SB 146

83(R) - 2013
Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Tommy Williams

Bill Caption

Relating to access by a public institution of higher education to the criminal history record information of certain persons seeking to reside in on-campus housing.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 146 would allow institutions of higher education to obtain the criminal records of a student or applicant who is applying for on-campus housing. The institution would provide this information to the campus chief of police or the campus housing officer for the purpose of evaluating the student or potential student. The criminal records would not be provided to anyone else, unless a court required it, and would be destroyed after the semester for which the student is applying.

Analysis: Earlier this session we provided a neutral position on the identical House version of this bill, HB 895. SB 146 would fall within the proper scope of government by allowing the state to protect students from a potential violent threat from an applicant for on-campus housing who is a violent threat. This legislation, however, does not offend nor directly support our liberty principles. Therefore, we are neutral.