HBA-MPA H.B. 43 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 43 By: Pitts Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 2/9/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, grandparents and great-grandparents are not guaranteed a right to custody of a child in an abusive parental relationship. H.B. 43 requires a child who is in a harmful or abusive situation to be placed with grandparents or great-grandparents if they are qualified. 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 B, Chapter 262, Family Code, by adding Section 262.1085, as follows: Sec. 262.1085. PLACEMENT OF A CHILD WITH A SUBSTITUTE CARE PROVIDER. Requires a governmental entity, when taking possession of a child under this chapter, to place that child with a grandparent or great-grandparent if that person qualifies as a substitute caregiver. Authorizes the governmental entity to place the child with another relative or substitute caregiver if the grandparent or great-grandparent does not qualify as a substitute caregiver. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.