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Download the Special Session Report

The Texas Legislature returned to the Capitol on July 18 for a special session to address Gov. Greg Abbott’s 20-item list of priorities, several of which are related to Texas hospitals.

First on the list was sunset legislation to keep the Texas Medical Board from shutting down ( Senate Bill 20 and House Bill 1).

After the sunset bill passes the Senate, Gov. Abbott added 19 other items to the special session agenda, including:

1. Property tax reform, including a lower "rollback provision" ( Senate Bill 1, House Bill 3, House Bill 4);
2. Caps on state and local spending ( Senate Bill 18, House Bill 206, House Bill 208 , House Bill 41);
3. Abortion funding and increasing reporting requirements when complications arise from abortions ( House Bill 195, House Bill 163, House Bill 13, Senate Bill 10, Senate Bill 73, Senate Bill 4);
4. Revising the practices and standards related to use of in-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders ( House Bill 12, House Bill 43, Senate Bill 11, Senate Bill 80); and
5. Extending the state's maternal mortality task force to study and review cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity ( House Bill 9, House Bill 11, Senate Bill 17).

While lawmakers could only consider topics chosen by the governor during a special session, THA closely monitored health care-related bills to ensure a number of contentious issues—like the 501(a) physician group cause of action legislation—that died during the regular session did not resurface on germane legislation during the special session.

Read THA’s report for the 2017 special session to get an inside look at the issues that impacted hospitals most.