P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2005
AUSTIN -- The Texas Legislature has approved SB 1186 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, protecting military families from penalties associated with breaking their lease agreements when called up to active duty. The protection will also apply to victims of domestic violence who need to move after a court finding of abuse.
"Our military makes so many sacrifices for us, and I am pleased that we can make things just a little bit easier on their families. When they are called up for active duty, we should help them take care of their affairs at home," Senator Nelson said. "I am also pleased that we were able to amend this legislation to afford the same protection for domestic violence victims who may need to move in order to escape from their abuser and break the cycle of violence."
The bill was approved by the Senate in March and passed the Texas House today. It now goes to the governor's desk. Another bill by Senator Nelson, SB 56, was sent to the governor today. It requires that notice be given to prosecutors when a bail reduction is being considered involving a violent offender. Senator Nelson filed similar legislation in 2001 in response to the bail reduction of University Park resident Timothy Richardson, who was later convicted of capitol murder of his wife, Mary Richardson.
"SB 56 is my renewed attempt to make potentially life-saving information about bail reductions available to victims of violent crime and their families," Senator Nelson said. "Mary Richardson's family worked hard on this legislation two sessions ago, and I am pleased we have finally passed this bill."