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Monday, January 26, 2015

NEW STATE SENATE COMMITTEES LOOK FAVORABLE FOR MEDICINE


Newly minted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his State Senate committee appointments for the 2015 session late on Friday. I am pleased to report that all three of the major committees that will handle our priorities are chaired by senators who work well with their local physicians and TMA: 
  • Lieutenant Governor Patrick retained Senator Schwertner — the first physician to chair the Health and Human Services Committee — in that post. Sen. Donna Campbell, MD (R-New Braunfels), the only other physician in the Senate, also will serve on that committee. 
  • Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville), who previously chaired the Health and Human Services Committee, will lead the Senate Finance Committee. Dr. Schwertner is also on that committee.
  •  The Business and Commerce Committee, which we expect to handle health insurance bills, will be chaired by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). Dr. Schwertner will serve on that committee as well. 

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