2007 Legislative Compendium: Medical Science and Quality

Automated External Defibrillators
House Bill 92 by Rep. Dan Branch (R- Dallas) and Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville) requires any person or organization receiving a defibrillator to ensure it is delivered by a licensed professional in the line of his or her work or by prescription. This requirement is specific to defibrillators not already approved by the Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter sale. It also requires that the sell or lease of a defibrillator is done in accordance with the Health and Safety Code.

Stem Cells, Umbilical Cord Blood, Organ Donation/Transplantation
House Bill 709 by Rep. Robert Puente (D- San Antonio) and Senator Nelson requires the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop a brochure on umbilical cord blood options and post it on its Web site. The information in the brochure would cover uses, risks, collection processes, costs, and benefits to a recipient of donated stem cells, and storage in a private family blood bank for use by family members. Physicians could request the brochure. Physicians or other persons attending the pregnant woman shall provide the brochure to the woman before the third trimester. A stipulation was made that the brochure does not have to be distributed by the attending physician or health care professional based on their religious beliefs, as long as the health professional tells the mother in a reasonable period. There also is a stipulation for no liability for failure to comply with this law.

Senate Bill 1500 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie) amends the Health and Safety Code to change the name of the Donor Education, Awareness, and Registry Program of Texas to "Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry."

Kidney Disease
House Bill 1373 by Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-San Diego) and Senator Zaffirini create the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force at DSHS. The aim is to develop a plan to educate health care professionals about early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease and complications; advantages of end-stage renal disease modality education; early renal replacement therapy; and transplantation. The task force would make recommendations on the implementation of a cost-effective plan for early screening, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease for the state's population. At least six of the task force members must be physicians.

Diseases of the Blood
Senate Bill 1566 by Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) and Rep. Jim Jackson (R-Carrollton) calls for the creation of the Texas Bleeding Disorders Advisory Council. The council would include as non-voting members the Commissioner of State Health Services and the Commissioner of Insurance, or their designees, and nine voting members (to include a physician) appointed jointly by the Commissioners of State Health Services and Insurance. The council shall study and advise the department and the Texas Department of Insurance on issues that affect the health and wellness of persons living with hemophilia and other bleeding and/or clotting disorders. A report to the governor, lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the House of Representatives is due Dec. 1, 2008.

House Calendar Resolution 127 by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Katy) and Sen. Kyle Janek, MD (R-Houston), designates September 2007 as Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. The purpose of the designation is to encourage public support for educational and research activities to cure these types of cancer. Blood-related cancers currently affect more than 700,000 Americans. Each year, 110,000 new cases are diagnosed. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization.

Medical Science Close Calls
House Bill 225 by Rep. Ken Paxton Jr. (R- McKinney) would have prohibited the use of state money for biomedical research when federal law prohibits the use of federal money for that research, per Jan. 1, 2007. The bill passed in the House State Affairs Committee but failed to move to the House floor.

Medical Science/Quality TMA Staff Team:

Legislative: Michelle Romero
Policy: Nancy Bieri and Audra Bryant
Legal: Lee Spangler and Kelly Walla

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