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A Sampling of Bills Introduced for the 85th Texas Legislature: Feb. 5, 2017
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Sunday, February 05, 2017 08:35 PM

News Bite: Two bills in this installment would limit former members of the legislature or congress from serving as lobbyists, one would permit a massive expansion of the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, and one would review to determine if various state agencies should continue to be required to file lawsuits in Travis County or not. 

Sunset Commission Dec. 8, 2016 Meeting Report
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Sunday, December 11, 2016 08:08 PM

News Bite: The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission has adopted the Sunset Staff Report with several additions. The most significant was recommending to the Texas Legislature to add the word "diagnose" to the Chiropractic Act as a clarification of what a chiropractic doctor is authorized to do within the scope of chiropractic practice. This report lists excerpts from the Staff Report and highlights a brief explanation.

A Sampling of Bills Introduced for the 85th Texas Legislature: Nov. 29
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016 01:55 PM

News Bite: Already introduced for the 85th Texas Legislature are bills that would 1) call for a report by the secretary of state summarizing each act of the legislature granting rule making authority and the full text of any rule adopted under the rule making authority granted by the act; 2) disqualifying someone from unemployment compensation benefits who provides advanced resignation notice, but is terminate prior to the effective date of resignation; 3) redefines locations associated with the offense of  intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possessing or going with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon; and 4) allow a municipality with a population of more than 750,000 to prohibit a handgun licensee from carrying a partially or wholly visible handgun within the corporate boundaries of the municipality.  

See each introduced bill at the link included.

Why We Report Politics
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Monday, August 08, 2016 12:00 AM

“Let’s keep politics out of it.” 

During the electoral season and the commencement of the congressional and state legislative sessions this is sometimes the complaint that we hear within our professional associations.  The lament is that the profession should not be discussing politics, but rather should stick only to professional issues.

We don’t serve our readers well if we ignore the simple fact that government determines, licenses, regulates, and reimburses our profession. We can better serve our profession by bringing coverage of issues pertaining to politics.  It is of benefit to our profession to pay attention to the politics of the decision makers, legal enforcers, and payment determiners.  To not do so is folly.

Share Your Legislative Connections with TCA
Friday, May 06, 2016 10:47 AM

Do you know a member of the Texas Legislature? How about a member of their staff?  If so, please contact TCA's lobby team, Norton & Massingill, PLLC, at info@NortonMassingill.com.   

Relationships are the key to TCA's legislative success, and your personal relationship with a state representative or senator could make a major difference. You are this profession's greatest asset. 

We need knowledgeable and respected doctors of chiropractic who can be deployed to counsel and guide state legislators about issues affecting the practice of chiropractic. This information will be kept confidential and used judiciously. Your help is sincerely appreciated.

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