While one of our US Senators spent his time living in the past and fighting a bill that is already law, Senator Wendy Davis was out educating and receiving recognition for her work that improves the future landscape for Texans.
On Tuesday, Wendy Davis spoke to a group of health care providers and industry leaders on her bill that will address the enormous backlog of untested rape kits in Texas. In addition, Davis was placed on the “Legislative Honor Roll” by the Texas PTA for her work to strengthen public education.
The Dallas-Forth Worth Hospital Council hosted the event “Rape Kit Responsibility: The Impact of Senate Bill 1191.” As previously reported, the Texas Department of Public Safety will receive $11 million to address the almost 23,000 rape kits that are currently waiting to be tested across the state. The bill also requires nearly all hospitals with emergency room services have trained medical personnel available to properly collect DNA and other vital evidence from victims of sexual assault. Thanks to Davis' bill that became effective the beginning of this month, individuals who are sexually assaulted will avoid being forced to travel to other facilities hours away due to lack of trained medical staff. It will also allow investigators to work with nearby hospitals to make sure evidence is collected immediately after a crime is committed.
Read more below the jump“This is about identifying, tracking down, prosecuting and imprisoning sexual predators through smart law enforcement work,” Sen. Davis stated in a press release. “Assisting the effort to bring sexual predators to justice is just common sense.”
The DFWHC is a longstanding coalition: for 43 years, they've brought together health care providers and industry leaders throughout North Texas together on behalf of promoting patient safety, as well as cost effective, quality healthcare. Through this legislation and by bringing stakeholders together, Senator Davis has been able to improve the pathway to justice for victims of sexual assault. Senator Davis has been able to lead by clearing the confusion and mystery that has long troubled this process.
And today, another segment of Senator Davis' legislative accomplishments was celebrated. The Texas PTA, the largest child advocacy association in Texas, named Wendy Davis to their Legislative Honor Roll for the 83rd Session. The Texas PTA Legislative Action Committee appoints lawmakers who have shown strength as advocates for children's issues by supporting or creating legislation that benefits youth, and has remained committed to the Texas PTA's legislative agenda.
The Texas PTA recognized Senator Davis for her efforts to restore public education funding, and for helping divert these much-needed state funds from being spent on private school vouchers.
From Senator Davis' press release:
TEXAS PTA NAMES SENATOR WENDY DAVIS TO LEGISLATIVE
Child Advocacy Association Recognizes Wendy Davis for Her Commitment to Strengthening Texas Schools
FORT WORTH – Texas PTA, the largest child advocacy association in the state of Texas, today announced that it has named Senator Wendy Davis to its Legislative Honor Roll for the 83rd Session. The Texas PTA is honoring Senator Davis in
recognition of her outstanding work to strengthen and protect Texas public schools and, especially, her staunch opposition to private school vouchers which divert badly needed state funds away from neighborhood schools.
The Texas PTA Legislative Action Committee created the Legislative Honor Roll to recognize elected and appointed officials who are “strong advocates for children's issues, supporters of legislation or actions that benefit children and youth, and demonstrate a strong commitment to…Texas PTA's legislative agenda.”
Sen. Davis also fought to restore a large part of the $5.4 billion removed from our public schools in 2011. That year, Sen. Davis led the filibuster to protest the huge cut in school funding and to highlight the threat to Texas children and their families. Despite being removed from the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Davis passed several important pieces of legislation during the 83rd Session and
was influential in reducing the number of standardized tests. Among these were measures to audit the current testing contractor who holds a half-billion dollar state contract to ensure accountability, help students in foster care make successful transitions within our public schools and to provide active duty military families with school-age children more flexibility with school attendance requirements.
“Senator Davis is a trusted friend to Texas PTA and a courageous defender of Texas children and their families, said Karen Slay, President of Texas PTA. “We are fortunate to have such a passionate advocate for our children, their teachers and their parents. Texas PTA applauds her efforts on behalf of Texas families.”
“I am very proud and honored to be recognized by the Texas PTA,” said Sen. Davis. “Providing quality education for all Texas students is more than a
legislative duty, it is a moral responsibility. Congratulations to the outstanding members of the Texas PTA who work so hard to make sure that legislators know how their policies effect Texas students and families.”
Wendy Davis' hard work in the legislature has been far from ignored. As the effects of her pieces of legislation form now that they are enacted into law, the State Senator's achievements will only continue to be realized.