2015 Legislative Session

2015 TPS Legislative Priorities

The 84th Texas Legislative Session is now complete! Check out what TPS accomplished this sesssion:

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TESTIMONY & ACTION ITEMS

Issue Testimony

Medicaid Payment Rates

Status: not included in final budget.

TPS testimony for the Legislative Budget Board HHSC Hearing by Dr. Maria Scranton

SB 97: relating to regulation of the sale, distribution, possession, use, and advertising of vapor products; authorizing a fee; creating offenses.

Status: signed by the Governor.

TPS testimony in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

Preceptorship Funding

Status: included in final budget.

TPS testimony in the House Appropriations Article III S/C by Dr. Lauren Gambill

Medicaid Payment Rates

Status: not included in final budget.

TPS/TMA/TAFP/FTP testimony in House Appropriations Article II S/C by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

Public Health Funding Exceptional Items

Status: included in budget rider.

TMA/TPS/TAFP testimony in House Appropriations Article II S/C by Dr. Philip Huang

Medicaid Payment Rates

Status: not included in final budget.

TMA/TPS/TAFP/FTP testimony in Senate Finance by Dr. Martin Garza

Early Childhood Intervention Exceptional Item

Status: not included in final budget.

TPS/TMA submitted written testimony to Senate Finance by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

Mental Health Funding

Status: included in final budget.

TMA/FTP/TPS testimony in Senate Finance Article II by Dr. Les Secrest

HB 456: relating a prohibition on the use and possession of e-cigarettes on school property.

Status: rolled into SB 97 which was signed by Governor.

TMA/TPS testimony in the House Public Education Committee by Dr. Joel Dunnington

HB 465: relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry.

Status: left pending in Committee.

Public Health Coalition testimony in House Public Health by Dr. Kim Avila-Edwards

HB 80: relating to the use of a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle; creating a criminal offense; modifying existing criminal penalties.

Status: failed to receive a Senate floor vote.

Public Health Coalitoin written testimony submitted to House Transportation Committee

CSSB 538: relating to the control of infectious diseases.

Status: failed to receive House hearing.

TMA/TPS/TAFP testimony in Senate Health and Human Services Committee by Dr. Donald Murphey

HB 170: relating to the regulation of vapor products; authorizing fees; creating offenses; providing a penalty.

Status: rolled into SB 97 which was signed by the Governor.

TPS/TMA testimony in House Public Health by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

SB 96: relating to prohibition on the use and possession of vapor products on school property.

Status: rolled in SB 97 which was signed by the Governor.

TMA/TPS/TAAIS testimony in Senate Committee on Education by Dr. Louise Bethea

SB 66: relating to the use of epinephrine auto-injectors on public and open-enrollment charter school campuses and at off-campus school-sanctioned events.

Status: signed by the Governor.

TMA/TPS/TAAIS testimony in Senate Committee on Education by Dr. Louise Bethea

SB 760: relating to provider access and assignment requirements for a Medicaid managed care organization.

Status: sent to the Governor.

TMA/TPS testimony in Senate Health and Human Services Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

SB 791: Relating to education about congenital cytomegalovirus in infants.

Status: sent to Governor.

TPS/TMA/TAFP testimony in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

TPS/TMA testimony in House Public Health Committee

SB 706: relating to classification of liquid substance used to fill an electronic cigarette as a hazardous material

Status: left pending in Committee.

TPS/TMA testimony in the Senate Health and Human Services Committe by Dr. Robert Sanders

HB 839: relating to presumptive eligibility for the medicaid and child Health Plan programs for certain children

Status: sent to the Governor.

TPS/TMA testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

HB 461: Relating to the creation of an offense for smoking tobacco in a passenger vehicle with a child present.

Status: failed to be set on House Calendar.

TPS testimony in House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

HB 955: Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure certain children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system.

Status: failed to receive House floor vote.

TPS testimony in House Transportation Committee by Dr. Shana Godfred-Cato.

HB 2171: Relating to information maintained in the immunization registry with the consent of an individual after the individual becomes an adult.

Status: sent to the Governor.

TPS/TMA/PHC testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Jason Terk.

HB 2474: Relating to requirements for and the transparency of epidemiological reports and immunization exemption information and reports.

Status: failed to receive Senate hearing.

TPS/TMA/PHC testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

HB 3115: Relating to coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs.

Status: left pending in Committee.

TPS/TMA/TAFP/ACOG/TCOG/TFP/MoD testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Lisa Hollier.

HB 2741: Relating to a competitive grant program to fund promotion of early literacy programs in certain communities in this state.

Status: left pending in Commitee.

TPS/TMA testimony in House Higher Education Committee by Dr. Lauren Gambill.

HB 1227: Relating to eliminating the requirement that a school district assess the physical fitness of students.

Status: failed to receive House floor vote.

TPS/TMA testimony in House Public Education by Dr. Stephen Pont

HB 91: Relating to the regulation of raw milk and raw milk products; adding a provision subject to a criminal penalty.

Status: left pending in Senate Committee.

TPS testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Lisa Swanson

SB 1114: Relating to a policy on vaccine-preventable diseases for public schools.

Status: left pending in Committee.

TPS testimony in Senate Education Committee by Dr. Kymberly Gonzalez

HB 1174: Relating to the types of medical professionals who may conduct an examination of certain school bus drivers.

Status: left pending in Committee.

TPS/TMA testimony in House Public Health Committee by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst

SB 339: Relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis and the regulation of related organizations and individuals; requiring a dispensing organization to obtain a license to dispense low-THC cannabis and any employee of a dispensing organization to obtain a registration; authorizing fees.

Status: signed by the Governor.

TMA/TNS/TPS testimony in Senate Health and Human Services

HB 767: Relating to cardiac assessments of participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.

Status: left pending in Senate Committee.

TPS testimony in Senate Education Committee by Dr. Arnold Fenrich

HB 2835: Relating to the name of the program serving certain persons with special health care needs and prioritizing services provided under the program.

Status: failed to receive Senate floor vote.

TPS letter to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee