Tag: Senator Jane Nelson

A counsellor holds up cards used to educate women about female genital mutilation (FGM) in Minia June 13, 2006.

Texas Expands Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

Texas took a stand against female genital mutilation (FGM) by shoring up its existing ban with a bill that intends to prosecute individuals who transport girls within or out of the state to undergo the procedure.

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Texas State Police Tapped to Help CPS Locate 2,800 Children

Members of the Texas Senate Finance Committee were incensed to hear on Wednesday that over 2,800 at-risk children have still not been seen by CPS after citizen reports of abuse or neglect. Senator John Wittmire immediately tapped the Texas Department of Public Safety to address this emergency. Of these 2,800 children, 511 are classified in the “priority one” category.

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Texas’ Medically ‘Fragile’ Kids Face Managed Care Crisis

Time may be running out in the fight to protect children in Texas considered medically fragile. Parents of the state’s most critically ill fear legislation that moves forward on November 1 will result in their children losing access to the specialists and medical treatments they need.

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Lawsuit Challenges Texas School District’s Tax Break Repeal

A lawsuit has been filed against another Texas school district for repealing the local option homestead exemption. The Texas Attorney General has intervened in the suit saying, “Local governments cannot be allowed to simply ignore laws that they do not like.”

This May 19, 2014 photo shows a a sign in front of the Veterans Affairs building in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER

Texas Picks Up VA’s Slack with $20M in Mental Health Grants for Vets

The State of Texas renewed its commitment to serve veterans where Washington has failed them with a new round of grant opportunities for entities offering mental health care. Another $20 million is available to local nonprofits and governments to address needs “that are currently not being met.”