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Monday, May 11, 2009

GOVERNOR SIGNS IMMUNIZATION BILL INTO LAW

TMA’s public health agenda is gaining steam at the capitol. Gov. Rick Perry signed SB 346 by Senator Nelson, which would establish a lifelong adult immunization registry in Texas. Meanwhile, House Bill1358 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), which strengthens the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute, passed the Texas House. Dr. Speer testified in support of HB 1672 by Senator Deuell, which relates to the confidentiality of newborn screening information. And Austin pediatrician Kimberly Edwards, MD, testified before a House committee on SB 282 by Senator Nelson, which would establish grant programs to provide nutrition education to children, and to school districts for best practices in nutrition.

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