A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced bills in the Texas Legislature aimed at protecting seniors and addressing property crimes.
The proposed legislation comes after the arrest of serial killer Billy Chemirmir, who is charged with at least 18 murders inside senior living facilities in Dallas and Collin counties.
Prosecutors said Chemirmir often posed as a maintenance worker to gain access to homes, killed residents and stole their jewelry.
SB 1133, filed by Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas), and HB 3144, filed by Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco), would establish a voluntary safety certification program for senior living facilities to encourage safe practices and better inform seniors looking for housing.
SB 864, filed by Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), and HB 723, filed by Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco), would ensure that the next-of-kin is notified when the cause-of-death on a death certificate is amended.
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