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The bill would amend several chapters in the Education Code, Family Code, and Human Resources Code by implementing a portion of the the Sunset Advisory Commission's recommendations concerning the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The bill would require Child Protective Services to implement an annual business planning process. The bill would also require DFPS to develop a foster care redesign implementation plan and a strategic plan for prevention and intervention services.
The bill would require the executive commissioner to adopt rules governing the license renewal process for all licenses issued under Chapter 42 of the Human Resources Code. The rules must include:
The bill would remove the current child care regulatory fee caps by allowing DFPS to set regulatory fees by rule.
This bill was amended on the Senate and House floor. However, we continue to take a vote no; amend position. As stated in our original recommendation, unless SB 206 is amended to reinstate the cap on license fees (via Section 42.054 of the Human Resources Code) we are opposed.
The second chamber sponsor is Representative Cindy Burkett.
First chamber recommendation below:
The purpose of the bill is to streamline existing statutory requirements of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Whenever a bill incorporates any sunset recommendations, we always want to confirm in our bill analysis that the bill does not abridge any of our liberty principles.
Our objection to SB 206 is authorizing DFPS to set open-ended fees. We would remove our objection to the bill contingent on an amendment to reinstate the cap on license fees. Allowing an open ended cap on state-mandated occupational licensing fees is inconsistent with limited government.
Until SB 206 is amended to reinstate the cap on license fees in Section 42.054 of the Human Resources Code, we recommend legislators vote against the bill.