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April 26, 2019
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GUILLEN ADVOCATES FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD VICTIMS
AUSTIN - On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed HB 2079, a bill which State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) joined as an author. It seeks to expand the benefits of the Victims' Compensation Act to juvenile victims of murder attempts in their residence. The bill has been moved to the Senate for further consideration.
"Both emotionally and physically, a child is especially vulnerable to violent crimes," said Guillen. "We should extend every possible protection for our young survivors of heinous crimes."
Currently, the Crime Victims' Compensation Act seeks to ensure victims' safety and recovery from certain violent crimes by providing onetime compensation for relocation and housing rental expenses. Victims of stalking, family violence, human trafficking and sexual assault are eligible for $2,000 for relocation expenses and $1,800 for housing rental expenses.
HB 2079 broadens the eligibility of such benefits to children who are victims of murder attempts in the children's place of residence.
"These children have suffered through one crime already," added Guillen. "They shouldn't have to relive it every day."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen