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Relating to certain investigation and evaluation information regarding certain child-care facilities, homes, and programs.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, there would be a negative impact of ($666,618) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
SB 705 would specify the types of settings for which the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) would be required to release fatality investigation information to the public for an investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect. SB 705 would also require DFPS to release certain information to the public for cases involving child fatalities and near fatalities that occurred in a day-care center, group day-care home, before-school or after-school program, school-age program, or family.
This bill would also specify the type of inspection data that the commission must provide to the public if the commission determines that providing inspection data enhances consumer choice with respect to those facilities. This data would include, among other things, information related to sexual abuse of a child attending the center, information on incidents of abuse or neglect of a child, and any action taken by the center or home to remedy the violation. The bill would also require notice of certain violations regarding sexual abuse of a child to be given to each parent or legal guardian of a child attending the facility or home.
Finally, this bill would require the Texas Workforce Commission to gather and provide clearer information about the quality of subsidized child care paid for with state and federal funds.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 705 because it does not affect our liberty principles.