Tag Archives: Dawnna Dukes

New Texas Law Gives CASA Electronic Access to DFPS Case Files

On September 1, 2013, HB 1227/SB 963 went into effect. This new law requires that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) allow the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) assigned to an individual case to have electronic access to that DFPS case file. In addition, CASA can upload documents to the DFPS case file. San Antonio CASA […]

2013 Texas Legislative Update: Administrators of Institutions of Higher Education Liable for Failure to Report Child Abuse – A Response to the Penn State Sandusky Scandal that Could Punish Innocent Texas Students

Texas Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) has filed HB 443 in response to the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, in case something similar happens at a Texas university.  HB 443 creates a civil penalty of $1 million on the school if an administrator at an institute of higher education fails to report an incident of physical […]