Bill

HB 780

87(R) - 2021
House Public Health
House Public Health
Health & Human Services
Diseases
Health
Medical conditions
Public Safety

Contact the Author

Tom Oliverson

Phone:

512-463-0661

Capitol Office:

E2.412

Email:

Vote Recommendation

No
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Tom Oliverson
Donna Howard
Erin Zwiener

Co-Author(s)

Trent Ashby
Will Metcalf

Bill Caption

Relating to the establishment of a bone marrow donor recruitment program. 

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated

Bill Analysis

HB 780 requires the Health and Human Services commission to establish a bone marrow donor recruitment program to educate residents of this state about its need, the requirements for registration with the federally authorized registry, the medical procedures involved, and the availability of information about bone marrow donation.

HB 780 would then require the Department of Public Safety, in consultation with the federal authorized registry, to develop written and electronic informational materials on bone marrow donation to each person applying for or renewing a driver's license. The federal bone registry would be allowed to provide these informational materials. 

HB 780 would require DPS to post such information on each agency's website. Appropriate health care facilities, blood banks, and driver's license offices would be able to access these materials and DPS shall print such materials to place in their facilities for the public. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The creation of a bone marrow donor recruitment program is a noble endeavor but not one that is the proper role of state government. This is best left in the domain of private philanthropic organizations, including the many charities that already exist for the purpose of recruiting bone marrow donors. For these reasons Texas Action is opposed to HB 780.

Contact the Author

Tom Oliverson

Phone:

512-463-0661

Capitol Office:

E2.412

Email: