East Texas lawmakers’ bills clear Senate committee
East Texas (Longview News-Journal) — Four bills written by Northeast Texas lawmakers were sent Thursday to the full Senate as a committee in that chamber pushed toward the 83rd Legislature’s final day May 27.
Those measures included House Bill 1302 by GOP Reps. Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches and Chris Paddie of Marshall that would lock up second-time offenders of sexual violence against children for life. The bill also creates a list of jobs those twice-convicted felons may not hold.
The committee vote was not unanimous, so the bill faces debate in the full Senate.
“We still feel very confident about passage of Justin’s Law,” Clardy Chief of Staff Kelly Barnes said, referring to the measure by its namesake, Justin Bloxom.
The 12-year-old boy was murdered three years ago in Louisiana, where authorities have accused a twice-convicted sex offender of using a leased taxi to lure the boy to his death.
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