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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Senator Jane Nelson Named Hunger Ambassador of the Year

The North Texas Food Bank awarded Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as Hunger Ambassador of the Year during their recent Golden Fork Awards.

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Senator Nelson Receives 'Courageous Defense of Life Award'

Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, has been honored by the Texas Alliance for Life with its "Courageous Defense of Life" award. Senator Nelson received the honor for her role in helping to pass pro-life initiatives during the most recent legislative session.

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Senator Nelson Named To TRS Benefits Select Committee

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has been named to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Joint Interim Select Committee, which will examine the challenges facing health benefit plans administered by TRS.

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Grant Program Established For Texas Veterans Mental Health Care Assistance

As the daughter of a World War II veteran, it is my sincere hope that every Texan will take a moment this Veterans Day to thank our veterans for their important service and let military families know they have our support.

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Senator Jane Nelson Honored As 'Big Voice For Little Texans'

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received the Texas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) 'Big Voice for Little Texans' award during a ceremony in Denton, Texas.

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Finance Committee Receives Interim Charges

The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Nelson, has received its interim charges -- a list of issues to be investigated in depth prior to the next legislative session.

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Annual 40th Birthday Bash Details

Here are the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Senator Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday Party.

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Senator Nelson to Co-Chair HHS Restructuring Panel

Senator Nelson was named co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, which will oversee the restructuring of Texas' health and human services agencies.

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Senator Nelson Receives EM-S ISD Torch Award

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD presented Senator Nelson with its first-ever "I Carry The Torch" Award.

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Setting The Record Straight on the Racing Commission

Throughout my time in the Legislature, I have been an ardent supporter of the horse racing industry.

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Senator Nelson and Representative Price Commend Staff of Sunset Advisory Commission on National Recognition

Senator Jane Nelson and Representative Four Price today congratulated the Texas Sunset Commission on being selected as a winner of a 2015 National Legislative Program Evaluation Society Certificate of Impact.

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Senator Nelson Welcomes Facebook To Senate District 12

Facebook announces a new data center in the Alliance corridor in Senate District 12.

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Senator Nelson's Tax Relief Legislation Signed By Governor

Several pieces of legislation authored and sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson were signed by Governor Greg Abbott today.

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Senator Nelson Named Senate MVP For 84th Legislative Session

Senator Jane Nelson was named the Senate MVP by Capitol Inside in their list of the best legislators of the 84th Legislative Session.

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Senator Nelson Receives Women's Health Hero Award

Senator Jane Nelson today was named the Women's Health Hero of the 84th Legislative Session by the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition.

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Texas Legislature Adjourns Sine Die: Senator Nelson Bill Report

The 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die after fulfilling its constitutional duties to pass a state budget and consider changes to state law.

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Senate Approves Conference Committee Report For HB 1

The Texas Senate today approved the Conference Committee Report for HB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson

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Senate Concurs On SB 59 To Help Victims Of Family Violence

The Texas Senate today concurred on amendments made in the Texas House of Representatives for SB 59 by Senator Jane Nelson which ensures that funds appropriated to help family violence victims reach Texas shelters more efficiently.

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Senate Concurs On SB 200 Reorganizing Health And Human Services

The Texas Senate today concurred on amendments made in the Texas House of Representatives for SB 200 by Senator Jane Nelson the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Senate Passes Supplemental Budget HB 2

The Texas Senate today passed HB 2, sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson which provides supplemental appropriations for the current 2014-2015 budget.

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Senate Concurs On Graduate Medical Education Legislation

The Texas Senate today concurred on amendments made in the Texas House of Representatives for SB 18 by Senator Jane Nelson to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

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House Passes SB 200

The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 200 by Senator Jane Nelson, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Countdown To Sine Die: Senator Nelson Bill Status Report

With 10 days left in the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, several pieces of legislation by Senator Nelson are working their way to the governor's desk.

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House Unanimously Passes SB 18

The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 18 by Senator Jane Nelson to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Franchise Tax Relief Bill

The Senate Finance Committee today approved HB 32, the companion to SB 7 by Senator Jane Nelson, to provide $2.56 billion in franchise tax relief for Texas businesses.

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Texas House Of Representatives Unanimously Passes SB 20

The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 20 by Senator Jane Nelson to reform state contracting practices and strengthen contract oversight across state government.

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Senate Passes SB 200 Reorganizing Texas' Health And Human Services

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 200 by Senator Jane Nelson, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Senate Passes State Budget

The Texas Senate today approved CSHB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson.

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Senate Passes SB 55 Creating Texas Veterans Initiative

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 55 by Senator Jane Nelson to create the Texas Veterans Initiative.

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Senate Finance Committee Unanimously Approves State Budget

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously approved CSHB 1, the appropriations bill sponsored by Senator Jane Nelson.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 53

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 53 by Senator Jane Nelson to require that state agencies undergo a fiscal review, also known as a zero-based budgeting review, on a rotating basis that would coincide with the agency's sunset review.

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Senate Passes SB 18 To Expand Graduate Medical Education

The Texas Senate today unanimously approved SB 18 by Senator Jane Nelson to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

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Senator Nelson Named #1 In Power Rankings

Senator Jane Nelson today was named by Capitol Inside the most powerful Senator in the Texas Senate, ranking #1 in their Texas Senate Power Rankings.

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Senate Committee Approves SB 200

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee today approved SB 200 by Senator Jane Nelson, the Sunset legislation for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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Senate Passes Contracting Reform Legislation

The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 20 by Senator Jane Nelson to reform state contracting practices to ensure it is transparent, accountable and competitive.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 18

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 18 by Senator Jane Nelson to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

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Senate Passes Tax Relief Bills

The Texas Senate today passed SB 1, SJR 1 and SB 7 by Senator Jane Nelson to provide approximately $4 billion in tax relief to Texas homeowners and businesses.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 20

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 20 by Senator Jane Nelson to reform state contracting practices and strengthen contract oversight across state government.

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Sunset Chair, Vice Chair Pursue Graduated Approach To HHSC Reforms

Today the chair and vice chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission announced they will pursue an extended timeline on Sunset recommendations to transform the state's health and human services system.

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Senate Finance Committee Approves SB 1, 7

The Senate Finance Committee today approved SB 1 and SB 7 by Senator Jane Nelson to provide approximately $4 billion in tax relief to Texas homeowners and businesses.

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Senate Committee Approves Senator Nelson's SB 60

The Senate Committee on State Affairs today approved SB 60 by Senator Jane Nelson to align state statutes for Child Advocacy Centers with best practices.

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Senator Nelson Files Bill To Make Tax Relief Not Subject To Spending Limit

Senator Jane Nelson today filed SB 15 and SJR 3, amending the Texas Constitution so that tax relief is no longer subject to the spending limit.

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Senator Nelson Files Tax Relief Bills

Senator Jane Nelson today filed SB 1 and SB 7, together providing approximately $4 billion in tax relief during the 2016-2017 biennium.

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Senator Nelson Welcomes Tour 18 Women's Club To Capitol

Senator Jane Nelson welcomed the Tour 18 Women's Club to the State Capitol in Austin this week.

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Senator Nelson Files SB 18 To Expand Graduate Medical Education

Senator Jane Nelson today filed SB 18 to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

News from this week at the Capitol

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Senator Nelson Receives Guardian Of Small Business Award

Senator Jane Nelson today received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Small Business.

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Senator Nelson Files SB 2, Senate's Base Budget

Senator Jane Nelson today filed SB 2, the appropriations bill for the 2016-2017 biennium. SB 2 emphasizes tax relief, invests in transportation, funds growth in education and strengthens border security.

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Senator Nelson Files Legislation Strengthening Contract Oversight

Senator Jane Nelson today filed SB 353 to strengthen contracting oversight across state government.

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Senator Nelson Appointed Chair Of Finance Committee For 84th Session

Senator Jane Nelson today was appointed Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for the 84th Legislative Session by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who also named her to the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

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Senator Nelson Named Flower Mound Citizen Of The Year

Senator Jane Nelson was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce today in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the Flower Mound community.

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Sunset Advisory Commission Holds Final Meeting Of Cycle

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, today completed its final meeting of this cycle, approving reforms to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC); the Texas Workforce Investment Council; the State Office of Administrative Hearings; and the Texas Facilities Commission.

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84th Texas Legislative Session Begins

Today the Texas Legislature reconvened for its 84th Regular Session, which will meet for the next 140 days in accordance with the state Constitution and will adjourn sine die on June 1, 2015.

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Critical Services Depend On Strong Contract Management

Our commitment to Texas’ most vulnerable citizens is a sacred responsibility. We owe it to the millions of people who depend on health and human services — and those who support them with their hard-earned tax dollars — to ensure that our programs are run efficiently, effectively and with the highest degree of transparency.

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Looking Ahead to the 84th Legislative Session

While it may be difficult to believe, preparations for the upcoming legislative session are already well underway.

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Committee Sets $7 Billion Floor For Rainy Day Fund

The Joint Select Committee to Determine a Sufficient Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund, co-chaired by Senator Nelson, today approved setting a $7 billion floor for the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund.

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Sunset Advisory Commission Approves HHSC Reorganization

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Nelson, today unanimously approved reorganizing Texas' health and human services agencies from five separate agencies into one in order to better coordinate programs and streamline administrative support.

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Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you many blessings throughout the year!

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

Updates from a busy week at the Capitol!

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Sunset Advisory Commission Discusses Recent Recommendations

The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, today began deliberations on Sunset staff recommendations for reforms to agencies undergoing Sunset reviews, including the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); Health and Human Services cross-agency issues; the Office of Inspector General (OIG); and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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Senator Nelson Pre-Files Legislation For 84th Session

Senator Jane Nelson filed 9 bills this morning on the first day to pre-file legislation for the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, which reconvenes from January 13, 2015 to June 1, 2015.

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Senate Finance Committee Discusses State Revenue System

Senator Nelson presided over a Senate Finance Committee hearing focusing on Texas' revenue and tax system.

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Early Voting Starts Today!

Early voting for the November gubernatorial election begins today.

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Senator Nelson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

TexProtects awarded Senator Nelson with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Annual 40th Birthday Party FAQ

Frequently asked question for Senator Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday Party

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Senator Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday Party HQ

Senator Nelson is turning 40 once again and she invites you to celebrate with her at the longest-running Annual 40th Birthday Party in Texas, taking place Thursday, October 8th!

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Senator Nelson's Accomplishments Against Domestic Violence

Major bills passed by Republican Senator Jane Nelson have strengthened penalties for repeat domestic offenders, provided more adequate protection for victims and those who assist them, and helped fund shelters.

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Senate Finance Committee Discusses Major Budget Drivers

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today presided over a Senate Finance Committee hearing focusing on the major drivers of the Texas Budget.

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Senator Nelson Appointed Co-Chair of Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Select Committee to Study the Balance of the Economic Stabilization Fund.

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#ALSIceBucketChallenge

Senator Nelson was nominated for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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Senator Nelson's Capitol Digest

It has been a busy week in the Texas Capitol!

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Advances Made To Improve Mental Health Services In Texas

Significant steps were taken this week to improve mental health services in Texas.

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