Policy and Advocacy

The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association advocates in the legislature and with regulatory agencies for the rights and protection of speech-language pathologists and audiologists and the consumers we serve. TSHA supports legislative candidates for state office whose records and policy positions demonstrate an understanding of our professions and the needs of our consumers. TSHA also supports legislators who are in a position to further the legislative goals of our association.

Bi-annually in Texas, legislation is enacted that significantly impacts members of our profession as well as individuals with speech, language and hearing disorders. Visit this site regularly for updates and calls to action.

How to Get Involved

Get to know The TSHA Legislative Team

As a member of TSHA, your input to legislation and involvement in legislative activities is invaluable. If you are interested in participating in one of the task forces or would like to provide input, please contact the Vice President for Social and Governmental Policy, the Director of Legislation, or the appropriate Task Force Chair.

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Vice President for Social and Governmental Policy

An elected position within the Association that is responsible for activities related to legislation and regulation, coordinating activities of the Legislative Consultant and the Director of Legislation, and encouraging affiliation between the Association and other persons or organizations having similar legislative interests and objectives.

Director of Governmental Relations

A lobbyist hired by the TSHA to provide information to the monitoring Vice President and TSHA members. The Director of Legislation also facilitates communication and advocacy with consumers, legislators, administrators, other professionals and third party payers regarding professional interests, service delivery and consumer concerns for speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Legal & Legislative Counsel

A lobbyist hired by the TSHA to provide information to the monitoring Vice President and the TSHA members. This individual also provides legal counsel to the TSHA.

Student Legislative Active Task Force

A task force created to foster awareness of and increase participation in the legislative process among students.

Political Action Committee (PAC)

A committee established to raise funds for political contributions and to attempt to influence the election of individuals to state offices in order to promote the interests and needs of the speech-language pathology and audiology professions and of persons with communication disorders. The TSHA PAC has been an effective means of making our voices heard throughout the legislative process.