Below you will find THREE categories of bills: Bills We Support, Bills We Oppose, and Bills We Are Watching. Bills on our watch list could later move to our support or oppose lists depending on any amendments that are made during the legislative process.

Bills We Support

HB 1490 (Rep. Krause) Referred to Public Health
Allows exemption forms to be printed from the Dept. of State Health Services website

HB 3857 (Rep. Tinderholt) Referred to Public Health

SB 2351 (Sen. Hall) Referred to Health and Human Services
Protects Medicaid patients from discrimination by state-funded doctors based on vaccination status

HB 4274 (Rep. Zedler) Referred to Public Health
Defines informed consent

HB 4418 (Rep. Stickland) Referred to Public Health
Allows advanced practice registered nurses to sign medical exemptions to vaccination

SB 2350 (Sen. Hall) Referred to Health and Human Services
Ensures proper safety testing of vaccines administered to Texas children

Bills We Oppose

SB 830 (Sen. Huffman) Referred to Health and Human Services
Mandates vaccines for first responders

SB 1427 (Sen. Zaffirini) Referred to Health and Human Services
Removes current protection for informed consent before information is put into the vaccine registry

HB 3551 (Rep. Sheffield) Referred to Public Health

SB 329 (Sen. Seliger et al) Referred to Health and Human Services
Requires reporting of vaccine exemptions at the campus level

HB 1361 (Rep. Wu) Referred to Human Services

HB 1423 (Rep. Guerra) Referred to Human Services
Requires long-term care facilities to track vaccination status of employees and residents and release this information to anyone who requests it

HB 4050 (Rep. Guerra) Referred to Public Health
Allows elimination of religious and conscientious belief exemptions for private child-care facilities; current law does not define “privately owned and operated child-care facility”

HB 1966 (Rep. Wu) Referred to Human Services

SB 873 (Sens. Johnson and Powell) Referred to Health and Human Services
Allows child care facilities to release immunization rates of enrolled children

Bills We Are Watching

SB 2295 (Sen. Powell) Referred to Health and Human Services
Requires the Dept. of State Health Services to implement a disease prevention information system

HB 4068 (Rep. Beckley) Voted out of Public Health

SB 1292 (Sen. Watson) Referred to Health and Human Services
Adds a meningitis vaccine booster to the list of vaccines required for school enrollment; does not remove current exemptions

HB 1418 (Rep. Phelan) Engrossed in House. Sent to Senate

SB 829 (Huffman) Referred to Health and Human Services
Adopts a procedure for first responder applicants to be provided with their own immunization information included in the vaccine registry or with information about the vaccine registry if they have not already opted into the registry

HB 2067 (Rep. Guerra) Referred to Human Services

SB 1681 (Sen. Lucio) Referred to Health and Human Services
Requires assisted living facilities to provide annual flu vaccine information to each resident

HB 1256 (Rep. Phelan) Engrossed in House. Referred to HHS in Senate.
Allows access, with consent, to first responder’s immunization history in the registry by the first responder, an employer or supervisor during a declared disaster

HB 3458 (Rep. Dutton) Pending in Public Health Subcommittee

SB 1813 (Sen. Rodríguez) Referred to Health and Human Services
Allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children 7 and older without a doctor’s prescription

SB 145 (Sen. Rodríguez) Referred to Business and Commerce
Requires insurance plans to cover CDC-recommended vaccines without co-pays or deductibles

HB 3039 (Rep. Turner) Referred to Insurance
Requires insurance plans to provide coverage for meningitis vaccines

HB 3883 (Rep. Wilson) Referred to Public Education
Wording changes not intended to have substantive effect

HB 3884 (Rep. Wilson) Referred to Public Education
Wording changes not intended to have substantive effect