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As a trade association for ambulatory surgery centers, the Texas ASC Society is an active participant in all regulatory and legislative activities at the Capitol in Austin. During legislative sessions, TASCS proactively sponsors legislation, ensures that bills are supportive of the Texas surgery center industry and do not adversely impact ASCs. During the Session, TASCS board members, committees, management and lobbyists monitor bills and committee meetings closely. TASCS and its members also testify before committee hearings and takes formal positions on bills that may impact Texas ASCs.

The Texas ASC Society is also active during the interim, the time between legislative sessions which occur every two years in Texas. TASCS is involved with any committee meetings that may occur during the interim and monitors and responds to comments during the rules writing phase after new laws have been passed. TASCS also works closely with regulatory agencies such as TDI and Texas DSHS to ensure that surgery centers are actively involved with the government organizations that regulate them.

The Texas ASC Society Board, based on the recommendations of the Legislative Affairs Committee, approves TASCS' decision to support, oppose or stay neutral on a specific bill or topic.

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83rd Legislature Bills Supported by TASCS

The Texas ASC Society takes active positions on bills directly related to the ASC industry. The TASCS Board, based on the recommendations of the Legislative Affairs Committee, approves TASCS' decision to support, oppose or stay neutral on a specific bill or topic. TASCS will enter a "card" stating its position on each bill and may also testify on critical bills.
Supported legislation
 
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83rd Legislature End-of-Session Summary

Jaime Capelo, Lobbyist, Texas ASC Society

The 83rd Regular Session ended at approximately 5:00 p.m. on May 27, 2013, and at approximately 6:00 p.m. Governor Rick Perry called the 1st Special Session of the 83rd Legislature. Overall, despite the very partisan flavor of redistricting, the 83rd Regular Session was more civil then the last several sessions. On many occasions discussions on the “merits” of a bill actually broke out in committee and Floor debates.

Capelo 83rd Lege Summary
 
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83rd Legislature Sponsored Legislation

The Texas ASC Society worked with Senators and House Representatives of the 83rd Texas Legislature, proposing legislation supportive of Texas surgery centers.
Sponsored legislation
 
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83rd Legislature Bills Opposed by TASCS

The following bills were actively opposed by the Texas ASC Society. Most were broad based and affected provider groups in general, with the exception of SB153, which specifically mentioned surgery centers in its language.
Texas ASC Society takes active positions on bills directly related to the ASC industry. The TASCS Board, based on the recommendations of the Legislative Affairs Committee, approves the Society's position to support, oppose or stay neutral on a specific bill or topic. TASCS will enter a "card" stating its position on each bill and may also testify on critical bills.
 
Opposed legislation