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Monday, May 9, 2011

PUT SOME CHECKS ON YOUR TMA LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD

Our lawmakers have just three weeks left in the 2011 Texas Legislature regular session. The state budget and a few other high-profile issues might bring them back this summer for a special session. But here’s some progress to report on our priority issues:

  • The House Public Health Committee passed three bills that are critical to our Texas Medical Board reform agenda. The bills, SBs 190, 191, and 237 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), would improve how TMB handles complaints against physicians.
  • The Senate passed SB 1533 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen). It would restrict the availability of foods with industrially produced trans fats served in Texas public schools.
  • The Smoke-Free Texas Bill, HB 670 by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton), is on the House calendar for tomorrow.
  • We have quite a few bad bills — for example, those that would inappropriately expand the scope of practice of nonphysician practitioners — bottled up or slowed so they won’t pass.

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