State Rep. Brooks Landgraf’s Active Shooter bill passes out of committee

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 2:05 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - A statewide active shooter alert system, inspired by the mobile mass shooting in Odessa, is one step closer to becoming law.

The proposed legislation authored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf cleared another hurdle.

It passed unanimously out of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and will head to the Texas Senate floor for a vote.

The day was a victory for the bill, but also a time to reflect on why it’s needed.

May 4th is the birthday of Leilah Hernandez—the youngest victim of the Odessa Mass Shooting. She would have turned 17 this week if she hadn’t been senselessly killed by a gunman who drove through the city shooting innocent people.

On that August 31st day back in 2019, seven people, including Leilah, were shot and killed while 25 were wounded.

Landgraf introduced the legislation back in March in partnership with Leilah’s mother.

The bill aims to set up a system similar to the Amber Alert that would notify Texans if an active shooter attacks nearby.

Leilah’s mother gave an impassioned testimony to the house committee in March where she told them why an alert system could have kept Leilah alive long enough to celebrate her 17th birthday.

The measure passed the Texas House last month. If this bill passes through the Texas Senate, it will then go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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