Legislation Archive

SB 434
Authored
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2011

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

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 438
Authored
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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 469
Authored
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2011

Outlines a revised toll collection process for regional tollway authorities.

SB 620
Authored
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2011

Allows DSHS to designate the National Healthcare Safety Network to receive HAI reporting from health care facilities.

SB 622
Authored
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2011

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

SB 794
Authored
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2011

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

SB 795
Authored
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2011

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

SB 796
Authored
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2011

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

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
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2011

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

SB 969
Authored
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2011

Creates a Council to give local health departments more control over the allocation and use of federal funds intended for core public health functions.

SB 1177
Authored
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2011

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

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.

SB 1179
Authored
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2011

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

SB 1421
Authored
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2011

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

SB 1422
Authored
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2011

Authorizes DCTA to use fare enforcement to ensure that riders pay the appropriate fare.

SCR 16
Authored
-
2011

Designates March as Women's Veterans Month.

SB 14
Co-Authored
-
2011

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

SB 16
Co-Authored
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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 18
Co-Authored
-
2011

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

SB 24
Co-Authored
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2011

Extends the civil and criminal statute of limitations for human trafficking crimes, adding human trafficking offenses and compelling prostitution to the list of "3g" offenses, and requiring an offender who is convicted of sex trafficking to register in the Sex Offender Registry.

SB 101
Co-Authored
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2011

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

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 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 290
Co-Authored
-
2011

Imbeds financial literacy concepts in Kindergarten through grade eight curriculum.

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 331
Co-Authored
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2011

Criminalizes the manufacture, sale, and possession of K2.

SB 377
Co-Authored
-
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.

SB 400
Co-Authored
-
2011

Mitigate the high cost of quality childcare by including providers who meet Texas Rising Star Provider criteria among the entities eligible to use the cooperative purchasing program.

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.

SB 544
Co-Authored
-
2011

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

SB 688
Co-Authored
-
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 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.

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.

SB 859
Co-Authored
-
2011

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

SB 1545
Co-Authored
-
2011

Broaden the language in the Good Samaritan law to include those health care practitioners who are conducting screenings solely to determine the patient's health and fitness.

SB 1618
Co-Authored
-
2011

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

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 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 13
Sponsored
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 943
Sponsored
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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 1781
Sponsored
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2011

Requires state agencies and institutions of higher education by August 1, 2012, to examine their statutorily-required reports and identify those that are obsolete or redundant.

HB 1829
Sponsored
-
2011

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

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.

HB 2061
Sponsored
-
2011

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

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.

HB 2366
Sponsored
-
2011

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

HB 2541
Sponsored
-
2011

Authorizes counties of less than one million to regulate traffic in special districts where 50% of the residents have petitioned for the regulation.

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 2819
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires HHSC to improve communication between eligibility staff and SNAP applicants. If feasible and cost-effective, requires HHSC to replace paper case files with electronic copies and implement a risk scoring program.

HB 3085
Sponsored
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2011

Ensures that extension of the licensure renewal period for freestanding ERs will not conflict with the timeline in which freestanding emergency rooms must be continuously operational 24/7.

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.

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 3314
Sponsored
-
2011

Requires a written statement by an attorney ad litem be filed with the court confirming the meeting requirements have been satisfied.

HB 3369
Sponsored
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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.

HB 3531
Sponsored
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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 3819
Sponsored
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2011

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

HB 3840
Sponsored
-
2011

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

HB 15
Co-Sponsored
-
2011

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

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.

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.

HB 3328
Co-Sponsored
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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 7
Authored
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2009

Transitions Medicaid payment system from output based to outcome based and enhances use of Health Information Technology.

SB 66
Authored
-
2009

Establishes a Health Insurance Pool for children in the child support system.

SB 67
Authored
-
2009

Requires fingerprint checks for employees of certain facilities and agencies licensed or registered by DFPS or DADS.

SB 68
Authored
-
2009

Creates licensure definitions for before and after school child care providers and codifies child care licensing exemptions that were previously in rule.

SB 70
Authored
-
2009

Moves ICF/MR facility investigations from DADS to DFPS.

SB 75
Authored
-
2009

Requires DSHS to create a state-wide evacuation education program.

SB 78
Authored
-
2009

Create a program at TDI to assist small employers and individuals obtain health insurance coverage.

SB 79
Authored
-
2009

Creates a special optional certification for agents selling insurance to small employers that will count toward the agent's continuing education credits.

SB 80
Authored
-
2009

Permits insurance carriers to issue plans that require the employers to contribute 100% of the employers premium.

SB 82
Authored
-
2009

Requires domestic violence perpetrators to pay a $100 fee to local domestic violence centers as a part of probation.

SB 83
Authored
-
2009

Allows domestic violence victims to terminate their lease without penalty.

SB 88
Authored
-
2009

Creates a new general jurisdiction court in Denton County.

SB 279
Authored
-
2009

Protects custody rights of parents who are deployed as members of the military.

SB 281
Authored
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2009

Prohibits the publication of judges' spouses residential information in voting records and appraisal tax records.

SB 282
Authored
-
2009

Creates a nutrition education grant program for children in after school care and early childhood education centers at the Texas Dept of Agriculture.

SB 283
Authored
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2009

Strengthens the structure and increases the responsibilities of local School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs).

SB 286
Authored
-
2009

Requires the Medicaid program to expand the use of health passports to the entire acute Medicaid population within 5 years.

SB 287
Authored
-
2009

Requires HHSC to develop and implement a plan to encourage Medicaid providers to use electronic prescribing.

SB 289
Authored
-
2009

Requires that any Health IT used in Medicaid or CHIP conform to standards required under federal law.

SB 291
Authored
-
2009

Requires the Hep B vaccine for graduate health professional students if they have direct patient contact that includes exposure to blood and bodily fluids.

SB 292
Authored
-
2009

Requires physicians to provide email addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers to the Texas Medical Board.

SB 343
Authored
-
2009

Creates an Advisory Committee to examine the lack of access to fresh, healthy foods in retail setting in underserved parts of the state.

SB 346
Authored
-
2009

Allows 18 year olds who will soon age out of the ImmTrac system to opt-in to maintain their immunization records in the system past age 18.

SB 347
Authored
-
2009

Allows DSHS to exchange ImmTrac records with other state health departments in the event of a declared disaster involving an evacuation.

SB 476
Authored
-
2009

Requires hospitals to collaborate with nurses to improve nurse staffing and the practice environment; prohibits mandatory overtime for nurses.

SB 492
Authored
-
2009

Prohibits sex offenders from becoming licensed EMTs.

SB 493
Authored
-
2009

Establishes a concurrent planning process at DFPS for foster children and enhances transition services for youth aging out of foster care.

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