HB 454

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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Dawnna Dukes

Bill Caption

Relating to authorization for a caregiver who is a relative to enroll a child in school.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated. The bill would require the Texas Education Agency to develop a caregiver's affidavit form consistent with the requirements of the bill and to make the form accessible on the Agency's website. The Agency would be directed to adopt rules to implement the provisions of the bill and ensure that schools and school districts accept the form. The Agency assumes that development of the form, Internet posting, and adoption of rules could be accomplished with existing resources.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 454 would permit a relative to provide an affidavit to a school where a child is being enrolled so that the child can attend the school. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) would provide the form and post on their website.

Analysis: HB 454 would reduce cost to families by allowing relatives to provide an affidavit rather than a court order for a student to attend school. Furthermore, this would reduce the scope of government by removing a regulation that requires a legal guardian or a court order to permit attendance. We support HB 454.