HB 3491

85(R) - 2017
House Government Transparency & Operation
House Government Transparency & Operation
State Agencies

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Morgan Meyer

Bill Caption

Relating to limitations on the use of a biometric identifier by a governmental body.  

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

Currently, there are no provisions in the Government Code limiting the ability of a governmental body to capture, possess, or require biometric information. HB 3491 would require specific, explicit statutory authority or voluntary, written consent before biometric information can be required as a prerequisite for providing a governmental service.  

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our limited government and the individual liberty principles by protecting the privacy of information used for identification purposes with requiring consent or explicit statutory authority. We support HB 3491.