HB 269

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Criminal Procedure
Human Trafficking

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to judicial proceedings on a petition to set aside a conviction or an order of expunction of criminal history record information for certain victims of trafficking of persons or compelling prostitution who are convicted of prostitution.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

This bill would create a process for individuals who are victims of human trafficking or compelled prostitution, and who have been convicted of prostitution, to petition a court to have their charges set aside and their records expunged. If the alleged victim can provide specific facts that would establish that they engaged in prostitution solely as a victim of human trafficking or compelled prostitution, a court may set-aside their conviction. In addition, they would be allowed to have their record related to this crime expunged. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

We regard the right of each person to live life to the best of their ability free from government coercion as a fundamental feature of our liberty principle of individual liberty. If a person is incarcerated for a crime they committed while under coercion of a criminal, the courts should be able to make a judgement based on the particular facts of the case. HB 269 promotes individual liberty therefore we support this bill. 

Organizations Supporting

Christian Life Commission
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Travis County Commissioners Court

Organizations Opposed

Sheriffs' Association of Texas