Legislation Archive

HB 4062
Sponsored
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2007

Transfers the authority to administer federal and state nutrition program to the Department of Agriculture.

HJR 90
Sponsored
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2007

Calls for a voter-approved Constitutional Amendment to create CPRIT.

HB 8
Co-Sponsored
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2007

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.

HB 735
Co-Sponsored
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2007

Eliminates the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and eliminates the collection of the 1.25 percent assessment on telecommunications providers’ taxable receipts.

HB 3443
Co-Sponsored
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2007

Establishes the Texas hospital-based nursing education partnership grant program to be administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

HB 3446
Co-Sponsored
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2007

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.

HB 3678
Co-Sponsored
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2007

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.

SB 6
Authored
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2005

Implements Office of the Inspector General recommendations to improve the ability of Adult Protective Services to protect the disabled and elderly of Texas.

SB 42
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 44
Authored
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2005

Restores the Indigent Health Care Advisory Committee.

SB 45
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 46
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 48
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 50
Authored
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2005

Allows providers to include a provision in health plan contracts prohibiting batch rejection of claims.

SB 51
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 52
Authored
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2005

Creates a competitive grant program at DADS to promulgate quality of life innovations that serve as a model of best practices.

SB 53
Authored
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2005

Expands current protections for genetic information and against discrimination based on genetic makeup to the individual health insurance market.

SB 56
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 66
Authored
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2005

Creates an educational program to deter methamphetamine production and inform the public on the hazards of methamphetamine production on children.

SB 132
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 400
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 401
Authored
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2005

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

SB 402
Authored
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2005

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.

SB 403
Authored
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2005

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Examiners of Perfusionists.

SB 408
Authored
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2005

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

SB 409
Authored
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2005

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Office of Public Utility Council.

SB 412
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 419
Authored
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2005

Makes changes in the operation of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and changes its name to the Texas Medical Board.

SB 610
Authored
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2005

Makes changes to the licensing and examination functions of the Texas Board of Dental Examiners.

SB 611
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 871
Authored
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2005

Create a pilot program to provide Medicaid services through and Integrated Care Management model of managed care.

SB 872
Authored
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2005

Creates a study to determine the impact of niche hospitals on general hospitals.

SB 874
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 1186
Authored
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2005

Allow servicemen and women to terminate lease agreements following a required transfer for military service.

SB 1188
Authored
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2005

Reforms Medicaid to improve recipient outcomes while containing costs by implementing the Governor's Interim Medicaid Reform Task Force recommendations.

SB 1330
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 1331
Authored
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2005

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.

SB 15
Co-Authored
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2005

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.

SB 234
Co-Authored
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2005

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.

HB 137
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 409
Sponsored
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2005

Reiterates the Legislature's intent that all grounds for appeal of parental right termination cases must be presented within 15 days of the verdict.

HB 790
Sponsored
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2005

Expands the required number of newborn screening tests to include a panel of conditions determined by DSHS.

HB 801
Sponsored
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2005

Requires DFPS to develop a training program for department personnel who receive reports of abuse and neglect.

HB 802
Sponsored
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2005

Alleviates the paperwork burden on CPS caseworkers by enlisting the assistance of family members in completing basic documentation.

HB 843
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 916
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 972
Sponsored
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2005

Implements Sunset Advisory Commission recommendations regarding the operation and structure of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

HB 1116
Sponsored
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2005

Moves four agency's sunset reviews into the 2009 cycle to align them with reviews of other related agencies.

HB 1502
Sponsored
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2005

Repeals some problematic provisions of HB 2292 (78R, Wuhlgemuth) that would have resulted in fewer providers accepting Medicare patients.

HB 1596
Sponsored
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2005

Allows cities and counties to regulate the use of motorized scooters on sidewalks.

HB 1718
Sponsored
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2005

Ensures that qualified, experienced nurses who have been assisting physicians in the operating room could continue practicing without becoming Registered Nurse First Assistants.

HB 1771
Sponsored
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2005

Provides a framework in statute for a creation of a non-capitated model of primary care case management for Medicaid patients.

HB 1912
Sponsored
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2005

Combines rate setting processes into one provision of law to provide greater consistency across DARS divisions and to simplify the rate methodology process.

HB 1986
Sponsored
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2005

Grants additional powers to county transit authorities and makes administrative changes regarding their structure and organization.

HB 2100
Sponsored
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2005

Directs DSHS to create wedding anniversary heirloom certificates for a fee of $50 each, the proceeds of which will go towards increasing childhood immunizations.

HB 2101
Sponsored
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2005

Directs DSHS to create heirloom birth certificates for a fee of $50 each, the proceeds of which will go towards increasing childhood immunizations.

HB 2104
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 2158
Sponsored
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2005

Exempts retired physicians whose sole practice is providing voluntary medical care for a disaster relief organization from the registration permit fee.

HB 2331
Sponsored
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2005

Clarifies that anonymity is to be provided to a mother who voluntarily relinquishes her newborn to a designated emergency infant care provider.

HB 2470
Sponsored
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2005

Clarifies provisions of the Driver Responsibility Program and related trauma funding.

HB 2471
Sponsored
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2005

Specifies the requirements of different hospitals operating under a single license.

HB 2475
Sponsored
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2005

Requires the Department of State Health Services to develop a strategic plan to eliminate mortality from cervical cancer by 2015.

HB 2476
Sponsored
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2005

Allows the Medical Disclosure Panel to meet using electronic means.

HB 2594
Sponsored
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2005

Allows the Health Disparities Task Force and the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities to submit joint reports.

HB 2618
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 2680
Sponsored
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2005

Increases access to care the uninsured and underinsured by increasing the number of health care professionals providing charity care.

HB 2765
Sponsored
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2005

Updates the definition of Legally Authorized Representative for purposes of the disclosure of medical records.

HB 2961
Sponsored
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2005

Repeals an outdated section of Texas law requiring parent advisory committees at publicly funded child care facilities.

HB 2962
Sponsored
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2005

Repeals the statutes requiring the statewide advisory committee for the Work and Family Clearinghouse, its dedicated fund, staff and required research functions.

HB 3357
Sponsored
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2005

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.

HB 3490
Sponsored
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2005

Creates the Lakes Fresh Water Supply District in Denton County.

HB 3530
Sponsored
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2005

Creates the Fort Worth Municipal Utility District No. 2 in Tarrant County.

HB 3534
Sponsored
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2005

Creates the Denton County Municipal Utility District No. 6.

HB 3535
Sponsored
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2005

Creates the Fort Worth Municipal Utility District No. 1 in Denton County.

SB 12
Authored
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2003

Makes significant changes to the healthcare liability determination and settlement process.

SB 104
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 160
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 161
Authored
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2003

Makes clarifications to licensing changes made during the sunset process for the Texas Department of Health in the previous session.

SB 162
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 173
Authored
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2003

Makes property tax payment deferral available to deployed troops any time the U.S. is at war or in a declared national emergency.

SB 174
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 176
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 263
Authored
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2003

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Dental Board.

SB 274
Authored
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2003

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

SB 275
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 280
Authored
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2003

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 281
Authored
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2003

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

SB 285
Authored
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2003

Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas Department of Human Services.

SB 330
Authored
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2003

Makes clarifying changes to SB 11 (Nelson, 77R) which implemented medical privacy provisions.

SB 339
Authored
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2003

Allows the JUA to issue policies for less than one year terms and to offer installment payment plans.

SB 418
Authored
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2003

Makes changes, developed over the interim by the Special Committee on Prompt Payment of Health Care Providers, in the claims payment and sanctions processes.

SB 433
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 464
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 522
Authored
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2003

Provides equal access to the health insurance market for businesses with few employees.

SB 610
Authored
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2003

Establishes a grant program at the Department of Health to start and continue to operate Federally-Qualified Health Centers.

SB 611
Authored
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2003

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.

SB 612
Authored
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2003

Expands the physician delegated prescribing authority of physician assistants and advanced practice nurses to include Controlled Substances, Schedules III B V.

SB 613
Authored
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2003

Makes minor clarifying changes to HB 2095 (77R, sponsor: Nelson) which changed the Transportation Code in regards o abusable volatile chemicals.

SB 637
Authored
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2003

Requires insurers to pay their filing fees directly to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners rather than to the Texas Department of Insurance.

SB 678
Authored
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2003

Dissolves the remaining County Education Districts and return any remaining delinquent tax roll to each respective district.

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