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: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Graduate Medical Education: TMA Board of Trustees medical student member Kayla Riggs testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III, urging sufficient graduate medical education (GME) funding. Public Health — Prevention: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, regarding health and human services, met today and earlier this week as well. Today Texas Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt, MD, described to Article II Subcommittee members the importance of funding public health and prevention initiatives, citing the expected increase in Texas Zika cases as one example. Public Health — Environment: Tuesday, TMA asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, & VIII to appoint a voice of medicine to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
The House Public Health Committee convened Tuesday for an organizational meeting and invited testimony about public health and safety-net issues, including Medicaid, the 1115 Waiver, the Healthy Texas Women’s Program, and the Early Childhood Intervention program.TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Watch this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video to hear a top physician describe the logic behind the push to increase Texas’ tobacco-use age to 21, and see the House budget-writing committee in action.TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Preventing chronic diseases, curbing tobacco use, and restraining ill effects caused by tobacco — a TMA legislative priority — took a formal step forward Wednesday. Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), filed House Bill 1908, and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) filed Senate Bill 910, both of which aim raise the legal age to use and possess tobacco in Texas from 18 to 21. The goal is to take a bite out of the number one cause of death.TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
The Texas House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee wasted no time getting to work Monday on the state budget, as chair Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), called the meeting to order at 7:30 am. The 29-member committee heard testimony from the Legislative Budget Board, providing legislators with a state spending overview. The committee faces the challenge of creating a state budget in a lean revenue year.