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Rep. Calanni Passes SB 1125 to Allow Forensic Analysts to Give Video Court Testimony  print page

by: Rep. Calanni, Gina
05/23/2019

Austin, TX -- Texas State Rep. Gina Calanni (HD 132) released the following statement after unanimous House passage of Senate Bill 1125 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Rep. Calanni sponsored the bill in the House and filed the identical House companion legislation.

“Today, I passed Senate Bill 1125 through the House to allow forensic analysts to remotely give video testimony in court proceedings. This cost-neutral solution will allow analysts to focus on their casework, cut down on out-of-office delays, and help reduce the unacceptable backlog of rape kits in Texas,” said Rep. Calanni.

Rep. Calanni continued, “Under this legislation, forensic analysts will no longer have to travel to various cities and counties across the state to testify in-person. Every time a forensic analyst has to show up in court to provide testimony, delays in casework can be expected.”

Senate Bill 1125 will now be sent to Governor Abbott’s desk for final approval. This is the eleventh bill that Rep. Calanni has passed during the 86th Legislative Session.

About State Rep. Gina Calanni: State Representative Gina Calanni represents Texas House District 132 and serves on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. A native Texan, multi-published author, and single mother of three school-aged boys, Rep. Calanni understands first-hand the challenges facing everyday Texans. Rep. Calanni is serving in the Texas Legislature to ensure every Texan has access to quality public education and affordable healthcare.

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