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Relating to the composition of the Long-Term Care Facilities Council and rules related to and the imposition of administrative penalties against certain long-term facilities.
The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time because it is unknown how limiting the amount of an administrative penalty assessed on a facility would impact the level of revenue received by the state.
HB 3240 would require the Long-Term Care Facilities Council to now include at least one member who is a community-based provider at an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In addition HB 3240 would limit the total amount of penalties for violations discovered during each on-site regulatory visit or complaint investigation.
HB 3240 would also require the Executive Commissioner of the health and human services committee to establish rules which must ensure standard and consistent interpretation of services delivery rules and consistent application of administrative penalties; and include interpretive guidelines for regulatory staff and providers when imposing administrative penalties.
The penalty reductions proposed by HB 3240 would benefit the principles of private property rights, limited government, and individual liberty. Texas Action supports HB 3240.