House Passes Bills To Protect Domestic Violence Victims, Children
May 14, 2013
The Texas House of Representatives today passed three bills by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, on the local and uncontested calendar to better protect victims of domestic violence and to ensure positive results in programs that prevent harm to children. The bills, which are now on the way to the governor's desk for his signature, include:
SB 129 - Protective Order Filing Location: SB 129 allows domestic violence victims to file protective orders in the county where the offense occurred. Currently, protective orders can only be filed in the county in which the victim resides or the county in which the alleged offender resides. "By giving domestic violence victims another avenue to ensure their safety, this legislation will help make our protective orders more effective and save lives."
SB 130 - Prosecutor Conflict Clarification: SB 130 permits a prosecutor to represent a victim of domestic violence and file protective orders without conflict when the prosecutor has or is currently representing the Department of Family and Protective Services in a matter involving the victim. "I am proud that we have eliminated this unnecessary burden for victims of domestic violence. This bill will make it easier to obtain the protective orders they need to keep them safe."
SB 426 - Home Visiting Program: SB 426 promotes evidence-based practices for prevention programs by requiring that at least 75% of appropriated home visiting funds go to evidence-based programs. "These important prevention programs, which play a crucial role in helping families and children stay out of the Child Protective Services system, will now have outcome standards that will further ensure they achieve positive results. This legislation is another way we have worked this session to spend our resources wisely and on programs that work."