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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
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Austin, Texas 78711
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2017
Contact: Dave Nelson
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SPECIAL SESSION ENDS WITH BIG WIN FOR EDUCATION

AUSTIN – The Texas Legislature has adjourned sine die after a 30-day special session with several bills signed into law or making their way to desk of the governor, who has 10 days to veto or sign them into law.

"It was a tough special session, but we took advantage of the extra time to pass reforms that will make a positive difference in the lives of all Texans," said Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. "As a former teacher, I am especially proud that both chambers came together on a plan to help our retired teachers, send additional resources to schools and establish a commission to study a much-needed overhaul of our school finance system."

Among the bills sent to the governor was HB 30, sponsored by Senator Nelson, which provides an additional appropriation of $563 million for education. Specifically, HB 30 provides:

  • $150 million in hardship grants to help ASATR districts;
  • $60 million for the existing debt allotment;
  • $60 million to support charter school facilities;
  • $41 million for the small district adjustment;
  • $40 million in grants to help students with dyslexia and autism; and
  • $212 million to assist retired teachers with the cost of their health care.

Senator Nelson also joint authored SB 17, which continues the Maternal Mortality Task Force and directs the Health and Human Services Commission to reduce maternal mortality. "This trend is unacceptable, and we need to take decisive action to protect expectant mothers and ensure safe pregnancies," Senator Nelson said.

Senator Nelson voted against one of the bills heading to the governor's desk -- HB 7, which limits the ability of municipalities to protect trees. "I heard from my constituents loudly and clearly that they want to keep their local tree ordinances," she said.

Following is a list of all the bills sent to the governor during this special session:

  • SB 5, which protects mail-ballot voting integrity;
  • SB 6, which prohibits forced annexation by municipalities over 500,000 in population, requiring voter approval;
  • SB 11, which requires written consent prior to changing a do-not-resuscitate order;
  • SB 17, which continues and expands the duties of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force;
  • SB 20, which extends the life of several regulatory boards such as the Texas Medical Board;
  • SB 60, which continues funding for state boards extended in SB 20;
  • HB 7, which limits local tree mitigation fees;
  • HB 13, which requires health care facilities and physicians to report certain abortion complications to the Health and Human Services Commission;
  • HB 21, which creates the Texas Commission on public School Finance and reduces health insurance premiums for retirees in the Teacher Retirements System;
  • HB 30 by Senator Nelson, which provides the appropriation for HB 21;
  • HB 214, which prohibits insurance plans from offering elective abortion coverage; and
  • HB 215, which requires physicians to report certain information related to abortions for minors.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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