COMMITTEE: Health & Human Services

TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, November 08, 2017

PLACE: Senate Chamber
CHAIR: Senator Charles Schwertner


The committee will meet to discuss the following interim charges:


                Review the state's response to Hurricane Harvey with a focus on public health efforts at the local and state level. The review should include an analysis of the state and local response related to vector control, immunization needs, utilization of health-related volunteers, adequacy of an emergency medical network, evacuation of vulnerable populations from state operated or regulated facilities, and coordination between all levels of government. Recommend any legislative changes necessary to improve public health response and coordination during and after a disaster.

                Evaluate the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the capacity of out-of-home placements and care for youth involved with the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Determine how the state can ensure support is available to provide appropriate care as close to home as possible as facilities and offices are rebuilt.

                Evaluate the efficiency of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Disaster-SNAP programs following Hurricane Harvey in impacted areas.


Individuals wishing to provide public testimony will be allowed to speak for 2 minutes total on any of the above charges.