TMA's Legislative News Hotline

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Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter for TMA members only that reports the legislature's latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine. The hotline is delivered each legislative day before noon beginning Jan. 1. A weekly recap, delivered each Sunday, is also available.

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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Medicaid is always one of the state’s biggest expenditures. The two chambers’ proposals come in about $4 billion apart in combined state/federal dollars. TMA analysis of the Senate’s proposal to fund graduate medical education (GME) finds the Senate would provide $44 million additional dollars for GME expansions.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, June 1, 2015
Sine Die! The Texas Senate and House of Representatives officially concluded the 84th legislative session midday today. Lawmakers were busy putting finishing touches on some important bills over the weekend, and several of interest to medicine moved forward.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
The Texas Senate and House of Representatives returned today from the long holiday weekend, though little substantial business is scheduled. Bill filings will continue, and both chambers will take up resolutions, which often honor individuals and causes important to members and their constituents in their home districts.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Jan 13, 2017
The 85th Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday. Watch this TMA Legislative News Hotline video featuring Darren Whitehurst, TMA’s vice president of advocacy, laying out some top legislative priorities and key challenges for this session.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Texas legislators got down to business Wednesday, adopting procedural rules to govern proceedings in their respective chambers. The Texas Senate passed rules for the 2017 session that largely mirror the 2015 version, including a provision requiring support from just 19 senators before a bill can get a vote on the Senate floor (the “three-fifths rule,” requiring three-fifths of members’ approval). The Texas House adopted its parliamentary rules as well, House Resolution 3, considering many amendments before doing so. One that drew considerable attention and debate...