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  S.B. No. 717
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to consent by a minor to housing or care provided through a
  transitional living program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 32, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Section 32.203 to read as follows:
         Sec. 32.203.  CONSENT BY MINOR TO HOUSING OR CARE PROVIDED
  THROUGH TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM. (a)  In this section,
  "transitional living program" means a residential services program
  for children provided in a residential child-care facility licensed
  or certified by the Department of Family and Protective Services
  under Chapter 42, Human Resources Code, that:
               (1)  is designed to provide basic life skills training
  and the opportunity to practice those skills, with a goal of basic
  life skills development toward independent living; and
               (2)  is not an independent living program.
         (b)  A minor may consent to housing or care provided to the
  minor or the minor's child or children, if any, through a
  transitional living program if the minor is:
               (1)  16 years of age or older and:
                     (A)  resides separate and apart from the minor's
  parent, managing conservator, or guardian, regardless of whether
  the parent, managing conservator, or guardian consents to the
  residence and regardless of the duration of the residence; and
                     (B)  manages the minor's own financial affairs,
  regardless of the source of income; or
               (2)  unmarried and is pregnant or is the parent of a
  child.
         (c)  Consent by a minor to housing or care under this section
  is not subject to disaffirmance because of minority.
         (d)  A transitional living program may, with or without the
  consent of the parent, managing conservator, or guardian, provide
  housing or care to the minor or the minor's child or children.
         (e)  A transitional living program must attempt to notify the
  minor's parent, managing conservator, or guardian regarding the
  minor's location.
         (f)  A transitional living program is not liable for
  providing housing or care to the minor or the minor's child or
  children if the minor consents as provided by this section, except
  that the program is liable for the program's own acts of negligence.
         (g)  A transitional living program may rely on a minor's
  written statement containing the grounds on which the minor has
  capacity to consent to housing or care provided through the
  program.
         (h)  To the extent of any conflict between this section and
  Section 32.003, Section 32.003 prevails.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 717 passed the Senate on
  March 21, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 717 passed the House on
  May 17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 129, Nays 5, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor