SB 568

86(R) - 2019
Senate Health & Human Services
House Human Services
Senate Health & Human Services
House Human Services
Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

Vote No; Amend
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Joan Huffman


Greg Bonnen

Bill Caption

Relating to the regulation of child-care facilities and family homes; providing administrative penalties.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 568, As Engrossed: a negative impact of ($613,567) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.  Certain sections of the bill are required to be implemented only if the Legislature makes an appropriation for those purposes.

Bill Analysis

SB 568 would (1) direct administrative penalties to be deposited into a "Safety Training Account"; (2) establish safe sleeping standards; (3) require HHSC to post relevant inspection information for all child-care facilities licensed or family homes registered under this chapter; (4) require license or registration holders to maintain liability insurance coverage, with certain exceptions; (5) allow HHSC to place restrictions on a license for repeated violations and prohibit renewal for a violation that is not corrected by the required compliance date; (6) notify parents or guardians of certain incidents; and (7) establish new administrative penalties.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Most of the provisions of this legislation are designed to curb bad actors within the licensed daycare industry, bring out-of-compliance facilities into compliance, and ensure that parents are notified of serious incidents. We do not view setting safe sleeping standards as the proper role of the state. 

Much like nutrition guidelines, infant sleeping guidelines have greatly changed over the years. When the government sets standards, and the standards later change due to new research, the government creates confusion. Also, we are concerned that state-mandated safe sleeping standards for daycare could later be imposed in the home which would violate the rights of parents and represent a significant government intrusion into the daily lives of Texans. For these reasons, we suggest an amendment to withdraw the safe sleeping standards provision of this bill. Should such an amendment be adopted we would withdraw our objection.