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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. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, Chairman of the House Committee on Human Services, authored HB 1501 and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Madam Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, sponsored it in the Senate.

Rep. Raymond’s bill ensures a moment of silence in public schools to commemorate the 9/11 attacks in each year when September 11 falls on a school day. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the House 146 -1, 2 present, not voting and passed by the Senate 31-0. “This bill honors the memory of the almost 3,000 people who fell victim at the hands of terrorists and the impact on the families, impact on the city, and the country,” said Rep. Raymond. Continue reading

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 their child from Texas’s abuse and neglect registry.  Additionally, if a parent’s name was previously and/or wrongfully added to the “refused to accept parental responsibility” list, parents will also have the right to petition the family court that held the custody hearing to have their name removed from the registry if the only reason the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) took custody was to obtain mental health services for the child.

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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, DARS is authorized to conduct background checks on all agency employees and on individuals enrolled in the General Vocational Rehabilitation Program, but DARS is not authorized to conduct background checks on individuals enrolled in the newly formed Vocational Rehabilitation Program for the Blind (VR-B). This bill authorizes DARS to obtain background checks for individuals enrolled in VR-B to ensure that such individuals are not precluded from finding employment because of a criminal history.

As proposed, SB 128 amends current law relating to criminal history record information concerning certain applicants and clients of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

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