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Guardianship and Alternatives Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact guardianship reform and supported decision making for people with disabilities in Texas.

Guardianship and Alternatives

Guardianship and Alternatives Bills (Telicon Report 1/25/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, HISTORY
SB 36Judith ZaffiriniRelating to consideration under the public school accountability system of performance on assessment instruments by certain students formerly receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require reporting of students in grades 3-8 who exited special education based on school performance and assessments.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 S Filed
SB 37Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the requirement to obtain certification for attorneys representing persons in guardianship proceedings.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require all attorneys in guardianship cases to complete a certification course provided by the State Bar of Texas.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 S Filed
HB 38Judith ZaffiriniRelating to guardianships.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow the court to serve court documents to a guardian via certified mail instead of personal service by a sheriff for a removal hearing to reduce delays in providing notice to guardians.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 S Filed
SB 39Judith ZaffiriniRelating to guardianships for persons who have physical disabilities or who are incapacitated.
no datano dataRemarks: Would reform laws regarding abuse prevention in Powers of Attorney. Would also add language related to supporters' 'fiduciary' responsibility or legal duties and decision making authority in supported decision-making agreements (SDMAs). May need to be further reconciled with existing statute stating that the person maintains decision making authority in the SDMA.
no datano dataHistory: 11/14/2016 S Filed
SB 498Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the use of person first respectful language instead of the term ward.""
no datano dataRemarks: Would direct state agencies and the Legislature to use respectful language (like person with a guardian" and "alleged incapacitated person") instead of the term "ward" in any new provision or change to the law. Would not invalidate existing law that does not use the respectful person-first language.
no datano dataHistory: 1/17/2017 S Filed

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