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House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Toby Goodman, Chair
Arthur "Art" Reyna, Vice Chair
Phil King
José Menéndez
Geanie Morrison
Elliott Naishtat
Joe Nixon
Elvira Reyna
Dale Tillery
Charges
• Examine the roles of an attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
• Review disposition patterns, uniformity of reporting, and evaluation of juvenile offense cases under the progressive sanctions guidelines.
• Examine the role of gestational agreements and their potential impact on Texas Family Law.
• Review state and local school district efforts to deal with problems of truancy, drop-outs, and disruptive behavior (pursuant to the Safe Schools Act) including in-school and out-of-school suspensions. The review should include examination of performance outcomes in alternative education, disciplinary alternative education and juvenile justice alternative education programs, and the effects of these programs on the educational progress of students who are removed from the regular classroom. (Joint with House Committee on Public Education)
• Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.

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