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

April 04, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SB 743 BY SENATOR NELSON APPROVED BY COMMITTEE

AUSTIN —The Senate Criminal Justice Committee today unanimously approved SB 743 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to better protect victims of domestic violence and other Texans from individuals who continually violate protective orders.

"Repeated protective order violations indicate a heightened danger to the victim," said Senator Nelson. "This bill give our prosecutors the tools they need to protect and potentially save the lives of abuse victims."

SB 743 creates a new offense for continuous violations of a protective order, allowing that offenders can be prosecuted for a 3rd degree felony for two or more violations within a 12-month period while the first violation is still pending in court. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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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