Bill

HB 1925

87(R) - 2021
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Public Safety

Contact the Author

Giovanni Capriglione

Phone:

512-463-0690

Capitol Office:

Room E2.610

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Giovanni Capriglione
Charlie Geren
Sam Harless
Phil King
Eddie Lucio III

Co-Author(s)

Cecil Bell Jr.
Greg Bonnen
Brad Buckley
Briscoe Cain
David Cook
Craig Goldman
Ben Leman
Will Metcalf
Mayes Middleton
Dennis Paul
Bryan Slaton
David Spiller
Tony Tinderholt
Cody Vasut

Bill Caption

Relating to prohibitions on camping in a public place; creating a criminal offense.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1925 would create a Class C misdemeanor offense of prohibited camping. This bill is an attempt to gain control over the chaos caused by homeless camping in certain Texas cities.

HB 1925 would establish that a person who intentionally or knowingly camps in a public place without the consent of the officer or agency having the legal duty or authority to manage the public place is subject to a Class C misdemeanor. The bill defines certain activities as evidence of a person intentionally or knowingly camping in a public place, such as cooking, starting fires or storing belongings for an extended period of time.

The bill would also prohibit a local government entity from adopting or enforcing a policy that inhibits the enforcement of a public camping ban.  A local government entity which violates the stipulations of this bill will be denied access to state grant funds and can be sued by the Attorney General for injunctive relief.  A local entity which has not violated the stipulations of this bill can't be denied state funding even if it is part of an entity which is in violation of this bill.


Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 1925 because it improves the government's ability to carry out its lawful duties without infringing on the rights of citizens. Uncontrolled homeless camping has lead to a rise in crime and put everyday Texans at risk. 

Contact the Author

Giovanni Capriglione

Phone:

512-463-0690

Capitol Office:

Room E2.610

Email: