Status Summary

First reading, referred to Children, Youth & Families on 1.15.21. 

Public hearing in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 1.25.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families; 1st substitute bill passed on 1.27.21. 

Referred to Rules on 1.29.21.

Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.17.21.

1st substitute bill substituted Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading.

In the Senate

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.25.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 3.16.21. 

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 3.18.21; majority pass. 

Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 3.19.21.

Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 3.26.21.

Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.5.21.

In the House

Speaker signed on 4.7.21.

(updated 4.9.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Rule

HB1221 standardizes the definition of "homeless" to a child without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The definition is added for purposes of the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) in accordance with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Subchapter VI, Part B: Education for Homeless Children and Youths. 

Additionally, for the purposes of child welfare and dependency proceedings, "experiencing homelessness" is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including circumstances such as sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, fleeing domestic violence, or a similar reason. The term "homelessness" is replaced with the term "experiencing homelessness" in the child welfare statutes.

Substitute Bill:
A reference to the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title 42 U.S.C., Chapter 119, Subchapter I) is added to the definition of "experiencing homelessness" in the child welfare statutes.