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Relating to a study to evaluate state and local regulation of group homes.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 149 would task the Health and Human Services Commission with conducting a study on state and local regulations of group homes. This study would analyze state laws, complaint procedures, complaints, the enforcement authority, and then determine whether additional state and local government enforcement is needed. This study would also recommend processes to expedite the licensing and regulatory procedures, whether new categories of group homes should be licensed or regulated by the state or local government, methods for identifying unlicensed group homes; and evaluate whether boarding home zoning exclusions prevents certain counties and municipalities from regulating boarding home facilities.
HB 149 would set up a task force for the purpose of finding more ways to regulate group homes which is inconsistent with the principle of limited government. For this reason, Texas Action opposes HB 149.