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Miscellaneous Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact people with disabilities in Texas.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Bills (Telicon Report 5/17/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 468Oscar LongoriaRelating to a restriction on certain accommodations in accessible hotel and motel guest rooms; providing a civil penalty.
no datano dataRemarks: Would specify the height of beds in accessible hotel rooms, and would authorize a civil penalty between $500 to $5,000, depending on the number of violations.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-16-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Business and Industry
HB 1542Four PriceRelating to the definition of the least restrictive environment for the placement of children in foster care.
no datano dataRemarks: Would redefine “least restrictive environment” in a placement for a child in the custody of Child Protective Services as the place closest to the child’s home and most able to meet the child’s identified needs. For a child needing basic or moderate services, that placement would be in a foster home or a cottage home. Cottage homes may house up to 12 children.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-17-17 S Meeting set for 8:00 A.M., Senate Chamber - Senate Health and Human Services
HB 2636Harold DuttonRelating to court-ordered financial support by parents of an adult with a medically determinable disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would define evidence required to establish disability for purposes of court ordered financial support for an adult dependent. Would prohibit financial support for an adult who is not eligible for state or federal services. Would require the court to offset the award by the amount the adult receives from state or federal sources.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-29-17 H Committee action pending House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
HB 3279Matt ShaeferRelating to eligibility requirements for the specialized telecommunications assistance program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would change the eligibility requirements to participate in the specialized telecommunications assistance program to: 1) require professional medical diagnosis of a hearing or speech impairment; and 2) add income threshold at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-28-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House State Affairs
HB 3374John KuempelRelating to registration and regulation of real-time captioning providers; imposing a civil penalty; authorizing fees.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require providers who engage in real-time captioning for those who have hearing impairment to hold a certificate of registration issued by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. Would set out requirements for providers to obtain and retain this certificate.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-11-17 H Set on the House Calendar
SB 25Brandon CreightonRelating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit a cause of action based on the claim that if medical information had been disclosed timely the person would not have been permitted to have been born alive but would have been terminated.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-08-17 H Reported favorably from committee on House State Affairs
SB 377Charles PerryRelating to the Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require rule modification so that the program could be administered under contract by a consortium of states. Would also require the program’s advisory board to delegate asset allocation and investments to an approved bank, another state, or a consortium of states.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-19-17 H Set on the Local Calendar
SB 428Jose RodriguezRelating to the waiver of state park, museum, and other state-operated facility entrance fees for persons with certain disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow people with a physical, mental, intellectual, or developmental disability and a paid personal attendant to have free admission to state parks, museums or other state operated facilities.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-06-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs
SB 1427Kelly HancockRelating to providing information regarding perinatal hospice care and prohibiting discriminatory abortions; creating an administrative penalty, a civil remedy, and criminal offenses.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit abortion based on race, ethnicity, sex, or the probability of a diagnosis of a disability. Would create a Class A misdemeanor for intimidating a person to coerce an abortion based on race, ethnicity, sex, or probability of disability. Would require DSHS to develop perinatal hospice care information. Would require a pregnant woman who receives a diagnosis of a life-threatening disability of the unborn child to receive information about the availability of perinatal hospice care.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-20-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1740Miles BorrisRelating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with an intellectual disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit a defendant who has an intellectual disability from being sentenced to death. Would create procedures for the judge and jury regarding: 1) determination of an intellectual disability by a clinician; 2) possible sentencing alternatives; and 3) appealing a ruling.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-23-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 1743Judith ZaffiriniRelating to transferring the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities to The University of Texas at Austin.
no datano dataRemarks: Would transfer the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities from HHSC to the University of Texas at Austin.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-08-17 H Recommended for Local and Consent Calendar

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