Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1006
By: Naishtat
Human Services


In 1995, the 74th Texas Legislature passed welfare reform.  When Congress
passed federal welfare reform regulations the next year, Texas was allowed
to take advantage of a waiver option authorizing a delay in implementing
some federal provisions.  This waiver expires in March 2002, and there are
some advisable conforming changes to state law in anticipation of that
expiration.  House Bill 1006 sets forth exemptions from work requirements
for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and directs the
Texas Department of Human Services, the Texas Workforce Commission, and
local workforce development boards to develop a plan to provide employment
outreach services to those exempted. 


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. 


House Bill 1006 amends the Human Resources Code to exempt certain
recipients of financial assistance from the work requirements of Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and specifies the persons to whom
work requirements do not apply. 

The bill requires DHS, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and local
workforce development boards to develop plans for providing outreach
services to assist a person who is exempt from work requirements in
becoming self-supporting.  The bill provides that outreach services
provided under the plans must include making support services available and
providing referrals to appropriate services, including those provided by
the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and
Drug Abuse, or community organizations.  The bill sets forth additional
good cause criteria in addition to any other criteria DHS establishes that
provides for an exception or partial exception from work or employment

H.B. 1006 requires each local workforce development board to assess current
resources available to provide services to persons exempt from work
requirements, develop a plan for providing the services, and provide TWC
with information regarding additional resources needed to fully implement
the plans developed under the provisions of this bill regarding the
provision of services to the persons addressed by those plans.  The bill
requires TWC no later than December 1, 2003 to report to the legislature
regarding information and recommendations submitted by the local workforce
development boards and TWC's evaluation of the information and