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Relating to the regulation of referral agencies for senior living communities; providing a civil penalty.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3037 would make a number of regulatory updates with respect to referral agencies which provide consumer referrals to senior living communities for a fee.
HB 3037 prevents referral agencies from referring a consumer to a senior living facility when a member of the agency has an ownership, management or financial interest in that facility, hold power of attorney for a consumer or their property, or knowingly refer a consumer to a senior living community that is unlicensed.
A referral agency that violates this chapter is subject to a civil penalty in an amount not less than $250 and not more than $1,000 for each violation. The attorney general or a district attorney may bring an action to recover this civil penalty and to restrain and enjoin a violation of this chapter.
Texas Action opposes HB 3037 which is inconsistent with our limited government and free market principles.