HB 101

86(R) - 2019
House Criminal Jurisprudence
House Criminal Jurisprudence

Vote Recommendation

Vote Yes; Amend
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Terry Canales


Bryan Hughes

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of the criminal offense of false caller identification information display.

Fiscal Notes

The Legislative Budget Board does not anticipate any significant fiscal impact to the state. 

Bill Analysis

HB 101 would create the offense of "False Caller Identification Information Display." The offense would be a misdemeanor and the elements would be: (1) the intent to defraud, harass, or cause harm, (2) making a call or engaging in any other conduct using any type of technology, (3) that results in the display on another person’s telecommunications device of data that misrepresents the actor's identity or telephone number.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While we are generally wary of creating new criminal offenses, this legislation does address a legitimate issue and includes appropriate mens rea protections by including an intent component. For these reasons we support HB 101. In order to guard against overcriminalization, we do recommend an amendment to make a first time offense a Class B misdemeanor and allow a second offense to be charged as a Class A misdemeanor.