SB 1121

86(R) - 2019
Senate Health & Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Eddie Lucio Jr.


Pete Flores
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to public health laboratory capabilities in certain counties.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB1121, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($889,919) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. In addition, there would be costs associated with entering into local agreements with institutions of higher education and public and private testing laboratories for certain testing, which cannot be determined.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill. The Department of State Health Services is required to implement a provision of this Act only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, the department may, but is not required to, implement a provision of this Act using other appropriations available for that purpose. 

Bill Analysis

SB 1121 would direct the Department of State Health Services to conduct an assessment of capacity and resources of public health laboratories along the border, establish inter-local agreements for laboratory resources in border counties, and allow for year-round testing for certain border counties that need this service (rather than only the summer months of the year). 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Since this is a matter that does not involve liberty principles, Texas Action has a neutral stance towards SB 1121.