HB 834

84(R) - 2015
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Ana Hernandez

Bill Caption

Relating to the criteria for issuing a silver alert for a missing senior citizen.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 834 would allow local law enforcement agencies to issue a silver alert for seniors who live outside of Texas.

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/11/15 Update:

This bill is the same as when we reported on it in its original chamber. We continue to remain neutral.

First chamber analysis below:

HB 834 would allow the neighboring states to work with Texas law enforcement officials to find seniors, regardless of the senior citizen’s residence. Texas was the first state in the area to enact the silver alert. Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico all developed the silver alerts systems following the success of this program. The Silver Alert system, according to Rep. Hernandez staff, has reduced the time it took for officials to find missing persons to 16 hours.

This legislation would allow senior residents close to our neighboring borders to work with Texas law enforcement officials to find missing seniors. This system has also been used to encourage the press to cover issues impacting senior citizens, by actively sharing relevant missing person information. HB 834 further promotes inter-agency government cooperation between Texas and bordering states.

This bill has no impact on our liberty principles, so we remain neutral.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Municipal Police Association