Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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May 6, 2013

Senator Nichols: My five cents

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AUSTIN — Service dogs for PTSD

On Tuesday the House passed a bill dealing with service dogs for those with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), seizures and other illnesses. HB 489 en-sures that the service dogs who serve these people are allowed into public places such as restaurants and grocery stores.

Many of us are used to seeing the blind with their service animals in these types of establishments, but individuals who suffer from illnesses such as PTSD have so far not been protected.

With the growing number of veterans who suffer from this disorder, it is especially imperative that we protect their right to go about their daily lives with their service animals to aid them.

Guns in cars on campus

This week the Senate approved a measure to give college students with concealed handgun licenses the ability to have a gun in their vehicle on campus. SB 1907 by Senator Glenn Hegar is similar to a bill he passed last session giving faculty and staff the same right.

Since the enactment of the state concealed weapons law in 1995, Texans have been able to leave their guns in parking lots of other places that ban wea-pons such as churches, bars and government meetings. Many people, especially in rural areas, want to have personal protection when they travel. They lose that protection if prohibited by where they park.

Flipper

"They call him Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning…" Many of you are probably familiar with the popular television show "Flipper" from the 1960s. However, the legislature recently addressed a problem the state has with a very different type of "flipper."

SB 1757 would ban license plate flippers, which allow drivers to quickly flip from one plate to another, presumably to prevent a vehicle from being identified. The bill passed the Senate unanimously, and it is our hope that it will help to curb various types of illegal activity,  ultimately making our state a safer place.

 

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