Legislative Update for March - Joanne Oliver
AORN Greater Houston
March 2018 Legislative Report
Joanne D. Oliver, BSN, RN, CNOR
Critical issues that should be considered in Texas Legislature 2019
- Undo School Funding Cuts
$5.36 billion cut last session causing overcrowding and poor conditions.
- Reform School Testing
With test scores tied to performance many schools have become nothing but test prep classes limiting actual education time.
- Reduce Wrongful Convictions
Use more scientific evidence like DNA testing instead of “snitch” testimony.
- End Tax Diversions
Budget money must be used for what it is intended instead of diverting to other items necessary.
- Institute Voter-Day Registration
Increases voter turnout. Already working successfully in several states.
- Expand Medicaid
This would provide healthcare to 1.5 million folks and save public hospitals and local governments millions.
- Close the Structural Deficit
Texas spends $10 Billion more that they take in. Regulation of business tax should fix this for future years.
- Put Air Conditioning in Prisons
Prisoners are dying with temperatures rising to 130 degrees in summer months. Human decency and humane treatment is of issue.
- Re-Regulate College Tuition
Tuitions have skyrocketed causing many families to not be able to send there kids to college.