HB 644

84(R) - 2015
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Criminal Procedure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Terry Canales

Bill Caption

Relating to the contents of a search warrant and to the offense of tampering with a governmental record consisting of a search warrant.

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

As the fiscal note explains: "The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to require that a search warrant include the magistrate's name and signature and would make it a third degree felony to tamper with a search warrant issued by a magistrate."

Vote Recommendation Notes

Government employees are entrusted with a limited amount of authority and it is important that they there are checks in place that balance the additional authority placed in their hands. HB 644 is a bill that intends to create balance for the additional authority given to government employees by adding a new offense and additional safeguards for photographs taken of children. We support this bill for strengthening our limited government principle.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Municipal Police Association