Bill

SB 1801

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
House Criminal Jurisprudence

Contact the Author

Joan Huffman

Phone:

512-463-0117

Capitol Office:

1E.15

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Joan Huffman

Sponsor(s)

Todd Hunter

Co-Sponsor(s)

Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to orders of nondisclosure for certain victims of trafficking of persons or compelling prostitution.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

Orders of nondisclosure seal a criminal record from the general public, while permitting law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and sensitive fields (e.g., health, education, and finance) to see the record.

SB 1801 would allow a victim of an offense of trafficking of persons on community supervision for certain offenses, and the conviction is subsequently set aside, to petition the court for an order of nondisclosure on the grounds that the person committed the offense solely as a victim. It would also remove the requirement that a person, in order to petition the court for a nondisclosure order, not be convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for any offense other than a fine-only offense during the period after the court pronounced the sentence or placed the person on community supervision for the offense. 

Also, this bill would expand the grounds on which the petition may be based to include grounds that the offense was committed solely as a victim of an offense of continuous trafficking of person or compelling prostitution. This bill would make several other changes to streamline the process of petitioning for an order of nondisclosure for certain eligible persons.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports SB 1801 because it promotes individual liberty and limited government principles. This bill would provide additional protections for victims of human trafficking and related offenses, as well as help these individuals re-enter society and prevent future recidivism.

Contact the Author

Joan Huffman

Phone:

512-463-0117

Capitol Office:

1E.15

Email: