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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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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 19, 2013 Hearing HB 1536: Administrative Hearings to Recover Medicaid Overpayments Author: Rep. Bobby Guerra The office of inspector general of the Health and Human Services Commission has a duty to investigate suspicions of fraudulent Medicaid payments. Such investigations have been targeted at clinics with a higher volume…

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Weekly Newsletter: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Bills Considered by Chairman Raymond’s Committee March 12, 2013 Hearing HB 748: Innovation Strategies in Child Welfare Programs Author: Chairman Richard Peña Raymond On September 30, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act. Among other changes, this act extended through fiscal year 2014 the authority of the…

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Rep. Raymond Reappointed Chair of Human Services Committee

AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, (San Antonio) reappointed Representative Richard Peña Raymond (Laredo) today as Chairman of the crucial Human Services Committee. Additionally, Speaker Straus reappointed Representative Raymond to the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and appointed him to the Rules and Resolutions Committee The Human Services Committee handles matters regarding physical…

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Rep. Raymond Takes Oath of Office: Calls on the Legislature to Put Children First

AUSTIN– Following today’s 83rd legislative session swearing in, Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) called on the Legislature to put children first by fully restoring funding to education and investing in programs focused on the well-being of our kids. “I am asking my colleagues to join me in fully restoring $5 billion to fund education. Protecting…

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In Texas, Resistance to a Renewed Call for an Annual Roundup of Legislators

By MANNY FERNANDEZ New York Times Published: January 5, 2013 AUSTIN, Tex. — Long before lawmakers prepared to gather at the sand-colored Capitol here on Tuesday for the opening day of the legislative session, State Representative Richard Peña Raymond had already filed a little-noticed bill to drastically change not only how they conduct business, but also…

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