HBA-SEB H.B. 864 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 864 By: Puente Human Services 4/10/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The federal Social Security Act considers a child eligible for foster care until age 18. However, a state may extend foster care eligibility for a child who is at least age 18 and under age 19 if the child is working toward completing secondary school before reaching age 19. The Texas Administrative Code, which governs foster care funding that comes from the state, considers a child eligible for foster care if the child is scheduled to graduate from high school before the child's 20th birthday. H.B. 864 extends the maximum age for eligibility for state-funded foster care to 22, the age at which a school district is no longer required to admit a student. This bill requires the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services to continue to pay the cost of foster care for a child who is enrolled in an accredited secondary school program leading toward a high school diploma. 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 Section 264.101, Family Code, to require the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services to continue to pay the cost of foster care for a child, including medical care, after the child becomes 18 years of age if the child is enrolled in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma. Redesignates Subsections (c)-(f) to (d)-(g). Makes a conforming change. SECTION 2. Amends Section 264.105, Family Code, to make a conforming change. SECTION 3. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 4. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.