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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2013
AUSTIN —The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 743 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to better protect victims of domestic violence and other Texans from individuals who continually violate protective orders.
"Repeated violations of a protective order indicate a heightened risk of danger. By giving our prosecutors another tool to deter individuals who commit these crimes, we can better protect victims of abuse," said Senator Nelson. "This legislation will save lives, and I am proud to see it on its way to the governor's desk."
SB 743 creates a 3rd degree felony for offenders who violate a protective order two or more times within a 12-month period while the first violation is still pending in court. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.