Thursday, February 28, 2013

SB 245 Passes Stage Two

The Senate Bill 245, regarding the Child Protective Services Community Action Council (CAC) was heard by the Senate on February 19th at 9:00 a.m. This bill has been said to be put on the back-burner but will now move forward to stage three of the seven stage process. This bill was filed January 24th and passed out of the senate committee February 26th. The next stage will be the senate vote, followed by the house committees, house vote, and governor action before it will become a law.

This bill is currently sponsored primarily by Royce West, a Democrat from District 23. West is supported by two cosponsors, Jane Nelson, R-D12 and Carlos Uresti, D-D19.  

If passed, this bill will benefit the CPS program in Texas and primarily the responsibilities of caseworkers. This bill is attempting to improve the quality of work by caseworkers and balance their responsibilities more effectively. This will improve the work of current caseworkers and avoid the layoffs of workers in the future.

On February 26, 2013 the bill was reported on favorably by the senate without any amendments. And on February 27 the co-author had been authorized.

-Brelle de Groot

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