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Relating to youth camp abuse complaints and compliance orders.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
HB 4372 would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in making a determination on issuance, renewal, or revocation of a youth camp operator's license, to consider whether the youth camp employs or formerly employed an individual who was convicted of an act of sexual abuse arising from the individual's employment with the camp. It would also establish a procedure for DSHS to forward a report of alleged abuse of a camper received by DSHS to the Department of Family and Protective Services or another appropriate agency.
Additionally, the bill would require a youth camp operator to provide notice to the public regarding the method for reporting to DSHS suspected abuse occurring at the youth camp. DSHS would be required to post on its website each youth camp compliance order issued by DSHS until at least the third anniversary of the date the compliance order was finally adjudicated.
Since this is a matter that does not concern liberty principles, Texas Action has a neutral stance towards HB 4372.