AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Monica’s Law will soon be the law in Texas.
Rep. Brooks Landgraf’s SB 325 was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday.
The law will create a state wide searchable data base. It would allow the public to look up protective orders filed by Texas courts, relating to domestic violence.
“Monica’s Law will save lives and protect countless Texans from domestic abusers,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. “Nothing is more important than the safety and security of Texans, and we must do everything we can to protect innocent people from violent individuals. I am grateful to Representative Landgraf for his leadership on this issue, and I am honored to continue the legacy of Monica Deming by signing HB 629 into law.”
It was named in honor of Monica Deming who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in Odessa in 2015.
Since her death, Rep. Brooks Landgraf has been working with Monica’s father, Jon Neilson, to get the bill through the legislature with the hope that what happened to Monica cannot happen to anyone else.
“The hope is we can save other women from going through this,” Nielson said last month when the bill passed through both chambers and was sent to Gov. Abbott.
Landgraf had introduced the bill during the legislative session in 2017. However, it fell just short of becoming law.
The State Rep. doubled down on his efforts in 2019 to make sure the bill was passed.
“Monica’s Law will save lives, and I’m grateful to Governor Abbott for his leadership in signing this anti-domestic violence legislation in to law,” Landgraf said.
Monica’s Law will go into effect on September 1.