AUSTIN, TX - State Senator Van Taylor today filed S.B. 139, the Safer Licensing Standards Act to ensure providers that have a record of harming patients are not granted license renewals or new licenses for other types of facilities.
"The network of health and human services providers is vast and wide spread," stated Taylor. "With the growing amount of services offered to Texans, it is critical to maintain safeguards designed to keep patients safe from bad actors who have a history of harming patients within their care. If a surgical center gets shut down for harming patients they should not be immediately able to reopen and start practicing as an emergency clinic or birthing center."
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.
Senator Taylor authored similar legislation, Senate Bill 114 (84R), during the 2015 legislative session. Last session, Taylor's bill passed the Senate unanimously and passed unanimously out of the House Human Services Committee. However, it did not receive a vote on the House floor.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor serves the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.