"I WILL SPEAK & SUPPORT EVERY VICTIM OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE"
AUSTIN, Texas – State Representative Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) filed a bill this week aimed at reducing the backlog of untested rape kits across Texas. House Bill 8 is called the “Lavinia Masters Act.” The bill’s namesake traveled to the Capitol Tuesday to share her story.
click to enlarge With the legislature adjourned and the Sunday veto deadline past us, 477 new laws have already taken effect in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott has signed so many bills into law, you might have lost track of what is exactly changing.
Austin Police say they’ve already taken action to end the backlog of rape kits needing to be processed. Now the new Lavinia Masters Act will make sure the rape kits are processed in a timely fashion across Texas, and give prosecutors more time to file charges if they’re not.