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Relating to workplace violence prevention in certain health care facilities.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 326 requires each home and community support services agency, health care provider, hospital, nursing facility, ambulatory surgical center, freestanding emergency medical care facility, and mental hospital to establish a workplace violence prevention committee or authorize an existing facility committee to develop and implement workplace violence and prevention plan. The committee must include at least on registered nurse (RN) and one security employee. A single committee can be established for a system that owns or operates more than one facility if the committee develops plans for each facility and data related to violence prevention remains identifiable for each facility in the system. This committee shall at least annually shall review and evaluate this plan and report the results of this evaluation to the governing body of the facility or health care system.
HB 326 represents an unnecessary growth of government into the healthcare industry and a violation of our limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility principles. These organizations should be able to determine the best way to handle workplace violence for their staff and patients. The state should not micromanage the workplace violence prevention plans of private businesses. Texas Action opposes HB 326.