I. Deceased Bad Bills
As of May 18, SB 303 is officially dead. Your diligent phone calls paid off! SB 303 would have given the final authority for doctors to make certain end-of-life decisions for sick children. It would have empowered doctors to place “Do Not Attempt Resuscitation” orders into the files of sick children.
HB 1340 is also dead. That bill would have allowed 14-year-olds to consent to their own immunizations. In the Texas House of Representatives, our work forced the author to dramatically limit the scope of the bill. In the Senate, the bill did not have enough time to gain traction and died in committee.
HB 772: HB 772 would have recorded the immunization records of all Texas families unless the family opted-out of the system. Currently, Texas families have the opportunity to choose whether to include their immunization record information in the Texas immunization database. Those who opt out of the system, though, may be accused of abusing their children for not immunizing their children. The bill is set to die on May 22, 2013.
II. Good bills that passed away
Parental Rights Bill: In the Texas House of Representatives, our parental rights bill passed through committee and was placed on the last calendar day. When the time clock expired, our bill had still not yet been heard.
In the Senate: Chairman West of Dallas torpedoed our parental rights bill and also pulled life support from his own insidious bill, which would have abridged parental rights. Your overwhelming opposition to the bill prevented him from moving his own bill.
During the 2013 session, our parental rights bill made good progress. This session we were able to file the bill in both the House and the Senate. This session we faced the unique challenge of having a chairman directly oppose our bill.
Tim Tebow Bill: The bill passed the Senate but Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen single-handedly blocked the passage of the bill. The chairman prevented the bill from coming up for a vote. The Tebow Bill has made more progress this session than it ever has before. Had we had a different chairman, the Tebow Bill likely would have passed.