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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
So far, Senate and House members have filed a total of 1,266 bills: The House filed 937 bills, while the Senate logged 329. TMA is monitoring bills affecting physicians and their patients. Several bills filed related to public health would implement a statewide texting ban; regulate e-cigarettes; retain a child’s immunization records in the state immunization registry until age 26; and improve the efficiency and operations of the state’s health service agencies.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a news conference this morning to unveil the Senate’s spending plan for 2016-17. Senate Bill 2 spends $205.1 billion (state and federal funds), an increase of 1.5 percent from current spending. It also allows for $4 billion in tax cuts.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
A new stage takes shape for Texas’ leadership when Gov. Gregg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are sworn into office today. Governor Abbott, the state’s longest serving attorney general, will become the state’s 45th governor. Lieutenant Governor Patrick, a four-term Texas senator, will take the reins in the upper chamber. Inauguration ceremonies are the main event today under the dome.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Watch this video of TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst to learn more about Texas’ new leadership and what’s in store for medicine during the 84th legislative session.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The Texas Senate approved rules yesterday guiding its operations in the upper chamber. For the first time in nearly 70 years, the Senate completely eliminated the two-thirds rule, which requires that two-thirds of the 31-member Senate agree to bring up a bill for debate on the floor. In the past, a minority of 11 members could block a bill from debate. Legislative fights have occurred each and every decade because bills have been thwarted because of the two-thirds rule. Now the Senate will operate under the three-fifths rule, lowering the threshold from 21 votes to 19 votes needed to bring a bill up for debate in the Senate (with the requisite lieutenant governor’s recognition).