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Budget

The House voted out CSHB 1 (Budget) last week 141 to 5.
During the floor debate in the Texas House on the appropriations bill key members came to help make the case for additional funding and support for community colleges. We owe a debt of gratitude to Representatives Keffer, Murphy, Chris Turner, and Morrison who spoke eloquently on our behalf. There were many others standing at the back microphone of the House chamber ready to add their voices to conversation. The tone was one of thanks for what Chairman Otto and Ashby have done to date, and respectfully ask them to consider doing more.
The bill will now move onto the Senate. The Finance Committee will vote on its version of the budget - SB 2, this upcoming week. We expect the full Senate to take up the budget the following week - April 13th.

Undocumented Student - In State Tuition

The Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security is scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday, April 6th at 11:00 am in E1.016. Among the bills subcommittee will take consider is one of three Senate bills that deals with removing the ability for certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. Testifying on behalf of community colleges will be Ron Trowbridge, member of the Board Trustees at Lonestar College. TACC will also register its position against this proposed change in the current law. The bill under consideration is SB 1819 by Campbell

Legislative Committees


House Higher Education


The Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 8th at 8:00 am in E2.014. Among the bills to be heard include:

HB 61 McClendon | et al.
Relating to a single common course numbering system for public institutions of higher education in this state.

HB 921 Price | et al.
Relating to limitations on increases in fees and designated tuition charged by public institutions of higher education.

HB 1262 Clardy
Relating to continuing eligibility requirements for institutions of higher education to participate in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship Program.

HB 2629 Kacal | et al.
Relating to unauthorized persons at public or private institutions of higher education in this state and to trespass, damage, or defacement occurring on the grounds of those institutions; amending provisions subject to a criminal penalty and creating offenses.

HB 3027 Zerwas
Relating to the establishment of the Texas Competency-Based Education Grant Program for certain students enrolled in competency-based online or other distance education baccalaureate degree programs at certain private institutions of higher education.

HB 3078 Darby
Relating to the creation of an advisory committee to recommend a uniform pre-nursing curriculum for undergraduate professional nursing programs offered by public institutions of higher education.


Senate Higher Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 8th at 9:00 am in E1.012. Among the bills the committee will take up and consider are:

SB 691 Birdwell
Relating to tuition and fee exemptions for certain students enrolled in fire science courses at public institutions of higher education.

SB 915 Kolkhorst
Relating to the textbook affordability pilot program and to certain studies and reports by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding achievable cost-saving measures and the use and availability of electronic, public domain, and open source textbooks at institutions of higher education.

SB 1189 Seliger
Relating to the establishment of a transfer associate degree program at each public junior college.

SB 1470 Watson
Relating to the establishment of state authorization reciprocity agreements for postsecondary distance learning courses.

SB 1714 Zaffirini
Relating to the release of student academic information by a public institution of higher education for certain purposes and the manner in which the information is used.


Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security

The Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday, April 6th at 11:00 am in E1.016. Among the bills subcommittee will take up and consider is:

SB 1819 Campbell | et al.
Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.


House Economic & Small Business Development

The Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday, April 9th at 8:00 am in E2.010. Among the bills subcommittee will take up and consider is:

HB 1155 Alvarado | et al.
Relating to the creation of the Recruit Texas Program to facilitate the relocation to or expansion in this state of employers offering complex or high-skilled employment opportunities.


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