Senator Nelson Meets With CASA Volunteers

February 7, 2011

CASA Volunteers Recognized for Advocacy of Abused and Neglected Children

CASA volunteers from around the state met with Senator Nelson during their visit to the Capitol. Court Appointed Special Advocates is a program that trains volunteers to represent the best interest of children who are in the state foster care system. "Last year, more than 6,600 volunteers with 69 local CASA organizations provided help and hope to 20,681 children -- about half of the children in our foster care system.  On behalf of the children, we thank them for their advocacy."

Senate Finance Committee Begins Budget Process

 The Senate Finance Committee this week focused on health and human services programs as it began considering Senate Bill 1, which funds Texas government for the 2012-2013 biennium.  State agency officials and more than 150 members of the public provided input. "I want to thank citizens from North Texas and other areas of the state who took the time to come to Austin and offer testimony.  Our budget situation this year is challenging, and it's important that we get this information early in the process."  The education budget will be the focus of next week's Finance hearings, which can be watched on the Internet at

Wear Red Day Puts the Focuses on Women's Heart Health

Senator Nelson recognized members of the American Heart Association who visited the Senate for the annual Go Red for Women campaign empowering women to take charge of their heart health. Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death, yet only 16 percent of women surveyed identified cardiovascular disease as the greatest health problem they face. "I encourage all Texans to show their support for preventing heart disease with proper nutrition, physical activity and other heart healthy lifestyle choices."

 Senator Nelson Rallies with PTA Members for Healthy Children

A former PTA mom and school teacher, Senator Nelson thanked PTA members from Lewisville and other school districts who traveled to the Capitol for a rally. Senator Nelson filed a bill to reinstate physical education and health to the high school curriculum -- one PTA's legislative priorities.  She also is a joint author of a bill banning K2, a synthetic marijuana, that PTA supports.  "Teachers and parents are the keys to student success, but children also must be healthy in order to learn."