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(The second chamber sponsor is Senator Uresti.)
HB 2630, if passed, would amend a number of sections of the
Family Code and the Human Resources Code regarding programs and procedures of
the Department of Family and Protective Services. The programs in question
relate to families of children who are at risk for neglect. Essentially, HB
2630 would require that these programs, and their various components, be
evidence based. Specific language in the bill refers to best available science.
This requirement would affect educational programs, allocation of funds,
reporting requirements, and determination of outcomes, among other aspects of the
DPS programs in question.
Though HB 2630 expands and modifies various bodies of code
we understand the motivation for the bill and appreciate that all the changes
have an over-arching goal in mind; the introduction of evidenced based
accountability into DPS programs. Adding such empirically based scrutiny would
indeed be beneficial to the Department, particularly since we can see no
potential downsides or costs. Even though HB 2630 is a prudent piece of
legislation it does not, strictly speaking affect any of our principles. As
such we are neutral on the bill.