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Rep. Raymond’s Moment of Silence Bill for 9/11 Victims Now Law

AUSTIN– HB 1501 signed by the Governor and effective immediately pays tribute to the memory of the men, women and children lost in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001 and honors the heroic actions of all first responders and volunteers who aided the innocent victims by putting themselves in harm’s way following the attacks.…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

May 14, 2013 Hearing Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee SB 44: Reporting in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases Author: Sen. Judith Zaffirini, et al. House Sponsor: Rep. Cindy Burkett The purpose of SB 44 is to exempt parents whose sole purpose for relinquishment of their parental rights is to obtain mental health services for…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

May 7, 2013 Hearing Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee   SB 128: Criminal History Information Author: Sen. Jane Nelson SB 128 allows the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to better connect clients to employment and training programs by making the agency’s authority to obtain criminal background checks consistent across all programs. Currently,…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee April 30, 2013 Hearing SB 7: Improving the Delivery of Certain Health and Human Services Author: Sen. Jane Nelson, et al. SB 7 improves the coordination of Medicaid long-term care services and supports with acute care services, redesigns the long-term care services and support system to more efficiently serve…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee April 9, 2013 Hearing HB 3158: Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care Author: Rep. John Zerwas A health maintenance organization can currently contract with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to become a managed care organization. The state administers Medicaid and CHIP managed care through managed care organizations, which…

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Rep. Raymond Votes for Budget that Helps Move the State Forward

Budget Restores Significant Portions from the 2011 Cuts Pushed by Gov. Perry AUSTIN — Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Human Services Committee, voted for the budget bill, SB 1, which passed unanimously with a 135-12 vote after a 12 hour debate by the full House of Representatives. The bill increases the overall…

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Weekly Newsletter: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee April 2, 2013 Hearing HB 2072: Services for the Deaf Author: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez The lack of a state professional interpreters licensing program poses unnecessary and sometimes dangerous challenges for the hearing impaired population. Although Texas has had an interpreter certification program for the past few decades, certification is…

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Rep. Raymond Supports Bill Addressing Texas Water Needs

AUSTIN–House Bill 4, commonly referred to as “the water bill,” passed overwhelmingly in the Texas House of Representatives with a 146-2 vote. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of The House Committee on Human Services, voted for the bill, which addresses the state’s water needs by creating a water bank that will provide loans for conservation…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 26, 2013 Hearing HB 2383: Eligibility for Medical Assistance Author: Rep. Craig Eiland Currently, some applicants for Medicaid who have a life insurance policy must surrender the policy for an amount far below its actual value in order to be eligible for benefits, at which point the state…

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