Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

HOUSE PASSES SB 944 INCREASING PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT PROTECTIONS

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives today tentatively passed SB 944 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which requires that all non-licensed employees working in mental health units of hospitals undergo a criminal background check and bars individuals who have committed violent crimes from employment.

"Texans who enter psychiatric units in hospitals are in an extremely vulnerable state, and this bill will further ensure we live up to our responsibility to keep them safe," said Senator Nelson. "We must protect our patients from those with a history of violence or abuse."

After being finally approved on third reading by the House, the bill will go 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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