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SENATE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

COMMITTEE:     State Affairs 

TIME & DATE:   1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 

PLACE:         Senate Chamber 
CHAIR:         Senator Bryan Hughes 

 

 

The Senate Committee on State Affairs will meet Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. to hear public and invited testimony on the following interim charges:

 

Human Trafficking: Examine opportunities and make recommendations to reduce the profitability of and demand for human trafficking in Texas.  Determine ways to increase public awareness of the proliferation of human trafficking, as well as resources for victims and survivors.  Monitor the implementation of House Bill 1540 (87th Legislature) and examine changes in arrest rates, judicial dispositions, and sentencing amongst offenders due to provisions of the legislation.  Examine opportunities for attorneys to combat human trafficking in their local communities, including use of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, to generate revenue for local law enforcement officials combating human trafficking.  Make any other recommendations to prevent human trafficking.

 

Investment Practices: Study the investment practices of financial services firms and how those practices affect the state's public pensions.  Make recommendations to ensure the state's public pension funds are not being invested to further political or social causes.

 

Privacy and Transparency: Review the current state laws that protect and secure individuals' biometric identifiers.  Explore ways to protect against the use of biometric identifiers for unintended purposes without an individual's consent and make recommendations to the Senate.  Study websites that closely resemble government websites or fraudulently represent companies that they are not, including websites that use names of state agencies or licenses.  Make recommendations to ensure that Texans are not mislead, taken advantage, or defrauded, especially when they try to seek assistance from a state website.

 

Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes.  If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies to the committee clerk with your name on each copy.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WHO PLAN TO ATTEND THIS MEETING AND WHO MAY NEED ASSISTANCE, SUCH AS A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER OR PERSONAL ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES, ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE SENATE COMMITTEE COORDINATOR AT 512/463-0070, 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING SO APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.

 

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