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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2013
AUSTIN —The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 423 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to authorize Child Protective Services to create an alternative response system for low-risk cases in which there is no immediate danger to the child.
"This bill creates a less adversarial track of remediation for parents in the system while still ensuring that children are protected," said Senator Nelson. "This type of approach focuses on positive intervention and keeping families together where possible, and can also help to lower turnover among caseworkers."
The bill, which was a Senate Health and Human Services Committee interim report recommendation, now moves to the House of Representatives.
The Senate also unanimously approved on the local and uncontested calendar:
SB 946 - Lease Termination: SB 946 allows victims of stalking and other domestic violence crimes to terminate their lease agreements under certain circumstances. "This bill makes it easier for victims to escape dangerous situations," said Senator Nelson. "No one should have to choose between their safety and the financial impact of breaking a lease agreement."
SB 948 - Enhancing Public Transportation: SB 948 expands the authority of the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) by increasing representation on the DCTA board of directors, clarifying contracting issues, and authorizing the DCTA to join a Local Government Corporation. "This bill will help to improve public transportation in the Metroplex," said Senator Nelson. "In our rapidly growing community, we need to ensure the Denton County Transportation Authority has the tools and authority necessary to expand services and meet the needs of Denton County."