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August 10, 2017      4:30 PM

Updated: Major stakeholders reach agreement on reform of Texas DNR law

As SB 11 moves to House floor, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, Texas Right to Life, Texans for Life Coalition, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, and Texas Alliance for Life are on board; the Texas Medical Association is neutral on the bill. The Texas Hospital Association remains against the bill but was excluded from talks.

The Texas House sponsor of the bill, Rep. Greg Bonnen, has pledged to keep the bill as is after stakeholders wrestled with details for weeks. Rep. Bonnen also said he would postpone until next session if any amendments get on Senate Bill 11.

Here is the bill initialed by stakeholders.

The major stakeholder that remains opposed, the Texas Hospital Association noted the group representing more than 450 hospitals was not invited to the discussions on the bill. The THA said they’re opposed to SB11 because it "will restrict the use of in-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders by prescribing in statute when they are valid, create criminal penalties and mandate a new standard for medical appropriateness." THA's full argument is here.  

You can download Sen. Charles Perry’s letter pledging to concur on House changes by clicking here.

By Scott Braddock

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