EXCLUSIVE: Bill would prevent CPS workers from altering records

Child Protective Services took Michael and Melissa Bright's 2-year-old daughter and 5-month-old son into protective custody last fall, claiming they were in immediate danger.

"What they told the court in their affidavit to remove wasn't true, and what they told the court in their emergency hearing wasn't true," said the Bright's attorney, Dennis Slate.

Former family court Judge Mike Schneider found CPS caseworker Levar Jones and his supervisor Niesha Edwards lied under oath.

Both currently remain employed with CPS.

In the largest sanctions ever imposed here on CPS Schneider ordered the state agency to pay the Brights $127,000 for their legal fees and to re-train all of its employees.

CPS agreed to the re-training, but is appealing the $127,000.

The Bright's case also brought to light how CPS case records can be altered without being detected.

"We thought about doing the bill when we heard about what was happening in the sanctions case and it was a pretty devastating case," said Houston state Representative Gene Wu. "A lot of stuff about CPS not being truthful in their report."

The bill filed by Wu would require CPS to change its computer system to file reports.

"it's going to list who changed it and when and what exact changes in wording did they make," Wu said.

Schneider helped Wu draft the bill.

"It would be more accountability. It could protect CPS, it could protect a parent, it could certainly protect a child," Schneider said. "This is a win-win situation for everyone."

CPS says it's doesn't comment on pending legislation.

Melissa Bright said she hopes Wu's bill will prevent other parents from living her CPS nightmare.