Lawmakers given details on settlement

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas must hire hundreds of new workers, improve living conditions and medical care and more quickly investigate claims of abuse at the state's large institutions for the developmentally disabled, under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

Lawmakers on Friday were getting details of the five-year, $112 million settlement reached earlier this week. The plan negotiated by state and federal officials must still be approved by the Legislature.

Texas has nearly 5,000 residents at the state's 13 institutions known as state schools. Dozens of people have died under questionable circumstances and hundreds of employees have been disciplined for mistreating residents.


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