Legislation Archive

HB 1204
Sponsored
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2013

Designates October 1st as Influenza Awareness Day.

HB 1760
Sponsored
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2013

Creates a uniform and consistent donation policy for the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

HB 2673
Sponsored
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2013

Ensures that the state has the tools necessary to protect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) residing in state supported living centers and receiving services in the community.

HB 3401
Sponsored
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2013

Requires the Health and Human Services Commission to work with community-based organizations to encourage individuals receiving benefits through Medicaid, TANF, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to access existing online resources that provide nutrition and wellness education and promote healthy lifestyles.

SB 597
Co-Authored
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2013

This bill creates a new specialty license plate specific to the Afghanistan theater of Operation Enduring Freedom.

HB 15
Sponsored
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2013

Establishes neonatal and maternal level of care designations for hospitals.

SB 72
Authored
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2011

Directs DADS to conduct utilization reviews of individuals in waiver programs and directs them to collaborate with HHSC to explore developing a uniform licensing and contracting process for waivers.

SB 77
Authored
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2011

Strengthens requirements for sponsoring agencies in the Child and Adult Food Care Program.

SB 229
Authored
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2011

Removes current hospital exemptions to the provision of Newborn Hearing Screenings and places follow-up procedures (currently in rule) in statute.

SB 86
Authored
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2011

Extends the Scofflaw Program to include general-law municipalities.

SB 189
Authored
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2011

Requires proof that H1-B Visa applicants have either practices or are committed to practice in medically underserved areas for three years.

SB 191
Authored
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2011

Prohibits TMB from changing a finding of fact or modifying an order of an administrative law judge.

SB 23
Authored
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2011

Makes statutory changes needed to implement cost savings assumed in budget.

SB 76
Authored
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2011

Directs DFPS to conduct background checks on applicants to the taxpayer-funded relative caregiver program.

SB 81
Authored
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2011

Closes a loophole for fresh produce washers, packagers, and shippers who are not currently required to be licensed by DSHS.

SB 82
Authored
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2011

Clarifies and strengthens state statute on stalking offenses.

SB 190
Authored
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2011

Prohibits TMS from accepting anonymous complaints; eliminate confidentiality for certain parties; increases amount of time TMB has to complete investigations.

SB 80
Authored
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2011

Requires DSHS to implement State Auditor Report recommendations at their three public health labs.

SB 83
Authored
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2011

Extends statute of limitations for bigamy from 3 to 7 years, and 10 years after the victim's 18th birthday if they were a minor when the offense occurred.

SB 256
Authored
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2011

Requires private autopsy facilities to post a notice to consumers on how to file a complaint with the Texas Medical Board.

SB 219
Authored
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2011

Enhances mental health care and availability for children who are in the CPS system.

SB 8
Authored
-
2011

Allows health care providers to collaborate to improve health care quality and efficiency.

SB 78
Authored
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2011

Requires HHS agencies to share information about adverse licensing decisions.

SB 71
Authored
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2011

Eliminates obsolete and redundant reporting requirements among HHS-related agencies.

SB 85
Authored
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2011

Requires a county voter registrar (instead of the tax assessor/collector) to maintain a list of permanent jury duty exemptions.

SB 187
Authored
-
2011

Requires a written chain of custody for individuals transporting human remains meant for donation to science.

SB 223
Authored
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2011

Strengthens fraud and abuse controls on providers of home health care participating in the Medicaid program.

SB 220
Authored
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2011

Makes changes to requirements for courts and attorneys ad litem to wards and proposed wards of the state.

SB 192
Authored
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2011

Enhances whistleblower protections for nurses who report negligence by other providers.

SB 195
Authored
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2011

Makes the second conviction for employing a child in an SOB as a state jail felony. Makes the third conviction of employing a child in an SOB a third degree felony.

SB 222
Authored
-
2011

Adds Personal Attendant services to the Home and Community-Based Services and Community Living Assistance and Support Services waivers.

SB 226
Authored
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2011

Allows the Texas Education Agency to collect de-identified, individual students Fitnessgram data.

SB 227
Authored
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2011

Allows the Texas Medical Board to issue a remedial plan to resolve an investigation of a complaint.

SB 74
Authored
-
2011

Allows universities to donate surplus and salvage computer equipment to rural hospitals.

SB 194
Authored
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2011

Expands the definition of a nuisance to include sexually oriented crimes that impact minors and human trafficking.

SB 218
Authored
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2011

Redesigns the foster care system to help displaced children remain in their home communities.

SB 7
Authored
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2011

Streamlines efficiency in Medicaid; limits flow of tax dollars to Planned Parenthood; prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions at public hospitals; and allows Texas to join with other states to opt out of Obamacare.

SB 193
Authored
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2011

Makes clarifying changes to the nurses Practice Act.

SB 221
Authored
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2011

Extends orders for emergency orders to adult protective services and clarifies that exploitation includes using a client's personal information for personal or monetary gain.

SB 795
Authored
-
2011

Requires Certified Nurses Aides to complete a training program approved by DADS that includes at least 100 hours of course work.

HB 457
Sponsored
-
2011

Exempts specific types of electronic promotion from the prohibition against statewide advertising of raffles; and allows existing employees, who are also members of a charity, to organize or conduct the raffle in addition to their other responsibilities.

SB 688
Co-Authored
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2011

Changes the statute of limitations for Medicaid fraud felonies from three to seven years, so that criminal charges would have to be filed within seven years of the offense.

SB 257
Co-Authored
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2011

Provides for the issuance of "Choose Life" license plates and the creation of the Choose Life account in the general revenue fund.

SB 436
Authored
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2011

Allows counties with populations of 700,000 or more to contracts with a city to conduct day-care inspections.

SB 1178
Authored
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2011

Directs DFPS to suspend or revoke child care centers' license for failure to submit to background checks.

SCR 16
Authored
-
2011

Designates March as Women's Veterans Month.

SB 377
Co-Authored
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2011

Raises the victim age threshold that makes a murder of a young child a capital murder from under 6 years old to under 10 years old.

HB 123
Sponsored
-
2011

Allows DSHS to assist hospital districts and county hospital systems with populations greater than 100,000 in providing an adult diabetes education program.

HB 2061
Sponsored
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2011

Adds local registrars to the list of people from which the Bureau of Vital Statistics can accept information.

HB 3840
Sponsored
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2011

Extends the deadline for Traditions MUD 2 of Denton County to host their confirmation election from 2011 until 2015.

SB 1930
Co-Authored
-
2011

Requires the Railroad Commission (RRC) to establish rules requiring well operators to report the amount of water and hazardous chemicals used in a hydraulic fracturing treatment of a gas well on the website and to the RRC.

HB 3819
Sponsored
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2011

Creates a Municipal Management District in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the town of Little Elm.

HB 943
Sponsored
-
2011

Directs the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to notify law enforcement, the court, attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem and parent within 24 hours of learning a child is missing and within 24 hours of the child's return.

HB 3369
Sponsored
-
2011

Allows the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners to exempt facilities other than licensed health care facilities from registration and renewal of a registration of a physical therapy facility.

SB 796
Authored
-
2011

Requires HHSC to report on costs and incidence of diabetes among Medicaid population.

SB 14
Co-Authored
-
2011

Requires a voter to present to an election officer one form of photo identification at the polling place.

SB 789
Co-Authored
-
2011

Authorize a court to render a protective order sufficient to protect the applicant and members of the applicant's family or household that is effective for a period that exceeds two years in certain circumstances.

HB 1720
Co-Sponsored
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2011

Improves accountability among providers in the Medicaid program by requiring audits to recover overpayments and prohibiting participation in the program by physicians who have outstanding overpayments.

SB 290
Co-Authored
-
2011

Imbeds financial literacy concepts in Kindergarten through grade eight curriculum.

SB 527
Co-Authored
-
2011

Establishes a network for the Dallas-Fort Worth area that measures regulated pollutants and provides data to the general public, industry, and local governments.

HB 2636
Sponsored
-
2011

Directs HHSC to create a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Coucil to develop standards for operating a Neonatal ICU and develop an accreditation process for a Neonatal ICU to receive reimbursement for Medicaid services.

HB 3207
Sponsored
-
2011

Allows religious societies in Dallas County to establish and operate perpetual care cemeteries on their property if they are tax exempt, have been in existence for at least five years, and have at least $500,000 in assets.

SB 293
Co-Authored
-
2011

Adds telehealth services to the services for which providers could be reimbursed under the HHSC system to reimburse providers for telemedicine medical services under Medicaid.

SB 794
Authored
-
2011

Extends the dedication of funds for grants to nursing programs for the next two biennia.

SB 438
Authored
-
2011

Allows Texas wineries to sell wine at farmers' markets and wine festivals for up to four consecutive days and removes the 5 days/month restriction.

SB 622
Authored
-
2011

Improves medical privacy in Texas by strengthening federal protections and increasing civil penalties for breaches of Protected Health Information.

SB 434
Authored
-
2011

Establishes a Task Force to examine the intersection of Domestic Violence and CPS cases.

HB 240
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to adopt rules to prevent accidental or unintentional access to on-site sewage disposal systems.

HB 253
Sponsored
-
2011

Extends the statute of limitations for the offense of bigamy from 3 to 7 years, and 10 years after the victim's 18th birthday, if the victim was a minor.

HB 300
Sponsored
-
2011

Prohibits covered entities from selling an individual’s protected health information (PHI) unless it is for the purpose of treatment, payment, or health care operations or is otherwise authorized or required by state or federal law.

HB 3328
Co-Sponsored
-
2011

Requires the Railroad Commission (RRC) to establish rules requiring well operators to report the amount of water and hazardous chemicals used in a hydraulic fracturing treatment of a gas well on the website and to the RRC.

SB 469
Authored
-
2011

Outlines a revised toll collection process for regional tollway authorities.

SB 101
Co-Authored
-
2011

Provides a safeguard to prevent nonjudicial foreclosures from being carried out on homes owned by active duty military service members.

HB 5
Sponsored
-
2011

Authorizes Texas' participation in a multi-state effort to secure the consent of Congress, via an interstate compact, for member states to regulate health care, free of federal interference.

HB 290
Sponsored
-
2011

Makes the second conviction for employing a child in a Sexually Oriented Business a state jail felony and makes the third conviction for employing a child in a Sexually Oriented Business a third degree felony.

HB 734
Sponsored
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2011

Authorizes counties of 1.4 million to establish a Truancy Court and allows the county judge to appoint the full-time magistrates.

HB 1829
Sponsored
-
2011

Allows hospitals to transfer mental health patients detained in a hospital for emergency detention to appropriate mental hospital.

HB 2366
Sponsored
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2011

Defines an open-enrollment charter school operated under a charter granted to a municipality as a "work-site open-enrollment charter school".

HB 1615
Co-Sponsored
-
2011

Prohibits child care facilities from administering meds to a child without a parent/guardians written authorization and requires meds to be administered according to label instructions or doctor's written orders.

SB 1179
Authored
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2011

Repeals 200 obsolete and redundant reports required by state agencies and institutions of higher education.

SB 18
Co-Authored
-
2011

Prohibits the government or a private entity taking land that was not for a public use.

HB 289
Sponsored
-
2011

Expands the definition of "nuisance" to include: employing a minor at a sexually oriented business; human trafficking; sexual performance of a child; and employment harmful to children.

HB 807
Sponsored
-
2011

Directs the Department of Family and Protective Services to provide at least 48 hours' written notice to the foster care provider and any child-placing agency involved in the child's placement before changing the child's placement.

SB 859
Co-Authored
-
2011

Allows eligible single-employee businesses to participate in a health group cooperative.

HB 13
Sponsored
-
2011

Directs the executive commissioner of HHSC to seek a global demonstration waiver under Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act to the state Medicaid plan.

HB 844
Sponsored
-
2011

Extends the authority of the City of Fort Worth to sell certain lake property to current leaseholders without conducting a competitive bidding process.

HB 3311
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires that a meeting take place a sufficient time prior to a hearing so that an attorney can be adequately prepared to represent their client's best interest.

HB 3531
Sponsored
-
2011

Directs the Health and Human Services Commission to monitor the prescribing of psychotropic medications for foster children enrolled in the STAR Health managed care program.

HB 1983
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires HHSC to develop cost-saving quality initiatives designed to reduce the number of non-medically indicated inductions and c-sections performed prior to the 39th week of gestation under the Medicaid program.

SB 797
Authored
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2011

Directs HHSC to develop an objective assessments to determine Medicaid clients' acute nursing needs.

SB 799
Authored
-
2011

Clarifies that an excise tax is imposed when a winery sells to a consumer, not to other wineries or wholesalers.

SB 1618
Co-Authored
-
2011

Requires all state agencies to submit all reports required by the legislature in electronic format.

HB 2245
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires HHSC to study and evaluate the cost-effectiveness and benefits of existing physician incentive programs implemented by maintenance organizations under Medicaid managed care.

SB 1177
Authored
-
2011

Requires health care facilities to develop a vaccine-preventable disease policy for their employees.

SB 331
Co-Authored
-
2011

Criminalizes the manufacture, sale, and possession of K2.

SB 1421
Authored
-
2011

Allows CPRIT to accept interest or proceeds resulting from securities and equity ownership; protects grant application info under Open Records.

SB 16
Co-Authored
-
2011

Amends the Women's Right to Know Act by requiring physicians to perform a sonogram on a pregnant woman before performing an abortion.

SB 258
Co-Authored
-
2011

Adds "one state under God" to the pledge of allegiance to the Texas state flag that is recited to conclude the state flag retirement ceremony.

SB 544
Co-Authored
-
2011

Makes state laws relating to Medicaid fraud more consistent with federal laws.

SB 715
Co-Authored
-
2011

Requires certain medical and mental health providers to release child medical records to court-appointed representatives in proceedings relating to a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.

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