Bill Text: TX HB900 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub

Bill Title: Relating to the act of smoking tobacco in a vehicle with a child present; authorizing an additional fine for certain criminal offenses.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-17 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB900 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB900-Comm_Sub.html
  86R20680 SRA-D
  By: Israel, Zerwas, Sheffield, Howard H.B. No. 900
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 900:
  By:  Farrar C.S.H.B. No. 900
  relating to the act of smoking tobacco in a vehicle with a child
  present; authorizing an additional fine for certain criminal
         SECTION 1.  Section 161.501(a), Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A hospital, birthing center, physician, nurse midwife,
  or midwife who provides prenatal care to a pregnant woman during
  gestation or at delivery of an infant shall:
               (1)  provide the woman and the father of the infant, if
  possible, or another adult caregiver for the infant, with a
  resource pamphlet that includes:
                     (A)  a list of the names, addresses, and phone
  numbers of professional organizations that provide postpartum
  counseling and assistance to parents relating to postpartum
  depression and other emotional trauma associated with pregnancy and
                     (B)  information regarding the prevention of
  shaken baby syndrome including:
                           (i)  techniques for coping with anger caused
  by a crying baby;
                           (ii)  different methods for preventing a
  person from shaking a newborn, infant, or other young child;
                           (iii)  the dangerous effects of shaking a
  newborn, infant, or other young child; and
                           (iv)  the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome
  and who to contact, as recommended by the American Academy of
  Pediatrics, if a parent suspects or knows that a baby has been
  shaken in order to receive prompt medical treatment;
                     (C)  a list of diseases for which a child is
  required by state law to be immunized and the appropriate schedule
  for the administration of those immunizations;
                     (D)  the appropriate schedule for follow-up
  procedures for newborn screening;
                     (E)  information regarding sudden infant death
  syndrome, including current recommendations for infant sleeping
  conditions to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome;
                     (F)  educational information in both English and
  Spanish on:
                           (i)  pertussis disease and the availability
  of a vaccine to protect against pertussis, including information on
  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that
  parents receive Tdap during the postpartum period to protect
  newborns from the transmission of pertussis; and
                           (ii)  the incidence of cytomegalovirus,
  birth defects caused by congenital cytomegalovirus, and available
  resources for the family of an infant born with congenital
  cytomegalovirus; [and]
                     (G)  the danger of heatstroke for a child left
  unattended in a motor vehicle; and
                     (H)  information that states a person is subject
  to a criminal fine under Section 542.4041, Transportation Code, for
  smoking tobacco in a passenger vehicle with a child present;
               (2)  if the woman is a recipient of medical assistance
  under Chapter 32, Human Resources Code, provide the woman and the
  father of the infant, if possible, or another adult caregiver with a
  resource guide that includes information in both English and
  Spanish relating to the development, health, and safety of a child
  from birth until age five, including information relating to:
                     (A)  selecting and interacting with a primary
  health care practitioner and establishing a "medical home" for the
                     (B)  dental care;
                     (C)  effective parenting;
                     (D)  child safety;
                     (E)  the importance of reading to a child;
                     (F)  expected developmental milestones;
                     (G)  health care resources available in the state;
                     (H)  selecting appropriate child care; and
                     (I)  other resources available in the state;
               (3)  document in the woman's record that the woman
  received the resource pamphlet described in Subdivision (1) and the
  resource guide described in Subdivision (2), if applicable; and
               (4)  retain the documentation for at least five years
  in the hospital's, birthing center's, physician's, nurse midwife's,
  or midwife's records.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 542, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 542.4041 to read as follows:
  PRESENT IN VEHICLE; FINE AUTHORIZED. In addition to the fine
  prescribed by Section 542.401 or another section of this subtitle,
  as applicable, a person who enters a plea of guilty or nolo
  contendere to or is convicted of an offense under this subtitle
  shall either, as prescribed by the judge, pay a $15 fine or complete
  a parenting class approved by the judge if the offense is committed
               (1)  the person possesses a burning tobacco product or
  smokes tobacco in a vehicle; and
               (2)  a child is present in the vehicle who is required
  to be secured in a child passenger safety seat system during the
  operation of the vehicle under Section 545.412.
         SECTION 3.  (a)  Not later than December 1, 2019, the
  Department of State Health Services shall make the informational
  materials required by Section 161.501(a)(1), Health and Safety
  Code, as amended by this Act, available on its Internet website.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Section 161.501(a)(1)(H), Health and
  Safety Code, as added by this Act, a facility is not required to
  comply with that provision until January 1, 2020.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.