Bill

HB 869

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

Contact the Author

Cole Hefner

Phone:

512-463-0271

Capitol Office:

Room E2.710

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Cole Hefner
Nicole Collier
Joe Moody
Drew Springer

Co-Author(s)

Trent Ashby
Brad Buckley
Dustin Burrows
Travis Clardy
Philip Cortez
John Cyrier
Jay Dean
Dan Flynn
James Frank
Charlie Geren
Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
Ryan Guillen
Cody Harris
Stephanie Klick
Matt Krause
Stan Lambert
Mike Lang
Lyle Larson
Will Metcalf
Mayes Middleton
Rick Miller
Ina Minjarez
Jim Murphy
Candy Noble
Tom Oliverson
Evelina Ortega
Tan Parker
Jarred Patterson
Ramon Romero Jr.
Scott Sanford
Reggie Smith
Phil Stephenson
Lynn Stucky
James Talarico
Steve Toth
James White
Bill Zedler
Erin Zwiener

Sponsor(s)

Bryan Hughes

Co-Sponsor(s)

Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the prosecution of organized criminal activity involving the interception, use, or disclosure of certain communications.

Fiscal Notes

The Legislative Budget Board does not anticipate any significant fiscal impact to the state. 

Bill Analysis

HB 869 would add unlawful interception, use, or disclosure of oral, wire or electronic communication and any felony under the Tax Code to the list of offenses which can constitute engaging in organized criminal activity.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on HB 869 because it neither advances nor hinders any of our liberty principles. This bill does add significant enhancement to the penalty for unlawful interception of a communication, which we would usually oppose. However, this bill has significant mens rea protections, because "intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang" must be proven for the unlawful interception to be qualify as engaging in organized crime. 

Contact the Author

Cole Hefner

Phone:

512-463-0271

Capitol Office:

Room E2.710

Email: