Last Monday marked the final meeting of the Women's Health Advisory Committee (WHAC), which is set to expire on September 1st of this year. The agenda featured two major items: a presentation on maternal mortality in Texas by Dr. Lisa Hollier, the Chair of the state's Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, and an update on the state's women's health programs. Here are a few key points from that discussion:
In this latest Capitol update, Scott discusses foster care, immigration, women's health, and nursing. That includes Rep. Howard's HB 279, which would extend the Women's Health Advisory Committee for another two years; and HB 280, which would establish a grant program to help prevent violence against nurses in the health care workplace.
This week's Capitol update discusses Rep. Howard's HB 941, which would establish a pilot program to distribute Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in public schools. Also mentioned are the upcoming State of the State address, Muslim Day at the Capitol on that same date, and a potential avenue for the Lt. Governor to implement a private school voucher program which would divert money away from public education.
During the floor debate on the House Rules, Rep. Howard successfully offered an amendment to expand breastfeeding access at the Capitol. Her amendment calls for a secure and private space for breastfeeding near the House Chamber, which will be available to House Members, House staff, and properly-credentialed media. It's an important step toward expanding access for the greater public at the Capitol.