Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest
May 3, 2013
Senate Votes To Allow CHL Holders To Store Firearms In Cars on Campus
This week the Texas Senate voted 24-7 to allow college students who have concealed-handgun licenses to responsibly store their guns in their vehicles on streets and in parking lots on college campuses. SB 1907, which was co-authored by Senator Nelson, had bipartisan support."This legislation protects the second amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners on college campuses, and I am pleased the Senate has taken this step to bolster the ability of CHL holders to protect themselves," said Senator Nelson.
Legislation To Increase Patient Safety Passes House
The Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed SB 945 by Senator Nelson requiring hospital health care providers to wear badges with photo identification that clearly state their names, their departments and their job titles to better help patients identify their caregivers, as well as their level of training. "This legislation will help ensure Texans know the expertise of their health care provider," said Senator Nelson. "Often patients enter our hospitals in very vulnerable states, and they deserve clear information about who is caring for them.
Senate Passes Bill By Senator Nelson Addressing Adverse Possession
The Texas Senate on Thursday unanimously approved on the local and uncontested calendar SB 947 by Senator Nelson which affirms that adverse possession claims are not a defense against charges of burglary, empowering district attorneys to prosecute these claims. "I filed this legislation in response to reports of individuals in North Texas ‘squatting’ in foreclosed or abandoned homes and then trying to take ownership through claims of adverse possession – a practice that should not be tolerated," said Senator Nelson. "This bill will give prosecutors the tools they need to confront these individuals."
Leadership Flower Mound Visits Capitol
On Wednesday, a group of constituents involved with Leadership Flower Mound, a program developed by the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, visited the Capitol and were honored in the Texas Senate. "I was proud to recognize Leadership Flower Mound in the Senate," said Senator Nelson. "Thank you for being here to learn more about state government and I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Capitol!"
Countdown to Sine Die
With less than 25 days left until Sine Die, Senator Nelson continues to move her legislation through the legislative process. To track her bills and others, you can search legislation and set up alerts through the Texas Legislature's website, www.capitol.state.tx.us.
This week, Senator Nelson welcomed Leadership Flower Mound to the Capitol as well as two young constituents who served as Senate pages. To see photos from this week at the Capitol and others, please visit Senator Nelson's Facebook page.