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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, May 1, 2015
The Texas House of Representatives gave initial approval to two of TMA’s priority immunization bills today.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Call it what you like — “Last Thursday at the Capitol” or “A Special Thursday Edition of First Tuesdays at the Capitol” or “TexMed at the Capitol” — the bottom line is: Texas physicians are back at the State Capitol today. Taking advantage of TexMed 2015 being in Austin this year, TMA leaders organized an extra chance for physicians to be lobbyists for a day. More than 100 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members will travel to the Capitol today to lobby on these issues
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Franchise Taxes: More tax relief might be on the way. The Texas House passed House Bill 7 by Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), which not only would cut the state sales tax rate by 1.3 percentage points but also would eliminate the annual $200 occupation tax that physicians and other professionals must pay. The House also passed House Bill 32 by Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), which would reduce the state’s franchise taxes. The Senate’s tax-relief package by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) includes franchise tax and property tax reductions. Vaccine Registry and Exemption Reporting: Two TMA-backed vaccination-related bills are moving again. The Texas House is scheduled to take up House bills 2171 and 2474 this week. TMA is asking physicians to urge House members to vote for both bills, especially since antivaccine groups are putting on a full-court press to spread misinformation about the good the bills would accomplish.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Virtual Credit Cards Discredited: The Senate Business and Commerce Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 1229 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) this morning. Four-hour Patient Holds Upheld: House Bill 3677 by Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin), the bill to permit physicians to initiate a four-hour hold on patients in certain situations, passed the House Public Health Committee Monday, on a 10-0 vote. Marijuana for Medical Use: TMA is commenting on three bills today in the House Public Health Committee, pertaining to using marijuana to treat patients.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, April 27, 2015
Today the Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to consider House Bill 7 by Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), one the bills seeking to eliminate Texas’ occupation tax. Physicians are among the 12 professional licensees taxed approximately $200 annually, even though they’re also subject to the state’s franchise tax. Last week the House passed another occupation tax repeal bill by Representative Darby, House Bill 2089.