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: Friday, June 21, 2013
The 2013 regular Texas legislative session has ended, and this Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline for June 19, 2013 summarizes the action. Legislators passed quite a few key health care-related bills that are good for Texas patients and physicians, as described by TMA's Darren Whitehurst and the TMA lobby team.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After six years of hard work, TMA’s Silent PPO bill was signed into law Saturday by Governor Perry. The new law goes into effect Sept. 1, 2013.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Lawmakers passed two bills Wednesday that are essential for locking down the final budget puzzle pieces. The Senate approved House Bill 1025, the emergency appropriations bill that covers unpaid bills in the current budget cycle, ending Aug. 30.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Last night dozens of bills died when they got stuck behind a contentious debate on Senate Bill 11 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) that would have required welfare recipients to undergo a drug screening. SB 11 was the subject of much conversation during the final hours of second reading on the General Calendar. The good news is that the House took up many of TMA’s bills earlier in the day so they didn’t get stopped. Today is another critical day. It’s the last day for the House to consider local and consent Senate bills on second or third reading and all third readings of Senate bills on the House Supplemental Calendar. Wednesday is also the last day for the Senate to consider all bills on second or third reading.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, May 20, 2013
On Saturday, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the first of five TMA bills reducing red tape for physician practices. Senate Bill 166 by Sen. Robert Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) allows physicians to check in patients using the electronic strip on the back of their Texas driver's license starting Sept. 1.