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.
Huffman: (877) 392-3482
Nelson: (877) 291-3758
Perry: (877) 278-2015
Uresti: (877) 431-0078