H.B. 281

Texas Legislature

Bill Title Relating to Establishing a Statewide Electronic Tracking System for Evidence of a Sex Offense
Hispanic Sponsors TX Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-TX-145); TX Rep. Donna Howard (D-TX-048); TX Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-TX-092); TX Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-TX-031); TX Rep. Terry Canales (D-TX-040)
Date Introduced 11/14/2016
NHCSL Task Force
Law and Criminal Justice
Primary Issue Area Civil Rights and Liberties
Issue Areas
Civil law
Criminal justice
Human and civil rights
Session 85th Legislature (2017)

Summary

AN ACT relating to establishing a statewide electronic tracking system for evidence collection kits used to collect and preserve evidence of a sex offense.

Notes

Official & Unofficial Title(s): - Relating to Establishing a Statewide Electronic Tracking System for Evidence of a Sex Bill/Law #: - HB 281 NHCSL Committee(s): - Law and Criminal Justice NHCSL Sponsor(s): - Rep. Bobby Guerra, Rep. Carol Alvarado, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Rep. Victoria Neave, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, Rep. Cesar Blanco, Rep. Terry Canales, Rep. Ina Minjares, Rep. Ryan Guillen State/Territory: - Texas Date: - Signed by Governor on June 14, 2017 Summary: - This piece of legislation creates a statewide electronic tracking system for evidence collection kits (also known as 'rape kits') used to collect and preserve evidence of a sex offense. It allows victims to track the location or the status of these kits, enabling them to be aware of the progress of their case. Pertinent Information: - There is already another bill about rape kits in the Possible Model Legislation Review folder.