Texas Legislative Update

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Texas 87th Legislative session

Legislative Session begins: January 12, 2021
Legislative Session ends: May 31, 2021

2021 Bills *

Teledentistry:

  • HB 2056 – Klick
    This Act takes effect September 1, 2021, except Sections 1455.004 and 1455.006, Insurance Code, as amended by this Act take effect January 1, 2022.
    Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

Medicaid:

  • HB 2658 – Frank
    Relating to the Medicaid program, including the administration and operation of the Medicaid managed care program and includes language to provide preventive dental services for some adults with disabilities enrolled in the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program.
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

  • SB 1648 – Perry
    Relating to the provision of benefits under the Medicaid program, including to recipients with complex medical needs and includes language to provide preventive dental services for some adults with disabilities enrolled in the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program.
    Signed by Governor June 18, 2021

Health and Human Services:

  • SB 970 – Kolkhorst
    Relating to the repeal of certain provisions related to health and human services.
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

Tobacco and Cigarette Products:

  • HB 3578 – Guerra
    Relating to the payment methods for cigarette and tobacco products permit fees.
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

  • SB248 – Johnson
    Relating to the regulation of cigarettes, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes and the administration of taxes imposed on the sale or use of certain of those products; requiring a permit; imposing a fee; providing administrative penalties.
    Filed without Governor’s signature
Texas Public Health Coalition
Control (Local and State):
  • HB 3 – Burrows
    Authority of Legislature, Governor, certain political subdivisions during a pandemic, disaster, emergency
    Senate Committee Report 

  • HB 3366 – Klick
    Control orders delivered electronically
    Senate Committee Report
     
  • SB 966 – Kolkhorst
    Legislative oversight during a public health disaster – Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

  • SB 967 Kolkhorst
    Expiration and extension of certain public health orders issues by a local health authority
    Enrolled (the time frame was moved from 8 days to 15 days)
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

  • SB 968 – Kolkhorst
    Pandemic Disaster/Emergency Declarations – Other – Senate Report Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

PPE:
  • SB 437 – Blanco  
    Establish PPE Reserve Advisory Committee – Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021

  • SB 968
    PPE Contracts – Senate Report Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021
Data:
  • SB 464 – Lucio
    Reports on deaths from reportable and other communicable diseases to county health authorities and health departments – Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 14, 2021
  • SB 969 – Kolkhorst
    Data Reporting during a Public health Disaster – Enrolled
    Signed by Governor June 16, 2021
House Bills

HB 2056 Companion to SB488 (Identical)
Author: Klick
Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.

    • Filed February 22, 2021
    • Referred to Public Health Committee March 15, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing on March 31, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 31, 2021
    • Left pending in Public Health Committee March 31, 2021
    • Considered in formal meeting of the Public Health Committee April 26, 2021
    •  Committee substitute considered in Public Health Committee April 26, 2021
    • Recommended to be sent to Local & Consent Committee April 26, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted April 26, 2021
    • Committee report filed with Committee Coordinator and distributed April 28, 2021
    • Committee report sent to Local & Consent Calendar April 29, 2021
    • Considered in Local & Consent Calendars May 4, 2021
    • Placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar May 8, 2021
    • Read 2nd and 3rd time, passed to engrossment May 8, 2021
    • Voted on and passed in the House May 8, 2021
    • Reported engrossed May 8, 2021
    • Received in the Senate from the House May 10, 2021
    • Read 1st time by Senate May 10, 2021
    • Referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 10, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 19, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken May 19, 2021
    • Left pending in Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 19, 2021
    • Reported favorably w/o amendments by Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 20, 2021
    • Recommended for local & uncontested calendar May 20, 2021
    • Placed on intent calendar May 22, 2021
    • Read 2nd and 3rd time three day rule suspended May 24, 2021
    • Passed in Senate May 24, 2021
    • Senate passage of the bill reported in the house May 26, 2021
    • Signed in the House and Senate May 27, 2021
    • Sent to the Governor May 28, 2021

HB 2658
Author:
Frank
Relating to the Medicaid program, including the administration and operation of the Medicaid managed care program.

    • Filed March 2, 2021
    • Referred to Human Services Committee March 17, 2021
    • Scheduled for Public Hearing March 23, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 30, 2021
    • Left pending in Human Services Committee
    • Considered in formal meeting April 9, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted April 9, 2021
    • Human Services Committee report printed and distributed April 13, 2021
    • Considered in Calendars April 15, 2021
    • Placed on General State Calendar April 20, 2021
    • Read 2nd time April 20, 2021
    • Amended April 20, 2021
    • Passed to engrossment as amended April 20, 2021
    • Read 3rd time April 21, 2021
    • Passed and reported engrossed by Senate April 21, 2021
    • Received by Senate from House April 21, 2021
    • Referred to Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 4, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee May 12, 2021
    • Left pending in committee May 12, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing May 20, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted May 21, 2021
    • Placed on Senate intent calendar May 22, 2021
    • Rules suspended-Regular order of business May 22. 2021
    • Read 2nd and 3rd time, three-day rule suspended May 22, 2021
    • Passed Senate as amended May 23, 2021
    • Senate amendments and amendments analysis distributed May 23, 2021
    • House refuses to concur in Senate amendments May 27, 2021
    • House requests conference committee May 27, 2021
    • House appoints conferees May 27, 2021
    • Senate grants request for conference committee May 27, 2021
    • Senate appoints conferees May 27, 2021
    • Conference committee report filed May 29, 2021
    • Senate and House adopts conference committee report May 30, 2021
    • Votes recorded and reported enrolled May 30, 2021
    • Bill signed in Senate and House May 31, 2021
    • Sent to the Governor June 1, 2021

HB 3578
 Author:
Guerra
Relating to the payment methods for cigarette and tobacco products permit fees.

    • Filed March 10, 2021
    • Referred to Finance Committee March 22, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing on March 29, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 29, 2021
    • Left pending in committee March 29, 2021
    • Considered in formal meeting March 31, 2021
    • Reported favorable w/o amendments March 31, 2021
    • Committee report distributed April 7, 2021
    • Committee report sent to calendars April 8, 2021
    • Placed on general state calendar May 5, 2021
    • Read 2nd time May 5, 2021
    • Passed to engrossment in the House May 5, 2021
    • Read 3rd time May 6, 2021
    • Voted on and passed in the House May 6, 2021
    • Reported engrossed May 6, 2021
    • Received in the Senate from the House May 10, 2021
    • Read the first time in the Senate May 12, 2021
    • Referred to Senate Finance Committee
    • Scheduled and considered in public hearing May 18, 2021
    • Recommended for local & uncontested calendar May 19, 2021
    • Senate Finance Committee report printed and distributed May 19, 2021
    • Placed on intent calendar May 20, 2021
    • Not again placed on intent calendar May 21, 2021
    • Placed on local & uncontested calendar May 26, 2021
    • Placed on intent calendar May 25, 2021
    • Amended in Senate May 25, 2021
    • Passed as amended in Senate May 25, 2021
    • Senate amendments distributed May 27, 2021
    • House refuses to concur in Senate amendments May 28, 2021
    • House requests conference committee May 28, 2021
    • House appoints conferees May 28, 2021
    • Senate appoints conferees May 29, 2021
    • Conference committee report filed May 29, 2021
    • Senate and House adopts conference committee report May 30, 2021
    • Votes recorded and reported enrolled May 30, 2021
    • Bill signed in Senate and House May 31, 2021
    • Sent to the Governor June 1, 2021

HB 1629 – Companion to SB951 (Identical)
Author:
Guerra
Relating to improvements to the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual designed to prevent fraud, waste, or abuse in the provision of Medicaid dental services.

    • Filed February 5, 2021
    • Referred to Human Services Committee March 9, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing in the Human Services Committee April 20, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee April 20, 2021
    • Left pending in Human Services Committee April 20, 2020
    • Considered in formal meeting of the Human Services Committee April 30, 2021
    • Reported favorably w/o amendment(s) April 30, 2021
    • Committee Report filed with Committee Coordinator May 4, 2021
    • Committee Report sent to Calendars May 5, 2021

HB 3145 –  Companion to SB1152 (Identical)
Author:
Deshotel
Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to certain adults with disabilities.

    • Filed March 8, 2021
    • Referred to Human Services Committee March 19, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing on April 20, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee April 20, 2021
    • Left pending in Human Services Committee April 20, 2020

HB 1742 
Author: Guerra

Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.

    • Filed February 9, 2021
    • Referred to Public Health Committee March 10, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing on March 31, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 31, 2021
    • Left pending in Public Health Committee March 31, 2021

HB 2348
Author: Klick
Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.

    • Filed February 25, 2021
    • Referred to Public Health Committee March 15, 2021
      Scheduled for public hearing on March 31, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 31, 2021
    • Left pending in Public Health Committee March 31, 2021

HB 333
Author: Talarico
Relating to establishing a Texas Service Corps to provide student loan relief, job training, and work experience, in exchange for providing community service in underserved areas.

    • Filed November 9, 2020
    • Referred to International Relations & Economic  Development Committee February 25, 2021 

HB 325 – Companion to SB468 (Identical)
Author: Howard | Price | Jetton | Rose
Relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry.

    • Filed November 9, 2020
    • Referred to Public Health Committee February 25, 2021 

HB 3842 –  Companion to SB836 (Identical)
Author: Coleman
Relating to the prohibited sale of flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products and administrative penalties for the prohibited sales.

    • Filed March 11, 2021
    • Referred to Public Health Committee March 23, 2021

HB 1255
          Companion to SB216 (Identical)
         HB1523 (Duplicate)

Author:
Allison
Relating to the regulation of, and taxes imposed on the sale or use of, cigarettes, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes; imposing taxes; requiring a permit; imposing a fee; providing administrative penalties.

    • Filed January 21, 2021
    • Referred to Finance Committee March 4, 2021
Senate Bills

SB 248
Author: Johnson
Relating to the regulation of cigarettes, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes and the administration of taxes imposed on the sale or use of certain of those products; requiring a permit; imposing a fee; providing administrative penalties.

    • Filed December 17, 2020
    • Referred to Finance Committee March 3, 2021
    • Scheduled for Public Hearing March 30, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee March 30, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted April 6, 2021
    • Placed on intent calendar April 7, 2021
    • Read 2nd and 3rd times, voted on and passed in Senate April 8, 2021
    • Received in the House from the Senate April 9, 2021
    • Referred to House Ways and Means Committee April 13, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee May 3, 2021
    • Committee substitute considered and testimony recorded in House Ways and Means Committee May 3, 2021
    • Left pending in committee May 3, 2021
    • Considered in formal Committee meeting May 17, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted from the House Ways and Means Committee  May 17, 2021
    • Committee report sent to calendars May 23, 2021
    • Considered in calendars May 23, 2021
    • Placed on General State Calendar May 25, 2021
    • Amended in House May 25, 2021
    • Passed as amended by House May 26, 2021
    • House passage as amended reported to Senate May 27, 2021
    • Senate refuses to concur in House amendments May 28, 2021
    • Senate requests conference committee May 28, 2021
    • Senateappoints conferees May 28, 2021
    • House grants request for conference committee May 28, 2021
    • House appoints conferees May 27, 2021
    • Conference committee report filed May 29, 2021
    • Senate and House adopts conference committee report May 30, 2021
    • Votes recorded and reported enrolled May 30, 2021
    • Bill signed in Senate and House May 31, 2021
    • Sent to the Governor June 1, 2021

SB 970
Author: Kolkhorst
Relating to the repeal of certain provisions related to health and human services.

    • Filed March 3, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee March 11, 2021
    • Scheduled for Public Hearing April 28, 2021
    • Left pending in the Health and Human Services Committee April 28, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing May 5, 2021
    • Reported favorably w/o amendments by the Health and Human Services Committee May 5, 2021
    • Recommended for the local & uncontested calendar May 5, 2021 
    • Placed on intent calendar May 10, 2021
    • Rules suspended-Regular order of business, read 2nd time and passed to engrossment May 11, 2021
    • Read 3rd time May 11, 2021
    • Passed and reported engrossed by Senate May 11, 2021
    • Received by House from Senate May 11, 2021   
    • Referred to House Public Health Committee May 13, 2021
    • Considered in formal meeting May 19, 2021
    • Reported favorably without amendment by House Public Health Committee May 19, 2021
    • Recommended to be sent to Local & Consent  Calendar May 19, 2021
    • Considered in Local & Consent Calendars May 23, 2021
    • Placed on Local & Consent Calendar May 26, 2021
    • Amended by House May 26, 2021
    • Passed as amended by House May 26, 2021
    • House passage as amended reported May 28, 2021
    • Senate concurs in House amendment(s) May 30, 2021
    • Signed in Hous and Senate May 31, 2021
    • Sent to the Governor June 1, 2021

SB 2028
Author:
Kolkhorst
Relating to the Medicaid program, including the administration and operation of the Medicaid managed care program.

    • Filed March 12, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee April 1, 2021
    • Scheduled for Public Hearing April 14, 2021
    • Considered in public hearing and testimony taken in committee April 14, 2021
    • Left pending in Health and Human Services Committee
    • Considered in public hearing April 26, 2021
    • Reported favorably as substituted April 29, 2021
    • Health and Human Services Committee report printed and distributed April 29, 2021
    • Placed on intent calendar May 4, 2021
    • Notice of Intent May 6, 2021
    • Rules suspended-Regular order of business, read 2nd time May 10, 2021
    • Amendment (Johnson) offered and failed May 10, 2021
    • Passed to engrossment, read 3rd time May 10, 2021
    • Passed and reported engrossed by Senate May 10, 2021
    • Received by House from Senate May 10, 2021    
    • Referred to House Insurance Committee May 13, 2021
    • Scheduled for public hearing in House Insurance Committee May 18, 2021
    • Left pending in committee May 18, 2021

SB 488
          Companion to HB2056 (Identical)
         HB1742 (Similar)
Author
: Perry | Blanco | Hinojosa | Hughes | Seliger | Springer
Coauthor: Lucio
Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.

    • Introduced January 27, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee March 9, 2021

SB 401 
Author: Zaffirini
Relating to health benefit coverage for general anesthesia in connection with certain pediatric dental services.

    • Introduced January 22, 2021
    • Referred to Business & Commerce Committee March 9, 2021

SB468 – Companion to HB325 (Identical)
Author: Zaffirini| Seliger
Relating to the immunization data included in and excluded from the immunization registry.

    • Filed January 26, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee March 9, 2021 

SB 951 –  Companion to HB1629 (Identical)
Author: 
Hinojosa
Relating to improvements to the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual designed to prevent fraud, waste, or abuse in the provision of Medicaid dental services.

    • Filed February 5, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee March 11, 2021

SB 1152 –  Companion to HB3145 (Identical)
Author:
Kolkhorst
Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to certain adults with disabilities.

    • Filed March 8, 2021
    • Referred to Health and Human Services Committee March 18, 2021

SB836 –  Companion to HB3842 (Identical)
Author: Coleman
Relating to the prohibited sale of flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products and administrative penalties for the prohibited sales.

    • Filed February 26, 2021
    • Referred to Public Health Committee March 11, 2021

SB440
Author: Blanco
Relating to the prohibited sale of flavored cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products and administrative penalties for the prohibited sales.

    • Filed February 26, 2021
    • Referred to State Affairs Committee March 9, 2021

SB216
          Companion to HB1255 (Identical)
         HB1523 (Identical)

Author:
Johnson
Relating to the regulation of, and taxes imposed on the sale or use of, cigarettes, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes; imposing taxes; requiring a permit; imposing a fee; providing administrative penalties.

    • Filed November 23, 2020
    • Referred to Finance Committee March 3, 2021

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