HBA-NIK H.B. 3250 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3250 By: Allen Corrections 3/21/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A number of youth incarcerated in the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) have children of their own. The infants of young women who give birth while incarcerated are removed from their mothers and placed in the care of a guardian or relative to await their mother's release. H.B. 3250 authorizes the TYC to establish parenting programs. This bill also authorizes TYC to permit a mother to keep her baby with her for up to 36 months following birth. This bill limits TYC's responsibility for the care of the infant, and allows TYC to withdraw its permission to allow the mother's possession of the infant at any time. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter E, Chapter 61, Human Resources Code, by adding Section 61.0762, as follows: Sec. 61.0762. INFANT CARE AND PARENTING PROGRAM. Authorizes the Texas Youth Commission (commission) to establish infant care and parenting programs for children who are parents. Authorizes the commission to permit a child who is the mother of an infant younger than 36 months to have possession of her infant if the infant's guardian agrees in advance of the infant's placement with the infant's mother, the infant's parents are aware that the commission assumes no responsibility for the infant's care beyond the responsibility of care that is ordinarily due the infant, and the commission determines that the placement is in the best interest of both the child and her infant. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.