|Imperium Public Affairs|
by Mr. Michael Grimes
Imperium Public Affairs (IPA) is a Texas-based consulting firm that specializes in the delivery of political and public policy advice and initiatives to effectively promote and protect client interests. IPA focuses on creating complex public communications and strategic planning for solutions tailored specifically to each client’s unique business goals. Today’s political and policymaking environment is shifting radically and rapidly as information travels across platforms and boundaries faster than ever before. Successful organizations can no longer consider government relations, media relations, and public relations as separate functions, but instead must coordinate these distinct messaging efforts.
We look forward to working with TCEP this legislative session and beyond to ensure physician and patient interests are protected. We will hit the 60 day mark this Friday, meaning there are just 80 days left in the 85th Legislative Session. During those final 80 days, legislators will consider thousands of pieces of legislation, but only about 20% will pass. This means that engagement beyond and between legislative sessions is just as important as conversations with your legislators during the first five months of odd numbered years.
While the Senate started with a bang this session, the House has been slower-moving. The Senate Finance Committee continues its work on the budget, and House Appropriations has begun its subcommittee hearings as well. The House and Senate budgets are further apart than they typically start, due in part to the House’s additional $1.5 billion dedicated towards school finance, contingent upon passage of legislation. In the Senate, on the other hand, legislators are focused on school vouchers, a longtime priority of the Lieutenant Governor.
The Senate has already passed all four of the Governor’s emergency items: sanctuary cities, ethics reform, convention of the states, and CPS reform. The House passed two bills to reform CPS last week as well.
Senate committees of interest to TCEP will hear SB 507, Senator Kelly Hancock’s mediation legislation, along with bills dealing with telemedicine and step therapy this week.