Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

August 8, 2013

3rd Called Session of the Texas Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Last night the Texas Legislature adjourned the 3rd Called Session sine die after sending legislation to increase funding for transportation to the governor's desk. This is the 10th time in Texas history that three special sessions have been called. The record for the highest number of special sessions was set in the 71st Texas Legislature (1989-1990) by Governor Bill Clements, who called legislators in six times. As the interim period now begins, take a moment to review Senator Nelson's accomplishments from this legislative season on our website. "We passed a responsible budget that prioritizes education and invests in women's health, mental health and protections for neglected and abused children," said Senator Nelson. "We continued the policies of fiscal discipline that have made the Texas economy the envy of the nation and will keep growing jobs and opportunities for the people of our state."


Transportation Funding Bill Sent To Governor

Two pieces of legislation designed to provide an ongoing funding source for transportation are heading to the governor's desk. The legislation prohibits the use of these funds to finance bonds or build toll roads, ensuring that the money is allocated on a "pay as you go" basis. It also requires TxDOT to find $100 million in administrative savings and to use that revenue to retire debt. "Transportation is a vital part of keeping our state's economy growing, and this bill ensures that we are responsibly meeting our mobility needs," said Senator Nelson.


Senator Nelson Named Courageous Conservative

The Texas Conservative Coalition has announced that Senator Nelson will receive the "Courageous Conservative Award" for her commitment to conservative principles during the 83rd Texas Legislature. "Senator Nelson has consistently proven herself a courageous conservative with an unwavering commitment to the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual liberty, and traditional values. We appreciate her leadership in the Senate and her steadfast commitment to the type of government Texans want,” said John Colyandro, TCC's Executive Director.


Senator Nelson Files Bill Addressing Hospital Patient Safety

Senator Nelson filed SB 20 yesterday to better protect patients in Texas hospitals. This bill specifically addresses recent patient safety issues as well as serious fraudulent activity reported at multiple hospitals in Texas. "This legislation will help our agencies respond more swiftly and more forcefully when patients are in danger," said Senator Nelson. "I am deeply troubled by the recent reports of fraud and lapses in patient safety. We must ensure that Texans are receiving safe, quality care in our hospitals." While the bill was not discussed before the Texas Legislature adjourned, Senator Nelson has said she plans to refile it during the next regular session. A Dallas Morning News article about the bill can be read here.


Tax-Free Weekend

Reminder shoppers: Texas' tax-free holiday is scheduled for this weekend, August 9th-11th! The annual event, which has taken place every year since 1999, was moved up one weekend this year to better accommodate back-to-school shopping. For a list of all eligible items, please visit


Annual 40th Birthday Party Fast Approaching

Plans are moving ahead for Senator Nelson's lone fund raising event of the year -- her Annual 40th Birthday Party -- which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound featuring entertainment from the Good Question Band. Invitations will be mailed at the end of the month, but information about serving on the Host Committee has already been distributed. If you would like information about serving on the Host Committee, contact the Annual 40th Birthday Party Headquarters at See you on October 10th!