HB 3237

85(R) - 2017
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
House Criminal Jurisprudence
Senate Criminal Justice
Criminal Procedure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Joe Moody


John Whitmire

Bill Caption

Relating to the return of executed search warrants and the public availability of search warrant affidavits.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, a magistrate may not issue a search warrant unless there is probable cause set forth in a sworn affidavit. This bill would formalize that the affidavit becomes public information when the search warrant is executed, unless otherwise restricted by law.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill merely clarifies what is already law with respect to when the affidavit for a search warrant becomes public information. Therefore it does not have an impact on our liberty principles and we will remain neutral. 

Organizations Supporting

Houston Police Department
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Press Association