Want to stay fully informed of the latest dealings in the Texas Legislature during the session? Then read the TMA Legislative News Hotline.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Reps. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), Bryon Cook (R-Corsicana), Eddie Lucio III (D-Harlingen), Patricia Harless (R-Spring), and Gene Wu (D-Houston) laid out their bill to ban texting while driving before the House Transportation Committee. The Texas Public Health Coalition, representing more than 30 major health organizations including TMA, provided written testimony supporting House Bill 80. In 2013, more than 95,000 crashes in Texas were attributed to distracted driving, causing 460 deaths. Texas is one of only six states without a prohibition on texting while driving. By eliminating texting while driving across the state and promoting distracted driving education for Texas drivers, the legislation would help reduce costly and preventable injury and make our roads safer for all Texans.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
More than a dozen bills are before the Senate Finance Committee today proposing cuts to Texas’ property and franchise taxes. Eliminating Texas’ professional services occupation tax also is on the docket. TMA, along with 19 other professional organizations, will be on hand to support Senate Bill 765 by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler).
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Despite the rain and fog, more than 200 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members descended upon the state Capitol to discuss TMA’s top legislative topics, such as more funding for graduate medical education, women’s health care services, and mental health services; and preventing allied health professionals from expanding their scope of practice beyond their education, training, and skills. Here are materials provided for First Tuesday participants:
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, March 2, 2015
Tomorrow marks medicine’s second big lobby day at the Capitol. More than 200 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members are meeting with their home town elected officials and state leaders to discuss TMA’s top legislative asks, which inclcudes:
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
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.