Bill

HB 883

86(R) - 2019
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
Business, Industry, & Commerce
Finance

Contact the Author

Shawn Thierry

Phone:

512-463-0518

Capitol Office:

E1.422

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Shawn Thierry

Sponsor(s)

Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to using the Internet to obtain identifying information about an elderly individual for a fraudulent purpose.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.


Bill Analysis

HB 883 would allow courts to increase the amount of damages up to three times the actual damages in a civil action for Internet fraud if they find that the action adversely affected an elderly individual. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on HB 883 because it does not affect our liberty principles. We generally oppose increased penalties based on an individual's status, particularly when the harm caused applies equally to everyone. However, this bill seems to address the particular vulnerability of elderly individuals who, because of their status, are more susceptible to Internet fraud and lose approximately 10 times as much money as individuals who are younger. Considering these factors, we remain neutral on HB 883.

Contact the Author

Shawn Thierry

Phone:

512-463-0518

Capitol Office:

E1.422

Email: