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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

Legislation to Prevent Identity Theft Passes Texas Senate

AUSTIN --The Texas Senate today approved SB 611 filed by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, to prevent identity theft by prohibiting the printing of social security numbers on identification cards or other items used by businesses to identify customers. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.

"As we discovered recently with the theft of Social Security numbers from the UT database, it is already too easy for identity thieves to access this information without printing it on a card. Take a look in your wallet, and you may find that your Social Security number is being used on your health insurance card. This is an invasion of privacy that unnecessarily opens up Texans to potentially devastating financial harm," Senator Nelson said. "Social Security numbers were never supposed to become national identification numbers, and they should not be used to identify consumers."

SB 611 prevents health insurers or any other entity that uses an identification card from printing the consumer's Social Security number on the card and subjects violators to a fine up to $500. If approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the new law will take effect January 1, 2005.

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, which includes the growing suburban communities of Denton and Tarrant counties and parts of the city of Fort Worth.

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