HBA-MPM H.B. 464 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 464 By: Wise Criminal Jurisprudence 2/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There is frequent confusion about the terms involved in sexual victimization of children. While "sexual abuse" refers to sexual acts involving a child and an adult responsible for that child's welfare (such as a parent or guardian), "sexual exploitation" is restricted to child pornography and live sexual performances involving a child. In the laws of most states, if a person responsible for the child's welfare is involved in sexual exploitation, it is included in the definition of abuse. H.B. 464 therefore redefines "abuse" to include causing, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing a sexual performance by a child. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 261.001(1), Family Code, to redefine "abuse" to include causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing a sexual performance by a child as defined by Section 43.25, Penal Code (Sexual Performance by a Child). Makes nonsubstantive changes. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.