2017 Authored Bills

SB 1
Appropriates $217 billion for the state budget.
SB 73
Makes changes to emergency leave policies for state employees.
SB 74
Clarifies and streamlines credentialing requirements for providers seeking to offer targeted case management and rehabilitative services to children, adolescents, and their families.
SB 77
Adds "sexual assault of the other parent" to the list of convictions that can be considered as grounds for terminating parental rights. Allows judges to require parents whose rights to a child have been terminated due to sexual assault of the other parent to be ordered to financially support the child.
SB 78
Allows Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas to receive surplus or salvage computers and equipment from the state.
SB 79
Streamlines access to public information by allowing state agencies to respond to information requests with an internet address where requested information may already exist.
SB 81
Requires the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) board members to file financial disclosure forms extends CPRIT until 2023. Also allows CPRIT board members to serve as non-paid board of directors of grant receiving companies. Removes political donation disclosure requirement for board members.
SB 82
Prohibits TxDOT from temporarily closing a highway or exit ramp on a state highway if the Department receives notice from a city within 180 days of an event.
SB 323
Strengthens state law concerning female genital mutilation to include penalties for those who transport or facilitate the transport of a person for FGM and clarifies that consent or custom cannot be used as a defense to prosecution.
SB 532
Makes changes to cybersecurity protocols and cloud information services for state agencies, including requiring the Texas Department of Information Resources to conduct a risk assessment on agencies information technology.
SB 533
Further reforms state contracting procedures.
SB 854
Allows the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), a division within DPS, to use already appropriated funds to purchase food and beverages for personnel when they are responding to an emergency and unable to leave because of the emergency.
SB 1021
Corrects a drafting error, modifies reporting requirements for the Health and Human Services Commission and Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and continues past efforts to streamline the process for public input through advisory committees.
SB 1023
Protects personal data collected by the airport when it launches its new automated parking system.
SB 1024
Allows all security vehicles at DFW Airport to use universally recognized emergency lighting.
SB 1179
Makes changes to the Denton County Transportation Authority's purchasing and contracting practices.

Other Legislative Accomplishments

SB 4
Co-Authored
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2017

Prohibits local entities from adopting policies that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws.

SB 6
Co-Authored
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2017

Ends forced annexation by municipalities in certain sized counties, requiring consent of the majority of property owners registered to vote. Makes other changes to the annexation process.

SB 7
Co-Authored
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2017

Enhances statutory language concerning inappropriate student teacher relationships, including enhancing penalties.

SB 12
Co-Authored
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2017

Creates a grant program administered through the Office of the Governor for police departments to apply for bullet protective vests.

SB 16
Co-Authored
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2017

Reduces the fee for a concealed handgun license.

SB 256
Co-Authored
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2017

Protects the confidentiality of home addresses for victims of family violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking by redacting their home addresses from public records.

SB 500
Co-Authored
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2017

Prohibits public officials convicted of a felony abuse of power from receiving a public pension while serving prison time. Also requires the immediate expulsion from office of a legislator convicted of a felony.

SB 712
Co-Authored
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2017

Allows a judge to consider felony-level family violence convictions when choosing to issue a protective order in excess of 2 years.

SB 752
Co-Authored
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2017

Allows counties to establish an email ballot program for members of the armed forces currently overseas.

SB 1806
Co-Authored
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2017

Requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to refer certain cases to a children's advocacy center for a multidisciplinary approach to joint investigations.

HB 2
Sponsored
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2017

Appropriates $2.6 billion in funding for the budget deficit for FY 16-17.

HB 8
Sponsored
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2017

Sets forth certain requirements all state agencies would be required to follow relating to cyber security.

HB 30
Sponsored
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2017

Delays payments to ERS to pay for school finance reform in HB 21. Does not take effect if HB 21 passes.

HB 755
Sponsored
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2017

Permits the Lantana Education Foundation to provide charitable donations to Guyer High School.

HB 1187
Sponsored
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2017

Provides explicit authority for a captive insurance company (i.e. Kubota) to insure "credit life insurance and credit disability insurance offered as a part of, or directly relating to, the operational risks of an affiliate".

HB 1266
Sponsored
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2017

Requires a criminal court to provide three day notice prior to a hearing to the prosecutor and defendant.

HB 1434
Sponsored
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2017

Authorizes the Texas Department of Public Safety to display in a publicly accessible area materials related to driving with autism.

HB 1472
Sponsored
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2017

Allows public community colleges to invest oil and gas royalties from land it owns according to the investment standard in the Texas Trust Code.

HB 1697
Sponsored
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2017

Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), to award grants to nonurban health care facilities to connect the facilities with pediatric specialists and subspecialists who provide telemedicine medical services.

HB 1913
Sponsored
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2017

Removes requirement that the president of UNTHSC be a doctor of osteopathy and allows UNTHSC to offer an allopathic medical degree.

HB 3849
Sponsored
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2017

Provides that funds, accounts, and dedications established by bills passed by the 85th Legislature become part of the General Revenue Fund unless they are exempted in this bill.

HB 4002
Sponsored
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2017

Clarifies what is considered a "production" cost that qualifies for a deduction when calculating businesses' franchise tax liability.

HB 21
Co-Sponsored
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2017

Creates ASATR hardship grants, facilities funding for districts and charters, and increases the small district adjustment.

HB 29
Co-Sponsored
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2017

Codifies the recommendations of the Texas human trafficking task force, including enhanced penalties for traffickers, providing prosecutors with additional tools for prosecution, improving victim protections, and addressing training needs.

HB 777
Co-Sponsored
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2017

Ensures that military members who are deployed do not lose the agricultural use exemption if the land has a change of use while they are gone, as long as they notify the appraisal office within 30 days of deployment and intend to use the land for the agricultural use within 180 days of returning from deployment.

HB 1729
Co-Sponsored
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2017

Requires DPS to provide the opportunity for a person applying for an original or renewal driver license, commercial driver's license, or personal identification certificate, both in the office and online to voluntarily contribute $1 or more to the evidence testing grant program.

HB 2654
Co-Sponsored
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2017

Exempts county assessor-collectors and local government officials from personal liability when exercising duties authorized under the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act.

SB 1
Authored
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2015

Provides property tax relief by increasing homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.

SB 18
Authored
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2015

Creates new Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs and expands existing programs to address GME shortages.

SB 20
Authored
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2015

Increases transparency, accountability and oversight of state agency contracts.

SB 55
Authored
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2015

Creates a grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission to support community programs for veterans mental health.

SB 57
Authored
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2015

Protects personal information of drivers using toll facilities or public transportation.

SB 58
Authored
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2015

Authorizes Denton County to inspect commercial vehicles.

SB 59
Authored
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2015

Directs money, appropriated by the Legislature for the Texas Council on Family Violence, to the Family Violence Program at the Health and Human Services Commission.

SB 60
Authored
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2015

Protects child victims and the sensitive evidence collected in child abuse cases at Child Advocacy Centers.

SB 200
Authored
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2015

Continues the Health and Human Services Commission and transfers to it the functions of DARS and DADS.

SB 202
Authored
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2015

Discontinues 8 regulatory programs to eliminate unneeded state regulation. Repeals associated state licensure, certification, and registration.

SB 203
Authored
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2015

Removes the Texas Health Services Authority from statute on September 1, 2021, allowing it to function as a private nonprofit corporation after that date

SB 291
Authored
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2015

Grants jurisdiction to a county court at law in Tarrant County on any civil appeal from a municipal court in the County.

SB 292
Authored
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2015

Requires medical examiners or justices of the peace to develop a written policy to request a waiver of the 24 hour waiting period for cremation.

SB 293
Authored
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2015

Clarifies that NASCAR races at the Texas Motor Speedway, the X Games, and the United Fighting Championships (UFC) are eligible to receive reimbursements from the Major Events Trust Fund program.

SB 354
Authored
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2015

Transfers contracting responsibility of The Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas and Court Appointed Child Advocates from the Office of Attorney General to the Health and Human Services Commission.

SB 678
Authored
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2015

Limits the liability of a railroad that enters into a contract with Denton County Transportation Authority to provide public passenger rail service, makes conforming changes to align with the Property Code, and clarifies contracting authority.

SB 679
Authored
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2015

Allows the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board to post its meeting notices electronically at its administrative offices.

SB 680
Authored
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2015

Conforms the alcohol laws in the multi-county jurisdiction for the City of Grapevine.

SB 880
Authored
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2015

Streamlines the Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee, modifies its membership, and requires it to issue an annual report to the Agricultural Commissioner.

SB 881
Authored
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2015

Renews a program that directs a small portion of the wine sales and excise tax revenue to specific viticulture and enology research projects at state universities.

SJR 1
Authored
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2015

Provides property tax relief by increasing homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000.

SB 11
Co-Authored
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2015

Allows a student on public university campuses who possesses a CHL to carry a concealed hand gun.

SB 94
Co-Authored
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2015

Prohibits Pharmacy Benefit Managers from charging pharmacies transaction fees.

SB 206
Co-Authored
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2015

Continues the Department of Family and Protective Services.

SB 207
Co-Authored
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2015

Continues the HHSC Office of Inspector General.

SB 208
Co-Authored
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2015

Continues the Texas Workforce Commission and transfers to it Vocational Rehab programs.

SB 212
Co-Authored
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2015

Transfers functions of the Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities to the Texas Workforce Commission.

SB 219
Co-Authored
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2015

Clarifies Health and Human Services statutes.

SB 318
Co-Authored
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2015

Increases a grant cap to better position military communities to fund the appropriate and necessary projects to avoid closure and provide economic security.

SB 795
Co-Authored
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2015

Directs Secretary of State to develop an interstate voter crosscheck system to prevent duplicate voter registrations in multiple states.

SB 1135
Co-Authored
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2015

Creates a Class A misdemeanor offense for the intentional publication of intimate visual material which are explicit images that are disclosed by a former spouse or partner who is seeking revenge.

SB 1279
Co-Authored
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2015

Adds freestanding emergency medical care facilities to the list of Safe Havens for abandoned infants.

SB 1369
Co-Authored
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2015

Requires courts appointing attorneys, guardians ad litem, and mediators to prepare a report regarding payments and work hours.

SB 2004
Co-Authored
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2015

Creates a committee made up of six members to provide a biannual reports to the legislature that includes the amount of money expended from the deferred maintenance fund.

SJR 5
Co-Authored
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2015

Dedicates a portion of vehicle sales tax to the State Highway Fund.

HB 1
Sponsored
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2015

Establishes a responsible budget for Texas.

HB 2
Sponsored
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2015

Makes supplemental appropriations.

HB 7
Sponsored
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2015

Eliminates 16 professional taxes and reduces the reliance on dedicated accounts for budget certification.

HB 32
Sponsored
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2015

Reduces the franchise tax rate by 25%.

HB 120
Sponsored
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2015

Authorizes the Texas Division of Emergency Management to purchase food and beverages for its employees when they are providing services in response to a disaster.

HB 197
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires public institutions of higher education to post mental health resources available to students on its website.

HB 281
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires Lewisville approval before expanding Camelot Landfill.

HB 635
Sponsored
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2015

Ensures parents have the option to recover remains of a child from a hospital no matter the stage of development of the fetus.

HB 1044
Sponsored
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2015

Renames a portion of FM 423 in Denton County as the U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway.

HB 2552
Sponsored
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2015

Grants road building authority to Canyon Falls MUD 1 of Denton Co.

HB 2883
Sponsored
-
2015

Allows a city to extend its crime control and prevention boundaries to areas in its extraterritorial jurisdiction through a referendum of voters.

HB 3123
Sponsored
-
2015

Makes adjustments the schedule for agencies undergoing Sunset review.

HB 3337
Sponsored
-
2015

Requires a state agency to establish rules for employee tuition reimbursement payments.

HB 4176
Sponsored
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2015

Gives Hickory Creek a seat on the Lake Cities Municipal Utility Authority Board.

HB 554
Co-Sponsored
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2015

Allows an individual with a CHL to immediately exit a TSA screening checkpoint, in an airport, upon realizing or being notified that they are carrying a handgun.

HB 867
Co-Sponsored
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2015

Establishes the Texas Women Veterans Program.

HB 3994
Co-Sponsored
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2015

Strengthens parental consent for abortions for minors.

SB 7
Authored
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2013

Improves the coordination of Medicaid long-term services and supports with acute care services, redesigns the LTSS system to more efficiently serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and expands on quality-based payment initiatives to promote high-quality, efficient care throughout Medicaid.

SB 8
Authored
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2013

Enhances the state's ability to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in Medicaid and across the health and human services system.

SB 58
Authored
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2013

Fully integrates physical and behavioral health services for our Medicaid population, expands consumer choice of providers, and increases budget certainty for the state.

SB 59
Authored
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2013

Streamlines agency reporting by eliminating, reducing, or redirecting over 100 statutorily mandated reports.

SB 60
Authored
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2013

Protects children's credit scores by requiring credit reporting agencies, at the request of a parent, to create a credit file for a child under the age of 16.

SB 61
Authored
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2013

Allows active and retired military physicians to provide charitable care to uninsured Texans through a "military limited volunteer license" issued by the Texas Medical Board.

SB 62
Authored
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2013

Aligns meningitis vaccine requirements for college students with Centers for Disease Control recommendations and national best practices.

SB 63
Authored
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2013

Allows minors who are pregnant or already have children to consent to their own immunizations.

SB 64
Authored
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2013

Requires licensed child care facilities to establish risk-based policies to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

SB 66
Authored
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2013

Adds an EMS provider and family violence provider to the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee, clarifies the Committees role, and changes the Committee's reporting requirement from annual to biennial.

SB 67
Authored
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2013

Expands data collection from universities in Texas to include information about what type of human stem cell research is being conducted and how it is funded.

SB 126
Authored
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2013

Requires the Department of State Health Services to create a public reporting system to allow the public to view and compare performance and outcome measures among community mental health and substance abuse providers.

SB 127
Authored
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2013

Requires funding formulas for regional and local health departments to be based on local needs, and requires an evaluation of how to best utilize public health funding.

SB 128
Authored
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2013

Allows the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to obtain background checks for blind individuals enrolled in Vocational Rehabilitation.

SB 129
Authored
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2013

Allows filing of a protective order in the county where the domestic violence offense occurred.

SB 130
Authored
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2013

Clarifies that there is not a conflict of interest when a prosecutor assists a domestic violence victim in obtaining protective orders, even if that victim may be involved in a CPS case in which the prosecutor's office is representing DFPS and the victim is a defendant.

SB 131
Authored
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2013

Authorizes wineries to remain open until 2 AM on New Year's Day to accommodate celebrations.

SB 149
Authored
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2013

Restructures the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), implements recommendations of the State Auditor's Report, and strengthens conflict of interest and compliance provisions at CPRIT.

SB 152
Authored
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2013

Expands protections for patients at our state hospitals by increasing oversight, employee training, and strengthening abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

SB 406
Authored
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2013

Makes it easier for physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants to work together to deliver health care services.

SB 423
Authored
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2013

Allows for CPS to create an alternate track for low-risk cases to promote collaboration with families and to ensure child safety.

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