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Senator Van Taylor: District 8
 
Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2017
Contact: Lonnie Dietz
(512) 463-0108
SENATOR VAN TAYLOR RESPONDS TO HOUSE'S FAILED HAIL MARY ON CRITICAL SUNSET BILLS THEY FAILED TO PASS

AUSTIN, TX – State Senator Van Taylor, the Vice Chairman of the Sunset Commission, today responded to the last minute ad hoc attempt by the Texas House to rescue important Sunset bills they failed to pass earlier in the legislative session:

“Since the opening gavel the Senate has been hard at work passing legislation important to Texans, including all ten of our Sunset bills. As the Vice Chair of the Sunset Commission, I am very proud of the Senate for working together, and for the people of Texas, to pass each one of our sunset bills early in session so their status was never in jeopardy," stated Taylor. "This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is basic blocking and tackling of Government that the House failed to accomplish. The consequences of the House’s inaction are serious: 12% of the Texas economy is within the healthcare sector. We cannot allow the hundreds of thousands of Texans whose jobs rely on the House doing its job suffer because of their failure of leadership. The House’s last minute Hail Mary does not conform with Senate rules nor the Constitution of Texas.”

A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission and is also member of the Natural Resources and Economic Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Nominations Committees. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.

Background:

INITIAL CHAMBER SUNSET BILL PASSAGE BY MONTH:

  March April May Failed to Pass
Senate (Total Assigned: 10) 1 9 0 0
House (Total Assigned: 10) 1 0 6 3

SENATE BILLS:

Bill Agency Author Date Received from Other Chamber Final Status
SB 301 ERS Sunset Sen. Watson 4.5.17 WILL PASS
SB 302 State Bar Sunset Sen. Watson 4.5.17 WILL PASS
SB 303 Law Examiners Sunset Sen. Watson 4.5.17 WILL PASS
SB 304 Chiropractors Sunset Sen. Taylor, Van 4.6.17 PASSED
SB 312 TxDOT Sunset Sen. Nichols 3.22.17 PASSED
SB 313 Dental Examiners Sunset Sen. Schwertner 4.12.17 PASSED
SB 314 Optometry Board Sunset Sen. Schwertner 4.19.17 PASSED
SB 316 PMP Sunset Sen. Hinojosa 4.13.17 DIED IN HOUSE CALENDARS; SENATE SAVED BY AMENDING TO H.B. 2561 (PHARMACY SUNSET)
SB 317 PT/OT Council Sunset Sen. Nichols 4.19.17 PASSED
SB 319 Veterinary Board Sunset Sen. Watson 4.20.17 WILL PASS

HOUSE BILLS:

Bill Agency Author Date Received from Other Chamber Final Status
HB 1818 Railroad Commission Sunset Rep. Gonzales, Larry 3.30.17 PASSED
HB 1920 Palo Duro River Authority Sunset Rep. Flynn 5.3.17 PASSED
HB 1921 Upper Colorado River Authority Sunset Rep. Flynn 5.1.17 PASSED
HB 2180 Sulphur River Authority Sunset Rep. Flynn 5.3.17 PASSED
HB 2561 Pharmacy Sunset Rep. Thompson 5.3.17 PASSED
HB 2898 Behavioral Health Sunset:
  • Counselors
  • Marriage Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Rep. Gonzales, Larry N/A DIED ON GENERAL STATE CALENDAR
HB 2950 Nursing Board Sunset Rep. Burkett 5.3.17 WILL PASS
HB 3040 Medical Board Sunset Rep. Burkett N/A DIED IN HOUSE CALENDARS COMMITTEE
HB 3078 Podiatry Sunset Rep. Thompson 5.8.17 PASSED
HB 3302 Sunset Schedule Bill Rep. Gonzales, Larry N/A DIED ON GENERAL STATE CALENDAR

STATUTES, AGENCIES, AND TEXAS JOBS AFFECTED BY HOUSE FAILURE TO PASS SUNSET BILLS:

Bill 5 Agencies Affected At Least 28 Chapters of Law Expiring September 1, 2017 Without Passage of Sunset Bills At least 198,385 Texans Jobs at Risk* 215 Agency Jobs at Risk Sampling of Public Health Standards Eliminated
 
HB 3040
 
Texas Medical Board

Subtitle B, Occupations Code.

  • Chapter 151, OC (Medical Practice Act)
  • Chapter 152, OC (State Board of Medical Examiners)
  • Chapter 153, OC (Powers and Duties of Board)
  • Chapter 154, OC (Public Interest Information)
  • Chapter 155, OC (License to Practice Medicine)
  • Chapter 156, OC (Registration of Physicians)
  • Chapter 157, OC (Authority of Physician to Delegate Certain Medical Acts)
  • Chapter 158, OC (Authority of Physician to Provide Certain Drugs and Supplies)
  • Chapter 159, OC (Physician-Patient Communication)
  • Chapter 160, OC (Requirements Relating to Medical Peer Review)
  • Chapter 162, OC (Regulation by Board of Certain Nonprofit Health Corporations)
  • Chapter 163, OC (District Review Committees)
  • Chapter 164, OC (Disciplinary Actions and Procedures)
  • Chapter 165, OC (Penalties)
  • Chapter 166, OC (Billing of Anatomic Pathology Services)
  • Chapter 167, OC (Texas Physician Health Program)
  • Chapter 168, OC (Regulation of Pain Management Clinics)
  • Chapter 169, OC (Authority to Prescribe Low-THC Cannabis for Certain Patients for Compassionate Use)

Chapter 204, OC (Physician Assistant Licensing Act)

Chapter 205, OC (Acupuncture Act)

Chapter 206, OC (Surgical Assistants Act)

Chapter 601, OC (Medical Radiologic Technologist Certification Act)

Chapter 602, OC (Medical Physics Practice Act)

Chapter 603, OC (Licensed Perfusionists Act)

Chapter 604, OC (Respiratory Care Practitioners)

85,775

8,058

1,241

452

26,868

671

397

15,540

 
201

Protection of Patient-Physician communications. (Chapter 159, Occupations Code)

Physician compliance with abortion regulations. (164, Occupations Code)

Criminal penalties for practicing medicine without license, harming patients. (Chapter 165, Occupations Code)

Patient solicitation. (Chapter 165, Occupations Code)

Surgery while intoxicated. (Chapter 165, Occupations Code)

Texas Physician Health Program. (Chapter 167, Occupations Code)

Regulation of Pill Mills. (Chapter 168, Occupations Code)

Compassionate use of Low-THC Cannabis. (Chapter 169, Occupations Code)

HB 2898 Professional Counselors Board N/A 22,500 33**  
HB 2898 Marriage and Family Therapists Board Chapter 502, Occupations Code. (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Act) 3,511 33** No state laws regulating marriage and family therapists.
HB 2898 Social Worker Board N/A 23,800 33**  
HB 2898 Psychology Board Chapter 501, Occupations Code. (Psychologists' Licensing Act) 9,512 14 No state laws regulating psychology.

* Number of affected licensees — It does not include non-licensed jobs including administrative, technical, and business support services. This also does not include other health services, such as nursing or other professions that rely on medical references, which would be significantly impacted. In total, healthcare represents approximately 12% of Texas' economy.

**Approximately 33 HHSC/DSHS staff support several programs including these three boards.

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