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

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON & REPRESENTATIVE KEFFER JOINT STATEMENT ON INFORMAL RESPONSE FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL

"The Attorney General met with both of us, and he answered questions we had regarding the executive order. It appears that RP-65 is, in effect, an advisory order and does not carry the weight of law. The Health and Human Services Commissioner is not required to follow the order. Additionally, a governor cannot, through executive order, direct an agency to do something it does not already have the authority to do."
- Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, & Representative Jim Keffer, R-Eastland

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