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The bill would require the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), in conjunction with a statewide coalition on family violence, to conduct a study of the Dallas Men Against Abuse program and other activities in the Dallas community addressing family violence, to determine if any or all of those activities or program aspects should be implemented at the state level or in additional local communities or school districts. The bill would also mandate agency cooperation among HHSC, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Education Agency, and other health and human services agencies to assist HHSC in the study. A report containing results of the study and HHSC's recommendations would due to the legislature by December 1, 2016.
Generally we have not taken a position for or against studies unless it seems clear that the result of the study would produce liberty-infringing legislation in the future. It is likely that the goals of this legislation could be achieved without a study and without state intervention at all. The Dallas Men Against Abuse program is a local program that other local governments may investigate and replicate at their own discretion. While we are somewhat wary of the future proposals this legislation may lead to, we do not oppose the study itself. We remain neutral on HB 77.
The second chamber sponsor is Senator West.