Bill

HB 4157

86(R) - 2019
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement
Criminal Procedure

Contact the Author

Rafael Anchia

Phone:

512-463-0746

Capitol Office:

1N.5

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Rafael Anchia

Sponsor(s)

Royce West

Bill Caption

Relating to the definition of a designated law enforcement office or agency for purposes of certain laws governing the installation and use of tracking equipment and access to certain communications.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

For background on this issue it is useful to quote from the bill author's statement of intent: "Police departments are increasingly using "ping orders" to identify the location of suspects in certain crimes by pinging their cell phones. Concerns have been raised regarding the limited authority of certain municipalities to utilize this tool in the most efficient manner possible. H.B. 4157 seeks to address this issue by expanding the authority to effectively use this technique."

Current law defines "designated law enforcement office or agency" as a police department in a municipality of 500,000 or more people. HB 4157 would change the population bracket to a municipality of 200,000 or more people, thereby broadening the number of municipalities authorized to use "ping orders" as an investigative method. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on HB 4157 as it neither advances nor hinders any of our liberty principles. 

Contact the Author

Rafael Anchia

Phone:

512-463-0746

Capitol Office:

1N.5

Email: