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.
Authorizes certain joint airport boards to declare a state of local disaster as a prerequisite to obtaining state disaster assistance, thus streamlining access to state and federal disaster aid.
Conforms state law to the federal Help Americans Vote Act and enables Texas to potentially draw down $205 million in federal funds with a 1 to 20 match formula.
Provides an exception to otherwise required public disclosure of records relating to the location, employees, board members, volunteers, clients, and private donors of family violence shelter centers and sexual assault programs.
Allows the Department of Human Services (DHS) the ability to accept in-kind and other donations in addition to the monetary donations they are currently allowed in statute.
Makes changes to the sunset dates of various state agencies.
Clarifies the preemption of state privacy laws under HIPAA.
Adds "justice of the peace, county judge or physician designated by the justice of the peace or county judge" (where currently the language specifies only "medical examiner") in regards to organ donation activities.
Requires the creation of a kidney pool to address those patients in the state with low panel reactive antibodies, who have been on the waiting list a longer than average time.
Relieves from civil or criminal liability a doctor, nurse, or person directed by a physician to withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a patient who has a terminal or irreversible condition and whose death would occur within minutes to hours regardless of whether CPR were given.
Makes structural and funding changes to health and human services agencies and changes the sunset date of these agencies.
Allows health plans and pharmacies to continue using DEA numbers as provider identification numbers until the federal government issues universal provider numbers.
Creates a reporting and accountability measure for the physical activity requirements passed last session (SB 19, Nelson).
Brings Texas law on prescription drug label requirements into compliance with changes enacted in the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Require nursing facilities to include one hour per year of dementia specific training as part of its required in-service training for nurses and certified nurse aids who are employed in a nursing facility.
Allows the Department of Health to set fees for Youth Camp licensees in an amount not to exceed the actual cost of administering the program.
Removes statutory caps to allow the Department of Health generate fees sufficient to cover operating costs in compliance with the legislative intent of the General Appropriations Act Rider 7, 77th Legislature.
Proposes a constitutional amendment concerning civil lawsuits against doctors and health care providers, and other actions, and authorizing the legislature to determine limitations on non-economic damages.
Declares that same-sex marriages and civil unions are contrary to state policy and are void in Texas.
Allows small employers to form group health cooperatives with other employers in order to obtain health coverage for employees, and sets forth provisions for the creation and conduct of such cooperatives.
Allows the Board of Accountancy, the Office of the Attorney General, the State Securities Board, the Texas Department of Insurance, and the Public Utility Commission to share information on corporate fraud investigations.
Provides for the enhancement of the penalty for an offender who manufactures or delivers a controlled substance causing death or serious bodily injury.
Requires insurers writing residential property insurance in Texas to file immediately after its effective date and on a one-time basis certain information with the commissioner of insurance.
Allows for the prosecution of a person who harms or kills an unborn child, unless certain circumstances exist.
Requires the boards of certain water conservation and reclamation districts to give notice of each meeting at which the adoption of a tax rate will be considered.
Prohibits an insurance company operating in Texas from also owning a vehicle repair shop.
Requires a consumer reporting agency to place a notice on the requester's consumer file alerting a recipient of a consumer report that the consumer's identity may have been used without the consumer's consent to fraudulently obtain goods or services.
Allows insurers and health maintenance organizations to offer policies that do not provide state-mandated health benefits.
Provides uniform standards for the use of flame effects or pyrotechnics.
Requires abortions performed at or after the 16th week of pregnancy to be performed in a licensed hospital or ambulatory surgical center; requires certain information and materials to be supplied and/or offered to a woman seeking an abortion; requires a 24-hour wait after receiving the information before the abortion can occur.
Requires the TABC to transfer $250,000 annually from its appropriations to the Texas Department of Agriculture to implement the Texas Wine Marketing Assistance Program.
Allows electronic monitoring devices to be placed in residents' rooms in assisted living facilities, (in addition to nursing homes).
Creates a Corporate Integrity Unit within the Office of the Attorney General to assist in the investigation and enforcement of the laws relating to corporate fraud or other similar illegal activities.
Authorizes the securities commissioner to assist a securities regulator of another state or foreign jurisdiction in determining whether a violation of a securities law or rule has occurred.
Prohibits a person convicted of an offense of fraud, burglary or assault from being employed in a position involving direct contact with the elderly or persons with disabilities before the fifth anniversary of the date of the conviction.
Requires a nursing home owner or employee to report certain reports of abuse or neglect to the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) and to law enforcement.
Requires municipalities to provide military leave time accounts for fire fighters or police officers and to maintain their health, dental, and life insurance coverage and benefits should a fire fighter or police officer be called to active duty.
Expands the definition of “eligible highway” and increases the remittance to the state from five to at least 10 percent. Authorizes the Texas Transportation Commission to enter into a contract with certain entities for a major shopping area.
Extends the regional emergency medical dispatch resource center pilot program for another two years and provides additional options for funding the program.
Establishes a Texas music project to feature Texas musicians on a series of CDs, the proceeds from which would benefit rograms such as music classes in Texas schools.