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The existing searchable database on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website is not currently statutorily mandated.
The bill would amend Chapter 42 of the Human Resources Code by requiring DFPS to maintain a searchable database that would include information (name, address, and an identification number) for each family home registered or listed that previously had a registration or listing involuntarily suspended or revoked. The bill would require DFPS to place the information required by Section 42.025 for at least five years preceding the date the Act becomes effective.
Currently, individuals previously barred by the State of Texas from caring for children may reapply to become a child care provider after five years of revocation or suspension of license. However, an involuntary revocation or suspension of childcare licensure is not required to appear on an individual's background check.
Also, providers whose license or registration is involuntarily revoked or suspended remain on the public website for only two years, when it is removed permanently. This bill would require permanent notation upon reapplication if the individual's license was involuntarily revoked or suspended.
Requiring DFPS to maintain the aforementioned information in the searchable database neither abridges nor advances our liberty principles, we remain neutral on HB 1180.
The second chamber sponsor is Kolkhorst.