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Lawmakers Consider Online Domestic Violence Database

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:13 PM CDT

Texas lawmakers are fighting back against an often silent crime: family violence. It's a crime that often goes unreported or unpunished.

Now some lawmakers are working to change that, hoping to create the tools needed to help people be able to track down if a person has a violent past by putting the power at your fingertips.

The House is set for a second reading on HB 21 on Tuesday. It would set up a public database with certain information on adults convicted three or more times of a crime involving family violence.

It would set up a website through which the public could search the offender’s name, address, a recent picture, and what they've been convicted for, along with their punishment.

DPS would run it and it would be free. If lawmakers give the okay here, everything would be ready to go by January.

Those with their name in the database would be able to petition to have it removed, which the agency would be required to do under certain conditions.

The person’s Social Security number, driver's license, telephone number, or anything identifying the victim would not be part of the database. Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer (D-San Antonio) wrote the bill.

Lawmakers Consider Online Domestic Violence Database


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