PUBLIC HEALTH TAKES CENTER STAGE
Anti-smoking advocates held a rally on the south steps of the Capitol in support of a state wide public smoking ban. They were joined by champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong in supporting a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in all public buildings and workplaces.
"Nobody is saying to anybody in this state, 'listen, you cannot smoke a cigarette," said Armstrong. "If you choose to have a cigarette…I don’t think it's fair to subject other people to second-hand smoke."
Houston Senator Rodney Ellis, who is carrying the Legislation in the Senate, wants
Obesity rates in
Rates are highest along the border and in rural counties, and looks to increase even more as the state's population ages. The study predicts that by 2040 almost 15 million, or 43 percent of the state's adult population will be obese. While obesity increases the danger of heart disease, diabetes and other disorders, Senator Jane Nelson of Flower Mound said it increases the burden on the state as well. "
It strains the entire healthcare system," she said. "It hinders the economic productivity, it drains the state budget, and that's why this Legislature has placed a priority on encouraging citizens to take better care of themselves."
She said that is why she will file a number of bills to address the
Another issue that touches health as well as the environment in
It would also offer grants for businesses and homes to incentivize the purchase of more efficient home appliances, and would offer a $4,000 rebate to purchasers of hybrid plug-in vehicles. Averitt said the money already allocated, and expected to be allocated this biennium, in the Texas Emission Reduction Plan will be sufficient to pay for these new programs, and doesn't anticipate an increased cost to the state.
The Senate will reconvene Monday, February 2, at 1:30 p.m.