BILL ANALYSIS C.S.S.B. 606 By: Zaffirini (McDonald) 04-19-95 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND Osteoporosis is a preventable and treatable bone disease. Early detection can help most women avoid the negative effects of the disease, but most women learn about osteoporosis only after a fracture occurs. Educating women that osteoporosis is a common and potentially dangerous disease can help motivate them to take the steps necessary to avoid or mitigate the disease's affect. PURPOSE S.B. 606 requires the Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Texas Board of Health, to develop and implement an osteoporosis awareness program. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Adds Chapter 90 to Subtitle D, Title 2, Health and Safety Code, as follows: Sec. 90.001. FINDINGS. Sets forth findings of the legislature regarding osteoporosis, early detection, and the role public awareness can play in furthering the public interest. Sec. 90.002. OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM. Requires the commissioner of health (commissioner), in consultation with the Texas Board of Health, to develop and implement a program for educating the public on the causes of osteoporosis and the personal risk factors associated with the development of the disease, publicizing the value of early detection and prevention, and identifying the most cost-effective options available for treatment. Sec. 90.003. TASK FORCE. Authorizes the commissioner to appoint a task force to make recommendations on strategies for educating the public on the health benefits of early detection and prevention of the disease. Prohibits members of the task force from receiving any compensation, per diem, or expense reimbursement for service on the task force. SECTION 4. Emergency clause. Effective immediately. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE The substitute for S.B. 606 contains non-substantive changes recommended by the Legislative Council. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTION S.B. 606 was considered by the committee in a public hearing on April 18, 1995. The committee considered a complete substitute for the bill. The substitute was adopted without objection. The bill was reported favorably as substituted, and with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed, by a record vote of 7 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 PNV, and 2 absent. In a public hearing on April 19, 1995, the committee reconsidered the vote by which S.B. 606 was reported favorably on April 18. S.B. 606 was reconsidered without objection. The committee considered a complete substitute for the bill. The substitute was adopted without objection. The bill was reported favorably as substituted, and with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed, by a record vote of 7 Ayes, 0 Nays, 0 PNV, and 2 Absent.