Senator Nelson's SB 500 Passes in Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today approved SB 500, the supplemental budget, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, covering Harvey, the Medicaid shortfall and other critical needs for the state.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Supplemental Budget

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 500, the supplemental budget, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, covering Harvey, the Medicaid shortfall and other critical needs for the state.

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Senator Nelson's SB 10 Passes in Texas Senate

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 10, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium to foster collaboration among health-related institutions with the goal of improving early intervention and access to mental health services, addressing psychiatry workforce issues, promoting and coordinating mental health research, and strengthening judicial training on juvenile mental health.

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Senator Nelson's Teacher Pay Legislation Advances

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 3 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, providing a permanent $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in the state.

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Senator Nelson Passes Four Bills Out of State Affairs

The Senate State Affairs Committee today approved four bills authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

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Senator Nelson's Sexual Assault Legislation Considered

The Senate State Affairs Committee today considered two bills by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, including SB 71 establishing a telemedicine program that will deliver high-quality medical forensic care to sexual assault survivors throughout Texas.

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Senator Nelson's Teacher Pay Legislation Advances

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved SB 3 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, providing a permanent $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in the state.

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Health & Human Services Committee Approves Senate Bill 10

The Senate Health & Human Services Committee today unanimously approved SB 10, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium and leverages the expertise of our state's medical schools to bolster mental health resources for Texas children and adolescents.

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Senator Nelson Files Senate Bill 10 to Strengthen Mental Health

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 10, which establishes the Mental Health Care Consortium to foster collaboration among health-related institutions with the goal of improving early identification and access to mental health services, addressing psychiatry workforce issues, promoting and coordinating mental health research, and strengthening judicial training on juvenile mental health.

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Senator Nelson Files Bills to Address Opioid Epidemic

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed a package of bills to confront opioid abuse in Texas. Lawmakers may file legislation through March 8, 2019.

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Senator Nelson Reappointed Chair of Senate Finance Committee

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today was reappointed as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. She was also reappointed to the State Affairs Committee.

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Senate Base Budget Prioritizes Education

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 1, the general appropriations bill, establishing education, mental health and public safety as major priorities for the upcoming two-year budget. She also filed SB 500, the supplemental budget, which includes funding for school safety, state hospitals, pensions, Hurricane Harvey expenses and other needs.

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Senator Nelson Files Bill to Raise Teacher Salaries

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed SB 3 providing a $5,000 annual salary increase for every classroom teacher in Texas.

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Senator Nelson Makes History on Opening Day

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, made history this week, as the first woman to preside over opening day in the Texas Senate. She gaveled in the Senate for the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature on behalf of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who was called to Washington, DC by the White House.

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Texas Legislature Reconvenes

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, joined legislators from across the state today as the Texas Legislature reconvenes for its 86th Regular Session, which will meet for 140 days in accordance with the Texas Constitution with education and rising property taxes shaping up to be the dominant issues of discussion.

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Statement on Biennial Revenue Estimate

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today issued a statement on the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE).

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Senator Nelson Files Bills to Protect Health and Public Safety

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed another package of bills in preparation for the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January 8, 2019 and concludes its business on Monday, May 27, 2019. Lawmakers may file legislation through March 8, 2019.

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Senate Finance Committee Issues Interim Report

The Senate Finance Committee has issued its interim report – an analysis of several issues facing Texas with recommendations for the upcoming Legislature to consider.

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Sufficient Balance Set for the Economic Stabilization Fund

With the future of the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF), often called the "Rainy Day" Fund, emerging as a major issue facing the 86th Legislature, the Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) met today and set the ESF sufficient balance at $7.5 billion with Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, presiding as co-chair.

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Mental Health, Cybersecurity, Fiscal Reforms Among Initiatives Filed by Senator Nelson on First Day of Pre-Filing

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed a package of bills to improve mental health services, protect victims of human trafficking, strengthen the state's cybersecurity infrastructure and reform state fiscal policies as pre-filing began for the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which reconvenes Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and concludes its business Monday, May 27, 2019.

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Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity Releases Interim Report

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced today that The Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity released its interim report - a complete overview of the state of cybersecurity in Texas, a brief legislative history, answers to keys questions for legislators, and recommendations to mitigate cybersecurity threats facing the state.

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Senator Nelson to File Bill Strengthening Sexual Assault Investigations

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced today that she will introduce legislation creating a telemedicine program that will deliver high-quality medical forensic care to sexual assault survivors throughout Texas.

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Senator Nelson Cuts Ribbon on New Flower Mound Driver License Office

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today cut the ribbon on a new driver license office in Flower Mound.

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Senator Nelson Announces Mental Health Initiative

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced plans for legislation to strengthen the state's mental health system.

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Senator Nelson Salutes New Multi-Purpose Arena in Fort Worth

Thanks in part to legislation authored by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the City of Fort Worth is working to complete construction on the new Dickies Arena - a multi-functional facility that will host the Fort Worth Stock Show, large concerts and sporting events.

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Senator Nelson Vows Legislative Response to Flotation Pod Death

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced today that she will pursue legislation in response to the death of a 71-year-old woman who drowned in a flotation pod in Flower Mound.

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Senator Jane Nelson Receives Special Recognition from Texas Nurse-Family Partnership

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was recognized by the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership at their awards ceremony in Dallas this week for her continued support of the program, for first-time mothers and their babies.

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Senator Jane Nelson Responds to Contracting Audit on Health and Human Services Commission

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, issued the following statement in response to today's release of an audit showing contracting irregularities at our health and human services agencies.

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Senator Jane Nelson Receives Award from American Cancer Society

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has received the Advocacy in Action Award from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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Senator Nelson Named for 100 Percent Voting Record for NFIB

Senator Nelson has received a 100-percent voting record in support of small business by the Texas Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

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Senator Nelson Recognized by DCTA

Senator Nelson was recognized by DCTA for her efforts to improve public transportation in Denton County.

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Senate Finance Committee Receives Interim Charges

The Senate Finance Committee has received its interim assignments – a list of issues to be analyzed over the months ahead.

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Senator Nelson to Chair New Cybersecurity Committee

Senator Nelson is named Chair of the Cybersecurity Committee.

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Senator Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday FAQ

Senator Nelson's fund raiser, a.k.a. her Annual 40th Birthday Party, is fast approaching. Here are the details.

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Senator Nelson Receives GOPAC Lifetime Achievement Award

GOPAC, a national organization dedicating to growing the next generation of Republican leaders, presented Senator Nelson with its lifetime achievement award.

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Senator Nelson Pushes for Teacher Pay Increase

A former sixth-grade teacher, Senator Jane Nelson has filed SB 19 to increase pay and benefits for classroom teachers in Texas.

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Senator Nelson Files Appraisal Reform

Senator Nelson has filed SB 21 reforming the property tax appraisal process in Texas.

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Senator Nelson Named Best Legislator

For the fifth time, Senator Nelson was named "Best Legislator" by Capitol Inside.

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Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Texas Legislature has adjourned its 85th Regular Session after passing a budget authored by Senator Nelson and several key legislative reforms.

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SB 323 PASSES IN TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Senate has unanimously approved SB 323, authored by Senator Jane Nelson to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM).

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SB 323 UNANIMOUSLY PASSES IN STATE AFFAIRS

The State Affairs Committee today approved SB 323, authored by Senator Nelson, to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM).

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SENATOR NELSON FILES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT GIRLS FROM FGM

Senator Nelson introduced legislation to protect Texas girls from female genitalia mutilation (FGM).

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SB 1, APPROPRIATIONS BILL, HEADS TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Senator Nelson was appointed chair of the conference committee for SB 1, the general appropriations bill.

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SENATOR NELSON'S SB 75 PASSES IN TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Senate has approved SB 75, authored by Senator Nelson, to require that minors obtain parental consent before signing a labor union contract.

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SENATOR NELSON'S SB 669 UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Senate, by a unanimous vote, approved SB 669 authored by Senator Nelson.

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SENATOR NELSON RECEIVES FOUNDER'S AWARD FROM TEXAS CASA

Senator Nelson received the inaugural Jane Quentan Piper Founder's Award today from Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) during the organization's 2017 Texas Champions Award Luncheon.

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Senator Nelson Named #1 in Power Ranking

Senator Nelson has been named #1 in the Texas Senate by Capitol Inside in their Texas Legislature Power Ranking List.

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Eight of Senator Nelson's Bills Pass Local

The Texas Senate has approved eight bills authored by Senator Nelson.

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

The latest edition of Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

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State Budget Unanimously Passed By the Texas Senate

The Texas Senate unanimously approved CSSB 1, the appropriations bill authored by Senator Nelson.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves CSSB 1, Appropriations Act

The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved CSSB 1 by Senator Nelson, establishing the state's budget over the next two years. CSSB 1 next moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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Senate Approves Senator Nelson’s SB 17, Phasing Out Franchise Tax

The Texas Senate has approved SB 17 by Senator Nelson, to phase out the franchise tax over time if sufficient revenue is available.

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Senate Finance Committee Completes Mark-Up of SB 1

The Senate Finance Committee finished marking up SB 1 by Senator Nelson, to establish the state's FY 18-19 budget.

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Emergency Leave Bill Approved By Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 73, addressing the use of emergency leave by state employees.

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Senator Nelson Applauds the Passage of Senate Bill 11 Addressing Foster Care Crisis

The Texas Senate has approved SB 11, an omnibus Child Protective Service (CPS) reform bill joint authored by Senator Nelson.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Senator Nelson's SB 17 and SB 532

The Senate Finance Committee has approved two bills providing franchise tax relief and SB 532 addressing cybersecurity.

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

February 24, 2017 Edition

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Senator Nelson Appoints SB 1 Work Groups

Senator Nelson appointed work groups to develop final recommendations for SB 1, the Senate's base budget, as the Senate Finance Committee finished its first four weeks of budget hearings.

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SB 17 Keeps Texas On Path To Eliminating Franchise Tax

Senator Nelson filed SB 17, which establishes a formula with the goal of phasing out the franchise tax over the next 10 years.

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Senator Nelson Receives 'Partner In Courage Award'

Senator Nelson was honored with the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas 2017 Partner In Courage Award during the biennial Partners in Courage Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

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Senator Nelson Files Appraisal Reform Bill

Senator Jane Nelson filed SB 669 reforming the property tax appraisal process.

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Senate Finance Holds First Organizational Hearing

Senator Nelson presided today over the Senate Finance Committee's organizational hearing, which included an overview of the Biennial Revenue Estimate by Comptroller Glenn Hegar and an overview of SB 1, the appropriations bill, by Ursula Parks, LBB Director.

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Senator Nelson Files SB 532 and SB 533 Addressing Cybersecurity and Contracting

Senator Nelson filed two bills aimed at building on work from last session relating to state contracting and promoting cybersecurity within state agencies. Both bills address significant issues before the Legislature.

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Senator Nelson Re-Appointed Chair of Senate Finance Committee

Senator Nelson has been re-appointed as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and as a member of the Senate State Affairs Committee.

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Senator Nelson Files SB1, the Senate's Base Budget

Senator Jane Nelson has filed SB 1, the Senate's base budget, establishing the state's funding priorities for the next two years.

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85th Legislature Convenes in Austin

After being re-elected in November to serve the people of District 12, Senator Nelson took the oath of office as the Legislature reconvened for its 85th Regular Session.

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Statement on Biennial Revenue Estimate

Senator Nelson's statement on the Comptroller's Biennial Revenue Estimate

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A Guide to the Texas Budget Process

Texas' two-year budget takes roughly twice that amount of time to prepare, produce and administer. The budget is developed and prepared in the first year, discussed and approved by the Legislature in the second year, and is implemented over the next two years. Below is a guide to the Texas budget process.

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Guide to the 85th Texas Legislature

A handy guide for the upcoming legislative session.

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LBB Approves Emergency Funds for Child Protective Services

Senator Jane Nelson announced that the Legislative Budget Board has approved $142 million in emergency funds to address the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services (CPS).

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Senator Nelson Joint Author of SB 8

Senator Nelson has signed on as a joint author of SB 8, the 'Pre-Born Protection and Dignity Act,' banning the sale of fetal tissue from elective abortions and prohibiting partial-birth abortion in state law.

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

News from the Texas Capitol

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Senator Nelson Pre-Files First Bills of 85th Legislative Session

Senator Jane Nelson filed 11 bills on the first day to pre-file legislation for the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which begins on January 10, 2017 and concludes on June 1, 2017.

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Senate Workgroup Recommends Emergency Funds for CPS

The Senate Finance Committee Workgroup on Child Protection, appointed by Senator Jane Nelson issued its recommendations for emergency funding to address the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services.

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Construction Begins on DPS Megacenter in Carrollton

Thanks to a rider authored by Senator Nelson, construction is set to begin on a new driver's license mega center in Denton County.

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Senator Nelson Recognized by UNTHSC Patient Safety Institute

Senator Jane Nelson has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Patient Advocacy Award by the Institute for Public Safety.

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Senator Nelson Appoints CPS Workgroup

Senator Jane Nelson appointed a workgroup to evaluate funding to address the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services.

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Finance Committee Discusses Crisis at CPS

The Senate Finance Committee met to discuss the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services.

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Gibson-Grant Log Cabin Selected as Historical Grant Recipient

Senator Jane Nelson announced that the Gibson-Grant Log Cabin and Homestead was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF), a program of the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

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At Long Last, TXDOT Breaks Ground on SH 199 In Azle

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, announced the groundbreaking on the State Highway 199 Texas Clear Lanes project in Azle.

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State Considers Grant for Flower Mound Log Cabin

The Texas Historical Commission will meet on October 20, 2016, to consider several applications for historical preservation funds, including a grant request supported by Senator Jane Nelson, to help preserve the Long Prairie Homestead Cabin in Flower Mound.

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Senate Finance Committee Meets to Discuss CPS

Senator Nelson announced today that the Senate Finance Committee will meet to discuss the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services (CPS).

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Texas To Provide Grants For Veterans Coping With Mental Health Issues

Texas has approved up to $10 million in grants to help Texas veterans and their families manage mental health issues. Fourteen community groups across the state will receive the grants.

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Senator Nelson Thanks Supporters

Thank you to everyone who joined Senator Nelson for her Annual 40th Birthday Party. It was the best event to date, and Senator Nelson is grateful for your support!

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Senator Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday Party Details

SENATOR JANE NELSON ANNUAL 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY FAQs

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TLOC Meets for Update on Re-organization

The Transition Legislative Oversight Committee (TLOC), co-chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, met for an update on the progress of the health and human services re-organization.

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SH121/360 Interchange Brings Long Awaited Congestion Relief

Senator Jane Nelson applauded the groundbreaking for a $61 million project to expand the SH 121/SH 360 interchange project in Tarrant County.

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Emergency Leave Policies Warrant Legislative Attention

Op-Ed Submission by Senator Jane Nelson on Emergency Leave

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Senator Nelson Lauds Rollout of Consolidated Healthy Texas Women Program

Today marks the official rollout of the consolidated Healthy Texas Women program in accordance with a budget rider and the unanimous recommendation of the Sunset Advisory Commission to better integrate preventive health services for Texas women.

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Texas Honors Veterans Through Innovative Grant Partnership

Op-Ed Submission By Senator Jane Nelson on Texas + Veterans Family Alliance

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Senator Nelson Receives Award from Mental Health America of Texas

AUSTIN - Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, was named the 2016 recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt Award for Mental Health by Mental Health America of Texas during the organization's 53rd Annual Honoring Dinner. "I am proud of our efforts to help Texans struggling with mental illness and substance abuse. Left untreated, mental health problems impact our jails, burden our emergency rooms or result in tragedy," Senator Nelson said. "It is a great honor to be recognized by such a stalwart advocacy group. We have more work to do in this area, and together we will continue working on solutions to help those who are battling with these disorders."

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Senator Jane Gray Nelson Leadership Scholarship Awarded to Local Student

FRISCO -- The Republican Women of Greater North Texas this week awarded the first Jane Gray Nelson Leadership Scholarship to a local student from Frisco during the club's annual scholarship banquet. "As a former teacher, I am so grateful to the Republican Women of Greater North Texas for establishing this scholarship, which will make a positive impact in the lives of young women and encourage them to achieve their dreams," said Senator Nelson. "I congratulate Lauren Wasson, the scholarship winner, for being an inspiring young woman and wish her well in her pursuits."

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Senator Nelson Welcomes Leadership Flower Mound to the Capitol

AUSTIN - Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, welcomed the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce 'Leadership Flower Mound' class to the Texas State Capitol. "I am always impressed by the dedication of Leadership Flower Mound, a great program that helps engage new leaders in our community," said Senator Nelson. "It was my pleasure to welcome their delegation to the State Capitol."

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TLOC Presented with HHSC Transition Overview Plans in Hearing

AUSTIN- The Transition Legislative Oversight Committee (TLOC), co-chaired by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, met today to discuss recently released transition plans for the re-organization of Texas' health and human services system. "This committee is charged with making sure we achieve the transformation envisioned by the Legislature. That means creating a system that improves coordination of care, eliminates inefficiencies and makes it easier for our most vulnerable citizens to connect with the services they need," said Senator Nelson. "The transition plans discussed today provide a broad framework, but there is much more work ahead make sure this re-organization is a success."

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Mental Health Budget Numbers Confirmed

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, began today's Senate Finance Committee hearing by reporting newly confirmed data from the Legislative Budget Board and the Health and Human Services Commission on behavioral health spending in the state budget."This number paints a very different picture than what is being reported and further demonstrates the significant resources Texas has invested on mental health," said Senator Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. "We have serious challenges still to address, but I want to make sure we have a true understanding of our commitment to mental health - by knowing not only how much we are spending but also how we are spending the funds."

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Senator Nelson Recognized by Tax Foundation

Senator Jane Nelson has received the Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award from the non-partisan Tax Foundation in recognition of her work to promote smart tax policy."By crafting a conservative budget, we were able to stay true to the policies of fiscal discipline that are driving our economic success in Texas. For our work to be singled out by a national organization that studies tax policy across the country is a tremendous honor," said Senator Nelson.

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Senator Nelson Named to Newly-Formed Texas Ports Committee

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been named to the newly-created Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports. The committee is charged with studying the potential economic benefits for Texas ports relating to of the Panama Canal expansion.

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Senator Nelson Recognized By Communities In Schools

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been recognized by Communities in Schools of Texas with a Legislative Advocacy Award acknowledging her advocacy and expressing appreciation for her dedication to Texas students during the 84th Legislative Session.

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Texas Is Committed to Women's Health

Op-Ed Submission By Senator Jane Nelson on Women's Health in Texas

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Senator Nelson Recognized by American Cancer Society

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has received the Advocacy in Action Award from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The award was presented to Senator Nelson in recognition of her work and support of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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