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Special Session of Texas Legislature Begins Tuesday

Me & My OBGJuly 14, 2017Articles

Texas state lawmakers will convene in Austin on Tuesday, July 18 for a special called session of the 85th Legislature. Gov. Greg Abbott has laid out a 20-item agenda for the Special Session and, as of today, 150 bills have been filed. Legislators may file bills on any issue, even if it is not on the current call. The special session can last up to 30 days.

Several pieces of legislation relating to women’s health have been filed to date and include:

House Bill (HB) 51 by Thierry, Shawn
Relating to pregnancy-related deaths and maternal morbidity, including postpartum depression.

HB 59 by Walle, Amando
Relating to maternal morbidity and pregnancy-related deaths.

HB 102 by Coleman, Garnet
Relating to coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs.

HB 109 by Walle, Amando
Relating to the use of certain controlled substances by women who are pregnant or may become pregnant and the designation of neonatal abstinence syndrome from substance use as a reportable condition.

HB 112 by Walle, Amando
Relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in the Texas women’s health program.

HB 128 by Leach, Jeff
Relating to prohibiting the use of appropriated state funds for abortion services.

HB 138 by Swanson, Valoree
Relating to partial-birth abortions and dismemberment abortions.

HB 142 by Farrar, Jessica
Relating to the Medicaid eligibility of certain women after a pregnancy.

HB 143 by Farrar, Jessica
Relating to a strategic plan to address postpartum depression.

HB 144 by Farrar, Jessica
Relating to a report concerning health care providers participating in the breast and cervical cancer services program, the family planning program, and the Texas women’s health program.

HB 146 by Farrar, Jessica
Relating to the promotion of breast-feeding and the prohibition against interference with or restriction of the right to breast-feed.

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 17 by Reynolds, Ron
Urging Congress to preserve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 28 by Bonnen, Greg
Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the appropriation or distribution of state money for the performance of an elective abortion or to a person or entity that performs or assists in performing elective abortion.

Senate Bill (SB) 26 by Miles, Borris
Relating to the use of certain controlled substances by women who are pregnant or may become pregnant and the designation of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

SB 27 by Miles, Borris
Relating to the automatic enrollment of certain women in the Texas women’s health program.

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