SB 1733

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce
Law Enforcement

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Brian Birdwell

Bill Caption

Relating to recognition of certain identification documents by governmental officials.

Fiscal Notes

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

Bill Analysis

SB 1733 would amend the Government Code to prohibit a governmental official from accepting, relying on, or otherwise using an identification document for the purpose of determining a person’s identity or residency unless the document is expressly authorized for that purpose. The Secretary of State would specify the documents that may be accepted by a governmental official. This bill would not affect state election laws.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This is a procedural bill regarding determining a person's identity that does not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral. That said, it is certainly within the legitimate role of the legislature to determine which forms of identification are suitable for government employees to use for verification of identification. 

Organizations Opposed

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Workers Defense Project