Leticia Van de Putte

Human Trafficking
1:58 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Websites Selling Sex Advertising Avoid Liability With Senate Bill Word Change

Backpage.com

The idea behind Senate Bill 94 was to hurt human traffickers by shutting down their internet connection to customers. The law was intended to stop websites from selling ads for sex.

The women, who are often underage, are trafficked for sex, their traffickers get the money, and the websites also get a cut. The Aim Group, an online media analyst, estimated that Backpage.com took in $22 million last year from escort advertising.

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TEA Performance Ratings
1:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New TEA Rating System: What Does It Mean To Be An "A" Student In An "F" School?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte expressed her outrage and disappointment toward the Texas Education Agency commissioner and his re-vamped public schools rating system. 

Van De Putte said Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ reason for changing the school rating system from language of "acceptable or unacceptable" to a report card system of an "A through F" is an insult.

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Texas Veterans
9:21 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Burned Veterans Statewide Could Get Summer Electric Bill Help

The San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Joint Base San Antonio

The Senate has passed Senate Bill 981, a bill giving electric utilities permission to help severely-burned war veterans with their high electric bills during the hot Texas summers.

A bill in the 2011 Legislature was passed for the same purpose, but it targeted only CPS Energy in San Antonio.

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Texas Legislature
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

LGBT Workplace Equality Bill Would Ban Such Discrimination Statewide

Van de Putte has had a busy legislative session so far and her workplace equality bill is just another example of her leadership role.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

A bill in the Texas Senate authored by Sen. Leticia Van DePutte would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.

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Texas Veterans
2:50 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Bills Filed To Help Veterans Use Military Certification To Find Work

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte is pushing to make military certifications easier to transfer into civilian life.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

A set of bills in both the Texas House and Senate are there to ensure that the state’s veterans are able to use military training to obtain jobs. 

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte authored the bill that ensures training and certifications obtained by veterans and their spouses while serving in the military immediately transfer with them into civilian life. 

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Hemisfair Park Redevelopment
10:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Villarreal & Van De Putte File Bills To Protect Hemisfair Redevelopment

Area across from the Torch Of Friendship by the Convention Center is being considered for additional park space.
Eileen Pace TPR

Two San Antonio  lawmakers have introduced companion bills at the State Capitol to facilitate the redevelopment of Hemisfair.

State law requires a public vote anytime park land is leased or sold to protect the park acreage from being reduced in size, but the Hemisfair master plan calls for establishing more park space than exists under its current configuration.

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Texas Veterans
8:58 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Veteran Education Requirements Putting Strain On Texas Colleges

Teresa Vieira for KUT News

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 7:17 am

Colleges and universities in Texas are struggling to pay for the tuition benefits they give to qualifying veterans and their dependents as part of a program called the Hazlewood Act.

As the number of veterans rises, higher education leaders say their institutions need help tackling the costs.

“We continuously get pulled at not to increase tuition. We don’t want to increase tuition. But those are the issues that we follow," Kenth Hance, Texas Tech University Systems Chancellor, says.

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Education Funding
10:50 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Van de Putte Says Lawmakers Must Act Now To Fix School Funding

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, shown here at the announcement for her human trafficking legislation, is urging lawmakers to not wait to fix education funding
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the recent court ruling declaring Texas school funding unconstitutional is a good indication that lawmakers should take action to fix the problem.  

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Military Benefits
6:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

New Bill Extends Benefits For Spouses Of Military Members Killed In Action

The state capitol has been busy in the new legislative session.
Flickr user TN Drum Guy cc

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte has introduced a bill to extend homeowner tax exemptions to spouses of military members killed in action.

If it is approved and becomes a law, it would be considered a constitutional amendment for voters to decide.

In 2009, legislation was passed allowing veterans who are fully disabled to get a property tax exemption. In 2011, legislation was passed allowing that exemption to be passed on to surviving spouses if that veteran passed away.

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Law Enforcement
7:05 am
Wed January 23, 2013

46 Arrested On Southside In Human Trafficking, Prostitution Sting

Bexar Co. Dist. Attorney Susan Reed, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, and Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau
Eileen Pace TPR

Local law enforcement officials today announced a human trafficking round-up that netted 46 suspects.

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau, joined by Dept. of Homeland Security Special Agent In-Charge Vincent Iglio, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, the district attorney and representatives from SAPD, announced the results of a sting operation Jan. 11 on the Southside of San Antonio.

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