2013 Legislative Wrap-Up

Below are the 115 bills that THSC tracked during the 2013 Texas Legislative Session, our position, and their outcomes.

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Note: * Indicates the bill was directly killed by THSC.

BillAuthorDescriptionPositionOutcome
HB 104Gonzales, Larry Prohibits parents from teaching driver ed if they had been convicted of two or more moving violations that involved an accident or three moving violationsOpposedDead
HB 1057LeachRequires parental consent before a child can be taught courses on sexuality and family planning in public schoolsSupportedDead
HB 112Raymond Requires that both parties in a suit that affects a child / parent relationship register any extended family with the court who are required to register as sex offenders, the impact of which allows the judge to alter a court order even after the factneutralDead
HB 1151ZerwasComprehensive changes to CPSNeutralDead
HB 1152ZerwasComprehensive changes to CPSNeutralDead
HB 1153ZerwasComprehensive changes to CPSNeutralDead
HB 1175CapriglioneAllows students with disabilites to recieve vouchers to school of choiceNeutralDead
HB 1209 ParkerMakes it more difficult to remove a child from the conservatorship of the state.UnfavorableDead
HB 1219MurphyRemovs the parental approval requirement for a student's participation in a bilingual education program.UnfavorableDead
HB 1323ZerwasProhibits CPS workers from conducting medical examinations on abuse subjects unless the parents give permissionFavorableDead
HB 1340Rose Allows 14-year-old children to consent to their own immunizationsOpposedDead*
HB 135Raymond Allows for schools to train employees about signs of child abuseNeutralDead
HB 1369McClendonGives public employers non-paid time off to attend school activities of their childNeutralDead
HB 1374DuttonAllows home school students to participate in UIL through a public schoolSupportedDead
HB 1409 WuRequires public colleges to provide tests similar to CLEP and APSupportedDead
HB 1422 GerenInvades the privacy of citizen activists by requiring onerous reporting to the stateOpposedPassed
HB 1444King, SusanAllows doctors to place do-not-attempt-to-resuscitate orders in the medical record of a patient, regardless of the patient or patient's surrogate's wishesOpposedDead
HB 1453Gonzalez, NaomiLets parents of children in CPS have visits twice a week, instead of once. FavorableDead
HB 1502 RaymondPrevents someone from punishing a child using a stun gun, taser, handcuffs, or similar restraintNeutralDead
HB 1507ZerwasWould add regulations to birthing centers and midwives. UnfavorableDead
HB 1566Miller, RickChanges the code to allow children to be given court-ordered testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases upon the allegation of delinquent conduct; current code requires that they first be found guilty after a hearing of evidence.OpposedDead
HB 1643DuttonLets private schools participate in UILSupportedDead
HB 165FlynnAllows foster parents to sue for custody of the foster child after having possession of the child for six months, or three months if they had obtained the child as a three-month-old or youngerOpposedDead*
HB 1661 Thompson, Senfronia Creates evaluators who would be required to conduct evaluations of children, parents, and homes before adoption, custody, access, possession, etc.; also prohibits expert witness in a possession, access, or conservatorship case unless the witness has been appointed as a guardian ad litem or is one of these "evaluators" OpposedDead*
HB 1706FarrarReinforces the "right to breastfeed" actSupportedDead
HB 1850 DaleAllows private and home schoolers to participate in the Virtual School NetworkSupportedDead
HB 1926King. KenAllows private, non-profit, and corporate entities to provide courses through the Virtual School Network and removes the limit on the number of part-time courses for both public and non-public school studentsSupportedPassed
HB 1957Dutton Creates a recovery school district program for public schoolsNeutralDead
HB 1990WhiteLets the school district include home school attendence hours in their log if the home school student takes a course through its districtNeutralDead
HB 2159GonzalezAllows teen mothers older than age 15 to consent to contraceptives without parental consentOpposedDead
HB 2160GonzalezAllows teen mothers older than age 15 to consent to contraceptives without parental consentOpposedDead
HB 2178GonzalezRequires child health plans to include contraceptives for teen mothers older than age 15OpposedDead
HB 2186WorkmenAllows patients to be held in the ER against their will if the doctor thinks they have a mental illnessOpposedDead
HB 2212NaishtatAllows unqualified personnel to evaluate the mental health of patientsOpposedDead
HB 2218WuCreates a position called "independant ombudsman," a third-party individual who is given authority to investigate complaints against CPSFavorableDead
HB 2234OrrAllows parents to teach the road sign section of the drivers license testFavorableDead
HB 2321ParkerLets foster parent file suit if child has been removed from home more than onceOpposedDead
HB 2400Turner, SylvesterAllows the court, with wide discretion, to require that families participate in unspecified servicesOpposedDead
HB 2449RaymondRequires parties to a suit affecting the parent/child relationship to declare any relatives/friends with whom they have a pattern of interactionFavorableDead
HB 245MenéndezAllows patients to be held in the ER against their will if the doctor thinks they have a mential illness.UnfavorableDead
HB 2547Burkett Prohibits judges from granting temporary orders and require them to have an initial hearing within 45 days in a Grandparent Access Statute caseSupportedDead
HB 2600KlickRelating to the determination of probable cause for a court to ascertain whether a person is an incapacitated person for purposes of the appointment of a guardian ad litem or court investigatorNeutralDead
HB 2773Rodriguez, Justin Requires foster parents to have had possession of a child for 12 months before intervening in a suit involving the childSupportedDead
HB 2774Rodriguez, Justin Prohibits a foster parent from intervening in a suit affecting the parent / child relationship unless they've had possession of the child for at least 12 monthsSupportedDead
HB 2837 SmitheeProhibits a state agency from developing or providing a driver education courseFavorableDead
HB 2970AlonzoRequires a federal agency to only place a child in a home other than the child's parent if the child has been assigned a guardian ad litem who believes doing so is in the best interest of the childFavorableDead
HB 2976Gonzalez, NaomiImproves current statute to allow parents to petition the commissioner sooner in order to change their own failing neighborhood school into a successful schoolFavorableDead
HB 2980Rodriguez, Eddie Provides students and their parents the opportunity to transfer, as room is available, to schools within their own district or into another district of their choiceFavorableDead
HB 300IsaacGives parents more choice in public school optionsSupportedDead
HB 3034Harper-BrownIncreases the number of charter schoolsFavorableDead
HB 304WalleRegulates the number of cases that a given caseworker can hold at one timeNeutralDead
HB 3062Hererro Makes it a criminal offence not to report a missing child (Based of the Casy Anthony case) NeutralDead
HB 3155Harper-BrownAllows home schoolers to attend full-time Virtual School Network program and take as many part-time courses as they wantSupportedDead
HB 3243CallegariMakes it harder for a minor to receive a court order allowing abortion without parental consent.SupportedDead
HB 3247CallegariPrevents coerced abortionsFavorableDead
HB 3302KrauseRequires minors to receive parental consent before receiving an abortionSupportedDead
HB 3319CrownoverIncreases the number of charter schoolsFavorableDead
HB 3333HughesProtects children in cases of divorce resulting from child abuse: The child is automatically assumed to be safer with the winning parent.FavorableDead
HB 3399RaymondModifies the criteria for placements for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective ServicesNeutralDead
HB 354GuillenAllows a child's caregiver to enroll them in a school district without the authorization of a parentOpposedDead
HB 3717Martinez-FischerLets someone sue for access to a separated siblingOpposedDead
HB 3723Lucio IIIAllows students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular activties at public schoolsFavorableDead
HB 3728RaymondAllows a parent to refuse to give testimony against their child in court.NeutralDead
HB 3819CarterMakes it harder for a minor to receive a court order allowing abortion without parental consentSupportedDead
HB 390ThompsonRequires a notice and hearing before grandparents can attain access; basically a carrier bill for bad legislationOpposedDead*
HB 391ThompsonTakes away almost all requirements for grandparents to sue for possession or access of their grandchild.OpposedDead*
HB 393ThompsonTakes away almost all requirements for grandparents to sue for possession or access of their grandchild.OpposedDead*
HB 423Nelson Gives CPS greater flexibility in the types of responses they makeNeutralDead
HB 454DukesAllows a child's caregiver to enroll them in a school district without the authorization of a parentOpposedDead
HB 462HubertyProhibits evaluation of teachers based on national appraisal standards and prohibits the state from implementing the Common Core state standardsFavorableDead
HB 473Turner, SylvesterRequires prior authorization before a Medicaid provider can give psychotropic drugs to a child age five or younger.SupportedDead
HB 480AlvaradoAllows a parent who works for the state, to take time off in order to attend their child's school activites.SupportedPassed
HB 60GuillenMakes it a criminal offence not to report a missing child (Based of the Casy Anthony case) NeutralDead
HB 66Lucio IIIGives students tuition credit to public higher education through community services; It does not include private schools because it is a pilot program.NeutralDead
HB 672RatliffAllows for greater school choice in open enrollment charter schools for students with disabilitiesFavorableDead
HB 704WhitePrevents the state from implementing the Common Core State StandardsSupportedDead
HB 741WalleGives mothers greater freedom to breastfeed in the public workplaceSupportedDead
HB 772HowardRequires parents to opt-out of having their children's immunization records on the Texas immunization registry; currently you must opt-in for their info to be included.OpposedDead*
HB 790Sylvester, TurnerWould prevent a parent who had previously been convicted of 3 or more moving violations from ever teaching their kids how to drive.UnfavorableDead
HB 897ZerwasRequires schools, including private and home schools, to teach a class about cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillatorAmended to fix concernsPassed
HB 931Ratliff Allows students with disabilites to recieve education grantsFavorableDead
HCR 38BurkettResolution to the USFG to implement a Parental Rights AmendmentSupportedDead
HJR 31Raymond A constitutional amendment to prohibit voucher funding for private schools.UnfavorableDead
HJR 45SticklandPrevents the state from regulating the educational program of private schoolsSupportedDead
SB 1148WestTakes away almost all requirements for grandparents to sue for possession or access of their grandchildOpposedDead*
SB 115WilliamsGives students a choice of public school district or a "voucher" to private schools; it does not include home schoolsNeutralDead
SB 1183HufffmanEmpowers courts to give testing for sexually transmitted diseases upon the mere allegation of criminal conductOpposedDead
SB 1194CampbellWould prohibit judges from granting temporary orders, and require them to have an initial hearing within 45 days in a Grandparent Access Statute case.SupportedDead
SB 1245 WestCreates evaluators who would be required to conduct evaluations of children, parents, and homes before adoption, custody, access, possession, etc.; it also prohibits expert witness in a possession, access, or conservatorship case unless the witness has been appointed as a guardian ad litem or is one of these "evaluators."OpposedDead*
SB 1246 West Monitored for possible amendmentsNeutralDead
SB 1263TaylorExpands the availability of online courses, provides greater transparency about the quality of courses available, and makes high-quality virtual courses from multiple sources more accessible in Texas, but only if they align with our state’s curriculum and accountability standardsFavorableDead
SB 1269Lucio Jr.Lets parents conduct the written portion of the driving testFavorableDead
SB 1298HegarLets private organizations be course providers for the Virtual School Network. SupportedDead
SB 1410PatrickAllows public school students to recieve a scholarship from a private organization to attend a private schoolFavorableDead
SB 1422WestAllows digital signatures on court documents relating to the parent / child relationshipNeutralPassed
SB 1575CampbellLets public school students attend a private school at a max 60% of normal public school tuition--basically, a voucher program for public school students FavorableDead
SB 1705CampbellAllows for licensed driving schools to administer the driver license testNeutralPassed
SB 1718WestEstablishes public school Achievement School DistrictsFavorableDead
SB 1740 PatrickLets students attend the public school of parents choiceFavorableDead
SB 1775 West Provides students and their parents the opportunity to transfer, as room is available, to schools within their own district or into another district of their choiceFavorableDead
SB 2PatrickThe “Charter Schools Bill” establishes facilities funding, lifts the charter cap limit, and creates a specialized independent charter authorizing board with the authority to close failing charter schools. FavorablePassed
SB 23PatrickLets underprivileged public school students attend an accredited private school; the funding comes from tax credits.FavorableDead
SB 261HinojosaRequires schools, including private and home schools, to teach a class about cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillatorAmended to fix concernsDead
SB 303DeuellAllows doctors to place do-not-attempt-to-resuscitate orders in the medical record of a patient, regardless of the patient or patient's surrogate's wishesOpposedDead*
SB 346SeligerRequies 501(c)(4) and (c)(6) entities to disclose their donors of over $1000 if they spend over $25K on electionsOpposedDead
SB 352WestGuarantees visitation time for parents whose children are in CPSSupportedPassed
SB 40ZaffiriniRequires parents to opt-out of having their children's immunization records on the Texas immunization registry; currently you must opt-in for their info to be included.OpposedDead*
SB 429NelsonWould have allowed judges to place orders on families that had been investigated by CPS but that had been declared innocent UnfavorableDead*
SB 521PaxtonRequires parental consent before a child can be taught anything regarding sexuality or family planning.FavorableDead
SB 573PatrickAllows private schools to compete in UISupportedDead
SB 63NelsonAllows teens who are pregnant or who have a child to authorize their own immunizationsOpposedPassed
SB 760Lucio, Jr.Prohibits the state from offering its own driver ed curriculumFavorableDead
SB 768UrestiAllows parental rights to be terminated under the law of a foreign country and allows the one-year deadline for CPS cases to be fulfilled by the associate judge (bad,bad,bad)OpposedDead*
SB 929PaxtonAllows home school students to participate in UIL through a public schoolSupportedDead
SJR 4CampbellA constitutional amendment to protect religious freedomFavorableDead