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Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
In our last post, we promised you a recap of the results of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, as it pertains to health freedom. That session officially ended on June 1st. The next Texas legislative session will convene in January 2017.
As an overview, this was the most eventful legislative session that our Coalition has dealt with since its founding. Several of the bills we were confronted with, if passed, would have dealt severe blows to Texans’ health freedom of choice. We have already described the potential effects of SB 538 (see previous post on HB 3474), the infectious disease control bill, which thankfully was finally defeated in the waning moments of the legislative session, but there were others as well.
However, we are happy to tell you that we have many other victories to report. Of the 18 vaccine- or health freedom-related bills that we and our allies were engaged with and opposed, 17 were killed at some point in the legislative process, and one was so heavily amended that, even if approved by the Governor, it will be of little consequence. We also are delighted that “right to try” legislation has been sent to the Governor with broad bipartisan support.
On the disappointing side, neither the raw milk bill nor the GMO labeling bill was passed. Obviously, we will need to work with the authors of that legislation during the interim to help them gather support for the next session.
The results that were achieved were made possible because many important health freedom state and national organizations, including our own, banded together and decided that the results were the most important outcome, not who got the credit. They include the following (in no particular order; apologies for any inadvertent omission!):
– National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC)
– Citizens Commission On Human Rights Texas (CCHR)
– National Health Freedom Coalition/Action (NHFC/A)
– Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA)
– Patients for Stem Cells
– National Health Federation (NHF)
– International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN)
– Texans for Vaccine Choice (TFVC)
– Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccinations (NAMV)
– Texans for Accountable Government
– Health Choice Texas
– Canary Party Texas
To all of the members of those organizations, thank you so much for your action on behalf of health freedom in Texas. It has been a privilege to work with each of you for the collective benefit of the citizens of Texas. The results we achieved together have proven that democracy is alive and well in this state.
If significant health freedom events at either the state or federal level occur in the interim between this legislative session and the next, we will report them to you. In the meantime, please enjoy a well-deserved break, and the knowledge that you have made a meaningful difference in the lives of the people of Texas.
Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,
Your Coalition Executive Committee
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