2023 Legislation: Police Public Records

HB 30 (Authors: Moody; Burrows; Slawson; Metcalf; Turner | Sponsor: King), Relating to access to certain law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial records under the public information law. HB 30 allows certain criminal information or records about a person to be made public if that person is deceased or incapacitated or if all living parties depicted in or described by the information or records agree to its release.  

Note: This is intended to increase transparency in policing by providing public information in connection with people’s deaths, including in-custody deaths or deaths in school shootings. Effective on 9/1/23 

During the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Center for Justice and Equity tracked around 40 youth and adult justice bills that made it to the Governor's desk. You can find links to all of our analyses in our 2023 Bill Analysis Guide.