86R1247 JXC-F
 
  By: Canales H.B. No. 101
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of the criminal offense of false caller
  identification information display.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 33A, Penal Code, is amended by adding
  Section 33A.051 to read as follows:
         Sec. 33A.051.  FALSE CALLER IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION
  DISPLAY. (a) A person commits an offense if the person, with the
  intent to defraud, harass, or cause harm, makes a call or engages in
  any other conduct using any type of technology, including the
  public switched telephone network or a successor network, a
  commercial mobile service, or a Voice over Internet Protocol
  service, that results in the display on another person's
  telecommunications device of data that misrepresents the actor's
  identity or telephone number.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
         (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a
  conviction for an offense under this section may not be used for
  enhancement purposes under any other section of this chapter.
         (d)  It is an exception to the application of this section
  that the actor:
               (1)  blocked caller identification information;
               (2)  was a peace officer or federal law enforcement
  officer lawfully discharging an official duty;
               (3)  was an officer, agent, or employee of a federal
  intelligence or security agency lawfully discharging an official
  duty; or
               (4)  was an officer, agent, or employee of a
  telecommunications service provider who was:
                           (i)  acting in the provider's capacity as an
  intermediary for the transmission of telephone service between the
  caller and the recipient;
                           (ii)  providing or configuring a service or
  service feature as requested by a customer;
                           (iii)  acting in a manner that is authorized
  or required by other law; or
                           (iv)  engaging in other conduct that is a
  necessary incident to the provision of service.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.