FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/14/2016
Representative Sarah Davis Files Legislation for the 85th Legislative Session
AUSTIN, TX- On the first day of early filing, Representative Sarah Davis (West University) filed pieces of cornerstone legislation that will impact Texas for years to come. With topics ranging from the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fraud prevention, Representative Davis has set a high bar for her legislative agenda.
"This session I intend to champion some of the most important topics we will face during the 85th legislative session. Through my tenure as a State Representative I have proven time and again my dedication to evidence based, common sense legislation that will promote and ensure the well-being of all Texans. This session is no different," commented Representative Sarah Davis.
Representative Sarah Davis will introduce the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas' Sunset extension and the extension for the period in which they are allowed to disburse awards. This will allow for maximum use of the $3 billion bond authority. If CPRIT closes its doors in 2021, at least $151 million will be left unused.
Additionally, today she filed four landmark pieces of immunization legislation, that will create medical accuracy in statute; allow for minors to consent to their own immunization for cancer prevention or treatment; create a study of the human papillomavirus immunization in Texas; and lastly establish a vaccine informed consent education module. Not one piece of legislation that she is filing will take away a parent's right to choose. They will support CDC recommended guidelines and promote less confusion when parents decide what is best for their children.
Representative Davis is also filing a piece of legislation that will empower our police force with a critical incident management grant. Those tasked with protecting the rule of law are often the last to be thought of after a traumatic event. This grant will allow officers to enroll in a course that will conduct therapeutic debriefing to those involved in critical incidents, such as the tragic Dallas Shooting.
Lastly, she is filing legislation that will help protect a necessary program that is often fraudulently abused. Representative Davis has filed legislation that will require all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program users to submit an ID with their use of the benefit. This simple change will be unburdensome to the user, but will also potentially save the state thousands in Medicaid dollars.
"These critical pieces of legislation are simply the beginning of my robust agenda for the upcoming legislative session. I will focus on issues that constituents have brought to my attention, foster care initiatives, and addressing the adult and pediatric psychiatrist shortage in our state, to name a few of my priorities," concluded Representative Davis.
Contact: Brigette Dechant