Image: Senator Brandon Creighton, District 4 (R-The Woodlands).
Conroe, March 15 – State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-The Woodlands) provided a legislative update on two major issues pending before the 85th Texas Legislature. Senator Creighton is Vice Chairman of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee and serves on the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs, Criminal Justice, State Affairs, and Transportation committees. He spoke with The Golden Hammer during the evening of Tuesday, March 14.
Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Legislation
Representative Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) filed House Bill 1982 in the Texas House of Representatives. HB 1982 changes the current 9-person appointed board of directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) to a 5-person elected board with 3-term limits on the election of each officeholder. Four of the directors would be elected from each of the Montgomery County Commissioners precincts while one board member would be at-large elected countywide.
Senator Creighton told The Golden Hammer that he believes the board of the LSGCD should have at least seven board members, because, otherwise, “it would be too easy for three people to control the board.”
Creighton said, “I’m working with Senator Robert Nichols [Senatorial District 3 who represents the northern portion of Montgomery County] and the House delegation from Montgomery County to negotiate a bill we might all support. At this point, I would consider a 7-person board with five members elected as in the Metcalf bill, or at-large, and possibly one board member elected from the Woodlands Township and one board member elected from the City of Conroe.”
Creighton explained that he has not yet filed a bill in the Texas Senate and will not do so until the Montgomery County delegation to both houses of the Legislature agrees on the board concept. “I’ll probably file a bill that looks a little different from Will Metcalf’s. I’m optimistic that I can get the bill through the Senate but I’m worried about the House.”
Creighton expressed concern that Metcalf has been unable to obtain a committee hearing for his bill in the Texas House so far.
Wrongful Birth Bill: Senate Bill 25
Creighton introduced Senate Bill 25 which outlaws the civil cause of action of wrongful birth and prohibits any court from awarding damages “based on the claim that but for of the act or omission of another, a person would not have been permitted to have been born alive but would have been aborted.”
Creighton explained, “My bill outlaws a cause of action against a physician for negligence in failing to identify that a baby in utero is disabled and then allowing the parents to bring a claim for compensation and damages against the doctor. Someone could still sue a doctor for gross negligence for intentional wrongdoing. Additionally, someone could still file a complaint against a doctor who doesn’t meet the standard of care for treatment with the Texas Medical Association.”
SB 25 passed out of the State Affairs Committee last week on a unanimous vote which included the vote of pro-abortion choice Democrat Judith Zefferini (D-Laredo).
“I filed this bill to insure that children in utero who happen to be disabled are not treated like any other child. They should not be punished, through abortion, for their disabilities. I’m really proud of this legislation,” Creighton told The Golden Hammer. “There should be a floor vote on my bill early next week.”
Representative Ron Simmons (R-Denton) has sponsored similar legislation to Creighton’s in the Texas House of Representatives.
The liberal Huffington Post wrote a misleading article about Creighton’s SB 25 bill on March 2 in which the blog claimed that his bill “would allow obstetricians to withhold information from pregnant women” about the condition of their children in utero. “My bill does nothing of the sort. Obviously, the Huff Post did not understand my bill at all. They don’t quote me in the article, because they never tried to interview me for it.” Creighton noted that the Washington Post wrote a somewhat less biased article last week but that newspaper also got the gist of Creighton’s bill wrong “70%-30%,” he said.