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May 24

AUSTIN, TX – Today, with a vote of 31-0, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 7 by Representative Gene Wu (Houston – HD 137). HB 7 is a bipartisan, comprehensive reform of child welfare laws and procedures that will improve the court process for handling Child Protective Services (CPS) cases in the State of Texas.

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May 11

AUSTIN, TX – Last night the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 7 with overwhelming bipartisan support, and today gave broad initial approval for House Bill 39. Both actions are a victory for comprehensive Child Protective Services (CPS) reform. Each bill includes provisions to improve the existing functions, policies, and procedures for the Department of Family and Protective Services and connected child welfare contract services.

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Apr 27

Today’s passage of Senate Bill 4 is a solution in search of a problem. This is a bill that has been crafted out of fear and hatred of immigrants. Not a single Texas city refuses to comply with voluntary ICE Detainers. Not a single Texas city can be called a “Sanctuary City.” The bill as passed, would not just detain criminals, but would target children, victims of crimes, and even immigrants who served in our armed forces. The Texas Legislature has, today, passed a Arizona-style, “Show-me-your-papers” law that will disproportionately affect communities such as those that make up District 137 — hardworking communities made up of native and non-native Texans, refugees, and immigrants both documented and undocumented.

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