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This week both chambers have been moving child welfare legislation to reform what a federal judge described as Texas’s “Dickensian” foster care and child protective services system.

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Monday marks the beginning of the Presidents' Day congressional recess, a one-week "district work week" when many members of Congress will be looking to connect with their constituents. 

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On Tuesday, February 14, the Senate Committee on Finance heard testimony on Article IX of SB 1, the Senate's proposed Texas budget. Coalition partners with Texans Care for Children and the Center for Public Policy Priorities spoke against the proposed across-the-board program cuts included in the General Provisions section of the budget.

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Like a marathon race with mile markers, the 140 days of a Texas legislative session has similar milestones. One of the big early session markers is the appointment of committees, which the Speaker announced for the Texas House yesterday, Feb. 9th.

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This week, the Texas Senate debated Senate Bill 4, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" in Texas and withhold state funding from jurisdictions that don't comply with federal immigration detainer requests. 

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On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard an update from the Department of Family and Protective Services on efforts to reform the child welfare system. After an update from Commissioner Hank Whitman, the committee considered SB 11, a large omnibus bill which would overhaul the state’s foster care and child protective services.

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The Senate Committee on State Affairs listened to testimony from over 300 people Thursday on Senate Bill 4. Senate Bill 4 is an anti-sanctuary cities bill that gives broad latitude to local law enforcement, blurring the line between federal immigration officers and local law enforcement agencies. The bill also contains harsh punishments for cities and local entities that are determined to have violated the policies laid out in the bill.

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