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Relating to the licensing and regulation of a home and community support services agency; increasing fees.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3193 would extend the expiration of the home and community support services agency license from two to three years. For the year in which a license expiration date is changed, the department shall prorate the license fee on a monthly basis. Additionally, this bill would raise the cap on the fee for a license to provide these services from $2,000 to $2,625.
Lastly, the bill would raise the cap on another penalty from $1,000 to $5,000. This penalty would be for a threat that caused immediate harm to the safety of a client. The bill would direct the Health and Human Service Commission to develop a system that could be used for tracking the severity of the violations.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3193. This bill would extend license expiration dates by a year, which we support, but it would also increase the cap on certain penalties from $1,000 to $5,000 in certain circumstances, which we oppose. Due to these conflicting provisions, we remain neutral on this bill.