TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

TMA PHYSICIANS STAND UP FOR KIDS

Tobacco-use prevention and protecting Texas children from becoming tobacco users top this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video, as well as graduate medical education (GME) funding. Watch Eduardo Sanchez, MD, Texas Public Health Coalition chair, and San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, explain why the state must take steps to improve tobacco prevention and regulate e-cigarettes.

 

 BUDGET UPDATE

The House Appropriations Committee announced its subcommittee chairs and members yesterday. Subcommittee chairs are Reps. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston); Four Price (R-Amarillo); Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin), Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock), and Sarah Davis (R-West University Place).

The part of the budget that allocates spending for health and human services is Article II. Subcommittee members for Article II include: Representative Price, chair; Reps. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), vice chair, and Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale); Representative Davis; and Reps. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville), and Armando Walle (D-Houston).

Subcommittee members overseeing spending for higher education (Article III) are: Representative Ashby, chair; and Reps. Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto), vice chair; Donna Howard (D-Austin); Marisa Máriguez (D-El Paso); Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont); John Raney (R-College Station); and Gary Van Deaver (R-Clarksville).

BILL UPDATE

Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) filed Senate Bill 18 yesterday, which is designed to improve Texas' physician workforce by aligning state funding for GME. Bill co-authors include Sens. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) and Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo).

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