HB 3791

84(R) - 2015
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Criminal Procedure
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
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  • Positive
  • Positive


Charlie Geren

Bill Caption

Relating to the provision of recordings of certain interactions with a peace officer relating to intoxication offenses.

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

HB 3791 would amend the chapter entitled “General Duties of Officers” within the Code of Criminal Procedure to give additional entitlements to the people of Texas to be able to view video recordings associated with arrests for intoxication offenses.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 3791 is in line with our limited government principle. The people of Texas should be entitled to the right to view evidence that pertains to any accusation against them by the State or those enforcing the State’s laws. As the US Supreme Court in Brady v. Maryland has stated that suppression of evidence denies the defendant “due process of law” which is every citizen’s constitutionally based entitlement. This additional statute reaffirms the protection that US constitution gives to every American. We support this bill for preserving individual liberty and limited government.

Organizations Opposed

Dallas Police Department