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Monday, March 4, 2013


It was another busy week at the Capitol, and TMA-member physicians were busy representing your interests before House and Senate committees. You can stand up for your profession and your patients tomorrow at First Tuesdays at the Capitol. Thanks to last week’s legislative witnesses:
  • Buddy Swift, DO, of San Antonio and chair of TMA’s Council on Socioeconomics, testifiedfor a bill that would allow practices to check in patients using the electronic strip on the back of their Texas driver license. This is part of TMA’s Cut-the-Red-Tape legislative package.
  • Celia Neavel, MD, an Austin family physician, testified for a bill to allow a minor who is pregnant or is a parent to consent to her own immunizations.
  • Kimberly Avila Edwards, MD, an Austin pediatrician, testifiedfor a bill to require licensed childcare facilities to develop and implement an immunization policy for their employees.
  • Austin neurosurgeon T.J. Spinks, MD, testifiedin support of several bills that would ban texting while driving.
  • Edward Sherwood, MD of Temple, past chair of TMA’s Committee on Infectious Diseases, testified against a bill that would make raw milk more accessible.

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