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Calanni bill allows forensic analysts to give video court testimony

Staff ReportMay 23, 2019

District 132 state Rep. Gina Calanni, D-Katy, released the following statement after unanimous House passage of Senate Bill 1125 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.

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 Calanni.

“Under this legislation, forensic analysts will no longer have to travel to various cities and counties across the state to testify in-person,” she said. “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 Gov.Greg Abbott’s desk for final approval. This is the 11th bill that Calanni has passed during the 86th Legislative Session.

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