Bill targets Texas audio recordings’ one-party consent status

While laws vary per state, Texas currently is a one-party consent state when it comes to audio recordings meaning a conversation can be legally recorded so long as one participant has knowledge of the recording. A bill, however, recently heard before the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice seeks to change that.

Why is this important? For a host of reasons as outlined in the article below, but those involved in abusive probate cases may find special importance when it comes to recording phone conversations or meetings with lawyers or other perpetrators these cases so routinely feature.

Tonight’s midnight deadline means end of the road for many bills currently under consideration. This may well be one of those and if it is, good riddance!

From Watchdog Arena:

A bill before the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice seeks to ban one-party consent for audio recordings and, instead, require the consent of all participating parties.

Texas along with federal law currently allows conversations to be recorded with one person’s knowledge of the recording. Senate Bill 1223, sponsored by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, would instead have Texas join 12 other all-party consent states whose laws require all conversation participants to give consent to any recording.

“In the digital age where people record aspects of daily life, Texans should enjoy some expectation of privacy and SB 1223 will help ensure their freedom of expression without concern of being recorded without knowledge or approval,” Bettencourt said at a Tuesday hearing.

Read more at Watchdog Arena.

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