News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

February 16, 2009
CONTACT: Rachel Johnston at 512-463-0119

Senator Carlos Uresti Seeks Protection for Texas Families

AUSTIN, TX — State Senator Carlos Uresti filed SB 843 today to protect Texas families from anymore unnecessary harm. On Tuesday, February 11, Kristy Appleby was found shot twice at the parking lot of Bulverde Creek Animal Hospital. Ms. Appleby tried to obtain a protective order, but was denied.

SB 843 extends protective orders beyond just ex-partners but also for those in a dating relationship with ex-partners. Thus, those individuals dating the ex-partner will be able to receive a protective order if an individual from a former relationship intends to inflict physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault.

"SB 843 strives to prevent any further violence by closing the gaps in Protective Order laws. We cannot turn back the clock and bring Kristy back but we can ensure that no other family needlessly suffers when such incidents might be prevented with the proper tools for law enforcement. I promise I will work tirelessly with all my colleagues to bring this issue to the Governor's desk as soon as possible and let Kristy's legacy be one that protects others from this ever happening again," Senator Uresti said.

Texas families deserve better. SB 843 will provide additional security for all Texans. "This bill reaches out to families in their most vulnerable times," Uresti said. "I have been working to protect Texas families since I was elected to the legislature and will continue to fight to ensure our Texas families are the top priority in Austin."

Carlos Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19 representing over 750,000 residents throughout a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts and spans two time zones.