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

Legislation Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence Approved

AUSTIN —The Senate Jurisprudence Committee today unanimously approved two bills by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to increase protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills include:

SB 129 - Protective Order Filing Location: SB 129 allows domestic violence victims to file protective orders in the county where the offense occurred. Currently, protective orders can only be filed in the county in which the victim resides or the county in which the alleged offender resides.

SB 130 - Prosecutor Conflict Clarification: SB 130 permits a prosecutor to represent a victim of domestic violence and file protective orders without conflict when the prosecutor has or is currently representing the Department of Family and Protective Services in a matter involving the victim, eliminating an unnecessary burden for many victims seeking protection.

"These bills will make it easier for victims of domestic violence to obtain protective orders needed to keep them safe," said Senator Nelson. "The pathway for these victims to ensure their safety should be simple and clear."

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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