Texas Senate Passes CPRIT Reform Bill

The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved SB 149 authored by Senator Nelson to strengthen oversight at the  Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. "The provisions in SB 149 will make absolutely certain that the lapses in judgment that have occurred at this institute will never happen again. It establishes an iron-clad system of checks and balances that will make it impossible for the institute to operate without 100% transparency and accountability," said Senator Nelson. "Most importantly, it will allow us to move forward with our 10-year commitment to finding cures and treatments for this terrible disease."

Legislation Protecting State Hospital Patients Passes Senate

The Texas Senate voted unanimously on Monday to pass SB 152 authored by Senator Nelson. The bill expands protections for patients at state hospitals by increasing oversight, enhancing employee training and strengthening abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

"This legislation responds to preventable tragedies at our state hospitals, and the Texas Senate spoke strongly today in support of our patients," said Senator Nelson. "Individuals arrive to our state hospitals in their most vulnerable states, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are treated with the highest level of care.

Senate Passes SB 423 By Senator Nelson

On Thursday, the Texas Senate unanimously passed SB 423 by Senator Nelson to authorize Child Protective Services to create  an alternative response system for low-risk cases in which there is no immediate danger to the child. "This bill creates a less adversarial track of remediation for parents in the system while still ensuring that children are protected," said Senator Nelson. "This type of approach focuses on positive intervention and keeping families together where possible, and can also help to lower turnover among caseworkers." The Senate also unanimously passed SB 946 to allow victims of stalking and other domestic violence crimes to terminate their lease agreements under certain circumstances and SB 948 to expand the authority of the Denton County Transportation Authority and improve public transportation.

Senate Committees Approve Legislation by Senator Nelson

The Senate Committee on Higher Education unanimously approved SB 143 by Senator Nelson on Wednesday. The bill would enhance the physician workforce in Texas and expand access to primary care. "As our population continues to grow – and more Texans come into the health care system – we have to address the critical shortages in our health care workforce," said Senator Nelson. "In order for our citizens to have access to care, we must ensure there is an adequate network of properly trained physicians available to treat them."

The Senate Criminal

Justice Committee also unanimously approved on Thursday SB 743 by Senator Nelson to better protect victims of domestic violence and other Texans from individuals who continually violate protective orders. Both bills will now be considered by the full Senate.


This week, Senator Nelson passed multiple bills on the Senate floor and also met Ricky Phillips, the bassist for the band the Styx. To see photos from this week, and also from last week's Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor's mansion, please visit Senator Nelson's Facebook page

April 2013 Newsletter

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Commissioner Gary Fickes' NE Newsletter April 2013

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