According to the Houston Chronicle, the Senate Health and Human Services passed a compromise bill to amend the Texas Advance Directive Act to extend the time lines for end of life care when the doctor believes that technological intervention is inappropriate.
The new committee substitute for Senator Dr. Duell’s bill 439 was introduced by the Senator himself. It mirrors the current version of Representative Delisi’s HB 3747. There will be 7 days notice before the ethics hearing and 21 days before care can be withdrawn or withheld against the surrogate’s wishes. I believe that the House Bill will pass the Committee easily.
I’m sure that the Senator and Representative and their staffs have been working hard to come to this point. I know that those of us who have been advocates have put in many hours and much concern and prayer.
Bravo, 80th Texas Legislature!