John Frullo

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Frullo Announces Alicia's Law, Raises Awareness of Child Pornography
03/31/2011
AUSTIN- During a press conference held at the state capitol Thursday, State Representative John Frullo (Lubbock) joined with State Senator John Carona (Dallas) in announcing the joint filing of House Bill 3746 and Senate Bill 1843, to be known as 'Alicia's Law'. In a strong effort to raise awareness on the magnitude of child pornography trafficking in Texas, Alicia's Law aims to combat this growing threat by providing desperately needed resources for the Texas Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.

"When I learned that there were 30,000 individual computers in Texas identified in trafficking sadistic images of children, I was dumbfounded," said Representative John Frullo, in reaction to the 2008 data from the United States Department of Justice. "The vulnerability of our children to this type of threat causes me great concern."

According to the Department of Justice, crimes related to child pornography are the fastest growing class of crimes in this country. There are more than 350,000 identified computers in the United States that are trafficking in hardcore images of children being assaulted, tortured, raped, and subjected to torture.

Texas currently has three Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces with approximately 10 full-time staff members among them working in conjunction with local and federal authorities. One of every three ICAC-related arrests results in the identification and rescue of a local child victim. Given the magnitude and cross-jurisdictional nature of the Internet, it is imperative that state and local agencies cooperate and collaborate on these investigations, rescues and prosecutions.

"It is a fundamental function of government to keep our citizens safe," Frullo said. "Particularly the most vulnerable - our children. This legislation will help law enforcement rescue children from dangerous criminals more quickly."

Alicia's Law provides administrative subpoena power to receive subscriber data on a computer IP address that is trafficking in pornographic images of children. It also creates a dedicated revenue stream to enable ICACs to create full-time investigative positions to foster the apprehension of more Texas predators and the rescue of more children in communities across the state.

"When an investigator sees a suspect trafficking in child pornography, he must obtain a subpoena quickly to identify a suspect," Frullo said. "This legislation removes the red tape in situations when minutes matter."

The bill is named after Alicia Kozakeiwicz who, at the age of 13, was contacted by a predator through the Internet, abducted, and held for four days in a basement where she was tortured and raped.

83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION

KEY CONSERVATIVE INITIATIVES: GUN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION
We must continue to promote the restraint of government and the freedom of our citizens.

senate-affairsThe Legislature passed several bills that were key to protecting gun rights, religious freedom, and the sanctity of life. In response to the threat of local and federal regulations for gun owners, legislators passed SB 987. This bill will give the Attorney General the ability to obtain a temporary or permanent injunction against a city or county that attempts to enforce unlawful restrictions on gun owners. In addition, we passed SB 1907 to allow concealed handgun license holders to transport and store firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on college campuses. We also passed several bills to decrease the bureaucracy in obtaining a concealed handgun license. To address the onslaught of lawsuits related to religious freedom, the Legislature passed HB 308. The bill allows Texas public schools the freedom to educate students on the history of traditional winter celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah and allow students and teachers to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” without the threat of restriction of religious freedom. Schools will also have the freedom to display scenes or symbols associated with Christmas or Hanukkah. It’s too bad we had to pass this type of legislation, but it was necessary to ensure our religious freedom. During the 2nd called Special Session, the Legislature passed HB 2 to increase safety and protection for women seeking an abortion and stopped the practice of abortion after five months.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
Even in Lubbock we have human trafficking.

legislationAfter passing Alicia’s Law last session, we continued our work to combat human trafficking. We secured $1.6 million in funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces in the State of Texas. These highly trained officers work tirelessly to pursue those committing crimes against children. One of my biggest legislative priorities was HB 2268. This bill streamlines bureaucratic procedures that hinder prosecutor's ability to retrieve evidence for prosecution against perpetrators who are using the internet for crimes; this allows states to honor search warrants across state lines. In this legislation, we also created the strongest privacy laws in the nation protecting all your email content from search and seizure without a search warrant. In addition, SB 742 will help law enforcement to better identify children who are at risk of human trafficking and create a system of reporting for attempted abduction of children. HB 2637 increases penalties for sex offenders who have been found to have used someone else’s identity.

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PUBLIC PENSION REFORM
Retired teachers prior to Aug. 31st, 2004 will receive a cost of living adjustment.

ttu-2013As a member of the Pensions Committee, we worked closely with teacher and state employee groups to create state policy that will ensure that the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and Employee Retirement System (ERS) are a stable source of retirement for years to come. We also provided a cost of living adjustment in HB 1458 for teachers across the state who have been retired since August 31, 2004. In addition, I joint authored HB 13 that will increase transparency and oversight of our public pension plans. Thank you to all of you from Lubbock who came to Austin to advocate on behalf of teachers. It was great to see you during the legislative session!

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PUBLIC EDUCATION
Increases flexibility and opportunities for students.

This session, the Legislature heard from many parents, teachers and school administrators, particularly related to testing and accountability. As a result, we passed HB 5 which includes significant reform. The bill creates more flexibility in the core curriculum, decreases the end of course exams from fifteen to five, and creates a new state rating system for schools. In addition, the bill encourages more technical training at the high school level. This legislation represents a concerted effort to bring needed flexibility while maintaining high standards for our students.

 

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