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Honest Numbers? Nelson Spins Texas Health Care
Senator claims significant progress in women's health
News Story  February 28, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...20, of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee on the state of women's health care in Texas, chair and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said it was her intention to use the time to "set the record straight."..."

Senator Open to Compromise on Drug Testing Bill
Targeting drugs tests for some welfare recipients
DAILY News  March 26, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...A budding compromise promises, for now at least, to temper the scope and punitive nature of Senate Bill 11, Flower Mound Republican Sen. Jane Nelson's bid to ferret out and ban drug abusers from obtaining welfare benefits...."

Will Senate Restore Women's Health Care Funding?
State senator proposes biennial bump in funding
DAILY News  February 25, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Last week, in a move that has encouraged women’s health advocates, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, expressed “strong support” for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women’s health services – including access to birth control for low-income women...."

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Ruby Jane's no longer the innocent
Music Story  June 29, 2012, by Adam Schragin
"...Ray Benson plucked her to perform in his musical retrospective of Bob Wills, A Ride With Bob. Through Benson she met Willie Nelson...."

Bashing Gays and Children
In a bill on child protection, the House votes to do its worst
News Column  April 29, 2005, by Amy Smith
"...That the majority of the House would buy into this clown's amendment really irked SB 6's author, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville..."

Lege Lines: Tough Balance
The Lege's budget standoff stumbles forward
News Story  April 27, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...However, by moving the payment date forward from one fiscal year to the next, Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, frees $2.5 billion to cover this year's general spending bills..."

Balancing the Books After Years of Neglecting Schools
The Texas Legislature wants to fix school finance, but how?
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Underlying everything is the core budget, and there's some bad news in Senate Bill 1, the upper chamber's drafted proposal. When senators unanimously approved it on March 28, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, claimed it would add $4.6 billion into school finance, including $2.6 billion for enrollment growth..."

When the Truth Doesn't Match Your Narrative
Fallout continues from a study showing negative effects of cutting Planned Parenthood from the Women's Health Program
News Story  March 17, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...12, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, an advocate and architect of Planned Parent­hood's removal from preventative state health programs, slammed the study and called its accuracy into question..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  September 23, 2005
"...– M.K. Beyond City Limits• State lawmakers angling to legalize slot machines in Texas won't be pulling any fast ones on gambling foes like Sen. Jane Nelson..."

Lege Notes
Odds and ends (mostly odds) from the 79th
News Column  May 20, 2005
"...Talton, in a letter to Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, defended his amendment that would ban gay foster parents as part of a massive overhaul of Child Protective Services..."

Capitol Chronicle
The New Governor opens his campaign for re-election.
News Column  February 2, 2001, by Michael King
"...Chris Harris, R-Arlington, was treated to the traditional ritual of extravagantly enthusiastic (and half-comic) seconding speeches from his colleagues: He was compared to Mel Gibson (in The Patriot), Russell Crowe (in Gladiator), Ferdinand the Bull (the Disney cartoon), Sandra Bullock (in Miss Congeniality), and Pancho Villa, with sidelong nods to Machiavelli's The Prince and Attila the Hun (as in The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun). Strangest toast of the day was from Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who said, "Being a former English teacher, I thought about comparing Senator Harris to some great literary figure: Jason in Homer's Odyssey comes to mind because he was a real tough guy." He may have been a real tough guy, but Jason (of Apollonius of Rhodes' Argonautica, aka Jason and the Argonauts) never set sandal in The Odyssey..."

UPDATED: Senate Passes House Bill 2
Rejected amendments, dramatic speeches, and finally a vote
DAILY News  July 12, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...In support of the measure, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee that heard hours of testimony on the bill, said that as a mother, she considers herself "an expert in the unborn child." In "my expert opinion," she said, "an unborn, five-month child does feel pain." And that child, she said, "has the right to live," necessitating the 20-week ban...."

Will Senate Restore Women's Health Care Funds?
Ranking Senate Republican favors more funding for women's health
News Story  March 1, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Jane Nel­son, R-Flower Mound, ranking Senate Repub­lic­an and chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, expressed "strong support" for adding an additional $100 million over the biennium into the base budget to provide women's health services – including access to birth control for low-income women. "It's time for us to unite behind solutions we can all agree are in the best interest of keeping Texas women healthy," Nelson said in a statement supporting the early Senate budget discussions on health care funding...."

Point Austin: We Want Your Urine
Rick Perry's latest bright idea is pissing on Texas
News Column  November 23, 2012, by Michael King
"...Yet, there they were last week grandstanding a pre-filed bill (Senate Bill 11) by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, that would mandate drug testing for "welfare" recipients (i.e., those who receive Texas' piddling Temporary Assist­ance for Needy Fam­ilies), as well as a bill not yet filed by Sen..."

Budget Busters or Busted Budget
Conference committee to close $11 billion gap
DAILY News  May 9, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...John Zerwas, R-Richmond, and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, were part of the big session-opening launch of the Child Protection Roundtable..."

On the Lege
The Cervical Wars Part I: Perry, HPV, and the Politics of Cancer
News Column  February 9, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...That plan has enough bipartisan support to wend its way through the legislative process without an executive order. Five lawmakers will carry the bill – Republicans Jane Nelson, Florence Shapiro, and Democrat Kirk Watson in the Senate and Republican Jim Keffer and Democrat Patrick Rose in the House..."

Call Him Unimpeachable?
The governor's gamble on casinos may yet come up snake-eyes
News Column  July 9, 2004, by Michael King
"...As was first revealed by Republican Sen. Jane Nelson of Lewisville in the blowup over "slots for tots," last December the Lottery Commission paid $250,000 to a Las Vegas law firm to draft special interest legislation that would have legalized slot machines at a half-dozen venues across the state..."

Cameos from Steven Wright, Willie Nelson, Tommy Chong, and Janeane Garofalo help stoke this addled comic premise about selling pot to raise a buddy's bail.
Film Review  January 23, 1998, by Russell Smith
"...I did laugh out loud at a brief set-piece in which Chappelle professorially categorizes classical marijuana-smoker types. These species, amusingly portrayed in cameos by Snoop Doggy Dogg, Willie Nelson, Janeane Garofalo, and others, include I Need It to Be Creative, the Scavenger Smoker, the Pot Historian, and the Enhancement Smoker (“Hey man, you ever look close at the back of a $20 bill - on weed?”)..."

Lege Lines: Elsewhere Under the Dome
Sine die is almost here
News Story  May 25, 2017, by the News Staff
"...Lawmakers are still awaiting details on the conference committee version of Senate Bill 1, the state budget for the 2018-19 biennium. The bicameral body dropped a draft of the weighty document on May 22, but Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said they still have to finalize numbers....."

Lege Lines – The Texas Legislature: Not Enron
Passing a state budget when one side’s “cooking the books”
News Story  March 30, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gov. Dan Patrick and his supporters have drawn an inexplicable line in the sand, even Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has suggested she'd be amenable to tapping the fund to cover some of the state's deferred maintenance issues..."

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