HB 188

84(R) - 2015
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Human Trafficking
State Agencies

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Senfronia Thompson


Roberto Alonzo
Greg Bonnen
Travis Clardy
Allen Fletcher
John Frullo
Bryan Hughes
Jose Menendez
Four Price
Ron Reynolds
Toni Rose

Bill Caption

Relating to the composition, duties, and continuation of the human trafficking prevention task force.

Fiscal Notes

A fiscal note dated May 1, 2015 anticipates no significant fiscal impact to the State or units of local government.

Bill Analysis

House Bill 188 aims at re-authorizing until September 1, 2017 the human trafficking prevention task force, set to expire on September 1, 2015.

The bill would amend Section 402.035 of the Government Code relating to the task force to replace the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Juvenile Probation Department by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, as having one representative appointed by the chief administrative officer as part of the task force (Section 402.035(c)(7)(C)).

It would add a statewide medical association to have a representative appointed by the attorney general, as part of the task force (Section 402.035(c)(8)(C)).

The bill would require that the task force make sure, among already listed information, that data is collected on the number of investigations concerning, arrests and prosecutions for, and convictions of an offense punishable under Section 43.02(c)(3) of the Penal Code (relating to prostitution), regardless of whether the offense was committed as part of a criminal episode involving the trafficking of persons.

House Bill 188 that the task force develop recommendations for addressing the demand for forced labor or services or sexual conduct involving victims of human trafficking, including recommendations for increased penalties for individuals who engage or attempt to engage in prostitution with victims younger than 18 years of age.

Vote Recommendation Notes

House Bill 188 would reauthorize the human trafficking prevention task force for two years and make minor modifications to its composition and tasks.

These changes do not affect out Liberty Principles. As a consequence, we will remain neutral on House Bill 188.