Is the Texas legislature attempting to circumvent a Court order?

Federal District Court Judge Janis Jack held that the Texas foster care system is broken, and has been for decades. M.D. v. Abbott, 152 F. Supp. 3d 684 (S.D. Tex. 2015). She went so far as to find the system unconstitutional and in violation foster care children’s Fourteenth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable harm. Judge Jack appointed a special master to craft the reforms to bring the Texas foster care system in compliance with the Constitution.  However, instead allowing the reforms recommended by the special master to take effect, the Texas legislature has proposed two bills to privatize system!

Below are links to the proposed bills.  SB11 passed the Senate and HB6 passed the House.

Is Texas able to hold a private entity accountable to the Court order, or has have the legislators figured out a way circumvent the order?



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