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Senate backs making child welfare department an independent agency

Published on May 22, 2017 under CommunityImpact

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services could soon be out from under the thumb of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  The Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved its version of House Bill 5 by Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls, which would make the troubled agency its own standalone department. Proponents say that under the measure, state officials responsible for child welfare issues would be able to make decisions faster. The bill would also have the governor appoint the department’s commissioner.  Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, the bill’s upper-chamber sponsor and chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the […]

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