HB 2991

85(R) - 2017
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
Criminal Procedure
Law Enforcement

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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Larry Phillips

Bill Caption

Relating to the confidentiality of files related to complaints to and investigations by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, a law enforcement officer may obtain certain information regarding a complaint made against the officer. HB 2991 would clarify that information available to the officer does not include information that is an attorney-client communication, an attorney work product, or other information protected by a privilege recognized by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure or the Texas Rules of Evidence. The bill would also outline which information or material pertaining to an investigation file from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement would be made confidential. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our limited government principle by protecting personal information in an attorney-client communication from being disclosed to a law enforcement officer following a complaint. We support HB 2991.

Organizations Supporting

Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Municipal Police Association