Active shooter alert bill passes Texas House

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FILE – In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Mail vehicle, right, which was involved in Saturday’s shooting, sits outside the Cinergy entertainment center in Odessa, Texas. The mass shooting in West Texas spread terror over more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) as the gunman, Seth Aaron Ator, fired from behind the wheel of a car. Ator zigzagged through Midland and Odessa, two closely intertwined cities now brought closer by tragedy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – State Rep. Brooks Landgraf’s active shooter alert bill has officially passed in the Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 103 would require the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop and implement the system, which would send SMS text and other available communications in the event of an active mass shooting to those in the area.

“Today is about remembering those we have lost and fighting to prevent other Texas families from enduring the pain that Leilah’s family has to go through,” Landgraf said after the bill was passed. “I want to honor her family’s courage and her memory, along with the memory of everyone we lost, by passing this needed legislation into law.”

Leilah Hernandez was one of the seven victims killed in the mass shooting back in 2019. The bills passed unanimously in the House and will now head to the Senate.

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April 22 2021 09:00 am