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Leilah Hernandez Act waiting for Governor’s signature

State Representative Brooks Landgraf with  Joanna Leyva, the mother of Leilah Hernandez.
State Representative Brooks Landgraf with Joanna Leyva, the mother of Leilah Hernandez.(Office of State Representative Brooks Landgraf)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KOSA) - A statewide active shooter alert system is almost official.

State Representative Brooks Landgraf’s House Bill 103, which would create the Texas Active Shooter Alert System, passed unanimously out of the Texas Senate on Wednesday.

It now heads to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott for his signature.

“I’m thankful to my colleagues in the House and Senate—especially Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents Sutherland Springs—for the unwavering support for this necessary policy,” Landgraf said. “HB 103 did not receive a single negative vote at any stage of the legislative process. Texans have spoken: our state needs the active shooter alert system required by the Leilah Hernandez Act.”

Rep. Landgraf crafted the Leilah Hernandez Act after working with his constituents and family members of the victims of the August 31 mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. Leilah, 15, was the youngest victim killed in the shooting. Her mother, Joanna Leyva, testified in support of the bill at the Texas Capitol.

“We can never replace the lives we lost over Labor Day weekend in 2019,” Landgraf continued. “But we believe that fewer Texans would have perished if this system had been in place at the time, and we are hopeful implementing the alert system now will save lives in the future.”

HB 103 will require the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop and implement the Active Shooter Alert System, which would send alerts through text and other communication to members of the public who are in proximity to an active shooter situation.

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