New Mexico 54th Legislative Session
The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019. Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019.

Texas 86th Legislative Session

The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018. Pre-filing has begun.

Senate Bills

November 12, 2018
SB 85 (Hall) – relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions. Note: This allow a social worker to refuse to provide a service if the service would cause the social worker to violate a sincerely held religious belief. They must refer the person to another who agrees to perform the service. The social work board and the state cannot take action against or penalize a social worker based on their refusal to provide a service.

SB 90 (Menendez) / Companion HB 209 (Reynolds) – relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportaion and delivery of medical cannibis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of discpensing organizations and testing facilties and authorizing fees. Note: these bills address medical cannabis. In particular Section 20 will allow medical practitioners to prescribe if the person has a “debilitating condition”. It does define this by listing many conditions including cancer/HIV/Alz/ etc, those that result in pain and those identified in rule. In addition it addresses the minimum amount that can be prescribed in another section.

December 13, 2018
SB 237 (Nelson) – relating to the crieria for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission of an agency that licenses an occupation.

House Bills

November 12, 2018
HB 209 (Reynolds): Compansion SB 90 (Menendez) relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportaion and delivery of medical cannibis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of discpensing organizations and testing facilties and authorizing fees. Note: these bills address medical cannabis. In particular Section 20 will allow medical practitioners to prescribe if the person has a “debilitating condition”. It does define this by listing many conditions including cancer/HIV/Alz/ etc, those that result in pain and those identified in rule. In addition it addresses the minimum amount that can be prescribed in another section.

HB 288 (Thompson of Harris) – relating to the personnal needs allowance (PNA) for certain Medicaid recipients who are residents of long term care facilities. Note: This bill proposes to increase the PNA from $60 to $75.

HB 125 (Martinez) – relating to the online publication of home addresses of certain occupational license holders., such as social workers.

HB 220 (Gervin-Hawkins) – relating to reimbursement of health care providers under Medicaid. Note: If you are involved in managed care, this bill will affect you.

December 4, 2018
HB 460 (Shaheen)- relating to the dispensing of certain drugs by physicians. Current law states that a physician may supply a patient with any drug, remedy or clinical supply necessary to meet the patient’s immediate needs and the physician cannot operate a retail pharmacy. This bill deletes the rule related to operating a retail pharmacy and adds that the physician may dispense dangereous drugs to the physician’s patients and charge the patients for the drugs.