Thursday, May 07, 2009

SB188 headed to House floor with strong support

The Texas House Public Health Committee voted SB188 favorably out of committee this afternoon. The bill will be considered for the House floor schedule by the House Calendars Committee.

In the House committee process, the Senate bill and three similar House bills became one agreed piece of legislation with several strengthening amendments. During the formal meeting today, Chair Kolkhorst added language that strengthens the bill's monitoring and reporting requirements and Representative John Davis amended the preamble to clarify the legislation's purpose.

Voting in favor of the legislation were: Chairman Garnet Coleman, Representative John E. Davis, Chair Veronica Gonzales, Chair Susan King, Vice Chair Elliott Naishtat, Chair Vicki Truitt, and Chair (and Doctor) John Zerwas.

We will post updates regarding the witness list from Tuesday's hearing, the language of the committee substitute, and possible timing of a House floor decision as soon as we obtain these pieces of information.

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