P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2003
AUSTIN - Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, today filed two pieces of legislation -- a bill that allows servicemen and women to defer their property tax payments while on active duty and a proposal to protect couples applying for a marriage license from identity fraud.
Senate Bill 173 builds on a law that extended to individuals serving in Desert Storm a grace period for which to pay their property tax bills without penalty. "We pray that this will not be necessary, but if Texans are sent to fight for our country then I do not want them worrying about mailing in their tax payments on time. Their focus should be on the job at hand and about coming home safely to their families," Senator Nelson said.
Senate Bill 174 allows couples to make confidential individually identifiable information on the applications for a Texas marriage license, such as Social Security Numbers, date of birth and other sensitive data. "Identity theft is on the rise, and you would be amazed at how much of our personal information is on record with the government for anyone to access, including the information on a marriage license application. If the wrong person gets a hold of your name, address and social security number, you could be seriously harmed, financially or otherwise. We need safeguards," Senator Nelson said.
The Legislature will reconvene for its 78th regular session on Tuesday. The deadline for filing bills is March 14 with the legislative session ending on June 2nd. Each bill must receive approval by a Senate Committee, the full Senate, a House Committee, and the full House before being sent to the Governor's Office for his signature.