Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2000
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

NELSON FILES MEDICAL PRIVACY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BILLS ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRE-FILING

AUSTIN -- State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today pre-filed 24 bills for the upcoming legislative session, including legislation to give patients control over who has access to their medical records; a package of five bills to curb family violence in Texas; a proposed ban on human cloning; and the Senate companions to a proposed expansion of the open container law.

At a Capitol news conference this morning, she unveiled the Medical Privacy Act of 2001 (SB 11). This legislation will ensure that our medical records, including our prescription drug records, are not released without a patient's express permission. The press conference can be viewed via the Internet at www.senate.state.tx.us by clicking on the live audio/video feature.

"Our Senate Health Committee spent the past year investigating the flow of our medical information, as well as studying our patchwork of laws to address privacy. The gaps in the law are numerous, so numerous in fact that if your doctor writes you a prescription, there is no guarantee that your employer won't find out about it. How would you like your boss to know that you are taking anti-depressants?," Senator Nelson, who chairs the Health Committee, said.

Senator Nelson's other pre-filed legislation includes:

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes parts of Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties.

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