PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
March 23, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES NAMES SEN. VAN DE PUTTE A FRIEND OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT

(Austin) — The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) has named Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (District 26) a Friend of County Government for her work during the 82nd Legislative Session.

"The decision to honor Van de Putte was an easy one because of her leadership in the Senate and repeated stand against issues that would weaken local control," said the TAC in a press release. Sen. Van de Putte authored SB 100, which facilitates the voting process for military and overseas voters who often encounter problems and time delays with the standard vote-by-mail process.

By bringing the state into compliance with the Federal Military Overseas Empowerment Act (MOVE), the senator also had to accommodate changes to the local election calendar that adversely affected some county officials running for new office. Van de Putte offered a solution to the problem by authoring Proposition 10, a constitutional amendment that would extend the "resign-to-run" provision.

"We are grateful for your efforts to protect the voting rights of overseas military voters while remaining mindful of county officials," said TAC Legislative Director Paul Sugg.

"I'm honored by this award," said Sen. Van de Putte. "The different levels of government serve the people best when they work together, and I'm glad I could help the state and counties both find a way to treat our brave uniformed service members fairly."

TAC is a statewide non-profit organization that represents counties at the Capitol, conducts required continuing education for officials and provides other needed services for county government.

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