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Senator Sylvia R. Garcia: District 6
Press Release
June 2, 2015
Contact: Paul Townsend
Governor Signs Senator Garcia's Legislation to Help Identify Remains

AUSTIN – Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1485 authored by Senator Sylvia Garcia. The bill makes death records of unidentified persons public information on the one-year anniversary of the date of death. Currently, all death records are confidential for 25 years.

"There are far too many unidentified human remains discovered in Texas every year, especially in our border region. I hope that this legislation will help identify those remains so that families and friends can get closure and properly lay their loved ones to rest. It should also ensure that these remains are handled with the dignity and respect that they deserve."

"SB 1485 was a big priority for me this session, and I am thrilled that it passed through both the Senate and the House unanimously. I want to thank all of the advocates that worked so hard to make this a reality. I also want to thank Representative Ryan Guillen for guiding the bill through the House, and Governor Abbott for signing the bill into law."

State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia was sworn into office on March 11, 2013. Senator Garcia represents District 6 and previously held office as Houston City Controller from 1998-2002 and County Commissioner from 2002 - 2010.