House Representative

Price, Four

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/19/2013

State Representative Four Price's Public Safety Bills Pass in Texas House

Austin, TX --- The Texas House of Representatives this week passed three bills by State Representative Four Price, strengthening the state's ability to protect vulnerable Texans and hold accountable the predators who abuse them.

House Bill 220 passed the House on Friday with a strong bipartisan vote of 138-0. The bill gives judges the discretion to stack the sentences of first degree felony offenders who are convicted of multiple counts of abuse against a child, an elderly or a disabled person. Under current law, such offenders serve concurrent rather than consecutive sentences for multiple crimes committed during a single criminal episode.

"I remain committed to passing laws that protect the people both in my district and across Texas," Price said. "House Bill 220 strengthens the action the state may take against offenders who prey on children, elderly and disabled Texans, and it increases the odds that such violent criminals will be kept off our streets," Price said.

On Thursday, the House unanimously passed Price's House Bills 729 and 2683. House Bill 729 enables healthcare facilities to better obtain criminal history information on those who administer care and have direct access to patients and residents. House Bill 2683 increases the safety and well-being of disabled Texans receiving attendant care.

“I am proud of these bills and of the Texas House for passing these measures which better protect Texans," Representative Price said.

House Bills 220, 729 and 2683 will now head to the Senate for consideration.

Contact: Jacquelyn Greenwood