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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.
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.