HB 351

86(R) - 2019
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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Cesar Blanco

Bill Caption

Relating to emergency management for cyber attacks against this state.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 351 would amend the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 to grant the Governor authority to respond to cyber attack emergencies, including orders to shut down a government computer network in response to cyber attacks. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 351 for promoting the principle of limited government. While it is important for government power to be limited in most cases, in the event of true emergencies it is critical that government is capable of responding in a fast and efficient manner. This bill would help modernize the Texas Disaster Act by granting the Governor the ability to efficiently respond to cyber attacks upon the state.