The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Legislative Update

Written by
Joel Romo
Posted in

Monday, Feb 01, 2021

The 87th Texas Legislature has gaveled in and while the atmosphere at the Capitol building is a bit different, the legislative process is well underway. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed Senate committees and a few have already scheduled committee hearings. Constitutionally the Legislature must only pass the state biennial budget during their 140 Legislative Session. Both the House and Senate have filed base budgets for the 2022-2023 biennium and both chambers will begin crafting a final budget in the weeks to come. The Texas House will announce committee assignments shortly and committee hearings will begin immediately once announced. 

In preparation for these hearings, The Cooper Institute has continued briefing lawmakers and staff on the importance of physical activity and health education as it relates to ensuring our students remain active and healthy. We remain active in key public health coalitions such as the Texas Public Health Coalition & the Partnership for a Healthy Texas (where we serve as Chair of the Legislative Committee) and will be focusing on restoring ½ semester of physical education and ½ semester of health education as a high school graduation requirement. 

Additionally, The Cooper Institute will focus on preserving the existing physical fitness requirement for Texas public school students in grades 3-12 as well as the funding to provide school districts with the resources for software and tools to implement the assessment. We are also work with our Texas Tobacco Control Partners to advance legislative policies that will reduce the use of tobacco and e-cigarette products and will be sharing additional details on some of these legislative proposals once they are filed. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our Texas advocacy initiatives and next week we will provide an update on our Healthy Kids Oklahoma policy efforts during the upcoming 58th Oklahoma Legislative Session.