Bill Text: TX HB2357 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to an exception from required disclosure of information related to certain crime victims.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-04-12 - Left pending in committee [HB2357 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB2357-Introduced.html
  87R7504 ANG-F
 
  By: Reynolds H.B. No. 2357
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to an exception from required disclosure of information
  related to certain crime victims.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 552, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 552.1315 to read as follows:
         Sec. 552.1315.  EXCEPTION: CONFIDENTIALITY OF CERTAIN CRIME
  VICTIM RECORDS.  (a)  Information is confidential and excepted from
  the requirements of Section 552.021 if the information identifies
  an individual as:
               (1)  a victim of:
                     (A)  an offense under Section 20A.02, 20A.03,
  21.02, 21.11, 22.011, 22.021, 43.05, or 43.25, Penal Code; or
                     (B)  an offense that is part of the same criminal
  episode, as defined by Section 3.01, Penal Code, as an offense
  described by Paragraph (A); or
               (2)  a victim of any criminal offense, if the victim was
  younger than 18 years of age when any element of the offense was
  committed.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a), information under this
  section may be disclosed:
               (1)  to any victim identified by the information, or to
  the parent or guardian of a victim described by Subsection (a)(2)
  who is identified by the information;
               (2)  to a law enforcement agency for investigative
  purposes; or
               (3)  in accordance with a court order requiring the
  disclosure.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies to a
  request for information that is received by a governmental body or
  an officer for public information on or after the effective date of
  this Act.  A request for information that was received before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect on the
  date the request was received, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
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