Ossoff-backed bill to investigate lynchings signed into law
A bipartisan measure authored by Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff and Texas Senator Ted Cruz to secure justice for lynching victims is now law.
Sen. Ossoff introduced the bill with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in February to extend the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board’s term and help investigate unsolved crimes.
The bill, which passed the Senate in September and the House in November, extends the Review Board’s term through 2027, which Ossoff says will ensure the Board has time to conduct its investigations.
"For the black women, black children, black men who were killed in some of the most heinous ways in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, with those crimes having been swept under the rug and never investigated, this is an opportunity to pursue justice in truth on behalf of those who were killed" Ossoff said. "There's no expiration date on justice, and that's why this effort must continue."
President Biden signed the law into effect on Monday.