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Relating to the establishment of a sanitarian recruitment and retention program in border counties for public health purposes.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, there would be a negative impact of ($353,767) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
SB 1122 would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop a program in counties along the Mexican border that (1) provides grants to local health units, local health departments, or public health districts to improve the recruitment and retention of sanitarians; and (2) expands opportunities for training and registration of sanitarians to improve disease response and prevent food-borne, waterborne, vector-borne, and zoonotic diseases.
This bill would also authorize DSHS to solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations to operate the program.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 1122 because it does not affect our liberty principles. The state has a legitimate interest in preventing the spread of communicable disease.