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85th Legislative Session TCA Recap
Thursday, June 15, 2017 04:15 PM

Texas’ 85th Legislative Session came to an end on May 29. While 6,631 bills were filed this session (more than in 10 of the past 11 sessions), only 1,211 bills passed (the fewest in 20 years) – statistically making this legislative session one of the most difficult bill-passing environments in two decades.

While it was a difficult session for many, the Texas Chiropractic Association experienced its most successful legislative session in recent memory. TCA actively pursued six pieces of legislation (discussed below), three of which were passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

In addition to passing these three pieces of legislation, TCA prevented consolidation of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and defeated a proposal to eliminate chiropractic acupuncture. TCA also worked with Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. J.D. Sheffield to amend SB 55 (authorizing a study on establishing a patient-reported outcomes registry for musculoskeletal care provided in the ERS and TRS systems) to include chiropractic colleges. This outcomes registry could prove the efficacy of chiropractic care.

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New Leadership Takes TCA Reins
Thursday, June 15, 2017 03:26 PM

Chiro Texpo ’17 wasn’t just a celebration of the past year in Texas chiropractic, but it also represented a change in leadership. 

At the Awards Gala & Celebration, TCA installed its three executive officers. Max Vige, DC, of League City is the new TCA president, succeeding Tyce Hergert, DC, of Grapevine. Devin Pettiet, DC, of Tomball was appointed as vice president, while Chad Carpenter, DC, of Boerne was named secretary/treasurer.

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TCA Recognizes Sen. Van Taylor as Legislator of the Year
Thursday, June 15, 2017 02:00 PM

TCA’s successes in the 85th Texas Legislative Session were the byproduct of hard work by TCA’s legislative team and an army of doctors from Texas and across the country. But it takes friends to get important legislation passed and TCA’s best friend during the last session was often Sen. Van Taylor of Plano.

Sen. Taylor, who represents District 8, was a catalyst for the passage of SB 304, the Sunset bill that extended the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) until 2029 and affirmed the right of doctors of chiropractic to diagnose. SB 304 was eventually signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Sen. Taylor also helped push several of TCA’s other bills through the Senate and House.

TCA recognized Sen. Taylor for his efforts by honoring him as Legislator of Year at Chiro Texpo ’17. Sen. Taylor received his award during the General Assembly and Legislative/Legal Update on the conference’s opening day.

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Chiro College Cup … It’s Parker’s Time to Shine!
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:46 PM

In a few short years, the Chiro Cup has become one of the most popular activities at Chiro Texpo and that was especially true of Chiro Texpo ’17. Six-member teams from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College competed in front of a boisterous crowd of alumni, students, faculty, administrators and other conference attendees.  

The third annual Cup wasn’t as close as the first two, both of which were decided on the final question. This time, Parker built an early lead, but TCC still had a chance to win late in the game. The questions were tougher this year. In the end, Parker prevailed, but TCC competed hard is eager to recapture the Cup in 2018.

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President’s Message: Celebrate and Follow-through
Thursday, June 15, 2017 07:13 AM

Chiro Texpo ’17 is in the rear view mirror and, if you couldn’t make the trip to Dallas last weekend, you missed one of the finest TCA conventions in years. Attendees were greeted at the registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Dallas with staff sporting lab coats, spine-themed welcome signs and the official Chiro Texpo ’17 logo glittering in the Hyatt’s fountain. They were nice touches on what turned out to be a first-class event.

There was enthusiasm in the air – and for good reason. So far, 2017 has been a memorable year for Texas chiropractors, thanks to YOUR state association. Doctors are still celebrating the many successes of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Three of our bills –not one, not two, BUT three! – were signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, upholding your right to diagnose, form business entities with medical doctors and podiatrists and remove student-athletes from play in University Interscholastic League sports activities on suspicion of concussion. It proved what the chiropractic community can achieve when we are united and focused.

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