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The bill would amend Chapter 81 of the Health and Safety Code to establish the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response to serve as an advisory board to the department. The task force would be responsible for:
The bill would also specify eligibility of membership, reporting, and meeting requirements for the task force.
Although this bill was on the House floor and in the Senate committee, we continue to support HB 2950.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator Van Taylor.
First chamber recommendation below:
The 2014 Ebola outbreak wreaked havoc at health care facilities and the state and local levels of government. This legislation is designed to address state and local health agency deficiencies by equipping the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) with the necessary protocols to effectively respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.
Establishing a Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response fits within our view of a legitimate role of government. We support HB 2950.