Senator Bob Deuell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011
CONTACT: Thomas Flanders
(512) 463-0102

Summary of bills filed by Sen. Deuell

AUSTIN — As of Friday’s deadline, I have filed nearly 40 bills on a wide range of issues. From increasing public safety to removing burdensome regulations, and I believe each bill would improve lives across Texas and better prepare our state for the future. You can see a full list of the bills I have filed by visiting www.capitol.state.tx.us, and I have highlighted some of my highest priorities below.

Veterans Memorial Parkway

SB 922 will rename a segment of State Highway 243 in Van Zandt County as the Veterans Memorial Parkway. This simple step is the least we can do to honor the men and women who have risked their lives defending our freedoms.

Protecting children from harmful material

SB 757 closes a harmful loophole that allows parents to legally expose their minor children to pornography. Inspired by Crystal Buckner, a Dallas mom whose ex-husband forced their two young daughters to watch hardcore pornography, this bill will no longer allow parents to hide behind the law while exposing children to harmful material.

Reducing the risk of long-term brain damage in student athletes

SB 835 will prevent high school athletes with concussion symptoms from participating in sports until they have been cleared by certified medical professionals. Sports are second only to car accidents as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among 15 to 24-year olds, and the NFL has become an advocate for stronger concussion prevention and management measures. This bill was written with the help of the Texas State Athletics Trainers’ Association and I believe these additional precautions will reduce instances of long-term brain damage that result from repeat concussions.

Improving education for students with dyslexia

As chair of the Interim Committee on Dyslexia and Related Disorders, I listened to experts in various fields of dyslexia treatment testify on the importance of early detection and the need to improve the treatment of students with dyslexia. These two bills, SB 866 and SB 867, are the result of those hearings and will implement many of the committee’s recommendations, such as establishing of statewide guidelines for teaching students with dyslexia and requiring that all bachelor of education degree programs include instruction on learning disorders.

Improving medical care for firefighters and police officers

SB 1174 will ensure that firefighters and peace officers injured in the line of duty receive timely and sufficient medical benefits. These men and women selflessly lay their life on the line every day and I believe they deserve adequate compensation and access to quality medical care.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process or if you have a suggestion for a future Capitol Update, please contact the Capitol office at (512) 463-0102 or send mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.senate.state.tx.us and Sen. Deuell's e-mail address is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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