HB 3074

84(R) - 2015
House State Affairs
House State Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Drew Springer


Charles Anderson
Rodney Anderson
Trent Ashby
Jimmie Don Aycock
Cecil Bell Jr.
Dwayne Bohac
Greg Bonnen
Cindy Burkett
Dustin Burrows
Angie Chen Button
Giovanni Capriglione
Tom Craddick
Myra Crownover
John Cyrier
Tony Dale
Drew Darby
Wayne Faircloth
Pat Fallon
Marsha Farney
Allen Fletcher
Dan Flynn
James Frank
Rick Galindo
Charlie Geren
Craig Goldman
Ryan Guillen
Patricia Harless
Dan Huberty
Bryan Hughes
Todd Hunter
Jason Isaac
Kyle Kacal
James Keffer
Mark Keough
Phil King
Matt Krause
John Kuempel
Brooks Landgraf
Lyle Larson
Jodie Laubenberg
Jeff Leach
Oscar Longoria
J.M. Lozano
Will Metcalf
Rick Miller
Geanie Morrison
Jim Murphy
Poncho Nevarez
Chris Paddie
Tan Parker
Dennis Paul
Gilbert Pena
Dade Phelan
Larry Phillips
Debbie Riddle
Matt Rinaldi
Scott Sanford
Mike Schofield
Leighton Schubert
Matt Shaheen
Kenneth Sheets
J.D. Sheffield
Ron Simmons
John Smithee
Stuart Spitzer
Phil Stephenson
Jonathan Stickland
Ed Thompson
Tony Tinderholt
Scott Turner
Gary VanDeaver
Jason Villalba
James White
Molly White
John Wray
Bill Zedler
John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to the provision of artificially administered nutrition and hydration and life-sustaining treatment.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3074 would amend Chapter 166 (Advance Directives) of the Health and Safety Code. Specifically, it would change the model written directive by updating the term “artificial nutrition and fluids” to “artificially administered nutrition and hydration.” However, the original definition of that term would remain the same.   

This bill would expand the medical record information that would be made available to a patient or the person responsible for the healthcare decisions of that patient.  Additionally, if a patient or the person responsible for the patient requests life-sustaining treatment that is deemed to be “medically inappropriate” by the physician and an ethics or a medical committee, then then health facility would be required to provide life-sustaining treatment pending the patient’s transfer out of that facility. The health facility would not be authorized to withhold or withdraw any treatment options during that period.  

In the situation above, the health facility would be required to provide a patient with artificially administered nutrition and hydration unless the physicians determine that providing it would quicken a patient’s death or harm him or her even further. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/23/2015 update: 

No changes have been made to this legislation in the Senate committee. The Senate chamber sponsor is Schwertner. 

First chamber recommendation: 

This legislation primarily concerns what is widely considered to be a social issue; namely the rights of individuals and their guardians concerning end of life care versus the responsibilities and obligations of physicians and hospitals to continue to provide care they view as ineffective and fruitless. Because we do not make recommendations for or against bills dealing primarily with social issues, we are neutral on HB 3074. 

Organizations Supporting

Christian Life Commission
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Concerned Women for America of Texas
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

Organizations Opposed

Texas Eagle Forum
Texas Right To Life