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

September 10, 2012
Contact: Addie Smith, (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON TO ADDRESS CHILD ID THEFT

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today announced her intention to file legislation giving parents a new tool to protect their children from identify theft.

"A staggering number of Texas children have fallen victim to illegal child identity theft, putting them at risk for credit problems before they ever reach adulthood," said Senator Nelson. "By giving parents the ability to freeze their children's credit, we can protect young Texans from identify theft and teach them about the importance of establishing good credit."

During the 2013 legislative session, Senator Nelson will file a measure modeled after a new law passed in Maryland. The measure will seek to:

Her legislation comes in response to a surge of child identity theft and credit abuse cases across the country. In the past three years, 57,000 cases have been reported to the Federal Trade Commission. A recent Carnegie Mellon University study found that credit records of more than one in ten children show signs of identity theft. This crime has the potential to impact a child's ability to acquire student or home loans, purchase a mobile phone plan, or find employment.

The Texas Legislature will convene for its next session on January 8, 2013. To follow legislative progress, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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