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Budget

This past week the Senate voted out the Senate version of the budget and sent it back to the House. We expect conferees to be named by both chambers this upcoming 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. The conference committee will begin its deliberations on the differences in the two versions of the budget immediately.


Legislative Committees


House Higher Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 am in E2.014. The committee is scheduled to hear 26 bills - among these include several of interest to community colleges:

HB 382 Canales
Relating to public junior college district branch campuses, including a requirement that the South Texas Community College District establish a branch campus in a certain location.

HB 926 Canales
Relating to a study and report regarding the use of open-source instructional materials at public institutions of higher education.

HB 935 Guillen
Relating to the approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of baccalaureate degree programs offered by public junior colleges.

HB 1173 Villalba
Relating to the appointment of school marshals by public junior colleges.

HB 1384 Davis, Sarah | et al.
Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

HB 1574 Muñoz, Jr. | et al.
Relating to limitations imposed on baccalaureate degree programs offered by public junior colleges.

HB 1611 Guillen
Relating to the exemption from the assessment requirements of the Texas Success Initiative for students who successfully complete certain college preparatory courses.

HB 1612 Guillen
Relating to a requirement that public institutions of higher education provide certain information to students and school districts regarding student performance on Texas Success Initiative assessment instruments.

HB 1613 Guillen
Relating to the use of performance on certain assessment instruments designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to satisfy requirements concerning high school end-of-course assessment instruments.

HB 2365 Murphy | et al.
Relating to the requirements for employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program.

HB 2621 Raney
Relating to the board of trustees of the Blinn Junior College District.

HB 3348 Clardy
Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.

HB 3367 Raney
Relating to the establishment of state authorization reciprocity agreements for postsecondary distance learning courses.

HB 3384 Johnson
Relating to the automatic admission of certain transfer students to general academic teaching institutions.

HB 3836 Giddings | et al.
Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer early childhood education baccalaureate degree programs.

HB 4046 Alvarado | et al.
Relating to confidentiality of student records.


House Public Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 am in E2.036. Among the bills to heard are several of interest:

HB 731 Lucio III
Relating to participation of certain school districts in the three-year high school diploma plan pilot program.

HB 1431 King, Susan
Relating to the development of a career-oriented foreign language program that public schools may offer.

HB 2025 Gonzales, Larry
Relating to participation of certain school districts in the three-year high school diploma plan pilot program.


Senate Higher Education

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 22nd at 9:00 am in E1.012. Among the bills the committee will take up and consider are:

SB 1351 Hinojosa
Relating to transferring to the Texas Workforce Commission certain duties of the comptroller related to the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program.

SB 1624 Rodríguez
Relating to a requirement that entering undergraduate students at a public institution of higher education attend an orientation regarding mental health and suicide prevention services.

SB 1655 West
Relating to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board fees for the administration of certificates of authorization and certificates of authority issued to certain postsecondary educational institutions; authorizing fees.

SB 1735 Birdwell | et al.
Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.



TACC Cooperative Purchasing Network

At its regular meeting on April 14th, the TACC Executive Committee voted to award TCCCPN contracts for:

RFP # 001-15 HVAC Services

RFP #003-15 Membership Organization Management Software

RFP #004-15 Nursing Education Supplies

RFP #005-15 Athletic Uniforms

RFP #008-15 Painting Contractor Services - West Region

Also, RFP #006-15 Distance Education Program Services, which is to provide a replacement contract for the previous VCT program. Smarter Services, Inc. was awarded a contract to offer a program for the 2015-16 school year.

This Week's TCCCPN Contract Spotlight

The TCCCPN has contracts for #001-15 HVAC Services. The contractors are:

Mechanical Concepts (East Region)

Lange Mechanical LP (Southeast Region)

TD Industries (Midland, Odessa, Central, North except Vernon, South, Southeast Regions)

Tonne AC/Heating (Corpus Christi, Beeville, Brownsville, Victoria, McAllen areas)

Ferrara's Heating & AC (East, Southeast Regions)

Brandt Companies (North except Vernon, Southeast, Central Regions; Laredo, Uvalde, San Antonio areas)

These contracts were solicited at the request of TACC member institutions. Details of the awards will be provided to your business/purchasing staff through the TACC website. We encourage your staff to check out the TCCCPN contracts, their pricing and the products and services offered through them.

Vendor Contact Information is available on the TACC website on the cooperative purchasing page or by contacting Charlie Oberrender at (281) 610-8914 or coberrender@tacc.org

The service fees earned will return to the association for use for the benefit of all members.


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