HB 1371

84(R) - 2015
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
State Agencies

Companion Bill

SB 830

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Harold Dutton Jr.


Cindy Burkett
Elliot Naishtat
Gene Wu

Bill Caption

Relating to certain functions of the office of consumer affairs in the Health and Human Services Commission.

Fiscal Notes

HB 1371 would have a negative impact of $1,096,177 through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.

NOTE: The Senate companion bill was updated in committee and has no fiscal note attached. 

Bill Analysis

HB 1371 creates a new office of Consumer Affairs for Children in Foster Care.  This office would review complaints and inquires related to a child under the care of the state, investigate unreported complaints, and issue reports about trends of the inquiries that they receive.

Vote Recommendation Notes

In so far as the state is going to assume responsibility for children, the state has an obligation to ensure that those children are well cared for by the people in whose conservatorship they are placed. This bill would help to ensure better care for foster children. We support HB 1371 and its Senate companion, SB 830.

Organizations Supporting

Texans Care for Children
 National Association of Social Workers/Texas