AUSTIN, Texas (TNN) - Texas Senator Pat Fallon (R) District 30, approved changes to Senate Bill 719, also known as Lauren’s Law, that removed the death penalty as punishment on Wednesday.
The parents of 13-year-old Lauren Landavazo, who was shot and killed in 2016, have been behind it since she was murdered. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge someone with Capital Murder if they kill a child age 15 or under in Texas.
The bill was passed in the Senate and then went to the House. While in committee, the death penalty punishment portion of the bill was removed before being passed by the House in a 132 yeas to 8 nays vote on Tuesday.
Since SB 719 originated in the Senate through Sen. Fallon, the bill went back to the Senate. The Senate agreed with the changes made by the House.
Officials with Sen. Fallon’s office said it looks like the Senate will approve the bill. If the House changes are passed by the Senate, the bill would head to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law.