Senator Bob Deuell

April 24, 2007
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
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Deuell Passes Jessica's Law

AUSTIN -- On Tuesday, State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) passed House Bill 8, relating to the prosecution and punishment of those who commit sexual offenses against children. The bill, which passed the Senate on a vote of 30-1, will enact tougher penalties for sex offenders and aid in their prosecution.

Jessica's Law is named Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year old Florida girl who was abducted, raped and murdered in 2005. The case has sparked tougher child sex offender laws in more than two dozen states.

Deuell said he was honored to carry legislation aimed at protecting children in Texas.

“This is a bill that I am very proud of,” Deuell said. “I am very proud of the way my colleagues worked together to formulate a bill that is fair and will ensure that justice is served to those who would prey on our innocent children.”

The major provisions of the Senate version of House Bill 8 include:

“This is bill that will serve as a deterrent and keep our children safe,” Deuell said. “We want predators and potential predators to know that justice in Texas will be swift and severe.”

As part of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's "Texas Children First" plan, the Senate version of House Bill 8 will enact some of the toughest laws in the nation to deal with violent child predators.

“When I stood with Mark Lunsford last summer to announce the Texas Senate would pass Jessica's Law to protect our children, I meant it,” Dewhurst said. “I want to thank Senator Deuell for carrying this important piece of legislation.”