District 34 State Rep. Abel Herrero recently received unanimous support for House Bill 1506, Texas' version of Mary's Law, which allows a judge to order GPS monitoring of persons who are released on bond relating to domestic violence offenses, or at the time an emergency protection order is issued.
Under this bill, a victim and the local law enforcement agency is notified when the offender is within a court-specified radius of the victim.
"When a survivor has the courage to ask for help, our state has a duty to respond with measures of protection that will help that survivor feel safe in their daily life," Herrero said in a prepared statement. "House Bill 1506 protects survivors of domestic violence from the further threats or harm of an abuser. Passage of House Bill 1506 shows the people of Texas that its Legislature is concerned about their well-being and will not tolerate intimidation."
The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa filed the companion bill, SB 1902. If enacted, Texas will be the 13th state to allow courts to order a domestic violence offender to be fitted with a GPS tracking device as a condition of bond or a upon the issuing of a protective order.
Mary's Law is named for Michigan resident Mary Babb, who was murdered outside her place of employment, by her estranged husband after filing a restraining order against him.