Updated: 08/03/2018 at 16:28:26. Including revisions from the 2017 Texas Legislature. (3)
(a) This code is enacted as a part of the state's continuing statutory revision program, begun by the Texas Legislative Council in 1963 as directed by the legislature in Chapter 448, Acts of the 58th Legislature, Regular Session, 1963 (Article 5429b-1, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). The program contemplates a topic-by-topic revision of the state's general and permanent statute law without substantive change. (6)
(b) Consistent with the objectives of the statutory revision program, the purpose of this code is to make the general and permanent human resources law more accessible and understandable by: (7)
(1) rearranging the statutes into a more logical order; (8)
(2) employing a format and numbering system designed to facilitate citation of the law and to accommodate future expansion of the law; (9)
(3) eliminating repealed, duplicative, unconstitutional, expired, executed, and other ineffective provisions; and (10)
(4) restating the law in modern American English to the greatest extent possible. (11)
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2334, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (12)
The Code Construction Act (Chapter 311, Government Code) applies to the construction of each provision of this code, except as otherwise expressly provided by this code. (14)
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 75, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. (15)
In this code: (17)
(1) a reference to a title, chapter, or section without further identification is a reference to a title, chapter, or section of this code; and (18)
(2) a reference to a subtitle, subchapter, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, or other numbered or lettered unit without further identification is a reference to a unit of the next larger unit of this code in which the reference appears. (19)
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 352, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. (20)
In this title: (25)
(1) "Assistance" means all forms of assistance and services for needy persons authorized by Subtitle C. (26)
(2) "Commission" means the Health and Human Services Commission. (27)
(3) "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission. (28)
(4) "Financial assistance" means money payments for needy persons authorized by Chapter 31. (29)
(5) "Medical assistance" means assistance for needy persons authorized by Chapter 32. (30)
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 264, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 26, 1985; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 8.012, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 920, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 980, Sec. 50, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1505, Sec. 2.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2005. (31)
Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 592, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 1.28(3), eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (32)
Amended by: (33)
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (34)
(a) The purpose of this title is to establish a program of social security to provide necessary and prompt assistance to the citizens of this state who are entitled to avail themselves of its provisions. (36)
(b) This title shall be liberally construed in order that its purposes may be accomplished as equitably, economically, and expeditiously as possible. (37)
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (38)
Amended by: (39)
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (40)
No provision of this title is intended to release the counties and municipalities in this state from the specific responsibilities they have with regard to the support of public welfare, child welfare, and relief services. Funds which the counties and municipalities may appropriate for the support of those programs may be administered through the local or regional offices of the commission or Department of Aging and Disability Services, and if administered in that manner must be devoted exclusively to the programs in the county or municipality making the appropriation. (42)
Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (43)
Amended by: (44)
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