HB 1148

85(R) - 2017
House Public Health
House Public Health
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Sarah Davis

Bill Caption

Relating to emergency medical services and trauma care systems.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would require administration hubs under Section 773.012, Health and Safety Code, to consult with trauma service area regional advisory councils (RAC) to develop a 25-year plan for coordinating emergency care in Texas and submit it to the Department of State Health Services not later than September 1, 2021.

The bill would also require the executive commissioner to review the rules adopted under the section every seven years. The department would be required to designate eight administrative hubs to perform all administrative functions for each trauma service area regional advisory council in the hub’s jurisdiction and submit. Trauma service area RACs would be allowed to retain certain administrative functions upon review of the request by the department and would be able to transfer to an adjacent public health region’s administrative hub upon request. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The reorganizing conducted under this bill does not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral. It is worth pointing out that the regional administrative councils which figure prominently in this legislation are neither statutorily defined nor statutorily authorized; they are found only in the administrative code. It may be prudent at some point to consider codifying the authority for the regional advisory councils since they do receive and spend public funding.