Prohibits sex offenders from becoming licensed EMTs.
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).
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.
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.
Designates one week each year as "Fall Prevention Awareness Week."
Requires HHSC to develop an e-prescribing implementation plan under the Medicaid and CHIP programs.
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.
Clarifies which state agencies have jurisdiction over cemeteries, especially historic ones, and clarifies legislative intent about known and unknown burials throughout the state.
Requires fingerprint checks for employees of certain facilities and agencies licensed or registered by DFPS or DADS.
Requires the Hep B vaccine for graduate health professional students if they have direct patient contact that includes exposure to blood and bodily fluids.
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.
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..
Designates October as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.
Establishes a Health Insurance Pool for children in the child support system.
Allows DSHS to exchange ImmTrac records with other state health departments in the event of a declared disaster involving an evacuation.
Establishes a concurrent planning process at DFPS for foster children and enhances transition services for youth aging out of foster care.
Waives the fee for obtaining a copy of an adopted or foster child's birth certificate.
Makes technical changes to statute governing the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.
Creates a housing and health services coordination council to develop and implement policies to increase state efforts to offer service-enriched housing.
Changes the renewal referendum interval of Fire Control Districts from five to four years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Allows DSHS to accept and process newborn screening specimens from other states in the event of a disaster or disruption in lab functionality.
Increase the total exemption from the margins tax from a revenue ceiling of $300,000 to $1 million.
Authorizes cities and counties to use royalties and bonuses from oil, gas, and other mineral interests to fund an approved venue project.
Reforms the Nursing Practice Act to provide clear guidance to nurses and the Board of Nursing on complaints, confidentiality, sanctions, and administrative penalties.
Requires the Physical Therapy Board to adopt rules for continuing competence of, rather than mandatory continuing education requirements for, licensed physical therapists.
Encourages nursing programs to graduate more nurses with the goal of addressing our shortage of qualified nurses.
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.
Authorizes the City of White Settlement to appoint magistrates to serve in municipal courts.
Creates a program to encourage professional nursing programs to increase their graduation rates and to recognize programs with an 85% graduation rate or better.
Requires an AED at all high school athletic departments and at each high school athletic practice or competition.
Allows an officer, under a state of emergency, to disarm an individual if the officer reasonably believed it was immediately necessary to protect the safety of the officer or other individuals.
Allows grants from the professional nursing shortage reduction program for use of part-time clinical faculty.
Makes minor changes to the reporting requirements that DADS must make in relation to the guardianship program.
Extends the dedication of the funds from the tobacco lawsuit provided to address the nursing shortage.
Allows First Responders and their family members to enter their immunization records into ImmTrac and requires vaccination records for immunizations given during disasters to be sent to ImmTrac.
Requires each school district to make at least one AED available at each campus in the district, including at athletic events and practices.
Creates the Nurse-Family Partnership Competitive Grant Program within the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
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.
Requires DSHS and schools to post a list on their websites of required and recommended vaccinations for school age children.
Requires HHSC to establish a web-accessible and searchable database to list current providers in the state assisted medical benefits program.
Creates a pilot program which would match these aging-out foster youth with adult volunteer mentors.
Clarifies HHSC's authority to employ digital and electronic signature technologies in the administration of health and human services programs.
Renames the organ donation registry as the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry and enables it to become an affiliate of the national Donate Life America Alliance and Campaign.
Allows cities to use the hotel occupancy tax to pay for a transportation system that transports tourists to and from hotels in and near a municipality.
Establishes the Texas hospital-based nursing education partnership grant program to be administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Allows the comptroller of public accounts to establish and administer a “Genuine Texas Program” to develop and expand markets for products manufactured in this state.
Directs the Board of Nurse Examiners and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to study our current nursing curriculum.
Requires DFPS to develop a plan to keep families together while ensuring a child is safe in the home, reducing the length of time a child spends in state's care, and improving the quality and accountability in foster care.
Redefines "voucher payment system" and related matters as "consumer direction." Terminology that referred to the "voucher payment program" enacted in the past changed in health-related fields to "consumer direction."
Allows DFPS to work quicker to terminating parental rights and therefore helping the child reach permanency quicker.
Makes offenders convicted of a second serious sexual offense against children eligible for the death penalty or life without parole and increases the penalties for certain sex crimes against young children.
Amends the law that will assist the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Attorney General with investigations and enforcement against providers who have violated the Medicaid statute.
Allows the Board of Dental Examiners to renew the license of a retired dentist wishing to practice charity care only whose license has been expired for more than one year.
Establishes the Health Services Authority, which will oversee the planning and coordination framework for the development of a electronic health records system.
Creates a pilot project to simplify, streamline, and reduce costs associated with Medicaid reporting and auditing procedures for intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICF-MR) and home and community-based services waiver program providers.
Creates the electronic health information coordinating. committee to advise DSHS and the Governor on how to increase physician use of health information technology.
Creates a statewide program for local school districts to permissively use to educate students on the dangers of MySpace.
Expands the list of providers that should be encouraged to take part in telemedicine in Medicaid and redefines the telemedicine sites.
Creates a statewide recognition day to celebrate adoption, adoptive families, and adoption workers in Texas.
Clarifies that DFPS may designate a foster parent or a biological parent to be the medical consenter, if parental rights have not been terminated.
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.
Creates a long term care partnership program in Texas, allowing people to buy qualifying long term care insurance policies.
Directs the health licensing boards and Higher Education Coordinating Board to study joint education among health professional students.
Creates a minimum data set for the collection of information on health professionals by the statewide health coordinating council.
Requires public reporting of infections that occurred while the patient was in a health care facility receiving treatment.
Transforms the Texas Cancer Council into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and expands its authority to issue up to $300 million per year in grants for the purpose of cancer research.
Requires a person responsible for burial or removal of a body to file the death certificate electronically according to guidelines established by the state registrar.
Provides authority for the existing Denton County MUD #6 to subdivide into two districts.
Transfers the authority to administer federal and state nutrition program to the Department of Agriculture.
Adds additional criminal convictions to the list barring employment as an attendant to the disabled and elderly.
Clarifies that nursing preceptors and their children can use tuition exemptions within a year of the nurse serving as a preceptor.
Clarifies that nurses required to be reported to the Board are those who pose a risk of harm to patients, and requires greater information sharing between nursing peer review committees and other patient safety committees.
Allows a municipality to use the revenue from hotel occupancy taxes to develop a transportation system to transport tourists from hotels in and near the municipality to the commercial center of the municipality.
Makes various changes to the operation, management, and organization of the Texas Youth Commission.
Improves the Texas Medicaid program by focusing on prevention, individual choice, and better planning.
Requires HHSC to develop and DSHS to distribute to health care providers a brochure on cord blood donation and the risks and benefits on donation.
Creates a presumption of reasonableness for a person's belief that the use of force or deadly force to protect that person was immediately necessary.
Puts in place basic regulation of the discounted health plan industry.
Creates a pilot project at nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded to help train staff about advance care planning.
Creates a two -year moratorium, with certain exceptions, on all statewide toll projects that involved a private entity operating or collecting revenue on a toll road.
Creates a Constitutional amendment to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years.
Allows funeral directors to submit written documentation of their good faith efforts to file a timely death certificate when they are unable to get the necessary information to file the certificate within 10 days.
Creates a municipal utility district in Denton County that will provide water, sewer, drainage and road services for the residents of the district.
Eliminates the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and eliminates the collection of the 1.25 percent assessment on telecommunications providers’ taxable receipts.
Requires a school district to treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner the district treated a student’s expression of a secular or other viewpoint on a permissible subject.
Requires vendors that sell, lease or provide electronic medical records to health care providers to include required immunization reporting capabilities in the software.
Allows the Texas Workforce Commission to provide CHOICES workforce and support services to non-recipient's parents living with TANF children.
Creates an accreditation process for battery intervention prevention programs (BIPP's).
Allows certain controlled substances to be electronically prescribed and allows pharmacists to dispense prescriptions issued by a licensed out-of-state doctor for certain controlled substances.
Creates a home loan program for allied health professionals in combination with the home loan programs for professional educators and nursing faculty.
Aligns state law with federal law by allowing AEDs to be purchased without a doctor's prescription.
Establishes a state employee health fitness and education program.
Provides the framework for a successful social services eligibility system.
Authorizes a study to determine the feasibility of provide immunizations at low or no cost to higher education students who wish to enroll in health profession degree programs that require direct patient contact.
Strengthens physical activity requirements for elementary and middle school students and requires fitness assessments of students in grades 3-12.
Amends the Family code to conform with federal requirements put forth from the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 and the Child and Family Services Act of 2006.