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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2001
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON FILES GOVERNMENT PRIVACY BILLS

AUSTIN - Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today filed two pieces of legislation that aim to increase sensitivity in the handling of forms and other information Texas citizens provide government agencies. Senate Bills 866 and 867 are expected to be heard next Tuesday, March 6, before the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce.

"We need to clean up our own house in terms of respecting the privacy of citizens, especially as more and more information between government and citizens is being shared over the Internet," Senator Nelson, who has been leading the fight to restore medical privacy in Texas, said. "Careless storage, lax Internet security or improper release of information could lead to the embarrassment or harm of individuals."

Senate Bill 866:

Senate Bill 867 directs the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House to establish a joint interim task force to study the issue of privacy and calls for both legislators and a cross-section of citizens to serve on this task force.

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

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