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CompanionCommitteeBill SummarySenat CommitteeSenate FloorHouse Committee
House Floor
Governor's Desk
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SB 72Jane Nelson
HB 1232/Guillen
State AffairsEstablishes a human trafficking coordinating council of various state agencies to create a 5-year strategic plan to prevent human trafficking in Texas.
Voted out of committee 3/7/19
Received in the HouseVoted out of committeePassed
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SB 98
Jose Menendez
Health & Human Services
Allows a relative to receive foster care payments and permanency care assistance payments without being a verified foster parent.
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SB 99
Jose Menendez
Health & Human Services
Allows an aunt, uncle, sister or brother taking care of a child to receive TANF funds as opposed to only grandparents.
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SB 355Royce WestHB 4263/Klick
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS to create a strategic plan on implementing prevention services allowed under Families First and to conduct a capacity assessment of those services in Texas.
Voted out of committee 3/12/19
Voted out of SenateLeft pending in committee
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SB 424Royce WestHB 811/WhiteEducationRequires school districts to consider when determining punishment if a child is in foster care and if the student is homeless.
Voted out of committee 4/3/19
Placed on intent calendar
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SB 480Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS to provide PAL servics and transitional living services including a transitional living plan to children age 14 and older as soon as possible and requies an independent living skills assessment within 45 days after a child turns 14. Requires DFPS and providers to have a plan to ensure youth have a placement before they turn 18 by 6 months before a child turns 18 if in a residential setting, and 90 days if in a foster home.
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SB 481Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Allows a foster and/or homeless youth to receive their birth certificate and drivers license without a fee and allows the youth to not have to renew every time they have a new address but instead provide the addresss of the CPS regional office or shelter near them.
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SB 568
Joan Huffman
Health & Human Services
Adds monetary penalties to foster care and daycare providers in the amount of $1,000 for an incident of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, $500 for failture to report an incident to a parent or guardian, $50 for failure to report to a parent lack of liability insurance, and $50 for failure to report abuse, neglect, exploitation and failure of safe sleeping to a parent.
Voted out of committee 3/12/19
Passed SenateVoted out of committee
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SB 705Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Requires more investigation information for RCCL and daycares to be public information to provide consumer choice such as previous investigation results and training of the staff.Voted out of committeeVoted out of Senate
Referred to House Human Services
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SB 781
Lois Kolkhorst
HB 1698
Health & Human Services
Creates additional procedures to become licensed as an RTC and additional regulatory measures such as a "three strikes you're out" regulatory framework for RTCs.Voted out of committeeVoted out of SenateLeft pending in committee
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SB 951Kirk Watson
HB 2926/Hinojosa
Health & Human Services
Establishes a Families First task force to present recommendations on implementation of the bill by January 1, 2021.
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SB 1001Kirk WatsonHB 692/WhiteEducationDisallows a homeless student from receiving out-of-school suspension.Voted out of committee
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SB 1095Charles Perry
HB 3746/Krause
Health & Human Services
Allows a prospective or current foster parent to examine a child's record of their health history if the child is a "medically fragile" child.
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SB 1101
Lois Kolkhorst
Health & Human Services
Changes that the ombudsman is appointed by the HHSC EC instead of the Governor. Adds that HHSC and DFPS must provide the ombudsman reasoning as to why they adopted or rejected an ombudsman's recommendation.Voted out of committeeVoted out of Senate
Scheduled for hearing 5/14/19
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SB 1279Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Requires all PEI programs to be evidence-based, promising practices, or evidence-informed and listed in a nationally recognized clearinghouse. Further defines in statute the definitions of each of these including adding evaluation measures, community ties, etc. Adds that outcomes for PEI programs should include an increase in protective factors and improved maternal and child health.
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SB 1288Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS and HHSC to report on the number of pregnant and parent youth both in care and in the STAR Health program.
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SB 1289Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Adds to the DFPS foster care capacity needs assessment the number of QRTPs, substance-use treatment facilities, pregnant & parenting supports for youth, sex trafficking victim residential services, and transitional living services.
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SB 1290Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Ensure DFPS makes sure pregnant/parenting youth know how to keep their own children safe, healthy, and developing appropriately.
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SB 1291Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS to establish a training program for foster and kinship parents on how to communicate with children on self-image, goal setting, planning and decision-making, etc. Requires training for caseworkers on providing information on reproductive health to youth.
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sb1333Royce West
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS through rule-making to define "trauma" and "trauma-informed care."
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SB 1345Kirk Watson
HB 1230/Hinojosa
Health & Human Services
Establishes administrative penalties for foster care residential providers and progressive sanctions not to exceed $500 for the first violation and $2,000 for progressive violations.
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SB 1347Kirk Watson
HB 3370/Deshotel
Health & Human Services
Requires DFPS to notify a child in care of the outcome of an inquiry of the ombudsman iff it is in the best interests of the child. Requires DFPS to provide counseling if the child needs it from the report. Adds to the bill of rights for children in care they are entitled to receive access to the ombudsman report. Requires the foster care ombudsman to provide a monthly report on investigations and reports and requires DFPS and HHSC to provide the ombudsman written notice if they adopted or rejected the ombudsman's recommended corrective action.
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SB 1353
Beverly Powell
HB 822/Parker
Health & Human Services
Requires multiple state agencies including HHSC, DSHS, DFPS, and TEA to analyze adverse childhood experiences and identify best practices to prevent adverse childhood experiences through a 5-year strategic plan for the state.
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SB 1357
Kelly Hancock
HB 1702/Howard
Health & Human Services
Requires the foster care liason at a college to obtain names annually of students at the institution who were in foster care and requires the college or university to publically provide contact information for the liason and information on supports for former foster youth.
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SB 1388Kirk Watson
Heatlh & Human Services
Requires HHSC to include on its child-care public database information on foster care facility providers including minimum standards violations that lead to death or injury including unsafe environment that leads to death or injury, or if a facility has a license, registration, or other occupational authorization revoked by a stage agency.
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SB 1493
Angela Paxton
HB 72/White
Health & Human Services
Sllows an adoptive child under 18 to remain on STAR Health as opposed to transferring to STAR.
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SB 1535
Jose Menendez
Health & Human Services
Requires HHSC and DFPS to notify the ombudsman whether they accepted or rejected the ombudsman's recommendation and add to the bill of rights a child's right to know the result of the investigation. States that the child files a complaint HHSC and doesn't have to file with an SSCC. Allows the ombudsman to obtain relevant internal information of the SSCC.
Voted out of committee 3/27/19
Passed SenateReferred Human Services
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SB 1544
Jose Menendez
Health & Human Services
Requires that by the 15th day after an investigation, the investigator of FBSS employee or any DFPS employee shall provide in-prson notice to the person who is alleged to have abused or neglected a child that the person has a right to request an administrative review.
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SB 1660
Judith Zaffirini
HB 1846/Klick
Health & Human Services
Requires the court after every hearing after a final order to discuss with DFPS what normalcy activities are being provided to the child in care.
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SB 1948Kirk WatsonHB 3614/Rose
Heatlh & Human Services
Establishes in statute that a caseworker must meet monthly with a child and document why they failed to do so. Requires the caseworker to document the child's safety, the interview, medical and behavioral health needs, and discipline in the home.
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SB 2110Kirk Watson
Health & Human Services
Removes requirement that a former foster youth has to re-enroll in Medicaid annually.
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