Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 16, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

HOUSE PASSES SB 152 EXPANDING PATIENT SAFETY AT STATE HOSPITALS

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 152 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, expands protections for patients at state hospitals by increasing oversight, enhancing employee training and strengthening abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

"After hearing of preventable tragedies at state hospitals during the interim, the Legislature has responded quickly to solve these issues," said Senator Nelson. "Individuals in our state hospitals are one of the most vulnerable populations we serve, and we must ensure they are treated with the highest level of care."

The bill now goes to the governor's desk for his signature.

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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