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Update on the Social Work Board

Thursday, June 8, 2017  
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On June 8, Governor Abbott called a Special 30 day Session for the Texas Legislature, and ordered it to begin on July 18, 2017. Governor Abbott listed 20 items that he wants to see addressed in the 30 days, but made it clear that the mental health and medical boards must be dealt with first. He stated the legislature must pass Sunset bills for the boards before any other bills can be considered and he expects this to happen within the first three days of the session.


It costs $1 million dollars for a Special Session, and the Governor made it clear that if Texas was going to incur these costs on further legislative work he was going to include numerous items related to his agenda that he wanted to see passed.  The full list of items are:


Teacher pay increase of $1,000

Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land

Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues

Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices

Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects

Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers

School finance reform commission

Speeding up local government permitting process

Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise

School choice for special needs students

Municipal annexation reform

Pro-life insurance reform

Property tax reform

Texting while driving preemption

Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders

Caps on state and local spending

Privacy in bathrooms

Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud

Extending maternal mortality task force




While there are a lot of issues that Governor Abbott wants addressed, some of them controversial, our boards are the primary reason for the Special Session, and NASW/TX will work diligently with the bill authors to craft the best possible piece of legislation for our profession.  We may need to speak up in regards to some of these other issues as well, and NASW/TX will maintain an active presence during the upcoming session.  We will be asking for your support and advocacy, and we will keep you updated about any new developments.  Thank you for your membership and for fighting for social work, and together we will continue to promote our work and our values at the Capitol.

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