Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Contact: Mike Lavigne, (512) 463-0113

Bill Banning Distribution of "Improper" Videotapes Passes Senate

Austin, TX - Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) passed SB 140 out of the Texas Senate today. SB 140 bans the promotion and distribution of improper photography or visual recordings.

"SB 140 will help to protect the privacy of those who are videotaped unknowingly or against their wishes," said Senator Ellis. "This bill will stop people from selling material this disgusting material, whether over the internet, by phone, or through the mail."

State Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) has filed a house companion and will carry this bill through the Texas House of Representatives.

In Texas, it is against the law for a person to photograph or videotape another individual with the intent to arouse or gratify a sexual desire and without that person's consent. However, it is not illegal to promote that material if it is obtained.

SB 140 expand the current offense of improper photography or visual recording to apply to persons who knowingly promote such images.

The penalty is a State Jail Felony.