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November 2013 Newsletter

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds 5th Circuit Ruling on HB 2

The Supreme Court of the United States has ordered that the health and safety measures of House Bill 2, the omnibus abortion bill passed and signed by the Governor in July, may continue to be applied in Texas while the lawsuit challenging that bill unfolds at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In denying Planned Parenthood’s petition to immediately stall those health standards, today’s Supreme Court order ensures that the law will not be unjustly subverted by the legal maneuvering of the pro-abortion coalition whose disruptive antics failed to derail the bill’s passage in the state legislature this summer. While the primary lawsuit is still to be decided in the court of appeals, and possibly the Supreme Court as well, the clear deference both courts have thus far granted to the State of Texas is an encouraging sign that this bill and our cause will prevail.

Dickinson Public Library Awarded Grants from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Dickinson Public Library was awarded over $12,000 in federally funded grants by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The grants will fund the Children’s Summer Reading Program and public Classes to Improve Patron Technology skills.

Dr. Ben Raimer appointed Chair of Health and Human Services Council

Dr. Ben Raimer of Galveston has been appointed by Governor Perry to serve as Chairman of the Texas Health and Human Services Council. Dr. Raimer, a UTMB graduate and current Executive Vice President of the school, brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and practical experience to the organization which oversees the management of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. As our local hospitals and county leaders adapt to a quickly changing regulatory and financial environment, Dr. Raimer's expertise in medicine, medical education, indigent healthcare services, administration and finance will be an indispensable benefit to our state.

Galveston County to receive AmbuBus, named grand prize winner in contest

The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM) announced it will be the recipient of an AmbuBus Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit courtesy of First Line Technology. The announcement came as First Line Technology revealed the results of an online contest awarding the emergency conversion insert to participating counties and communities. The GCOEM was the grand prize winner with 3,290 votes, beating the runner-up by 290 votes. The technology utilizes an air-tight insert that can be placed inside the length of a school or city bus.


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