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Legislative Report: April 20, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017 03:59 PM

By: Kaden Norton

On April 12th, House Bill 3024 by Rep. Four Price (House District 87 - Amarillo) was voted out of the House Public Education Committee by an 8-0 margin. The bill, which would permit a Doctor of Chiropractic to remove a student-athlete from a UIL athletic activity if the student-athlete is suspected of having sustained a concussion, has been sent to the House Calendars Committee. The House Calendars Committee will determine when HB3024 is scheduled for a vote by the entire Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 1649 by Rep. Sergio Munoz (House District 36 - Mission) prohibits health insurers from using extrapolation in insurance claims audits. The bill passed the Texas House Insurance Committee on April 18th by a 7-2 margin. TCA members Dr. Don White and Dr. Paul Liechty testified in support of the bill. It too will be sent to the House Calendars Committee to be scheduled for a vote by the House of Representatives.

On April 24th, House Bill 3206 by Rep. Phil Stephenson (House District 85 - Wharton) will be considered in the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures. The bill authorizes a Doctor of Chiropractic to serve on the Combative Sports Advisory Board at the Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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.

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