Bill Text: TX HCR51 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Engrossed

Bill Title: Urging the United States Congress to pass the I am Vanessa Guillén Act.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-05-03 - Referred to Vet Affairs & Border Security [HCR51 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HCR51-Engrossed.html
  By: Morales of Harris, Neave, Romero, Jr., H.C.R. No. 51
      Perez, et al.
         WHEREAS, The brutal murder of Vanessa Guillén and the
  reaction from service members on social media highlight the
  military's inadequate response to sexual harassment, sexual
  assault, and missing persons; and
         WHEREAS, Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén had been missing
  for more than two months before her remains were discovered, and the
  murder investigation received widespread attention when law
  enforcement identified the suspect, a fellow military member whom
  Guillén was planning to formally accuse of sexual harassment; this
  prompted countless members of the U.S. military to share their
  personal experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault on
  social media with the hashtag #IAmVanessaGuillen; and
         WHEREAS, A close look at current military laws and policies
  reveals concerning flaws, including conflicts of interest and
  limited options for reporting sexual harassment; too many military
  members have been failed by this system, and immediate action is
  imperative to avoid another tragedy; and
         WHEREAS, To correct these issues, the I am Vanessa Guillén
  Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives; and
         WHEREAS, The brave men and women who fight for our nation
  deserve access to justice, and Congress should listen to the
  service members calling for change in the aftermath of Vanessa
  Guillén's murder; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 87th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the Congress of the United States to pass
  the I am Vanessa Guillén Act, legislation ensuring that necessary
  changes are made, such as preventing conflicts of interest,
  requiring independent investigations that are conducted by trained
  investigators, establishing a confidential reporting option for
  sexual harassment that can convert to a formal complaint, and
  directing the Government Accountability Office to evaluate
  response procedures related to missing service members; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, and to all the
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress with the request that
  this resolution be entered in the Congressional Record as a
  memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.