It is not too late for Texans to get vaccinated and protect themselves during peak flu season
AUSTIN — By December, many Texans may mistakenly feel that it is too late to get vaccinated against the flu. But December through February is the peak season for the flu in Texas and by getting immunized during December, the vaccine will offer several more months of protection. As part of National Influenza Vaccination week from December 8th – 14th, a wide array of Texas pharmacists, health care organizations and legislators are making a push to educate people on the importance of receiving the flu vaccination. This outreach will highlight cultural aspects unique to Texas, and be geared towards all Texas residents and workers.
AUSTIN– HB 1501 signed by the Governor and effective immediately pays tribute to the memory of the men, women and children lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and honors the heroic actions of all first responders and volunteers who aided the innocent victims by putting themselves in harm’s way following the attacks. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, authored HB 1501 and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Madam Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, sponsored it in the Senate.
Rep. Raymond’s bill ensures a moment of silence in public schools to commemorate the 9/11 attacks in each year when September 11 falls on a school day. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the House 146 -1, 2 present, not voting and passed by the Senate 31-0. “This bill honors the memory of the almost 3,000 people who fell victim at the hands of terrorists and the impact on the families, impact on the city, and the country,” said Rep. Raymond. Continue reading
May 14, 2013 Hearing
Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee
SB 44: Reporting in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases
Author: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, et al.
House Sponsor: Rep. Cindy Burkett
The purpose of SB 44 is to exempt parents whose sole purpose for relinquishment of their parental rights is to obtain mental health services for their child from Texas’s abuse and neglect registry. Additionally, if a parent’s name was previously and/or wrongfully added to the “refused to accept parental responsibility” list, parents will also have the right to petition the family court that held the custody hearing to have their name removed from the registry if the only reason the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) took custody was to obtain mental health services for the child.