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Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 2233, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($905,050) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
The bill would amend the Human Resources Code to require the Department of Family and
Protective Services (DFPS) to establish a parent education pilot program in a county with a population of at least four million to assist community organizations in the county in providing
parent education classes to parents of children 12 years of age and younger. DFPS would be
required to provide training to the staff of each community organization (in the county) that
agrees to provide family support and parent education classes. By January 1, 2019, DFPS would
be required to submit a report to the legislature on the pilot program. The pilot would end
September 1, 2019.
Spending taxpayer funds to create a parent education program is beyond the proper role of state government. There are any number of private charitable community organizations fully capable of providing the education and services proposed under this legislation. The state should focus on governing in a way that protects the rights and abilities of all Texans to live as independent of government interference and subsidy as possible and allow charities, community organizations, and faith-based organizations to handle the social role that has traditionally been in their domain and to which they are much better suited than the government.
On limited government and personal responsibility grounds we oppose HB 2233.