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Upcoming Legislative Hearings

The Texas Legislature will hold hearings Jan. 30 to discuss trauma funding and March 22 to discuss substance abuse and opioids.

On Jan. 30 at 10:00 am, the Senate Finance Committee will convene in room E1.036 of the Capitol to review revenue sources currently funding the state's trauma system and the impact of declining revenues and balances in General Revenue – Dedicated accounts. The committee has been charged with evaluating the impact of statutory changes affecting trauma system funding, including efforts to eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program. They will also examine ways to ensure sustainability of the trauma system in Texas. AGENDA

On March 22 at 9:00 am, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services will convene in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol to review substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery programs operated or funded by the state and make recommendations to enhance services, outreach, and agency coordination. They will examine the adequacy of substance use, services for pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in Medicaid or the Healthy Texas Women Program and recommend ways to improve substance use related health outcomes for these women and their newborns. They will also examine the impact of recent legislative efforts to curb overprescribing and doctor shopping via the prescription monitoring program and recommend ways to expand on current efforts. AGENDA