After a marathon debate in the Texas House, the budget bill establishing the state's priorities for the next two years now goes to a conference committee composed of five Senators and five Representatives.
HB 3859 has 3 provisions aimed at ensuring children’s rights are protected. However, we are concerned that HB 3859 could be interpreted to limit children’s rights or hurt a child’s well-being based on a provider’s religious beliefs. We recommend 2 changes to ensure HB 3859 will not allow providers to discriminate against children for religious reasons.
Testimony to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Texans Care for Children firmly supports SB 818 because it takes specific steps to update and clarify minimum standards for nutrition and active play – areas already regulated through child care licensing standards – to ensure more children have a healthy start in life.