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05/26/2017 Action Alert: Ask Conferees to Remove Amendment to HB 5

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:16pm

On Monday, the Senate added a floor amendment to HB 5 that would grant CPS contractors immunity from civil liability short of gross negligence for a broad range of activities. Under the “Immunity Amendment” (Senate Floor Amendment 8), contractors would be immune from civil liability for things like:

  • Failure to supervise employees
  • Failure to comply with regulations—like DFPS’s minimum standards
  • Failure to find alternate providers if a foster care provider refuses to provide medical care because of religious beliefs

All faith traditions hold the protection of children at the very core of their teachings. They want the state to hold every participant in the foster care system to very high standards, and they want the system to protect children—not contractors.

Call the following representatives NOW and urge them to remove Senate Floor Amendment 8--the "immunity amendment"--from HB 5 in conference. 

Conference Committee: House
Rep Frank: (877) 889-9761
Rep Raymond: (877) 882-3837
Rep Clardy: (877) 345-8922
Rep Geren: (877) 686-9751
Rep Smithee: (877) 414-2072
Conference Committee: Senate
Schwertner: (877) 546-9356

Huffman: (877) 392-3482

Nelson: (877) 291-3758

Perry: (877) 278-2015

Uresti: (877) 431-0078

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