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HB 167: Victims of Human Trafficking

GENERAL BILL by Spano ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Burgess ; Cortes, J. ; Davis ; Drake ; Edwards ; Fitzenhagen ; Killebrew ; Leek ; Pigman ; Stone ; Williams ; Yarborough

Victims of Human Trafficking; Designates act "Civil Action for Victims of Human Trafficking and Prevention of Human Trafficking Act"; provides civil cause of action for victims of human trafficking against trafficker or facilitator; provides procedures & requirements for bringing claim; provides for damages, punitive damages, & costs; requires court to impose civil penalties in certain circumstances; provides for distribution of civil penalties & punitive damages; provides that such actions are not subject to statute of limitations; provides affirmative defense for public lodging establishments; specifies that certain provisions concerning civil actions for criminal practices do not apply.

Effective Date: 7/1/2018
Last Action: 12/7/2017 House - Now in Judiciary Committee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
9/21/2017 House • Filed
9/26/2017 House • Referred to Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
11/1/2017 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee, 11/08/17, 1:30 pm, Sumner Hall
11/8/2017 House • Favorable by Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee; YEAS 15 NAYS 0
• Now in Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
11/29/2017 House • On Committee agenda-- Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, 12/06/17, 1:30 pm, Morris Hall
12/6/2017 House • Favorable by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0
12/7/2017 House • Now in Judiciary Committee