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SESSION CLIP: Committee Appointments Set

Me & My OBGFebruary 6, 2015Articles

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have announced committees and chairs for the 2015 Legislature. In the Texas Senate, five committees are of particular interest to the Me & My OBG Campaign given their impact Texas women’s health:
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  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
    Where state budget decisions are made. 
    Article II in the proposed budget will set forth spending on healthcare. Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) was reappointed as chair of this powerful committee, after being named chair this interim. She is the first woman to hold the post. Before becoming chair of Finance, Senator Nelson was the longest-serving chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
    Where the majority of healthcare issues are discussed.
    Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), an orthopedic surgeon, is chair. No stranger to this committee and its work, Dr. Schwertner was appointed its interim chair this summer.
  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE AFFAIRS
    In many ways a ‘catch-all’ committee, reproductive health legislation is sometimes referred here.
    Sen. Joan Huffman​ (R-Houston) will serve as chair. Me & My OBG worked with Chair Huffman last session to pass legislation relating to the creation of a task force to study maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.
  • SENATE COMMITTEE BUSINESS & COMMERCE
    Where, in addition to business initiatives, some health insurance issues are referred.
    Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) will preside as chair.

View a full list of Texas Senate Committee Appointments »

Me & My OBG will also be keeping a watchful eye on the following committees in the Texas House:

  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS 
    Where state budget decisions are made.
    Article II in the proposed budget will set forth spending on healthcare. The committee’s new chair is Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton).
  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH
    Where the bulk of public health issues are reviewed.
    The committee’s new chair is Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton).
  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE AFFAIRS
    As in the Senate, in many ways a ‘catch-all’ committee, reproductive health legislation is sometimes referred here. 
    Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) will serve as chair.
  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES
    Medicaid, CHIP, Women’s Health Program related bills are often referred to this committee. 
    Its chair is Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo).
  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE
    Where health insurance legislation is referred.
    The committee’s new chair is Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock).

View a full list of Texas House Committee Appointments »

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