The Texas Senate approved eight bills authored by Senator Nelson. The following bills, which next move to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration, were approved:
Senator Nelson filed SB 73 in response to reports about the misuse of emergency leave policies at our state agencies. "Our employees are able to take time away from work in times of crisis, but there have been troubling reports about how leave policies are being used. This legislation will ensure that emergency leave is reserved for true emergencies," she said.
SB 74 streamlines credentialing for mental health providers in order to improve access to behavioral health services for individuals with acute mental health needs. "This legislation will go a long way to increase access to providers who specialize in treating children with acute mental health needs," Senator Nelson said.
SB 77 responds to a case in Flower Mound in which a woman brutally raped by her husband was unable to have her attacker's parental rights terminated because rape of the other parent is not grounds for termination under state law. SB 77 adds this offense to the list. "No parent should have to co-parent with their rapist, and I am proud of the Senate for passing this legislation unanimously to better protect victims of this horrible crime."
State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced $10 million in funds from the General Appropriations Act, SB 1,will be distributed to a local nonprofit, Ranch Hands Rescue, and dedicated to supporting survivors of human trafficking.Read More