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Legislative Top 10: What It Took To Renew the TMB for 12 Years

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“Seems like the last two sessions it’s been sort of ‘Groundhog Day.’” 

The movie reference is how Texas Medical Association Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst summed up lawmakers’ quest to pass legislation to renew the Texas Medical Board for another 12 years. 

The Texas Legislature passed the sunset bill this session, House Bill 1504, after the 2017 legislature couldn’t get it done. It awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature. 

In today’s TMA’s Legislative News Hotline video, Mr. Whitehurst credits bill sponsors Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) and Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) for successfully shepherding the bill “unscathed.” Mr. Whitehurst explains how such a broad bill to renew the board was ripe for myriad amendments that could negatively affect physicians, but the authors kept the bill clean. 

Mr. Whitehurst also credits physicians and TMA Alliance members for much of TMA’s success this session. He says the record showing for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol helped cement TMA’s position on bills important to medicine and patient care. 

See this and more in today’s final installment of TMA’s Legislative News Hotline “Top 10” legislative issue videos. The two-week series also covered the budget, surprise billing, prior authorization, opioids and prescribing, scope of practice, mental/behavioral health, maternal health, tobacco-21, and volunteer liability protection.