Texas CASA Testifies on Champion Bills HB 72 & HB 123

Texas CASA Public Policy Coordinator Sarah Crockett testified before the House Health and Human Services Committee in support of Texas CASA champion bill HB 123. HB 123 was the very first bill heard in Health and Human Services Committee this session! Filed by Rep. James White, the bill would grant fee waivers to children in foster care, homeless youth and unaccompanied minors when applying for a driver’s license or state-issued ID. At the same hearing, CASA volunteer Jackie Gardner testified in support of HB 45, which would establish a mentor program within DFPS to serve youth age 14 and older who are in foster care.

During the hearing, Committee Chairman James Frank jokingly mentioned how every member of the committee had heard from their district LATs. The advocacy work from our awesome LATs is making a difference, and does not go unnoticed! Watch the testimony here!

Additionally, Public Policy Fellow Bryan Mares and CASA volunteer and adoptive mother Penny Wimberly both testified in support of the committee substitute for HB 72 before the Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 26. HB 72 was filed by Rep. White and would allow adoptive parents to opt into STAR Health Medicaid for their child if the child has a chronic health condition. Watch the testimony here and make sure to keep up with bills that Texas CASA supports on our Bill Tracker!