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Leading up to the 85th Legislative Session it became apparent that the state foster care system and Child Protective Services program were having serious issues.

Child Protective Services (CPS) is the program that investigates reports of child abuse and neglect. If investigators find that a child is not safe, services are provided in the home to address these issues or the child is removed and placed into foster care with the eventual goal of the child being adopted.

The agency responsible for the CPS program, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), was having a hard time finding foster homes for many children forcing them to sleep in state office buildings instead of homes. Additionally, a lack of funding within the agency created a situation where low-paid caseworkers who investigate child abuse and help children find homes were leaving the agency to find less stressful and better paying jobs, causing remaining caseworkers to get behind in their investigations.

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Teachers66 (1)LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) A raise for teachers could be coming if the Texas legislature approves a bill.

State Representative Richard Peña Raymond announced that he is introducing a bill proposing a $1,000 raise for public school teachers.

The bill had already been proposed during the regular session, but expired when the session closed.

The topic is being brought back by the governor during the special legislative session.

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – The 85th Texas Legislative Session has come to a close with hundreds of bills signed into law, including the controversial, ‘Sanctuary Cities’ bill.

KGNS spoke with Representative Richard Peña Raymond on the recent session and asked what his opinions were on the bills passed.

One bill Raymond felt strongly about was Senate Bill Four. Raymond says that there were a lot of protesters in the gallery protesting the bill.

A bill Raymond wanted to see passed dealt with the Texas Medical Board and property tax relief.

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