Texas Senate unanimously passes reforms for state schools

03/10/2009 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

As Texas authorities said they have cell phone video documenting abuse at one of 13 Texas schools for children with mental disabilities, state senators approved an emergency bill Monday to add security cameras, better background checks and an ombudsman to investigate injuries, deaths and claims of abuse. "We cannot tolerate the abuse or neglect of citizens with these disabilities. This legislation is critically needed to ensure the safety of our state school residents," said state Sen. Jane Nelson, the bill's Republican author. "These are people with serious disabilities and they deserve our respect, our oversight and our compassion."

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