Dewhurst, Nelson unveil Medicaid reform proposals

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and a Dallas-area state senator plan a joint news conference to reveal two Medicaid reform bills.

The pair will discuss Texas Senate Bills 7 and 8 on Wednesday morning.

Jane Nelson is a veteran Republican from Flower Mound. With the Legislature opening last week, she’s already sponsoring key measures cheered by conservatives. That includes a bill to require those seeking welfare and unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing—an initiative supported by Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry.

Dewhurst ran unsuccessfully last year for U.S. Senate. He was defeated in the Republican primary by tea party firebrand Ted Cruz.

Dewhurst returned to the Texas Capitol vowing to ensure the Republican-controlled Legislature adheres even more strictly to conservative values.

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