HBA-MPM S.B. 1378 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1378 By: Shapleigh Higher Education 4/30/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, there are no freestanding state or private medical schools in the Texas-Mexico border region. Residents of this region face many health challenges, including a shortage of health care providers and facilities, as well as sporadic outbreaks of infectious diseases that are associated with underdeveloped nations. S.B. 1378 requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in consultation with other medical professionals, to conduct a review of medical training needs in the Texas-Mexico border region. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Defines "border region." Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (board), in consultation with certain agencies in the health field, to conduct a review of medical training needs of health care professionals in the border region. Establishes required procedures for the board in conducting the review. Requires the board and the Texas Department of Health to make recommendations on any action needed to address the medical training needs regarding certain issues in the border region. Requires the board to report findings and recommendations for any necessary legislation needed to address medical training needs of health care professionals in the border region after considering the future medical services, health care services, or other needs the region will require, to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, and the 77th Legislature, no later than January 1, 2001. SECTION 2. Effective date: January 2, 2001. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.