Media Advisory
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2007
Contact: Tiffany Champion
(512) 463-0126

Senator Frank Madla Act Approved in the Senate

(AUSTIN, TX) -- Today, April 26, the Senate passed Senate Bill 338 authored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and co-authored by Senators Averitt, Gallegos, Harris, Hinojosa, Janek, Lucio, Uresti, West and Zaffirini. Representative Rob Eissler has filed the companion bill, House Bill 861.

The bill, which is named in honor of Senator Madla at the request of Helen Madla, would require each one-family or two-family dwelling that begins construction on or after January 1, 2008 to be equipped with a smoke detector. It also would require each one-family or two-family dwelling, where there is a transfer of ownership to be equipped with a smoke detector. The bill also requires the Texas Department of Insurance to provide fire safety information to the consumers, including the availability of carbon monoxide detectors.

"The time is ripe to do more to ensure the safety of our residents," said Senator Leticia Van de Putte. "Senator Madla's legacy lives on, as we seek to further protect Texas families in his name."

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