March 29, 2017

Outdated sales tax system thwarts Texas businesses

By Carlos Uresti, March 29, 2017 at TribTalk. With a grim Texas budget outlook this legislative session, public universities, health care providers and state highways could all see significant cuts. Already, a hiring freeze has been declared across state agencies […]
March 23, 2017

Legislative Bill Filing Deadline Has Passed

As filing deadline has come and gone, this Legislative Session breaks previous records for the number of bills filed! Total Number of Bills Filed this Session= 6,517 (The House filed 4,273 bills; The Senate filed 2,244 bills) Comparatively, the 84th […]
February 14, 2017

National Healthcareer Association Gains Texas Approval for Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

Texas professionals will have another certification option in growing field LEAWOOD, Kan. (February 13, 2017) – The state of Texas has approved the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT®) as a certification meeting the professional […]
February 14, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus Announces House Committee Details and Facts

House Committee Details and Facts On Thursday, House Speaker Joe Straus announced House committee assignments. The speaker said, “We want to utilize House members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts. Some very good […]
February 10, 2017

Speaker Straus Announces House Committee Assignments

Full listings linked below: AUSTIN – Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced Texas House committee assignments for the 85th Legislature. “We want to utilize Members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts,” said Speaker […]
January 27, 2017

Texas Lobby Group at the top of Capitol Inside Lobby Rankings for 2017

The biennial rankings of Texas lobbyists and lobby teams were released today, and the Texas Lobby Group and its members topped the rankings, yet again. The Texas Lobby Group boasts three lobbyists that rank among the top 10 most powerful […]
November 11, 2016

2016 Election Recap

There was never a dull moment in this election cycle and Election Day was equally full of shock and awe. At around 2 A.M. this morning, the Associated Press finally called the last swing state and Donald Trump was named […]
November 7, 2016

2016 Election Update

A historic Election Day is around the corner, November 8, 2016, and while the Presidential race garners most, if not all of the attention, down ballot races are key to Texas politics. Voter turnout in Texas is set to be […]
September 12, 2016

Federal Regulators Take Teladoc’s Side in Medical Board Suit

Teladoc, the Dallas-based company that sued Texas over its telemedicine regulations, has a new ally in the Federal Trade Commission. In a letter sent to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court late Friday, the federal antitrust agency sided with Teladoc in […]
June 13, 2016

UnitedHealth Group Supports People Affected by Mass Shooting in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 12, 2016) —  UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking immediate action to support people affected by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. The company is […]
May 18, 2016

Carrie Simmons asks for your support for the Austin Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Family, friends and people who (mostly) like me, I know there are thousands of worthy causes out there. And I’m certain that you are often asked to donate your precious time, money and attention. I am reluctant to add to […]
May 12, 2016

Health & Human Services Master Meetings Calendar through June 2016

All meetings are in Austin, Texas unless otherwise indicated. Information compiled from agency websites. Subcommittees may not be included in this calendar but full board and council meetings are listed. Legislative Committee hearings are included if related to health and […]