Legislation Archive

SB 494
Authored
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2009

Provides $4.3 million to implement previous JN legislation requiring hospitals to report to DSHS on health care -associated infections.

SB 526
Authored
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2009

Allows DSHS to use funds from the FQHC incubator program to establish and support new or expanded services.

SB 527
Authored
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2009

Requires facilities that perform mammograms to notify patients if their mammography equipment has failed standards tests.

SB 529
Authored
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2009

Allows wineries in Texas to manufacture and sell brandy to other wineries in Texas for the purpose of fortifying their wine.

SB 643
Authored
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2009

Makes procedural reforms to strengthen oversight and reduce abuse and neglect at the state's Supported Living Centers (SSLCs).

SB 703
Authored
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2009

Waives the fee for obtaining a copy of an adopted or foster child's birth certificate.

SB 704
Authored
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2009

Requires contracts between PBMs and state agencies or university systems to allow price information sharing between agencies; requires PBMs to be audited by external sources.

SB 705
Authored
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2009

Eliminates the Medicaid Consolidated Waiver Program and streamlines Medicaid waiver services.

SB 707
Authored
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2009

Requires Sexually-Oriented Businesses to keep records verifying the age of employees and independent contractors.

SB 711
Authored
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2009

Allows wineries to sell wine at farmer's markets.

SB 785
Authored
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2009

Adds state workers who commit abuse to the public registry and requires long-term care facilities to check the registry annually to ensure no barred employees are working at their facilities.

SB 792
Authored
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2009

Allows the board of directors of a crime control or fire district to impose a tax on gas or electricity.

SB 805
Authored
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2009

Requires HHSC to develop a pay for performance incentive program for nursing homes.

SB 806
Authored
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2009

Authorizes DADS to censure a nursing facility administrator convicted of an offense that would bar other nursing home employees from employment.

SB 887
Authored
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2009

Makes technical changes to the Dental Practices Act.

SB 891
Authored
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2009

Places the National State Boards of Education definition of PE into state statute, requiring that at least 50% of the time spent in a PE class be used for moderate to vigorous physical activity. Requires 30 minutes of physical activity daily for pre-K students.

SB 892
Authored
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2009

Requires schools to include goals and objectives for Coordinated School Health in their annual Campus Improvement Plans.

SB 894
Authored
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2009

Allows municipal investment of local revenue from natural gas leases and signing bonuses under the Texas Trust Code and requires separation of those types of revenue from all other city revenue sources.

SB 895
Authored
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2009

Modifies CPRIT statute to allow for greater involvement of cancer expertise in the grant review process.

SB 1324
Authored
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2009

Creates more stringent criminal charges and penalties for domestic violence strangulation.

SB 1325
Authored
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2009

Directs DSHS to develop a veterans mental health peer to peer counseling program.

SB 1326
Authored
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2009

Makes technical changes to statute governing the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.

SB 1328
Authored
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2009

Requires DSHS to study the vaccine status and vaccine insurance coverage of first responders who are deployed to disasters.

SB 1330
Authored
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2009

Allows DSHS to enter into Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with other state Newborn Screening labs to perform newborn screening tests in the event of an emergency that incapacitates the lab.

SB 1331
Authored
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2009

Establishes a confidential Texas Health Physician Program to address physician mental health and substance abuse issues.

SB 1332
Authored
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2009

Requires DFPS to consider a prior foster placement if a child reenters the CPS system.

SB 1876
Authored
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2009

Specifies that debt exceeding a five-year maturity must be voted on by municipalities where DCTA has previously been authorized to impose a tax.

SB 1877
Authored
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2009

Establishes the Texas Medical Child Abuse Resource and Education System (MEDCARES) grant program to create pediatric centers of excellence that will diagnose and treat child abuse more effectively.

SB 1878
Authored
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2009

Creates a housing and health services coordination council to develop and implement policies to increase state efforts to offer service-enriched housing.

SB 1880
Authored
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2009

Reforms the Nursing Practice Act to provide clear guidance to nurses and the Board of Nursing on complaints, confidentiality, sanctions, and administrative penalties.

SB 1881
Authored
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2009

Aligns state's diabetic equipment and supply ordering requirements under the Medicaid program with those prescribed by the Medicare program.

SB 1882
Authored
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2009

Allows local governments and community mental health centers to request data from state or other local government agencies about recent suicides in the area.

SB 2033
Authored
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2009

Requires school districts to adopt a policy the requires teachers to assign grades reflecting the students' mastery of their coursework and prohibits local policies from requiring teachers to assign minimum grades.

SB 2395
Authored
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2009

Changes the renewal referendum interval of Fire Control Districts from five to four years.

SCR 44
Authored
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2009

Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Texas Legislative Council.

SCR 77
Authored
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2009

Proclaims the 81st Legislature's approval of the system-wide settlement agreement between the US Department of Justice and Texas to resolve investigations of state schools.

HCR 16
Authored
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2009

Corrects the name of the state dinosaur, the Paluxysaurus jonesi.

SB 175
Co-Authored
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2009

Caps automatic admissions at 50% of incoming class that must be admitted under top 10% rule.

SB 203
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires reporting of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surgical site infections to allow hospitals to focus resources and time on areas most prone to MRSA infections (rather than hospital-wide).

SB 254
Co-Authored
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2009

Provides a state tax exemption for gasoline and diesel fuel sold to a volunteer fire department for its exclusive use.

SB 297
Co-Authored
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2009

Allows veterans and their families to pay in-state tuition and fees without regard to the length of time they have resided in Texas.

SB 572
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires two hours of transportation safety training for certain child-care providers that provide transportation services to children whose chronological or developmental age is younger than 9.

SB 575
Co-Authored
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2009

Extends the term of a Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) until the first uniform election date after the 5th anniversary of a new CCPD.

SB 576
Co-Authored
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2009

Allows the use of TIF funds for the construction of infrastructure leading into or out of a district (roads, sidewalks) and allows a municipality to grant a tax exemption to the owners of property in lieu of paying a portion of it s Tax Increment into the TIF fund.

SB 662
Co-Authored
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2009

Allows for the establishment and use of a mausoleum that is either constructed beneath the principle church building or is used only for the internment of the remains of ordained clergy of that religious sect.

SB 689
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires that courts prohibit certain dangerous sex offenders on community supervision from accessing social networking sites and from contacting minors online.

SB 769
Co-Authored
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2009

Allows utilities to use securitization financing to recover from catastrophic storms.

SB 911
Co-Authored
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2009

Allows the Medical Board to license and regulate pain management clinics, which are clinics operated by physicians where a majority of the patients are prescribed opioids and other narcotics for pain treatment.

SB 983
Co-Authored
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2009

No later than 30 days prior to discharge from foster care, requires a foster child to be provided with a copy of their birth certificate, social security card, the information contained in their health passport, a personal id card, and proof of Medicaid eligibility (if appropriate).

SB 1230
Co-Authored
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2009

Creates the Legislative Committee on Aging at DADS to study issues relating to the aging population of Texas, including health care, housing, transportation, income, education, and employment needs.

SB 1380
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires a court that heard a defendant’s motion for continuance in a case of assault or sexual assault against a victim 17 years of age or younger to consider the impact of the continuance on that victim, on request of the state attorney.

SB 1381
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires a magistrate to issue a no-contact order as a condition of bond for a defendant charged with sexual or assault offenses against a child younger than 14.

SB 1659
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to use 10 to 20 percent of the fees collected from the sale of lead-acid batteries for lead-acid battery recycling activities.

SB 1742
Co-Authored
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2009

Increases the distance hunters must stay away from occupied buildings. exempts shooting ranges -final version is limited to cities fully or partially in Collin County.

SB 2080
Co-Authored
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2009

Requires a task force to be established to create a strategy for reducing child abuse and neglect and improving child welfare and creates the MEDCARES Grant Program to improve the diagnosis of child abuse.

HB 409
Sponsored
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2009

Allows the court to award additional visitation time to compensate for the loss of time while a conservator parent is deployed if the court determines it is in the best interests of the child.

HB 464
Sponsored
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2009

Requires LBB to prepare a "dynamic" fiscal note for any bill that raises or lowers the rate or amount of a tax or fee with a positive or negative fiscal note of $100 million or greater over the biennium.

HB 497
Sponsored
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2009

Directs HHSC and TDI to conduct a joint study to determine the effect of abolishing the Medicaid program and/or a severe reduction in federal matching funds.

HB 703
Sponsored
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2009

Designates one week each year as "Fall Prevention Awareness Week."

HB 704
Sponsored
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2009

Authorizes a court to maintain oversight of a consenting child over age 18 (up to age 21) if the child has been in the managing conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services and has a mental or physical disability.

HB 1031
Sponsored
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2009

Clarifies that operating a perpetual care cemetery includes a responsibility to a maintain, repair, and care for roads on cemetery property.

HB 1043
Sponsored
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2009

Gives state agency hiring preference to foster youth who age out of the system.

HB 1067
Sponsored
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2009

Authorizes certain entities to enter into MOUs to share non-identifying suicide data with one another, and to periodically release that data to suicide prevention advocates for suicide prevention purposed only.

HB 1081
Sponsored
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2009

Requires DADS to post detailed information on its website re: each nursing home's compliance history and update the website monthly to provide the most current compliance information regarding each institution.

HB 1093
Sponsored
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2009

Consolidates authority and governance over the Poison Control Network within the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC).

HB 1310
Sponsored
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2009

Bans indoor tanning for children under the age of 16.5 and limits tanning for people ages 16.5 - 18 to those with parental consent.

HB 1358
Sponsored
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2009

Modifies certain provisions of the Cancer Institute to allow for greater involvement of cancer research and prevention expertise in the grant review process and in an advisory capacity to the Institute.

HB 1473
Sponsored
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2009

Adds municipalities in Tarrant County to current statute requiring certain cities to hold public hearings before replatting land in a golf course community.

HB 1487
Sponsored
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2009

Aligns the state's diabetic equipment and supply ordering requirements under the Medicaid program with the those prescribed by the federal Medicare program.

HB 1671
Sponsored
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2009

Allows DSHS to accept and process newborn screening specimens from other states in the event of a disaster or disruption in lab functionality.

HB 1966
Sponsored
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2009

Requires HHSC to develop an e-prescribing implementation plan under the Medicaid and CHIP programs.

HB 2066
Sponsored
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2009

Ensures that domestic violence involving strangulation or suffocation is punished as a felony.

HB 2191
Sponsored
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2009

Prohibits new employees of a facility from having direct contact with a consumer until the facility obtains the employee's criminal history information and verifies his/her employability.

HB 2225
Sponsored
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2009

Directs DFPS to work with an appointed adoption review committee to review the Texas foster care system, identify and report on any obstacles to permanent placement and make recommendations on how to eliminate obstacles.

HB 2228
Sponsored
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2009

Changes the renewal referendum interval for fire control districts from the fifth year from inception year to the fourth year from inception, bringing them in line with crime control district intervals.

HB 2240
Sponsored
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2009

Creates the offense of continuous violence against the family.

HB 2927
Sponsored
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2009

Clarifies which state agencies have jurisdiction over cemeteries, especially historic ones, and clarifies legislative intent about known and unknown burials throughout the state.

HB 3012
Sponsored
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2009

Allows DSHS, counties, and public health districts to require that food handlers employed by food service establishments be certified through a DSHS-accredited training program.

HB 3070
Sponsored
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2009

Specifies that debt exceeding a five year maturity must be voted on by municipalities where DCTA has previously been authorized to impose a tax.

HB 3072
Sponsored
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2009

Permits the direct transfer of publicly owned land within a city with a population of less than 20,000, without the requirement of a bidding process, to the 4A or 4B Economic Development Corporation for that city.

HB 3112
Sponsored
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2009

Directs DADS to consider less restrictive alternatives to guardianship when determining whether guardianship is needed, and if applicable, refer the individual to that alternative person or program..

HB 3137
Sponsored
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2009

Establishes a foster parent bill of rights.

HB 3231
Sponsored
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2009

Establishes the intent of the Legislature in directing HHSC to enroll newborns in Medicaid managed care plans.

HB 3597
Sponsored
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2009

Designates October as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.

HB 3674
Sponsored
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2009

Allows foreign trained physicians to be licensed as medical doctors if they are board certified in a specialty.

HB 3717
Sponsored
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2009

Adds to the people who are exempted from having to receive a physical therapist license those practicing in the military or in another state who were supervised by a Texas-licensed physical therapist.

HB 3961
Sponsored
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2009

Reforms the Nursing Practice Act to provide clear guidance to nurses and the Board of Nursing on complaints, confidentiality, sanctions, and administrative penalties.

HB 4154
Sponsored
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2009

Allows courts to appoint a volunteer advocate if the person is elderly and allows DFPS to establish a volunteer advocate program with nonprofit organizations for the provision of services under the program.

HB 4281
Sponsored
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2009

Requires the Physical Therapy Board to adopt rules for continuing competence of, rather than mandatory continuing education requirements for, licensed physical therapists.

HB 4360
Sponsored
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2009

Authorizes cities and counties to use royalties and bonuses from oil, gas, and other mineral interests to fund an approved venue project.

HB 4471
Sponsored
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2009

Encourages nursing programs to graduate more nurses with the goal of addressing our shortage of qualified nurses.

HB 4750
Sponsored
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2009

Authorizes the City of White Settlement to appoint magistrates to serve in municipal courts.

HB 4765
Co-Sponsored
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2009

Increase the total exemption from the margins tax from a revenue ceiling of $300,000 to $1 million.

SB 10
Authored
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2007

Improves the Texas Medicaid program by focusing on prevention, individual choice, and better planning.

SB 22
Authored
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2007

Creates a long term care partnership program in Texas, allowing people to buy qualifying long term care insurance policies.

SB 24
Authored
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2007

Allows physicians to bill Medicaid for office visits provided via telemedicine and extends the current pilot project for telemedicine mental health services for Medicaid patients.

SB 25
Authored
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2007

Requires an AED at all high school athletic departments and at each high school athletic practice or competition.

SB 27
Authored
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2007

Creates a pilot project at nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded to help train staff about advance care planning.

SB 29
Authored
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2007

Creates a minimum data set for the collection of information on health professionals by the statewide health coordinating council.

SB 36
Authored
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2007

Allows grandfathering under the old rules for people applying for a medical license who obtained or had applied for a Physician-in-Training Permit by September 1, 2005.

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