Texas Bill Would Criminalize Unsolicited Dick Pics

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Texas HB 2789: Criminalize Unsolicited Explicit Transmissions

We all hate getting unsolicited dick pics, right? Or at least most of us. A Republic Texas lawmaker is trying to make dick pics illegal. Okay, the bill covers more than just dick pics. It covers all unsolicited electronic transmissions of sexually explicit material. So your FB friend who mass-sends those raunchy FB messages to everyone in their following? Yep, they’d be non-compliant as well. Let’s be honest though; this bill is all about the banning of dick pics. You can find the full language of the bill below.

 

Consent Is Key

Under this new bill, consent is major. It’ll still be legal to send dick pics (And other explicit material) to people who have expressed consent that they’d like to receive such explicit content. Only the unsolicited dick pics would go away.

 

Full Language Of HB 2789:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to the creation of the criminal offense of unlawful electronic transmission of sexually explicit visual material.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1.  Chapter 21, Penal Code, is amended by adding Section 21.19 to read as follows:

Sec. 21.19.  UNLAWFUL ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT VISUAL MATERIAL. (a) In this section, “intimate parts,” “sexual conduct,” and “visual material” have the meanings assigned by Section 21.16.

(b)  A person commits an offense if the person knowingly transmits by electronic means visual material that:

(1)  depicts:

(A)  any person engaging in sexual conduct or with the person’s intimate parts exposed; or

(B)  covered genitals of a male person that are in a discernibly turgid state; and

(2)  is not sent at the request of or with the express consent of the recipient.

(c)  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

(d)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section or the other law.

SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.

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