2017. In several ways we made progress in this Legislative Session for awareness of and laws to address human trafficking in Texas. We have three bills that passed both the House and Senate unanimously, thus bipartisan support.
Bills signed by the governor.
- A law that requires successful completing of a training course in recognition and prevention of human trafficking by applicants for a commercial drivers license.
- A law relating to the development of instructional material for public schools on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
- A law with recommendations to improve the Office of Attorney General Human Trafficking Taskforce.
Bills not passed.
- A bill to mandate signs required to be posted in the restrooms of sexually oriented businesses with the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number and text number. (We will seek to have such warning and information signs in all public restrooms, particularly in restaurants, bars, airports, public sports facilities, etc.)
- A bill related to continuing education requirements regarding human trafficking for cosmetology license holders and establishments.
- A bill related to judicial proceedings on a petition to set aside a conviction or an order of expunction of criminal history record information for certain victims of trafficking of persons or compelling prostitution who are convicted of prostitution.
- A bill to require registration as a sex offender of certain defendants convicted of the offense of continuous trafficking of persons.