HB 2387

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Open Records

Companion Bill

SB 843

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Abel Herrero

Bill Caption

Relating to disclosure and use of certain information regarding the Crime Victims’ Compensation Act.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would modify the code of criminal procedure relating to the disclosure of certain information. If this bill passes, an application for compensation under the Crime Victims Compensation Act and any information, document, summary, or other record provided to the attorney general would not be subject to disclosure. Under current law, if a crime victim is compensated for pecuniary loss arising from criminally injurious conduct, their compensation is subject to public information laws. If this bill passes, that information would still be public, but the application and its contents would be not subject to disclosure. This bill outlines a few circumstances where the attorney general may release or disclose this information.

Vote Recommendation Notes

We support the individual’s right to privacy, and believe that it is well within the proper role of government to ensure that sensitive documents are not released to the public. This bill prevents an individuals sensitive information from being unnecessarily subjected to open records or discovery while balancing the need to provide transparency in public spending. For these reasons we support HB 2387.

Organizations Supporting

The Texas Council on Family Violence