FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/12/2013
REP. TAN PARKER FILES FIRST ROUND OF HIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
Flower Mound Lawmaker files measures on economic development, child safety and more
(Flower Mound, Texas) Today State Representative Tan Parker filed nine measures in the Texas House of Representatives as the start of his bill package for the 83rd Legislative Session. State lawmakers have until March 8 to file all legislation to be considered this session. Many of Rep. Parker's newly announced bills pertain to child safety and well-being initiatives in Texas, a subject he has enjoyed wide success with as the state's creator of Jenna's Law.
Filed by Parker, House Bill 1205 would enhance the penalties facing a licensed professional, such as a teacher or nurse, who deliberately fails to report known or suspected acts of child abuse with the explicit intent of concealing the crime. House Bill 1206 would give local law enforcement the ability to actively investigate certain missing child cases that they currently cannot act upon, specifically when a child is suspected of being kidnapped by a parent or guardian. Parker also filed measures to get homeless students better access to information on local assistance programs available to them, to designate an Influenza Awareness Day in Texas and to move foster children more quickly through the adoption process and into a permanent home.
"Protecting our children should be at the forefront of every legislative session and it will remain so as long as I am in the Texas House of Representatives," Parker stated. "I am very excited for this start to my bill package and for the additional measures that will follow shortly."
Parker also filed bills pertaining to moving the state's sales tax holiday weekend to a more accommodating date for families, and measures meant to remove financial penalties that act as obstacles to developing land previously designated for agricultural use. In addition to these measures, Parker expects to file additional bills in the coming days pertaining to strengthening manufacturing in Texas through greater workforce development, creating a state managed infrastructure investment fund to build more roads and additional legislation to assist homeless children in Texas.
Initially elected on November 7th of 2006, Representative Parker represents both rural and urban parts of Denton County which encompasses the cities of Flower Mound, Argyle, Lantana, Dish, Ponder, Justin, Northlake, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville, Trophy Club, Roanoke and portions of Lewisville, Fort Worth, Highland Village, Westlake and Southlake.
Serving in his 4th term in the Texas Legislature, Representative Parker is focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation, strengthening border security and immigration policy, promoting fiscally responsible government spending, providing a strong public education system, enhancing public safety and protecting family values. Representative Parker is the current Chairman of the Corrections Committee. He also serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Criminal Procedure Committee.