HB 65

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Ruth Jones McClendon


Garnet F. Coleman
Elliot Naishtat
John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to disease control pilot programs to reduce the risk of certain communicable diseases; authorizing fees.

Fiscal Notes

There is no significant implication to the State.

There could be costs to a local governmental entity that chose to authorize the establishment of a program. However, it is assumed that a county or a hospital district would authorize a program only if sufficient funds were available or it would not result in a negative fiscal impact; therefore, no significant fiscal impact is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 65 would add Subchapter J to Chapter 81 of the Health and Safety Code to permit a county or a hospital district to authorize an organization to establish a Pilot Program to Reduce Risk of Certain Communicable Diseases.

The bill would authorize the pilot program to include disease control outreach programs that provide for the anonymous exchange of used hypodermic needles and syringes for an equal number of new hypodermic needles and syringes. Districts would offer education on the transmission and prevention of communicable diseases and assist program participants in obtaining health care and other physical and mental health-related services, including substance abuse treatment services and blood-borne disease testing.

The bill would create exceptions to the application of the offense of possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia for people who exchange needles under this program.

The provisions of the bill would apply only to Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Nueces, Travis, and Webb Counties.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill would only authorize a pilot program for certain counties. The program would be administered and funded by private nonprofit organizations. Because public funding is not involved, this legislation has no discernible connection to our principles of liberty, therefore we are neutral on HB 65.