HB 3538

84(R) - 2015
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
State Affairs

Companion Bill

SB 1523

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


John Smithee

Bill Caption

Relating to the adoption of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act of 2008.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication anticipated.

Based on information provided by the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Court Administration, and the Office of the Governor, duties and responsibilities associated with implementing the provisions of the bill could be accomplished through existing resources. However, the Office of Attorney General Child Support Division estimated a loss of $480.8 million in Federal Funds for the 2016-17 biennium ($252.4 million in fiscal year 2016 and $228.4 million in fiscal year 2017) to the Child Support Division if the bill is not enacted due to being out of compliance with federal requirements.

Bill Analysis

HB 3538 would affirm the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, Public Law 113-183, which requires the verbatim adoption by states of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) 2008, in order to continue receiving federal funding. This bill is essentially a re-authorization of current law in Texas and would add 'foreign countries' throughout relevant statute to explain how a court of this state should deal with a child support order of a different state or a foreign country.  

Vote Recommendation Notes

No changes were made to this bill in the Senate committee.  

Senate chamber sponsor: West

First chamber analysis: 

This bill is almost identical to current Texas law and there is no discernible connection to the principles of liberty. It is a requirement by the federal government in order to continue to receive federal funding. For these reasons, we are neutral on HB 3538.