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Relating to notifying an alleged perpetrator of child abuse or neglect of the person's right to record an investigative interview.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 135 would require the Department of Family and Protective Services, before conducting an interview, to inform the person of their right to create an audio recording of the interview and any recording they make may be subject to subpoena under court order. The department would also be required to provide two copies of the written notice to be signed by the person, one for the department's files and the other for the person.
HB 135 increases transparency on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) by forcing them to inform parents and other alleged perpetrators of their rights under the law. It also helps keep DFPS officials honest by allowing the recording to be used in court. Texas Action supports HB 135 because it is beneficial for limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. However, Texas Action recommends that all recording options be allowed, including video recording which is a proper check on the government.