New Bill Could Change State Adoption Rules

State Rep. Gene Wu D-Houston voted no on a motion to table an amendment to House Bill 39 a Child Protective Services reform bill in the Texas House

The bill by Republican Rep. James Frank of Wichita Falls and several conservative co-sponsors would codify the practice in state law. Republican Rep. Bill Zedler, a prominent vaccination opponent, successfully added a ban on welfare workers giving emergency vaccinations to children removed from troubled homes without parental consent.

"Say you call an agency and say, 'I'm Jewish, ' and it's a Catholic agency and they hang up on you", Suzanne Bryant, an adoption attorney, told CBS. Statler said there are 15,000 children in foster care in Texas, and about a quarter were placed by Christian agencies.

"Without this legislation, providers caring for 25 percent of the children in the Texas foster care system are likely going to cease providing foster care and adoption services because we're under a threat of a lawsuit nearly all the time from someone who doesn't like our high standard or requirements", Statler said.

The Texas bill "would allow adoption agencies to turn away qualified, loving parents who are perhaps ideal in every way because the agency has a difference in religious belief", Human Rights Campaign senior legislative counsel Catherine Oakley told the AP.

The Texas Senate has approved a bill expanding the definition of hazing in civil and criminal cases.

HB 3859 would allow child-placing agencies to turn away qualified Texans seeking to care for a child in need - including LGBTQ couples, interfaith couples, single parents, married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced, or other parents to whom the agency has a religious objection. She also asserted that the proposal violates the Constitution as it involves taxpayer money.

USA agency sacks major scientific review board members
EPA wants to open up the process to the hundreds of applicants that were not considered by the Obama administration. The individuals on these boards are appointed based on scientific expertise not politics.

FILE - In this January 10, 2017, file photo, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, stands before the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session in the house chambers at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas.

The bill is similar to HB 3864, which failed to pass during the state's 2015 legislative session.

The measure would also protect providers if they place a child in a religiously based school or refuse to provide contraceptives or facilitate abortions. This means the legislation could have severe consequences not only for same-sex couples who would be denied services, but also for LGBTQ children in the care of these organizations. "This bill will make more foster care homes available".

Nationally and locally, anti-LGBTQ and anti-reproductive rights advocates have strived to frame government oversight and enforcement of nondiscrimination protections as "discrimination".

The bill had been scheduled for debate and approval Saturday in the state House, but lawmakers bogged down with other matters. But if they did, he said, the bill requires them to refer the parents to a "secondary" provider in the same area. Last month, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported that 65 children had been sleeping in the Child Protective Services offices or other temporary living arrangements in March. Jessica Farrar of Houston.

Related News:

  • Palestinians Call for Boycott After Pizza Hut Mocks Prison Hunger Strike Leader

    Palestinians Call for Boycott After Pizza Hut Mocks Prison Hunger Strike Leader

    Some analysts in Israel have pointed to the hunger strike as a bid by Barghouti to show Abbas he still wields political power. He said that "the prisoners will not buy this account from the Israeli side, and they will continue their strike".

    IPL: Amla guides Punjab to challenging total

    Dhawal Kulkarni, who had bowled excellently, was finally rewarded with the wicket of Marsh, holing out to Aaron Finch at long-on. Amla is also a great ambassador of the game, who has always played the game in right spirit.
    Motorola Reportedly Working on A New Tablet

    Motorola Reportedly Working on A New Tablet

    None of this is official information, either, so things could change before the phone releases, perhaps later this summer. It makes this supposed "Moto" tablet sound pretty interesting, but again, the Productivity Mode is all we know about.
  • Women's Golf Tied for Third after NCAA Lubbock Regional's First Round

    Women's Golf Tied for Third after NCAA Lubbock Regional's First Round

    Former USC star Will Starke fired a 7-under-par 65 Monday at the DeBordieu Club to head the field in local qualifying for the U.S. Raeysha Surendran had an eagle-two on the par-4 11th hole and posted a 78 to share 61st place with teammate Holmslykke.
    China April exports, imports rise less than expected

    China April exports, imports rise less than expected

    Economists had forecast the surplus to increase to USD35.2 billion from USD23.9 billion in March. The trade surplus rose to $38 billion from $23.9 billion in March, according to customs figures.

    North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

    Embassy in Seoul and South Korea's National Intelligence Service were not immediately available for comment. Bullet holes are still visible on a tree above the presidential Blue House.
  • Miley Cyrus returns to pop music with new single, 'Malibu'

    Miley Cyrus returns to pop music with new single, 'Malibu'

    According to ETOnline.com, Miley Cyrus released the video for her highly anticipated new song, " Malibu ", on Thursday. She has been included on the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2008 and 2014.

    Healthcare debate continues as Trump returns to the White House

    The agency said an earlier version of the Republican proposal would leave 24 million people without insurance in 10 years. In recent weeks the White House released an outline for what the President would like to see in a tax reform package.
    BCCI ends speculations, confirms India's participation in Champions Trophy

    BCCI ends speculations, confirms India's participation in Champions Trophy

    The BCCI SGM unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. The squad for the 50-over tournament would be named on Monday, it added.
  • Coons on budget deal: 'We got what we wanted'

    Coons on budget deal: 'We got what we wanted'

    US President Donald Trump came to office promising that he would produce so much winning that Americans would be sick of it. The spending bill requires 60 votes to pass the Senate, meaning Republicans needed Democratic support for its passage.

    Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals Game 6

    A failed one-timer caused Marc-Andre Fleury to be out of position, and Kuznetsov had an open net from a sharp angle. Backed up to the precipice against a rival that's tormented them for decades, the Capitals finally punched back.
    Darren Soto glad Puerto Rico will seek Bankruptcy-like measure under PROMESA

    Darren Soto glad Puerto Rico will seek Bankruptcy-like measure under PROMESA

    Eventually, a bankruptcy judge will decide how much they will lose, which may have a ripple effect in the municipal bond market. The island's population has declined by 350,000 in the past 10 years. "We can not keep stretching this chewing gum further".


Most liked

WWE SmackDown ratings grow two percent against tough competition
Bleacher Report posits that Owens will successfully defend his place, but that does not mean Styles will not put up a fight. Finally, The Usos and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) will go head-to-head for the SmackDown tag team championship.

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals come up short in Game 7 once again
If they can get more shots on goal, maybe they would have a chance to actually get some points on the board. Alex Ovechkin is one of the greatest players of all time and he has the individual accolades to prove it.

Sensex scales another peak of 30346.69, Nifty at 9450.65
In the day's trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 30,271.60 points and a low of 29,987.44 points. The gauge had gained 389.37 points in previous three sessions to close at a record high of 30,248.17 in yesterday's session.

Justice Karnan sends cops on wild goose chase
The doctors had gone there to conduct a medical examination of him on the orders of the Supreme Court on May 1. Besides, the apex court had directed that no authority should take cognisance of any orders passed by him.

Hard-hitting Brewers look to sweep Red Sox
Hitting's becoming easier _ I'm not saying it's easy _ but it's definitely becoming easier than what it was. Scahill gave the Brewers' pen a huge lift by going 2.1 innings, allowing no hits while walking two.

Six Of The National Monuments Being 'Reconsidered' Under Trump Are in California
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will have 45 days to suggest which, if any, designations should be removed. The legal power of a president to rescind monument designations is uncertain.

Conservative Party Promises Energy Price Cap On Default Tariffs
Mr Clark said that the Competition and Markets Authority had found that the market was not sufficient competitive. The big six will find other cost savings, like in infrastructure investment, to maintain profit rates.

Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China
Almost 90 percent of EB-5 visas were issued to Chinese nationals in 2014, when the program reached its quota of 10,000 visas. The New Jersey building makes use of an EB-5 visa program to draw in worldwide investors, including the Chinese.

French defender Theo Hernandez poised for Real Madrid move
If the move were to go through, Barça would have a gem on their hands, who could potentially stay at the club for years to come. Hernandez's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, says that the final decision will lie in the player's own hands.

Charges Against Frat, 18 Members in Penn State Student's Death
Piazza is seen on the video staggering around for hours, hitting his head several times. The investigation found some fraternity members tried to hide what happened.

Rajnath calls for 'unity of purpose' to tackle Naxals
The Home Minister also offered the idea of SAMADHAN to counter the naxal problem. Maoist rebels quickly move to other states after launching an attack in one.

"Blade Runner 2049" teaser posters take you to the future
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling , Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Mackenzie Davis, Ana de Armas, and Robin Wright. There are many questions we want to know about the first film, which we hope will be answered in the sequel.

Newcastle win Championship, Blackburn relegated on dramatic final day
Rovers are now in the bottom three now , locked on 48 points with Nottingham Forest, but having a worse goal difference by just one goal.

Atletico coach Simeone bullish after Champions League defeat
Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero for Real Madrid last night but still had to plead with the fans for respect. It mattered little as Madrid made short work of Atletico's famously misery rearguard soon afterwards.

J&K governor briefs Centre on unrest
They shouted slogans against Mufti, Pakistan and ISI- sponsored terrorists, and burnt the effigy of the J&K chief minister. She also took a jibe at PM Modi's predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, saying he did not have the courage to visit Pakistan.