|EMphasis Report for Government Relations Committee (03/17)|
Welcome to our new lobbyist, Mr. Michael Grimes. He has had quite a few years of experience, including with emergency medicine issues. He is the lobbyist for the Texas Emergency Medicine Practice Alliance (TEMPA), for instance. He has worked closely in the past with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) doing contract work. In lieu of my usual committee report, we have asked Mr. Grimes to please prepare some information for us during this important time in the Texas legislative session.
Before you read his article, please remember that there are two more “First Tuesdays” in this session, which would be April 4 and May 2. We welcome you to join us in Austin to visit your legislators and staff to brief them about our issues and offer to be a source of information to them. Just contact me (713-301-3564) or our interim executive director, Dr. Bruce Moskow (1-800-TEX-ACEP), for further information.
Also for all government relations committee members and other interested TCEP members, we will be having a face-to-face Dutch treat dinner meeting on Friday, March 31, at the annual meeting at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, at 7:00 pm in one of the property restaurants, (which restaurant to be announced).
As we always remind our TCEP members, we would appreciate you working one shift per year to give to EMPACT (the political action committee for the Texas College of Emergency Physicians). And larger donations are appreciated, of course. We need to fund EMPACT so that we can give donations to legislators, particularly those in positions of importance to our issues or who have helped us out with our bills or with support of our agenda. Our reports emphasize the importance of having a strong voice when it comes to legislation that affects us so directly. We have to help legislators get elected who understand our issues and help us advocate for our patients. EMPACT needs money to accomplish this. Please send your check to TCEP or call 1-800-TEX-ACEP with your credit card information. You can donate with credit card deductions monthly or quarterly if that is helpful. And you have to renew your donation on a yearly basis. You can also donate online at www.tceppac.org but you must call or email TCEP for the password to donate. Please call me (713-301-3564) or e-mail me (email@example.com) or call our interim executive director, Dr. Bruce Moskow (1-800-TEX-ACEP) or e-mail him (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you wish to discuss any of the information in this report.
Diana Fite, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.