The 85th Texas Legislative Session began on January 10, 2017, and will end at midnight, May 29th. The Governor may sign or veto bills until midnight, June 18th. All bills not signed or vetoed, are automatically enacted on June 19th.
It is vital that all APRNs stay engaged throughout the legislative session and communicate with their legislators about the bills important to their practices.
- Full Practice Authority Bills (no change in controlled substances)
SB 681 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-SD#9-North Richland Hills) and Co-Authored by Sen. José Rodriquez (D-SD#29-El Paso)
HB 1415 by Reps. Stephanie Klick (R-HD#91-North Richland Hills), Donna Howard (D-HD#48-Austin), Drew Darby (R-HD#72-San Angelo), and Garnet Coleman (D-HD#147-Houston)
- Signature Authority Bill expands health care documents or orders that APRNs may sign.
SB 431 by Sen. José Rodriquez (D- SD#29-El Paso)
- SB 919 by Sen. José Rodriquez (D- SD#29-El Paso)
- Pharmacists in Class A pharmacies may fill Schedule 2 Controlled Substance prescriptions signed by APRNs and PAs
SB 433 by Sen. José Rodriquez (D- SD#29-El Paso)
HB 1846 by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-HD#147-Houston)
- Managed care bills verify APRNs may be primary care providers in Medicaid managed care networks and providers in other HMOs & PPOs regardless of the delegating physician’s status in the network.
SB 654 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-SD#31-Amarillo)
HB 1225 by Reps. John Smithee (R-HD#86-Amarillo) and Donna Howard (D-HD#48-Austin)
- Full Practice Authority for APRN military active duty & veterans
SB 831 by Sen. José Rodriquez (D- SD#29-El Paso)
HB 1804 by Reps. César Blanco (D-HD# 76-El Paso) & Bernal (D-HD#123-San Antonio)
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CNAP is a member of the Nursing Legislative Agenda Coalition (NLAC). Through NLAC, CNAP receives Texas Nurses Association (TNA) Nursewatch each Monday. Nursewatch updates nurses on activities at the Capitol that occurred the previous week. CNAP thanks TNA for granting permission to post these weekly updates. Each issue is posted by date of publication. Select the link to access the update. As the session proceeds, check this post often for other important events as they occur.
February 21, 2017 – SB 681 was referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee on 2/15/17.
February 14, 2017 – Last Thursday’s press conference about APRN full practice authority bills, H.B. 1415/S.B. 681, generated a press coverage throughout the state. This Nursewatch includes links to those news items.
February 9, 2017 – Check out the press conference on APRN full practice authority bills on TNA’s Facebook page.
February 6, 2017 – The APRN full practice authority bills filed in House & Senate. Press conference scheduled Thursday, February 9th at 9:30 A.M.
January 23, 2017 – The hot topic in the first weeks of the legislative session was the Budget. Find the opening House and Senate proposals for appropriations important to nursing. Senate committees were appointed.