; Walle; White; Wu; Zedler; Zerwas.

Present, not voting — Mr. Speaker; Ma´rquez(C); Stephenson.

Absent, Excused — Giddings; Hilderbran.

Absent, Excused, Committee Meeting — Anderson; Bohac; Burkett;
Clardy; Farney; Gonzales; Larson; Martinez; Moody; Mun˜oz; Pitts; Sheets;
Thompson, S.

Absent — Eiland; Neva´rez; Workman.

Texas 83rd Legislative Session Report: Human Trafficking Bills Analysis

HB 2268 by Rep. John Frullo/SB 1052 by Sen. John Carona: These bills, which the CLC supports, will streamline the investigations of Texas law enforcement officers into aspects of human trafficking taking place on the internet. Current limitations on search warrants in Texas hinder the ability of law enforcement to fully investigate human trafficking based online; this bill would create a new ability to obtain search warrants for information transmitted electronically.

SB 92 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte: The CLC supports this bill, which would create a diversion court program for victims of human trafficking. In particular, the bill would help recognize victims of human trafficking as victims, not criminals, particularly in situations involving allegations of prostitution (many victims are minors and cannot legally consent to sex—this bill attempts to treat them accordingly).

HB 2725 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson: This bill would create parameters to help ensure the confidentiality of human trafficking shelters and their occupants. The CLC supports this legislation.