Bill Text: TX HB941 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to a pilot program for the distribution of certain contraceptives in participating public school districts.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-03-14 - Referred to Public Health [HB941 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB941-Introduced.html
  85R3071 PAM-D
 
  By: Howard H.B. No. 941
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a pilot program for the distribution of certain
  contraceptives in participating public school districts.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 38, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 38.025 to read as follows:
         Sec. 38.025.  LONG-ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTIVE
  DISTRIBUTION PILOT PROGRAM. (a) In this section, "pilot program"
  means the long-acting reversible contraceptive distribution pilot
  program.
         (b)  Using funds specifically appropriated for the purpose
  of the pilot program or other funds available to the agency for that
  purpose, available federal funds, or other funds received as
  authorized by Subsection (g), the agency, in coordination with the
  Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of State
  Health Services, shall establish a pilot program under which a
  school district participating in the pilot program may distribute
  or provide for the distribution of long-acting reversible
  contraceptives to students enrolled in the district.
         (c)  The agency shall designate six school districts to
  participate in the pilot program. The agency shall include in the
  six districts designated:
               (1)  a district located in an urban area;
               (2)  a district located in a rural area;
               (3)  a district to which Chapter 41 applies;
               (4)  a district that is not required to take action
  under Chapter 41;
               (5)  a district with a rate of teen pregnancy above the
  national average at the time of the designation; and
               (6)  a district with a rate of teen pregnancy below the
  national average at the time of the designation.
         (d)  A district designated under Subsection (c) may qualify
  under multiple criteria described by Subsection (c).
         (e)  The agency by rule shall designate the specific types of
  long-acting reversible contraceptives that may be distributed to
  students under the pilot program.
         (f)  A school district participating in the pilot program may
  not distribute or provide for the distribution of a long-acting
  reversible contraceptive to a student who is under 18 years of age
  unless the school district obtains consent from the parent of or
  person standing in parental relation to the student.
         (g)  The agency may accept grants and donations to fund the
  pilot program.
         (h)  Not later than December 31 of each year that funding is
  provided for the pilot program, the agency shall provide a report to
  the legislature evaluating the effectiveness of the pilot program.
         (i)  The agency, the Health and Human Services Commission,
  and the Department of State Health Services shall adopt rules as
  necessary to implement and administer this section.
         (j)  This section expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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