Transfers the authority to administer federal and state nutrition program to the Department of Agriculture.
Calls for a voter-approved Constitutional Amendment to create CPRIT.
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.
Eliminates the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and eliminates the collection of the 1.25 percent assessment on telecommunications providers’ taxable receipts.
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.
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.
Implements Office of the Inspector General recommendations to improve the ability of Adult Protective Services to protect the disabled and elderly of Texas.
Expands physical activity and Coordinated School Health requirements to middle schools, places health in the foundation curriculum, and requires ISDs to report statistics and data to TEA on health and physical activity.
Restores the Indigent Health Care Advisory Committee.
Creates a health care information technology advisory committee to develop a long-range plan for improving and implementing the use of information technology in the health care industry.
Directs HHSC to assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a integrated benefits card system and report the results and to develop and implement an integrated benefits card system or other method to consolidate recipient identification and benefits issuance if cost-effective.
Authorizes DADS to require nursing homes to submit to the department information necessary to improve the quality of care in nursing homes, including Minimum Data Set reports.
Allows providers to include a provision in health plan contracts prohibiting batch rejection of claims.
Requires health plans to verify the eligibility of enrollees and then pay for services if they inaccurately certify enrollment due to lack of communication from the employer.
Creates a competitive grant program at DADS to promulgate quality of life innovations that serve as a model of best practices.
Expands current protections for genetic information and against discrimination based on genetic makeup to the individual health insurance market.
Prevents a judge or magistrate from reducing the amount of bail that has been set for a defendant that has been charged with murder, capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and/or aggravated robbery.
Creates an educational program to deter methamphetamine production and inform the public on the hazards of methamphetamine production on children.
Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board to award grants for the recruitment and retention of nurses, and sets statewide goals for increasing the number of RN graduates.
Makes changes to the state's workers' compensation system including abolishing TWCC and transferring its duties to TDI, and authorizing changes in rate setting; delivery of medical care; and income benefits.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Examiners of Perfusionists.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Office of Public Utility Council.
Implements Sunset Advisory Commission recommendations related to the workers' compensation system in Texas; abolishes the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission, and establishes the office of employee assistance.
Makes changes in the operation of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and changes its name to the Texas Medical Board.
Makes changes to the licensing and examination functions of the Texas Board of Dental Examiners.
Allows counties to utilize electronic charging instruments and to authorizes a district clerk, county clerk, or court to issue in electronic form a capias for the failure of a person to appear before a court, pay a fine, or comply with a court order.
Create a pilot program to provide Medicaid services through and Integrated Care Management model of managed care.
Creates a study to determine the impact of niche hospitals on general hospitals.
Increases the overall effectiveness of quality-of-care monitoring visits by ensuring that quality monitors have access to key nursing facility staff in order to improve the care of nursing home residents.
Allow servicemen and women to terminate lease agreements following a required transfer for military service.
Reforms Medicaid to improve recipient outcomes while containing costs by implementing the Governor's Interim Medicaid Reform Task Force recommendations.
Requires hospitals to inform elderly patients admitted for over 24 hours that the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are available and requires hospitals to provide the vaccines before discharge, if requested by an elderly patient.
Authorizes the Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County to apply to the TABC for up to four annual temporary beer and wine retailers permits at the Speedway's concession areas only during the facility's major annual events.
Requires persons who claimed an asbestos- or silica-related injury to file a report proving that they met certain medical criteria before they could proceed with their action in court.
Removes the statutory reference to the total number of grand jury bailiffs allowed in Tarrant County and allows for the appointment of additional grand jury bailiffs if additional grand juries are created.
Authorizes the placement of a plaque reading, "Proud to be the Home of President George W. Bush." on the 66 "welcome to Texas" signs along highways entering Texas.
Reiterates the Legislature's intent that all grounds for appeal of parental right termination cases must be presented within 15 days of the verdict.
Expands the required number of newborn screening tests to include a panel of conditions determined by DSHS.
Requires DFPS to develop a training program for department personnel who receive reports of abuse and neglect.
Alleviates the paperwork burden on CPS caseworkers by enlisting the assistance of family members in completing basic documentation.
Allows the commissioners court of a county with a population of at least 1.4 million to regulate the location of a communication facility structure in an unincorporated area if the structure is located within a quarter mile of a residential subdivision.
Creates the Governor's Health Coordinating Council to evaluate public and private health care systems and make recommendations for making them more efficient and ensuring that best practices are widely utilized.
Implements Sunset Advisory Commission recommendations regarding the operation and structure of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Moves four agency's sunset reviews into the 2009 cycle to align them with reviews of other related agencies.
Repeals some problematic provisions of HB 2292 (78R, Wuhlgemuth) that would have resulted in fewer providers accepting Medicare patients.
Allows cities and counties to regulate the use of motorized scooters on sidewalks.
Ensures that qualified, experienced nurses who have been assisting physicians in the operating room could continue practicing without becoming Registered Nurse First Assistants.
Provides a framework in statute for a creation of a non-capitated model of primary care case management for Medicaid patients.
Combines rate setting processes into one provision of law to provide greater consistency across DARS divisions and to simplify the rate methodology process.
Grants additional powers to county transit authorities and makes administrative changes regarding their structure and organization.
Directs DSHS to create wedding anniversary heirloom certificates for a fee of $50 each, the proceeds of which will go towards increasing childhood immunizations.
Directs DSHS to create heirloom birth certificates for a fee of $50 each, the proceeds of which will go towards increasing childhood immunizations.
Makes hindering the arrest, prosecution, conviction, or punishment of someone under the authority of a warrant or capias an offense under the crime of hindering apprehension or arrest.
Exempts retired physicians whose sole practice is providing voluntary medical care for a disaster relief organization from the registration permit fee.
Clarifies that anonymity is to be provided to a mother who voluntarily relinquishes her newborn to a designated emergency infant care provider.
Clarifies provisions of the Driver Responsibility Program and related trauma funding.
Specifies the requirements of different hospitals operating under a single license.
Requires the Department of State Health Services to develop a strategic plan to eliminate mortality from cervical cancer by 2015.
Allows the Medical Disclosure Panel to meet using electronic means.
Allows the Health Disparities Task Force and the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities to submit joint reports.
Allows counties to count funding given to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) for services provided to eligible residents toward the spending threshold for a county to receive state assistance.
Increases access to care the uninsured and underinsured by increasing the number of health care professionals providing charity care.
Updates the definition of Legally Authorized Representative for purposes of the disclosure of medical records.
Repeals an outdated section of Texas law requiring parent advisory committees at publicly funded child care facilities.
Repeals the statutes requiring the statewide advisory committee for the Work and Family Clearinghouse, its dedicated fund, staff and required research functions.
Requires the disclosure of the names of sole proprietors, general partners, and any individual with more than 25 percent ownership interest in an application for or renewal of a hospital license.
Creates the Lakes Fresh Water Supply District in Denton County.
Creates the Fort Worth Municipal Utility District No. 2 in Tarrant County.
Creates the Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 6.
Creates the Fort Worth Municipal Utility District No. 1 in Denton County.
Makes significant changes to the healthcare liability determination and settlement process.
Reflects the patient safety recommendations made by the Senate Special Committee on Prompt Pay, and also incorporates suggestions by the Board, physicians, and the Governor.
Requires the Texas Department of Health to encourage medical schools and nursing schools to develop organ donor curriculum and to create education programs to assist attorneys conducting end-of-life counseling.
Makes clarifications to licensing changes made during the sunset process for the Texas Department of Health in the previous session.
Allows the Department of Health to amend statutes to authorize license probation and emergency suspension in certain cases for the health facilities they are charged to regulate.
Makes property tax payment deferral available to deployed troops any time the U.S. is at war or in a declared national emergency.
Requires county clerks, when responding to an open records request for a marriage license application, to redact the Social Security numbers contained in the application.
Makes it a crime to interfere with a person’s attempt to place an emergency call, whether or not harm or a crime has already occurred.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Dental Board.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
Abolishes the Texas Department of Economic Development and its governing board and transfers its primary economic development functions to a newly-created Texas Economic Development Office within the Governor's Office.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Workforce Commission.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Department of Human Services.
Makes clarifying changes to SB 11 (Nelson, 77R) which implemented medical privacy provisions.
Allows the JUA to issue policies for less than one year terms and to offer installment payment plans.
Makes changes, developed over the interim by the Special Committee on Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers, in the claims payment and sanctions processes.
Creates a Sexual Assault Order of Protection (SAOP) that would be available to individuals alleging sexual assault and would be available to a victim who has no prior relationship with the perpetrator.
Allows MHMRs to appoint a manager or management team to oversee a center prior to an appeals determination, if MHMR deems it to be a misuse of state or federal funds or client safety.
Provides equal access to the health insurance market for businesses with few employees.
Establishes a grant program at the Department of Health to start and continue to operate Federally-Qualified Health Centers.
Prevents insurers and other entities who require the use of an identification card from printing the consumer’s Social Security number on the card and penalizes violators $500 per violation.
Expands the physician delegated prescribing authority of physician assistants and advanced practice nurses to include Controlled Substances, Schedules III B V.
Makes minor clarifying changes to HB 2095 (77R, sponsor: Nelson) which changed the Transportation Code in regards o abusable volatile chemicals.
Requires insurers to pay their filing fees directly to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners rather than to the Texas Department of Insurance.
Dissolves the remaining County Education Districts and return any remaining delinquent tax roll to each respective district.