The Texas Legislature’s 87th Legislative Session began on January 12, 2021. Bills to be considered by this Legislature this session can be filed until March 12, 2021.
Since our last update, AmSpa temporarily retracted its controversial national practice guidelines, on which it said it planned to base its bill this legislative session, and appointed a “Safety Council” to review and potentially reissue the guidelines.
Although we have not yet heard whether AmSpa will again attempt to have a bill filed this session based on any scaled-down or revised version of the guidelines, AmSpa’s lobbyist has again registered to lobby for AmSpa in 2021.
See also Texas Scorecard, the 8 Million Dollar Lobbyist: https://texasscorecard.com/state/andrea-mcwilliams-the-8-million-lobbyist/
Additionally, the Texas Dermatological Society has recommended to the Texas Medical Board that all procedures require the direct, onsite supervision of an appropriately trained physician and has signed on to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association’s model law asdsa-medical-spa-safety-act.pdf . Likewise, the American Academy of Dermatology Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery have provided joint public comment to the Texas Medical Board suggesting not only that a physician should be onsite for all procedures, but also that many procedures should be reclassified as surgical and should only be done by physicians.
See their joint letter sent to the Texas Medical Board here: