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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 1999
Contact: Dave Nelson
(512) 463-0112

TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE HONORS SENATOR NELSON FOR PASSING EIGHT BILLS TO REDUCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

AUSTIN -- The Texas Council on Family Violence has presented State Senator Jane Nelson, R Flower Mound, with an outstanding legislator award for her efforts to curb domestic violence through a package of eight bills that will soon become law.

"We greatly appreciate Senator Nelson's dedication to this critical issue," Bree Buchanan, public policy director for the Council, said. "Her legislative package will lead to important changes in the way our criminal justice system approaches such a complex problem in our society."

Senator Nelson's domestic violence package will strengthen penalties for repeat domestic offenders, provide more adequate protection for victims and help fund shelters.

"Domestic violence has reached epidemic proportions in Texas, largely because we have a system that caters to the abuser and places a cruel burden on victims. It's time to put the fear in the abusers for a change and allow victims the protection they need to rebuild their lives," Senator Nelson said.

Following are the Nelson-sponsored bills that will soon become law:

Senator Nelson represents Senate District 12, which includes parts of Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties. She chairs the Senate Health Services Committee.

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