The Cooper Institute

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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


87th Texas Legislature Success

Written by
Joel Romo
Posted in

Friday, Jul 02, 2021

The Cooper Institute advocacy efforts have been instrumental in the implementation of public health policies such as smoke-free ordinances, strengthening physical education standards, raising the age at which tobacco products may be purchased to ensuring our school lunches are healthy and nutritious.

This year, we made great strides in Texas and Oklahoma advancing policies that will have a lasting effect on the health and wellness of our youth. Our success in the 87th Texas legislative session reinforces the impact achieved on lifelong health and wellness. We are excited to share our accomplishments with you!

Texas 87th Regular Legislative Session

  • Preserved the physical fitness assessment requirement and funding at the Texas Education Agency.  
  • Senate Bill 248 will require anyone selling e-cigarettes to receive a permit from the state and increases penalties for selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors.  
  • House Bill 786  ensures that all 911 telecommunicators handling medical emergencies across Texas will be trained on providing CPR instructions to bystanders, so they can do their part in the chain of survival until first responders can arrive.  Senate Bill 224 will improve food security by simplifying the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application process for seniors and disabled persons.   
  • Senate Bill 199 addresses liability issues as automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) experience numerous technological advances.  The legislation provides certain liability exemptions regarding the use or attempted use of, or the failure to use, of an AED and will ensure that the defibrillator is regularly inspected and maintained.  

Oklahoma 1st Session of the 58th Legislature

  • HB 2381 will require an annual physical fitness assessment in Oklahoma public schools grades 3-12.  The proposal passed by the Oklahoma House, and now awaits consideration by the full Senate when they reconvene in February 2022.  

For more information contact Joel Romo, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at  

  Read: Cooper Quarterly Newsletter - Summer Edition 2021