Public Health Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Public Health Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

The committee shall have 11 members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • the protection of public health, including supervision and control of the practice of medicine and dentistry and other allied health services;
  • mental health and the development of programs incident thereto;
  • the prevention and treatment of mental illness;
  • oversight of the Health and Human Services Commission as it relates to the subject matter jurisdiction of this committee; and
  • the following state agencies: the Department of State Health Services, the Anatomical Board of the State of Texas, the Texas Funeral Service Commission, the State Committee of Examiners in the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments, the Texas Health Services Authority, the Texas Optometry Board, the Radiation Advisory Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the Interagency Obesity Council, the Texas Board of Nursing, the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the State Board of Dental Examiners, the Texas Medical Board, the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers, the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, the Health Professions Council, the Office of Patient Protection, and the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Public Health Members, 2013
Democratic members (5)Republican members (6)
Elliott Naishtat, Vice-chairLois Kolkhorst, Chair
Garnet ColemanSarah Davis
Nicole CollierSusan King
Philip CortezJodie Laubenberg
Robert GuerraJ.D. Sheffield
Bill Zedler

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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