On Tuesday, four bills I co-prime sponsored passed in the Health subcommittee. HB 1339 prohibits the use of EBT cards to purchase certain tobacco products. With all the health issues surrounding tobacco, we must be proactive in order to decrease the cost to the state. This bill may help curtail tobacco related health problems with those receiving taxpayer funded benefits.
In addition, HB 977 and HB 1368 passed out of our Health subcommittee. These bills are pro woman and pro life. They will restore the informed consent, the 48 hour waiting period, and the safety regulations for abortion clinics that had been previously struck down in 2000 by the Planned Parenthood v Sundquist decision. HB 980 established and maintains an online registry for Medical Spas. This is a very important step in protecting patients from fly by night medical spas that have inadequate patient protections. Sign our petition to help get these bills passed.
On Thursday, five bills that I was a co-primary sponsor passed on the House floor and will be awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law. Those were HB’s 429, 76, 670, 476, and 418. These bills were pro-education, pro-economy, pro-taxpayer. They were overwhelming supported by the General Assembly.
As always, I am humbled and honored to be your state representative.
Dr. Bryan Terry