H.B. No. 614

relating to foster care payments for certain children. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 264.101, Family Code, is amended by adding Subsection (a-1) and amending Subsection (d) to read as follows: (a-1) The department shall continue to pay the cost of foster care for a child for whom the department provides care, including medical care, until the later of: (1) the date the child attains the age of 18; or (2) the date the child graduates from high school or ceases to be enrolled in a secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma. (d) The executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission [Board of Protective and Regulatory Services] may adopt rules that establish criteria and guidelines for the payment of foster care, including medical care, for a child and for providing care for a child after the child becomes 18 years of age if the child is regularly attending [high school,] an institution of higher education[,] or a vocational or technical program. SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only to a child who is in foster care on or after the effective date of this Act. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 614 was passed by the House on April 22, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 140, Nays 0, 1 present, not voting. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 614 was passed by the Senate on May 10, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 24, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor