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

January 18, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

NEW SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS ANNOUNCED

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, received three re-appointments and one new assignment under new committee assignments announced today. She retains her position as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and as a long-standing member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Nominations Committee. She was newly appointed to the Senate Committee on Open Government.

"These committee assignments will help me effectively represent the concerns and priorities of my district," Senator Nelson said. "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will work to ensure a transparent, honest budget process that protects the Texas economy, which has outperformed the rest of the nation and will help us meet our responsibilities for education, transportation and other priorities. I will also focus heavily on health and human services, especially adequate funding for mental health, access to primary care, services for crime victims and our efforts to fight cancer."

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced that Senator Nelson will retain her position as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. She is the longest-serving chairman of the committee in the history of the Texas Senate and has received numerous state and national awards for her achievements as chairman.

The Senate Nominations Committee is responsible for vetting gubernatorial appointees to state boards and commissions. "The Senate's special role in confirming appointments is one I take seriously, and I am honored to serve on this committee once again," she said.

The Senate Open Government Committee oversees government transparency, accountability and information security. "Texans deserve an open, transparent state government, and I look forward to working toward that goal this session," Senator Nelson said.

During the interim period, Senator Nelson also served as chair of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Alzheimer's Disease and on the Joint Committee to Study School Finance. Those committees have concluded their work. The Medicaid Reform Waiver Legislative Oversight Committee, created by the Legislature via Senator Nelson's SB 7 in the 2011 special session, continues with Senator Nelson as the chair.

The 83rd Texas Legislature's regular session reconvened on January 8, 2013 for 140 days in accordance with the state Constitution and will adjourn sine die on May 27, 2013. To follow the Senate online, visit www.senate.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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