From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2005
Contact: Bill Bragg - (512) 463-0124

Fraser Co-Authors Legislation to Help Military Families

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) Co-authored legislation aimed at protecting service men and women on active duty from possible penalties in their lease agreements.

"I would like to thank Senator Jane Nelson for introducing this important legislation. Men and women who are part of armed forces and are called up for duty should be able to restructure lease agreements they made before they were deployed," said Senator Fraser.

SB 1186 provides the right to vacate a lease without penalty to service members and their dependants in the event of a deployment or re-assignment. Written copies of the orders are required, along with 30 days written notice to landlords.

"When an individual is called up for active duty, they should have the flexibility to change their home base without penalty. Whether they want to move their belongings in with relatives or simply find less expensive housing, these people are putting their lives in jeopardy to defend our nation. We should help them take care of their affairs at home, and this legislation represents a simple way we can assist," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Fraser represents district 24 which includes Fort Hood in Bell County and Dyess Air Force base in Abilene.