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No significant fiscal implication to the State or local units of government is anticipated.
HB 2291 would increase the penalties progressively for possession or promotion of child pornography. It amends the Penal Code to enhance the penalty for possession of child pornography from a third degree felony to a second degree felony if the actor has been previously convicted of one such offense and to a first degree felony if the actor has been previously convicted of two or more such offenses. The bill enhances from a second degree felony to a first degree felony the penalty for any subsequent conviction of promotion of child pornography.
HB 2291 protects the individual liberty of children by protecting them from people who promote or possess child pornography. We support this bill for supporting individual liberty.