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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(972) 724-0066

PATIENT SAFETY BILL PASSES SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

AUSTIN -- Legislation designed to improve patient safety was approved today by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and is on the way to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. SB 104 was filed by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, as a companion to SB 12, the Medical Liability Insurance Reform Act. Following are some of the provisions in SB 104:

"Common sense tells that individuals with drug problems should not be in the operating room. Common sense tells us that a person charged with sexual crimes should not be caring for children. We need to give the Board the authority it needs to step in when patients are at risk," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, which includes the growing suburban communities of Denton and Tarrant counties and parts of the city of Fort Worth. Her email address is jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us

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