Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

April 26, 1999
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112


AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate today approved a bill from State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that places domestic violence assaults that result in serious bodily injury on the list of 3g offenses, which are considered the most serious crimes under Texas law.

This designation - which also includes crimes such as murder, rape and indecency with a child - means that anyone convicted of an assault that causes serious injury will not be eligible for parole until they have served at least half of their prison sentence. SB 22 is the sixth Nelson bill targeting domestic violence that has passed the Senate this session.

"Coming into this session, I told myself that for the epidemic of domestic violence to be taken seriously, the Legislature had to make the symbolic decision to place it on the list of crimes we consider the most heinous," Senator Nelson said. "The Senate's decision today tells me that this issue has officially arrived."

Currently, aggravated assault is on the 3g list, but it only kicks in if the perpetrator brandishes a deadly weapon, which means that severe beatings carry lighter sentences than crimes involving weapons that result in no injuries.

Following are the other bills in Senator Nelson's domestic violence package that have passed the Senate, along with information about where they stand in the House: