Republican – District 4

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I am humbled to be serving the people of House District 4 in the 84th Texas Legislature. My staff and I are doing everything we can to promote good policy with the time we have been given at the Capitol.

The legislation we are bringing to the table this session includes a bill that gives general law cities the ability to create child safety zones. Another increases the penalty for causing injury due to driving while intoxicated. We have also signed on to a large number of legislation authored by my fellow representatives, including two open-carry bills and another that awards the Texas Purple Heart Medal to members of the armed forces wounded or killed during the attack on Fort Hood.

The legislation I support is always what I believe is in the best interest of the district, and I want to encourage the citizens of HD4 to contact my office whenever there is an issue I need to be aware of. I want to represent HD4 properly, and the only I can do that is if people of the district are in communication with me.

I am looking forward to returning to the district after our business in the Capitol is concluded. During interim we will be able to focus on local issues and do what we can to grow HD4.

Your fellow Texan,
Stuart


RECENT NEWS
05/26/2015

The Texas State Legislature worked late into the night on May 13th to approve a bill to strengthen “judicial bypass”. For a little background, in Texas, before a physician can perform an abortion on a minor girl (17 years or younger), he or she must obtain written and notarized consent of the minors parent or guardian.

The Supreme Court of the United States mandates any state that requires consent to have an alternate means for a minor to obtain an abortion. In Texas, this alternate route of consent is known as a judicial bypass.A judicial bypass is an order granted by a judge that allows the physician to perform an abortion on the minor without parental involvement.

The intent of this law was to provide minor girls with an opportunity to conceal an abortion from their parent(s) or guardian(s) when concealing the act was clearly in the minors best interest, as determined by the courts. However, over time the intent of judicial bypass has been eroded and stretched in order to grant judicial bypass in circumstances that were never intended. House Bill 3994 seeks to strengthen Texass judicial bypass law by making improvements necessary to protect the original intent of the landmark 1999 legislation.

Among other provisions, the bill extends the date and time by which a court is required to rule on an application and by which an appellate court is required to rule on an appeal of the original courts ruling. Previously, the judge had 2 days before the court was deemed to have failed. Now the court has 5 days to deliberate before issuing a ruling. “As a surgeon, I understand the importance of informed consent before any surgical procedure. As a parent, I want to know about procedures performed on my child. If the government is going to step into this issue, we need to be sure that the courts have the time, information, and a very good reason,” said State Representative Stuart Spitzer MD.

Stuart Spitzer for State Representative
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