SB 315

85(R) - 2017
Senate Health & Human Services
House Public Health
Senate Health & Human Services
House Public Health
Boards & Commissions
Department of Health
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


Cindy Burkett


Dan Flynn
Richard Raymond
Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to the enforcement of subpoenas and the regulation of pain management clinics by the Texas Medical Board.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would allow the Texas Medical Board through the attorney general to file a suit to enforce a subpoena if a person does not comply with the subpoena. The bill also adds a legislative finding stating that deaths from misuse of opioids and controlled substances constitute a public health crisis and that the Medical Board should closely regulate the prescribing of opioids and controlled substances. The bill would lastly allow the board to inspect pain management clinics under the subchapter and to determine whether an uncertified clinic or facility is required to be certified under the statute. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill makes mostly procedural changes to the law, including the ability of the board to inspect uncertified pain management facilities to see if they should be certified under the chapter. This and the legislative findings that the board should monitor controlled substance prescribing practices could be abused by the board to make it more difficult for providers to practice without government interference. However, these changes are not largely significant and do not create new barriers to entry in the market, therefore we remain neutral.