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Topic review - Steve Johnson's Monday Morning Message 13 April 2015
Post Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:40 am
Monday Morning Message

Budget
There are some very major policy differences between the House and Senate that impact the budget on tax cuts and public education. These differences will have to be worked out in conjunction with the work of the conference committee. This past week the Senate Finance Committee voted out the Senate version of the budget. Chairwoman Nelson indicated that the bill will most likely be on the Senate floor for consideration on Tuesday. Given that time line, we expect that members of a budget conference committee would be named sometime late this week. The conference committee will be made up of 5 House members and 5 Senators and have historically included the Chairs and Vice Chairs of each budget committee, the chairs of the subcommittees/workgroups on Article II (Health and Human Services and Article III (Education), and two additional appointees for a total for 10 members.

Legislative Committees


House Higher Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00 am in E2.014. The committee is scheduled to hear two bills:

HB 3566 Miller, Rick
Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.

HB 3572 Zerwas
Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.


House Public Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 14th at 8:00 am in E2.036. Among the bills to heard are several of interest:

HB 18 Aycock
Relating to college and career readiness training for certain public school counselors.

HB 1135 Muñoz, Jr.
Relating to a transportation allotment for a school district transporting students to dual credit courses.

HB 2812 Springer
Relating to the limit on junior college courses that a high school student may enroll in for dual credit.


Senate Higher Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 14th at 9:00 am in E1.012. Among the bills the committee will take up and consider are:

SB 233 Schwertner | et al.
Relating to limitations on increases in fees and designated tuition charged by public institutions of higher education.

SB 255 Ellis
Relating to a limitation on the amount of tuition charged by public institutions of higher education.



Community College Benefits Petition

Reminder: Petitions are due to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) this Wednesday, April 15th. 34 of the 50 college districts are eligible to submit a petition to LBB (colleges with a 2 percent or more decline in contact hours can petition for 98% funding of the employee benefits).

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