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

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 30, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

WINDING DOWN THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SEASON

AUSTIN — As the 2nd Called Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature comes to a close, Capitol observers continue to review the actions of our lawmakers, including the legislative accomplishments of Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

"It's hard to believe that only two months have passed since we ended what -- at the time -- was being referred to as the 'kumbaya' session," Senator Nelson said. "It's important that, as the dust settles on the second special session, we take a look back at what we were able to accomplish for the people of Texas. We passed a responsible budget that prioritizes education and invests in women's health, mental health and protections for neglected and abused children. We continued the policies of fiscal discipline that have made the Texas economy the envy of the nation and will keep growing jobs and opportunities for the people of our state."

By the numbers, Senator Nelson authored 40 bills that were passed into law by the Legislature, and she served as the Senate sponsor on 30 successful bills authored by House members. She served on 19 conference committees, including for SB 1, the appropriations bill. Senator Nelson chaired the Article II workgroup, which increased the women's health budget by $100 million and made significant new investments in mental health and Child Protective Services.

Senator Nelson has received several awards and accolades for her work during the 2013 session including from the Women's Health Coalition, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Texas CASA, Alliance for Life and the Texas Licensed Child Care Association. She also received a Top 10 Power Ranking from Capitol Inside, which noted, "State Senator Jane Nelson has become one of the world's most accomplished jugglers as a conservative Republican who's been responsible for the well-being of poor adults and children as the chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee for the past 10 years.".

The highest ranking Republican in the Senate, Senator Nelson is the longest-serving chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in Texas history and serves on the Finance Committee; the Nominations Committee; and the Committee on Open Government. Following are some of the bills by Senator Nelson that were approved by the Legislature this session:

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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