Message from The President – March 2019

SSLC Closure Bill Filed By Rep. Stephanie Klick

Once again – just when you thought it was safe to go into the water – Rep. Stephanie Klick R- Ft Worth files HB 3080 – an SSLC closure bill that targets Austin SSLC and then creates a pathway to other closures.

Obviously, we have fought this battle before and probably will again. The good news is that there is no Senate bill this time around – and the bill filing deadline has passed. Sen. Chuy Hinojosa chose not to file a closure bill this session like he has in the past.

Part of Sen. Hinojosa’s calculation may come from the fact that Sen. Lois Kolkhorst R- Brenham is the new chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services – the committee where any SSLC closure bill would be destined to land if filed. Sen. Kolkhorst is an ardent defender of SSLCs as a necessary component of an IDD system of care.

PART recently presented Sen. Lois Kolkhorst with our “Legislator of the Year Award” for her work in defending SSLCs. So a closure bill may be difficult to get through the Senate, to say the least.

Back to HB 3080. Last session, the closure legislation did not receive one single vote in the Texas House of Representatives.

Let’s make that happen again!!!

Please contact the House Committee on Human Services to oppose HB 3080 by Klick.

Rep. James Frank       512-463-0534
Rep. Gina Hinojosa     512-463-0668
Rep. Travis Clardy      512-463-0592
Rep. Joe Deshotel       512-463-0662
Rep. Stephanie Klick  512-463-0599
Rep. Thresa Meza       512-463-0641
Rep. Rick Miller           512-463-0710
Rep. Candy Noble       512-463-0186
Rep. Toni Rose             512-463-0664

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Message from the President

Once again – just when you thought it was safe to go into the water – Rep. Stephanie Klick R- Ft Worth files HB 3080 – an SSLC closure bill that targets Austin SSLC and then creates a pathway to other closures.

Obviously, we have fought this battle before and probably will again. The good news is that there is no Senate bill this time around – and the bill filing deadline has passed. Sen. Chuy Hinojosa chose not to file a closure bill this session like he has in the past.

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