Frisco Senator Jane Nelson’s Capitol Digest

Senator Jane Nelson serves SD 12 in Denton County including Frisco. In order to keep the citizens of Frisco informed we publish the information from Representatives and Senators in it’s entirety. It should not be viewed as an endorsement. We do our best to leave it in the format of their newsletter.

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Senator Nelson’s Legislation Update
Several of Senator Nelson’s bills continued moving through the Texas House of Representatives this week, including her tax relief legislation, which received a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee. Her SB 18, which would improve graduate medical education in Texas, was approved by the House Higher Education Committee, and her SB 20 to increase oversight of state contracting practices was approved by the House State Affairs Committee. Senator Nelson also passed a bill unanimously out of the Senate this Thursday — SB 202, the Sunset legislation for the Department of State Health Services, which would help the agency to better focus on its core mission of public health.
Leadership Flower Mound
Senator Nelson welcomed Leadership Flower Mound to the Capitol this week and recognized them in the Texas Senate. “Leadership Flower Mound is a program of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, which provides training in leadership, opportunities for networking, and encourages individuals to get more involved with our community,” said Senator Nelson. “It is a pleasure to have them here with us today and to see them actively engaged in our state government.” To see a photo from the visit, please visit Senator Nelson’s Facebook page.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Senator Nelson supports the efforts of the Texas Legislature to increase awareness for mental health issues and the availability of mental health programs in Texas. “Our Senate budget includes $2.8 billion in general revenue across state government for mental health programs, including an increase of $20 million to create a new grant program to help veterans struggling with post traumatic stress,” said Senator Nelson. “I am proud of the work we are doing in Texas to support mental health programs.
Countdown to Sine Die
Last night was the deadline for the Texas House of Representatives to bring House bills to the floor for their second reading. Over 200 bills that had not been heard by the midnight deadline to end debate were effectively “killed” for the remainder of session. In total, the House passed 1,072 House bills this session. Senate bills can continue to be discussed in the House, and the Senate can continue to discuss both Senate and House bills until the next deadline on May 27th. So far, the Senate has passed 691 Senate bills.

 

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