Bill Text: TX SB2150 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the reporting of certain information on maternal mortality to the Department of State Health Services and the confidentiality of that information.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-24 - House appoints conferees-reported [SB2150 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB2150-Comm_Sub.html
 
 
  By: Kolkhorst S.B. No. 2150
 
  (Thierry, Walle, Thompson of Harris)
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the reporting of certain information on maternal
  mortality to the Department of State Health Services and the
  confidentiality of that information.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 34.001, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Subdivisions (11-a) and (12-a) and amending
  Subdivisions (12) and (14) to read as follows:
               (11-a)  "Pregnancy-associated death" means the death
  of a woman by any cause that occurs during or within one year of
  delivery or end of pregnancy, regardless of the outcome or location
  of the pregnancy.
               (12)  "Pregnancy-related death" means the death of a
  woman while pregnant or within one year of delivery or end of
  pregnancy, regardless of the outcome, duration, or location [and
  site] of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by
  the pregnancy or its management, but not from accidental or
  incidental causes.
               (12-a)  "Review committee" means the Maternal Mortality
  and Morbidity Review Committee.
               (14)  "Task force" means the review committee [Maternal
  Mortality and Morbidity Task Force].
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Section 34.002, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 34.002.  MATERNAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY REVIEW
  COMMITTEE; REFERENCE IN LAW [TASK FORCE].
         SECTION 3.  Section 34.002, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subsections (a) and (e) and adding Subsection
  (a-1) to read as follows:
         (a)  The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee 
  [Task Force] is administered by the department.
         (a-1)  Notwithstanding any other law, a reference in this
  chapter or other law to the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task
  Force means the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.
         (e)  A member of the task force appointed under Subsection
  (b)(1) is not entitled to compensation for service on the task force
  but, subject to Section 34.014(b), may be reimbursed [or
  reimbursement] for travel or other expenses incurred by the member
  while conducting the business of the task force.
         SECTION 4.  Section 34.009(a), Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Any information pertaining to a pregnancy-associated
  death, a pregnancy-related death, or severe maternal morbidity is
  confidential for purposes of this chapter.
         SECTION 5.  Section 34.014, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 34.014.  FUNDING.  (a)  The department may accept
  gifts and grants from any source to fund the duties of the
  department and the task force under this chapter.
         (b)  The department may use only gifts, grants, or federal
  funds to reimburse travel or other expenses incurred by a member of
  the task force in accordance with Section 34.002(e).
         SECTION 6.  Section 34.008, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (e) to read as follows:
         (e)  For purposes of this chapter, a licensed health care
  provider, including a nurse, who is involved in obtaining
  information relevant to a case of pregnancy-associated death,
  pregnancy-related death, or severe maternal morbidity under this
  chapter and who is required under other law to report a violation
  related to the provider's profession is exempt from the requirement
  to report the violation for information obtained under this
  chapter.
         SECTION 7.  Section 34.017, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Subsections (c), (d), and (e) to read as follows:
         (c)  The department may allow voluntary and confidential
  reporting to the department of pregnancy-associated deaths and
  pregnancy-related deaths by health care professionals, health care
  facilities, and persons who complete the medical certification for
  a death certificate for deaths reviewed or analyzed by the review
  committee.
         (d)  The department shall allow voluntary and confidential
  reporting to the department of pregnancy-associated deaths and
  pregnancy-related deaths by family members of or other appropriate
  individuals associated with a deceased patient. The department
  shall:
               (1)  post on the department's Internet website the
  contact information of the person to whom a report may be submitted
  under this subsection; and
               (2)  conduct outreach to local health organizations on
  the availability of the review committee to review and analyze the
  deaths.
         (e)  Information reported to the department under this
  section is confidential in accordance with Section 34.009.
         SECTION 8.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
 
  COMMITTEE AMENDMENT NO. 1
         Amend S.B. No. 2150 by adding the following appropriately
  numbered SECTIONS to the bill and renumbering subsequent SECTIONS
  of the bill accordingly:
         SECTION ____.  Chapter 1061, Special District Local Laws
  Code, is amended by adding Subchapter G to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER G. SALES AND USE TAX
         Sec. 1061.301.  TAX AUTHORIZED. (a) The district may adopt,
  change the rate of, or abolish a sales and use tax at an election
  held in the district.
         (b)  The district may not adopt a tax under this subchapter
  or increase the rate of the tax if as a result of the adoption of the
  tax or the tax increase the combined rate of all sales and use taxes
  imposed by the district and all other political subdivisions of
  this state having territory in the district would exceed two
  percent in any location in the district.
         Sec. 1061.302.  APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAW. Except to the
  extent that a provision of this subchapter applies, Chapter 323,
  Tax Code, applies to a tax authorized by this subchapter in the same
  manner as that chapter applies to the tax authorized by that
  chapter.
         Sec. 1061.303.  TAX RATE; CHANGE IN RATE. (a) The district
  may impose a tax authorized by this subchapter in increments of
  one-eighth of one percent, with a minimum rate of one-eighth of one
  percent and a maximum rate of two percent.
         (b)  The district may increase the rate of a tax authorized
  by this subchapter to a maximum of two percent or decrease the rate
  of the tax to a minimum of one-eighth of one percent if the change is
  approved by a majority of the voters of the district at an election
  called for that purpose.
         Sec. 1061.304.  ELECTION PROCEDURE. An election to adopt,
  change the rate of, or abolish a tax authorized by this subchapter
  is called by the adoption of an order of the board. The board may
  call an election on its own motion and shall call an election if a
  number of qualified voters in the district equal to at least five
  percent of the number of registered voters in the district
  petitions the board to call the election.
         Sec. 1061.305.  ELECTION IN OTHER TAXING AUTHORITY. (a) In
  this section, "taxing authority" means any entity authorized to
  impose a local sales and use tax.
         (b)  If the district is included within the boundaries of
  another taxing authority and the adoption or increase in the rate of
  a tax under this subchapter would result in a combined tax rate by
  the district and other political subdivisions of this state of more
  than two percent at any location in the district, an election to
  approve or increase the rate of the tax has no effect unless:
               (1)  one or more of the other taxing authorities holds
  an election in accordance with the law governing that authority on
  the same date as the election under this subchapter to reduce the
  tax rate of that authority to a rate that will result in a combined
  tax rate by the district and other political subdivisions of not
  more than two percent at any location in the district; and
               (2)  the combined tax rate is reduced to not more than
  two percent as a result of that election.
         (c)  This section does not permit a taxing authority to
  impose taxes at differential tax rates within the territory of the
  authority.
         Sec. 1061.306.  TAX EFFECTIVE DATE. (a) The adoption,
  change in the rate of, or abolition of a tax under this subchapter
  takes effect on the first day of the first calendar quarter
  occurring after the expiration of the first complete calendar
  quarter occurring after the date on which the comptroller receives
  notice of the results of an election to adopt, change the rate of,
  or abolish the tax.
         (b)  If the comptroller determines that an effective date
  provided by Subsection (a) will occur before the comptroller can
  reasonably take the action required to begin collecting the tax or
  to implement the change in the rate of the tax or the abolition of
  the tax, the effective date may be extended by the comptroller until
  the first day of the next calendar quarter.
         Sec. 1061.307.  USE OF TAX REVENUE. Revenue from a tax
  imposed under this subchapter may be used by the district for any
  purpose of the district authorized by law.
         SECTION ____.  Section 1061.151(b), Special District Local
  Laws Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The proposed budget must contain a complete financial
  statement of:
               (1)  the outstanding obligations of the district;
               (2)  the cash on hand in each district fund;
               (3)  the money received by the district from all
  sources during the previous year;
               (4)  the money available to the district from all
  sources during the ensuing year;
               (5)  the balances expected at the end of the year in
  which the budget is being prepared;
               (6)  the estimated revenue and balances available to
  cover the proposed budget;
               (7)  the estimated ad valorem tax rate required; and
               (8)  the proposed expenditures and disbursements and
  the estimated receipts and collections for the following fiscal
  year.
         SECTION ____.  The heading to Subchapter F, Chapter 1061,
  Special District Local Laws Code, is amended to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER F. AD VALOREM TAXES
         SECTION ____.  Section 26.012(1), Tax Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
               (1)  "Additional sales and use tax" means an additional
  sales and use tax imposed by:
                     (A)  a city under Section 321.101(b);
                     (B)  a county under Chapter 323; or
                     (C)  a hospital district, other than a hospital
  district:
                           (i)  created on or after September 1, 2001,
  that:
                                 (a) [(i)]  imposes the sales and use
  tax under Subchapter I, Chapter 286, Health and Safety Code; or
                                 (b) [(ii)]  imposes the sales and use
  tax under Subchapter L, Chapter 285, Health and Safety Code; or
                           (ii)  that imposes the sales and use tax
  under Subchapter G, Chapter 1061, Special District Local Laws Code.
  Price
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