Austin, Texas
May 25, 2019

Honorable Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor, Senate
Honorable Dennis Bonnen, Speaker of the House, House of Representatives
John McGeady, Assistant Director     Sarah Keyton, Assistant Director
Legislative Budget Board
SB982 by Kolkhorst (Relating to the provision of disaster and emergency services, including health care services, to certain populations.), Conference Committee Report

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill would require the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to implement the provisions of the bill if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose and if the legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, TDEM would be allowed to use other available appropriations to implement the provisions of the bill.

The bill would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to collaborate with local medical organizations that represent licenses physicians who practice in a county or public health region.
The bill would establish a task force on disaster affecting issues certain persons who are elderly or disabled. The task force would be required to develop and submit a report to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and each member of the legislature before December 1, 2020.
It is assumed that the provisions of the bill relating to the emergency plan, collaboration with local medical organizations, and the task force could be absorbed using existing resources at TDEM and the DSHS.    
The bill would take effect September 1, 2019.

Local Government Impact

No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Source Agencies:
405 Department of Public Safety, 537 State Health Services, Department of
LBB Staff:
WP, LBO, KK, EP, AMa, AKi, SMi