Texas “Safer Licensing Standards Act” (SB 139)
This law was last updated on May 8, 2017
SB 139 would add ambulatory surgical centers, birthing centers, abortion facilities, end stage renal disease facilities, and freestanding emergency clinics to the list of other licensees (youth camps, assisted living facilities, special care facilities, etc.) subject to regulation requirements.
Under this law, these facilities would be subject to adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.
According to the press release from the Office of State Senator Van Taylor:
“Currently, Texas’ health and human services agencies maintain a list of ‘bad actors’ that have had their license suspended or revoked, or their renewal denied, for hurting or harming patients within their care. This list applies to a limited set of providers, including hospitals, day cares, and youth camps. The Update Licensure Standards Act expands this ‘bad actor’ listing to include ambulatory surgical centers, birthing centers, abortion facilities, end stage renal disease facilities, and freestanding emergency clinics.“
Companion bill to HB 1960.
Passed the senate on April 3, 2017, by a 31-0 vote.