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Legislative Update

Legislative News:

The 85th Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 and ends on Monday, May 29, 2017. The status change of bills will be noted.

Read the text and check your bill status at Texas Legislature Online.

 

Oral Health Related Bills

HJR 29 - Relating to Board composition, this joint resolution attempts to ensure that the gender composition of a board, commission or governing body reflects the gender composition of the state. 
-- Referred to the State Affairs Committee

Current Senate Bills

SB 123 - Relating to the internet broadcast of open meetings of the TSBDE.
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Currently referred to the Business and Commerce Committee
SB 313
- Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Dental Examiners; imposing fees. This bill is identical to HB 2990.
-- Left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-20-17
SB 430
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Relating to the regulation of dental hygiene.  This bill would allow hygienists to administer local anesthesia. This bill is identical to HB 1201.
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Left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-8-17
SB 404 -
Relating to prohibiting health care practitioners from providing alcoholic beverages to certain persons.
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Placed on intent calendar
SB 1412 - Relating to the powers and duties of certain prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances and to the regulatory agencies that issue a license, certification, or registration to the prescribers or dispensers.
-- Left pending in Health and Human Services Committee after a Public Hearing on 3-20-17
SB 1565- Relating to the procedure for ordering medical or dental services for certain persons admitted to or committed to care at certain state facilities.
-- Currently referred to the Health and Human Services Committee
SB 1927 - Relating to requiring the Health and Human Services Commission to evaluate and implement changes to the Medicaid program to make the program more cost-effective, increase competition among providers, and improve health outcomes for recipients. (Section 3 related to the Health and Human Services Commission shall conduct a study of the provision of dental services to adults with disabilities under the Medicaid program)
SB 1998 - Relating to the formal recognition of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the participation of those schools in the Joint Admission Medical Program.
SB 2007 - Relating to the reimbursement of certain dentists under the Medicaid program. This bill is identical to HB4081.

Current House Bills

HB831 - Relating to coverage for treatment of craniofacial abnormalities under certain health benefit plans.
-- Currently referred to the Insurance Committee
HB 832 - Relating to state funding for baccalaureate degree programs offered at certain public junior colleges.
-- Reported favorably without amendments 3-22-17
HB 1201 - Relating to the regulation of dental hygiene.  This bill would allow hygienists to administer local anesthesia. This bill is identical to SB 430.
-- Currently referred to the Public Health Committee
HB 2007 - Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain military dentists and dental hygienists who provide voluntary charity dental or dental hygiene care.
-- Left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-22-17
HB 2558 - Relating to capitation payments under a contract with a health maintenance organization for the provision of dental care services.
HB 2909 - Relating to the regulation of certain licensed activities and related organizations (including nonprofit hospital, medical, or dental service corporation).
--Currently referred to Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee
HB 2990 - Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Dental Examiners; imposing fees. This bill is identical to SB 313.
--Currently referred to the Public Health Committee
HB 3153 - Relating to certain notice requirements regarding fluoridation of a water supply system.
HB 4081 - Relating to the reimbursement of certain dentists under the Medicaid program. This bill is identical to SB2007.