As we enjoy the beauty of spring on the South Plains, our thoughts and prayers remain with our neighbors in the Panhandle who continue to recover and rebuild from the devastating wildfires. I'm proud that our citizens came together to help by delivering water, food and other supplies to residents, first responders and livestock in the affected areas. We are blessed to live in a place where helping our neighbors and serving our community is just what we do!
In Austin, the 85th Texas Legislature has passed the half-way point of the regular session and we still have many critical bills to consider. I recently laid out House Bill 1296 in front of the House Insurance Committee which will require certain health plans to synchronize the refill dates for patients with a chronic illness. Many folks have called me and told me how important this bill is to them.
In keeping with my work to prevent crimes against children, I filed House Bill 4013 to give law enforcement guidance to release a child when the child has been rescued from a harmful situation. I look forward to laying this bill out before the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. HB 491, the bill I filed to make sure those who are convicted of continuous human trafficking register with the sex offender registry for life, passed out of the committee and is on its way to the floor of the House for a vote.
I have also filed House Bill 2988 that will pave the way for Texas Tech University to use land for a new VA clinic that will serve our veterans! I'm really excited about this and am looking forward to discussing this bill with the House Committee on Higher Education.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month so our spotlight segment this month features the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention (CCAP). The Blue Ribbon is the international sign for child abuse awareness and CCAP will once again sponsor GO BLUE LUBBOCK to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and focus on prevention solutions to the problem. Help the Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention "Cherish the Children" by participating in one of their awareness events this month. #GoBlue
If I can be of service to you, or you want to discuss any particular legislation, give my office a call. It’s an honor to serve you!
John M. Frullo
State Representative, District 84