2017 Legislative Session

2017 TPS Legislative Priorities

2017 TPS Legislative Priorities Recap

TESTIMONY & ACTION ITEMS

Issue Testimony

State Budget: The Value of Medicaid and CHIP

Testimony from Dr. Van Ramshorst in Senate Finance

Testimony from Dr. Louis Appel in House Appropriations

State Budget: Investing in Public Health Testimony from Dr. Philip Huang in Senate Finance
State Budget: Strengthening Mental Health and Substance Use Services Testimony from Dr. James Halgrimson in Senate Finance
State Budget: Identifying Smart Health Care Cost Containment  Testimony from Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald in Senate Finance, Subcommittee on Health Care Cost Containment
State Budget: Promoting the Early Childhood Intervention Program Testimony from Dr. Patricia DeForest in Senate Finance

HB 7: Relating to child protective services suits, motions, and services by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Status: Signed by the Governor

Testimony from Dr. Valerie Borum Smith in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (5-17-17)

HB 39: Relating to the provision of child protective services and other health and human services by certain state agencies; authorizing a fee.

Status: Left pending in Senate Committee

Testimony from Dr. Valerie Borum Smith in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (5-17-17)

HB 329: Relating to breast-feeding policies of state agency worksites.

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony from Dr. Jennifer Goetz in House Business and Industry Committee (3-6-17)

HB 490: Relating to health benefit coverage of hearing aids and cochlear implants for certain individuals

Status: Signed by the Governor 

Testimony by Dr. Leslie Lestz in House Insurance Committee (3-13-17)

Testimony by Dr. Leslie Lestz in Senate Business and Industry Committee (5-16-17)

HB 519: Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system

Status: Left pending in House Calendars Committee

Testimony by Dr. Whitney Wroe Schwarz in House Transportation Committee (4-27-17)

HB 1124: Relating to claiming an exemption from required immunizations for public school students

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony by Dr. Joyce E. Mauk in House Public Health Committee (4-25-17)

HB 1408: Relating to the period of continuous eligibility for the medical assistance program

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst in House Human Services Committee (3-13-17)

HB 1549: Relating to the provision of services by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including child protective services and prevention and early intervention services.

Status: Signed by the Governor

Testimony by Dr. Valerie Borum Smith in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (5-17-17)

HB 1600: Relating to certain mental health screenings under the Texas Health Steps program.

Status: Signed by the Governor

Testimony from Dr. Pritesh Gandhi in House Public Health Commitee (3-14-17)

HB 1908: Relating to the distribution, possession, purchase, consumption, and receipt of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products; providing penalties.

Status: Did not receive House floor vote

Testimony by Dr. Charletta Guillory in House Public Health Committee (3-28-17)

HB 2225: Relating to the licensing of family residential centers by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the detention of certain juveniles.

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony from Dr. Marsha Griffin in House State Affairs Committee (4-5-17)

AAP Policy Statement: Detention of Immigrant Children

HB 2249: Relating to requirements for and the transparency of epidemiological reports and immunization exemption information and reports.

Status: Did not receive House floor vote

Testimony by Dr. Claire Bocchini in House Public Heatlh Commitee (4-11-17)

Testimony by Dr. Lisa Pomeroy in House Public Health Committee (4-11-17)

HB 2395: Relating to testing for lead contamination in public school drinking water.

Status: Left pending in House Calendars Committee

Testimony by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst in House Public Education Committee (4-4-17)

HB 2466: Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs. 

Status: Signed by the Governor

Testimony from Dr. Celia Neavel in House Public Health Committee (4-4-17)

Testimony from Dr. Celia Neavel in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (5-15-17)

HB 2664: Relating to nutrition and fitness standards for certain child-care facilities and training for employees at those facilities

Status: Failed House floor vote

Testimony by Dr. Julie La Barba in House Human Services Committee (4-10-17)

HB 2866: Relating to mental health assessments and the provision of mental health services for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony by Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst in House Public Health Committee (4-4-17)

HB 3476: Relating to cardiac assessments of high school participants in extracurricular athletic activities sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.

Status: Did not receive House floor vote

Testimony by Dr. William Lam in House Public Education Committee (4-11-17)

Testimony by Dr. Alison Ziari in House Public Education Committee (4-11-17)

HB 3634: Relating to the amendment of the Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program waiver.

Status: Left pending in House Committee

Testimony by Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards in House Public Health Committee (4-19-17)

SB 11: Relating to the administration of services provided by DFPS, including foster care, child protective and prevention and early intervention services.

Status: Signed by the Governor

Testimony from Dr. Valerie Smith in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (2-2-17)

Testimony from Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst in House Human Services Committee (4-17-17)

SB 278: Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure certain children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system.

Status: Did not recieve a Senate floor vote

Testimony from Dr. Rohit Shenoi in Senate Transportation Committee (3-8-17)

SB 817: Relating to certain mental health screenings under the Texas Health Steps program.

Status: House companion (HB 1600) signed by the Governor

Testimony by Dr. Pritesh Gandhi in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (4-26-17)

SB 818: Relating to nutrition and fitness standards for certain child-care facilities and training for employees at those facilities

Status: Left pending in Senate Committee; House companion failed floor vote

 

Testimony from Dr. Julie LaBarba in Senate Health and Human Services Committee (3-29-17)

SB 1018: Relating to the licensing of family residential centers by the Department of Family and Protective Services and the detention of certain juveniles.

Status: Passed Senate, left pending in House Committee

Testimony from Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards in Senate Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committee (3-29-27)

AAP Policy Statement: Detention of Immigrant Children

SB 1587: Relating to lead in drinking water at public schools.

Status: Did not recieve a Senate floor vote

Testimony by Dr. Whitney Wroe Schwarz in Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Committee (4-24-17)