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How our legislative & public policy leadership is inspiring positive change in the child welfare system. Below you will find all of the latest Capitol Beat stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Be sure to keep informed of the latest state and national child welfare news coverage on the News Clips of Interest page!

CASA Legislative Action Teams Help Support Legislative Efforts

Texas CASA Legislative Action Teams (LATs) have been working hard to support the Texas CASA Public Policy Team’s legislative efforts. In the last few weeks we have issued over 24 action alerts to our LAT groups asking them to act in support of legislative efforts. Additionally, many of our advocates have lent their voice to… Read more »

85th Legislature Entering Home Stretch

With the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature scheduled to adjourn on May 29, roughly a month remains in the 140-day session. The pace and activity in both the House and the Senate increases dramatically until procedural deadlines begin to limit certain legislative actions. The first major procedural deadline occurs on May 11 in… Read more »

34th Annual TNOYS Conference on Services to Youth & Family

The Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) is hosting their 34th annual conference from June 27-30 at the Westin Galleria in Houston. Conference attendees can look forward to lively keynote speakers, interactive workshops, and fun networking events that will incorporate this year’s theme, “Many Voices, One Song.” Click here to find out more information or… Read more »

Budget Conferees Named, House-Senate Deliberations Begin

Both the Senate and the House have passed their respective versions of Senate Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act or state budget. Both bodies have also now named the five members of the Conference Committee that will represent them in final budget deliberations. In the Senate, the conferees are Senators Jane Nelson (chair), Juan “Chuy”… Read more »

SB 1 Impact on CASA Funding Requests

The full Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 1, the state budget bill, on Tuesday, March 28. It will now go the Texas House where the full House is expected to debate the bill on April 7. Funding for the 2018-19 biennium totals $217.7 billion from all funding sources, which represents an overall increase of slightly… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Passes Unanimously Out of Committee

On March 27, Senate Bill 78 passed unanimously out of the Business and Commerce Committee. We are hopeful that it will pass the full Senate in the next week. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program, which… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies on 5 Bills in 2 Weeks, Including 3 Omnibus Bills

More than 400 child welfare bills have been filed this session, and the Texas CASA Public Policy team has been working hard representing the CASA network and the best interests of children in CPS. On March 20, Texas CASA testified in support of HB 7, HB 39 and HB 1549, all large omnibus bills with… Read more »

Legislature Reaches 60-Day Mark, Action Continues

The 85th Legislature reached an important milestone on Friday, March 10 – the 60th day of the session, which is the bill filing deadline. This deadline means that no more new bills can be filed, which also often signals a significant increase in legislative activity as legislators work to pass their bills. Budget hearings have been… Read more »

CASA of Collin County LAT Testifies on HB 1620

Wanda Brice, volunteer and Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) member with CASA of Collin County, testified on Monday, March 13, in the House Human Services Committee in support of Rep. Scott Sanford’s House Bill 1620. The bill relates to a voluntary temporary caregiver program providing temporary care for children removed from their homes. Watch the testimony… Read more »

Texas CASA Computer Bill Is Heard in the Senate

On March 14, Senate Bill 78 was heard in the Business and Commerce Committee. The bill would name Texas CASA as an eligible recipient of state surplus computers refurbished by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Recovery Program. This would allow the CASA network to distribute needed computers to foster youth across Texas. For… Read more »