HB 80

86(R) - 2019
House Higher Education
Senate Higher Education
House Higher Education
Senate Higher Education
Higher Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Evelina Ortega
Angie Chen Button
Donna Howard
J.D. Sheffield
Lynn Stucky


José Rodríguez

Bill Caption

Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Subject to the availability of funds, HB 80 would require the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), in coordination with the Texas Health Professions Resource Center, the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, and the Texas Demographic Center to conduct a study to identify statewide and regional shortages in health professions, with an emphasis on shortages in doctoral-level training in those professions. Using existing information to the extent possible, THECB would develop an inventory of existing health science education programs at higher education institutions and note the enrollment capacity for each program. THECB would then make recommendations regarding the establishment of new programs and expansion of existing programs to meet the increased need for health professionals in the state. The bill's provisions would expire on January 1, 2024.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends opposing HB 80. This bill violates our principles of limited government and free markets by expanding the role of the state government by requiring the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to determine what the appropriate number of healthcare providers is for a variety of professions. We believe that if a study is needed for researching the need for various health professions, the study would be best conducted by private entities operating in a free market setting. For these reasons, we oppose HB 80.

Organizations Supporting

Center for Public Policy Priorities
Texas Federation of Drug Stores
 National Association of Social Workers/Texas