Legislature reconvenes for its 78th regular session January 14th through
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SB 12 (Medical
Liability Reform Act):
Places a cap on non-economic damages in medical liability lawsuits at
$250,000; reduces attorney contingency fees; gives juries information
about claimant revenue from collateral sources such as social security
and disability pay. No limits on awards for medical care, lost wages and
other economic damages.
SB 104 (Reducing
Medical Errors): Empowers the State Board of Medical Examiners to
more efficiently and effectively deal with medical errors and allows the
Board to proactively intervene with physicians at risk of committing those
errors. Also adds measures to immediately suspend licenses of individuals
who commit serious crimes.
SB 156 (Ban Human
Cloning): Makes attempts to clone a human baby a first degree felony
punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and civil penalties of up to $10
SB 158 (Charitable
Immunity): Extends lawsuit immunity to physicians, nurses and health
care providers who provide charitable health care.
SB 159 (Standardized
Physician Contracts): Provides consistency in the contracts between
health care providers and insurers.
SB 160 (Organ Donation
& Education): Promotes voluntary organ donation in Texas and calls
for the Texas Department of Health to develop a fair organ distribution
SB 162 (TDH Facilities
Bill): Allows the Texas Department of Health the option to place on
probation facilities with deficiencies.
SB 173 (Tax Assistance
for Military Families): Builds on a law that extended to individuals
serving in Desert Storm a grace period for which to pay their property
tax bills without penalty.
SB 174 (Marriage
License Privacy): Allows couples to make confidential individually
identifiable information on the applications for a Texas marriage license,
such as Social Security numbers, date of birth and other sensitive data.
SB 176 (Domestic
Violence Prevention): Makes domestic offenders who interfere with
emergency calls subject to a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a
year in prison and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
SB 330 (Medical
Privacy): Preserves the ability of the medical research community
to obtain information vital in their efforts to produce new therapies.