NEWS RELEASE from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

August 31, 2011
Contact: Will Krueger
(512) 463-0121

Senator Zaffirini Announces New Laws Effective Sept. 1

(AUSTIN) — Thirty-three new laws, including 10 Senate Bills (SB) authored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and 23 House Bills (HB) that she sponsored during the 2011 legislative session will become effective on Sept. 1.

The laws taking effect this week reflect Senator Zaffirini's legislative priorities, which include improving public education, higher education and health and human services. She is Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee; Co-Chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency; and a member of the Legislative Budget Board and of the Senate Finance, Health and Human Services, Economic Development, Redistricting and Administration committees.

Her legislation includes reducing fraud in the customs broker system (SB 776), improving services for students with visual impairments (SB 54) and protecting victims of stalking (SB 250, HB 1721).

"Despite the budgetary challenges that dominated the legislature, we persevered in passing legislation that benefits all Texans, including bills to help families afford college, ensure quality childcare choices and enhance critical services for persons with disabilities," Senator Zaffirini said. "What's more, I am grateful to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and my colleagues in the Senate and in the House of Representatives for their support of policies that move Texas forward."

Senator Zaffirini has sponsored and passed 725 bills and 52 substantive resolutions and co-sponsored and passed another 384 bills. Her legendary work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent perfect attendance in the Texas Senate since 1987, except for breaking quorum deliberately to prevent an untimely re-redistricting that the U.S. Supreme Court (2006) ruled violated the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchised voters in SD 21. Continuing her career-long 100 percent voting record, she cast her 47,584th consecutive vote in 2011.

Of the 79 bills that Senator Zaffirini passed in 2011, the 33 that will become effective on Sept. 1 are summarized below:

Information about these and other new laws is available via or the Texas Legislative Reference Library, 512/463-1252.

Senator Zaffirini
SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI casts each vote in the Texas Senate by balancing the needs of Senate District 21 families with those of our great state. Her legendary work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent voting record, having cast 47,584 consecutive votes in the Senate since 1987.