New Laws Effective September 1

Legislative Update:

New Laws Effective September 1
On September 1, 2019, many new state laws passed by the Texas Legislature during the spring will become effective including:
  • House Bill 39 will extend the life of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) after repealing the 2022 sunset date and authorizing the agency for another 10 years. Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 to create CPRIT and authorized the institution to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.
  • Health plans are now required to cover diagnostic mammograms at 100% under House Bill 170, the same as screening mammograms.
  • Also being created is the Texas Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Grant Program – a grant program to reimburse some eligible businesses for up to $10,000 per apprentice to help cover training costs, excluding wages. Companies must guarantee employment for participants who successfully complete the program, pay trainees, and provide on-the-job training with an accredited curriculum to participate.