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Austin - Today, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tina Benkiser applauded Republican leaders in the Texas House of Representatives for passing the “Jessica’s Law” legislation.  This legislation would strongly expand the criminal penalties for sexually assaulting a child.

“The Republican leadership in the Texas Legislature put sexual predators in this state on notice today.  If you hurt our kids, you could suffer the ultimate penalty, the loss of your life,” said Tina Benkiser, Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

In 2005, 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her Florida home, sexually assaulted, and murdered by a convicted sex offender.  States across the nation have been enacting stricter penalties for sex crimes against children.  House Bill 8 authored by Debbie Riddle (R-Houston) and supported in a bipartisan manner would enact very strict penalties when dealing with persons who are convicted of sexually violent offenses against children.

“We must send a zero-tolerance message to predators that prey on our kids.  The children of Texas are too important. Don’t mess with them.” Benkiser warned.

House Bill 8 will now go over to the Texas Senate where it will be considered along with the legislative efforts by Republican State Senators to address “Jessica’s Law”.

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