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House Bills Filed in the 85th Legislative Session

A number of bills filed recently in the Texas House of Representatives could potentially impact community colleges. View a brief summary in the chart below; click on the bill number to see additional information available on Texas Legislature Online.

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Baccalaureate Degrees

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 385Relating to the elimination of certain formula funding and dropped course restrictions for students enrolled in accelerated, affordable baccalaureate programs at public institutions of higher education.MurphyPassed House 
HB 832Relating to state funding for baccalaureate degree programs offered at certain public junior colleges.ClardyPassed HouseSpecific to Dental Hygiene at Tyler J.C.
HB 971Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer early childhood education baccalaureate degree programs.GiddingsHigher Education Committee reported favorably without amendment 
HB 973Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.RobertsFiled 
HB 1212Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.PhillipsFiled 
HB 1580Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.HowardFiled 
HB 1602Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.KeoughFiled 
HB 1628Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.PerezFiled 
HB 1828Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.HowardFiled 
HB 2251Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.LaubenbergFiled 
HB 2637Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.FairclothFiled 
HB 2901Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Muñoz, Jr.Filed 
HB 2902Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Muñoz, Jr.Filed 
HB 3527Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.VoFiled 
HB 4092Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Davis, SarahFiled 

Budget/Appropriations

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 1General Appropriations Bill ZerwasReferred to Appropriations Feb. 13  

Common Course Numbering System

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 254Relating to a single common course numbering system for public institutions of higher education in this state.HernandezFiled 
HB 712Relating to a single common course numbering system for public institutions of higher education in this state..WuFiled 

Handguns

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 282Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.AnchiaFiled 
HB 356Relating to the carrying of concealed or holstered handguns by certain handgun license holders attending a meeting of the board of trustees of a school district or the governing body of an open-enrollment charter school.HubertyFiled 
HB 391Relating to the carrying of handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.HowardFiled 
HB 2105Relating to the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition in private vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.HollandFiled 

High Schools/Dual Credit/ECHS/Charters

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 77Relating to the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.MetcalfFiled
HB 136Relating to inclusion of career and technology education and workforce training in the mission of public education.BellSigned by governor; effective immediately 
HB 380Relating to authorizing the purchase of certain insurance coverage by public school districts for the benefit of businesses and students participating in career or technology training programs and providing for immunity from liability of certain public school students participating in career or technology programs.HubertyFiled 
HB 395Relating to the career and technology education allotment and the essential knowledge and skills of the career and technology education and technology applications curriculums.BellFiled 
HB 639Relating to authorizing the purchase of certain insurance coverage by public schools for the benefit of businesses and students participating in career and technology programs and providing for immunity from liability of certain public school students participating in career and technology programs.Anderson, Charles "Doc" | Huberty | Kacal | Stephenson| Sponsor: MenéndezEffective immediately
 
HB 404Relating to higher education curriculum review teams to review public school curriculum standards for college readiness purposes.Anchia | PerezFiled 
HB 1195Relating to inclusion of a civics test in the graduation requirements for public high school students.SwansonFiled 
HB 1237Relating to the establishment of a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to the repeal of the tech-prep program.Lucio IIIFiled 
HB 1261Relating to the admission policy of an open-enrollment charter school.Hinojosa, GinaFiled 
HB 1269Relating to open-enrollment charter schools.VillalbaFiled 
HB 1451Relating to Relating to the public high school graduation credit requirements for a language other than English.GuillenFiled 
HB 1469Relating to qualifications for certain teachers employed by open-enrollment charter schools.BailesSigned by governor; effective immediately 
HB 1581Relating to the use of individual graduation committees and other alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.LozanoFiled 
HB 1650Relating to successful completion of a United States history dual credit course as an alternative to compliance with the United States history end-of-course assessment requirement.GoldmanFiled 
HB 1732Relating to requiring a school district or open-enrollment charter school to report data regarding restraints administered to, complaints filed against, citations issued to, and arrests made of students.GiddingsFiled 
HB 1842Relating to the establishment of a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to the repeal of the tech-prep program.GiddingsFiled 
HB 2155Relating to a college readiness memorandum of understanding between a school district and a public institution of higher education.HowardPassed committee 
HB 2210Relating to a college readiness memorandum of understanding between a school district and a public institution of higher education.CortezFiled 
HB 2297Relating to the waiting list for an open-enrollment charter school.Uresti, TomasFiled 
HB 2337Relating to funding for an open-enrollment charter school based on the guaranteed level of state and local funds provided to school districts through the existing debt allotment.Dutton | Bohac | Laubenberg | Simmons | Lucio IIIFiled 
HB 2729Relating to an inventory of credentials and certificates that may be earned by a public high school student through a career and technology education program.Lucio IIISigned by governor; effective immediately
 
HB 2730Relating to the authority of the commissioner of education to create career and technical credentials and certificates that may be earned through a career and technology education program and to a study to identify unmet needs in career and technology education programs.Lucio IIIFiled 
HB 2806Relating to requiring school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report certain information regarding voluntary after-school programs and voluntary summer programs.AshbyFiled 
HB 3014Relating to the composition of the student body of an open-enrollment charter school.CollierFiled 
HB 3114Relating to eliminating performance requirements for public school assessments as a criterion for promotion in certain grade levels and the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.AllenFiled 
HB 3730Relating to the development of a statewide online education and career advising tool and to a study and report on certain courses offered for college credit to public school students.Johnson, JarvisFiled 

Local Taxes/Appraisal/Sales

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 15Relating to ad valorem taxation.Bonnen, DennisReferred to Ways & Means
 
HB 42Relating to a franchise tax credit for certain taxable entities offering postsecondary tuition assistance.Romero, Jr.Filed 
HB 44Relating to a limitation on the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes of 105 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.KeoughFiled 
HB 167Relating to a limitation on the maximum appraised value of real property for ad valorem tax purposes of 105 percent of the appraised value of the property for the preceding tax year.BellFiled 
HB 170Relating to exempting books purchased, used, or consumed by university and college students from the sales and use tax for limited periods.Lucio IIIFiled 
HB 242Relating to exempting textbooks purchased, used, or consumed by university and college students from the sales and use tax for limited periods.Hernandez | ThierryFiled 
HB 1473Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homesteads of certain elderly persons and their surviving spouses.Bohac | CainFiled 
HB 2524Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.FallonFiled 
HB 3831Relating to the procedure for adopting an ad valorem tax rate that exceeds a certain rate.GutierrezFiled 

Pre-K

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 188Relating to student/teacher ratios for prekindergarten classes in public schools.BernalFiled 
HB 196Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children.González, MaryFiled 
HB 710Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children.WuFiled 
HB 1326Relating to including full-day prekindergarten student attendance in the determination of a district's weighted average daily attendance for purposes of complying with equalized wealth level requirements.Thompson, SenfroniaFiled 
HB 1388Relating to calculation of average daily attendance for school districts providing certain full-day prekindergarten programs.GiddingsFiled 
HB 1389Relating to class size limits for prekindergarten classes in public schools.GiddingsFiled 
HB 1845Relating to the availability of free prekindergarten programs in public schools.ColemanFiled 
HB 1858Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children.ReynoldsFiled 
HB 2039Relating to creating an early childhood certification to teach students in prekindergarten through grade three.HubertySigned by governor; effective immediately
 
HB 2255Relating to student eligibility for free high quality prekindergarten programs and state financial support for each school district that elects to provide a full-day prekindergarten program.King, KenFiled 
HB 2256Relating to the authority of the governor to transfer to the Texas Education Agency for prekindergarten programs amounts appropriated to trusteed programs in the office of the governor.King, KenFiled 
HB 2282Relating to a gold standard full-day prekindergarten program provided by public school districts and the elimination of the high school allotment under the Foundation School Program.Johnson, EricFiled 
HB 2518Relating to student/teacher ratios for prekindergarten classes provided by or on behalf of public schools.MinjarezFiled 
HB 4084Relating to enrollment of a student in a prekindergarten program offered by a public school district.Uresti, TomasFiled 

Regulations

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 928Relating to assisting certain children who are in foster care in the process of applying to institutions of higher education.White | Rose | Giddings | Neave; Sponsor: UrestiSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
HB 1463Relating to procedures for asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act; providing a civil penalty.SmitheeSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017
 
HB 2419Relating to an exemption for current and former members of the armed services from the requirement that an incoming student at a public or private or independent institution of higher education show proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis.CosperFiled 

Reports

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 16Relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at public and private postsecondary educational institutions.Lozano | Canales | Zerwas | Howard | Davis, Sarah; Sponsor: WatsonPassed House; Senate committee substitute on Senate Calendar 
HB 493Relating to reporting requirements for the College Credit for Heroes program.PerezPassed House 
HB 585Relating to a study conducted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the qualification for and performance at institutions of higher education of certain students who completed certain mathematics courses during high school.HernandezFiled 
HB 655Relating to the filing of a degree plan by students at public junior colleges.ClardyEffective immediately 
HB 1096Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to establish a policy and prevention and outreach program on campus sexual assault, family violence, and stalking.Canales Filed 
HB 1425Relating to a requirement that public and private institutions of higher education provide certain cost and employment opportunity data for degree programs.Swanson Filed 
HB 2229Relating to requiring certain public and private institutions of higher education to provide students and employees an option to electronically report certain offenses to the institution.Leach Filed 
HB 2230Relating to requiring certain public and private institutions of higher education to provide amnesty to students who report incidents of sexual assault.Leach Filed 
HB 2232Relating to the establishment of a statewide task force to address sexual assault occurring on the campuses of public and private institutions of higher education.Dukes Filed 
HB 2404Relating to reports of sexual assault made to public or private institutions of higher education.Alvarado Filed 
HB 2536Relating to information about certain veterans and their dependents reported by institutions of higher education to the Texas Veterans Commission.Schaefer Filed 
HB 2895Relating to the requirement that certain public institutions of higher education post mental health resources on the institution's Internet website.PriceEffective immediately 
HB 2918Relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to post on its Internet website a status report regarding certain disciplinary processes involving an incident of campus sexual assault.Uresti, Tomas Filed 
HB 2975Relating to requiring public junior colleges to report certain financial and instructional information for certain instructional locations.Raney Filed 
HB 3187Relating to the campus sexual assault policy at a public institution of higher education.Alvarado Filed 

Residency

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 393Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.SticklandFiled 

State Program

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 108Relating 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.AlvaradoSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
HB 1192Relating to the expansion of the College Credit for Heroes program to lower-division public institutions of higher education offering degrees in certain fields.BlancoFiled 
HB 1640Relating to the creation of a program to assist foster care youth and former foster care youth in accessing higher education, career information, and skills certifications.VoPassed House 
HB 1947Relating to the establishment of the Texas Promise Scholarship Program for certain students at participating two-year public institutions of higher education.HernandezFiled 
HB 2431Relating to the participation of public state colleges in the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program.DeshotelSigned by governor; effective immediately 

THECB

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 1340Relating to the representation required for the membership of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.Muñoz, Jr.Filed 
HB 1563Relating to the authority of the Texas State Technical College System to offer technical-vocational courses or programs.GuillenFiled 
HB 1638Relating to statewide goals for dual credit programs provided by school districts.GuillenPassed House and Senate; signed by governor; effective immediately 
HB 2156Relating to the creation by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of a repository of student transcripts for certain private postsecondary educational institutions; authorizing fees.Rodriguez, JustinFiled 
HB 2223Relating to developmental coursework offered by public institutions of higher education under the Texas Success Initiative.GiddingsSigned by governor; effective immediately; implementation 2018-2019 academic            year through 2020-2021 academic year 
HB 2421Relating to an annual report on employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program.HowardFiled 
HB 2917Relating to the establishment of a scholarship program to support study abroad by students enrolled at public institutions of higher education.AlonzoFiled 
HB 2920Relating to an audit of faculty composition by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.AlonzoFiled 
HB 2994Relating to workforce continuing education offered by public junior colleges.AshbySigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
HB 3195Relating to a requirement that each public institution of higher education develop and implement a strategic plan for the prevention of sexual assault and unplanned pregnancy.AlvaradoFiled 
HB 3396Relating to establishing a pilot project to offer student loans for certain courses offered by a public junior college.Romero, Jr.Filed 
HB 3397Relating to formula funding for continuing workforce education courses offered by public junior colleges.Romero, Jr.Filed 
HB 3740Relating to the dissemination of information about historically underutilized businesses and the expansion of the small business development center network.ReynoldsFiled 
HB 3768Relating to a program to assist students in completing undergraduate certificates and degrees at certain institutions of higher education.HowardFiled 

TRS

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 248Relating to a cost-of-living increase applicable to benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.HernandezFiled 
HB 1163Relating to eligibility for membership and funding of benefits for certain law enforcement, custodial, and other peace officers.AlonzoReferred to Pensions 
HB 3190Relating to an adjustment to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.Uresti, TomasFiled 
HB 3914Relating to creditable service in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.AnchiaFiled 
HB 4190Relating to membership in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.Hinojosa, GinaFiled 
HB 4234Relating to a cost-of-living adjustment applicable to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.ArévaloFiled 

Tuition/Fees/Exemptions

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 112Relating to a limitation on the amount of tuition charged by public institutions of higher education.DuttonFiled 
HB 364Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers and fire fighters from payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education.HubertyFiled 
HB 653Relating to the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant program.ClardyPassed House 
HB 654Relating to the elimination of certain formula funding and dropped course restrictions for returning adult students at public institutions of higher education and to the tuition rate that may be charged to those students for certain excessive undergraduate hours.ClardyPassed House 
HB 767Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.FallonFiled 
HB 1590Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel dependents.HollandFiled 
HB 1835Relating to fees charged to certain military personnel for taking an assessment instrument under the Texas Success Initiative.BlancoFiled 
HB 2307Relating to a limitation on the amount of a fee charged by a public institution of higher education for the issuance of an official transcript.GuillenFiled 
HB 3766Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for legacy students who are eligible for tuition and fee exemptions under the Hazlewood Legacy Program.LozanoFiled 
HB 4089Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents.MillerFiled 

TWC

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 493Relating to reporting requirements for the College Credit for Heroes program.Perez | Button | Murphy | Clardy | Blanco; Sponsor: CampbellSigned by governor; effective Jan. 1, 2018 
HB 1700Relating to the establishment by the Texas Workforce Commission of a career and technical education workforce specialist pilot program.Lucio IIIFiled 
HB 2790Relating to funding for certain apprenticeship training programs.WhiteSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017
 
HB 3554Relating to the application for funding for certain workforce development programs.Gervin-HawkinsFiled 
HB 4063Relating to the expansion of the College Credit for Heroes program to lower-division public institutions of higher education offering degrees in certain fields.LozanoFiled 

Veterans

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 66Relating to determining eligibility for a Texas Armed Services Scholarship and to the appointment by certain elected officials of students to receive that scholarship.Guillen | Blanco | Alonzo | Guerra; Sponsor: ZaffiriniSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
HB 846Relating to the implementation of student financial assistance programs for veterans and their families.Raney | Shine | Miller | Roberts | Guillen; Sponsor: MenéndezPassed House and Senate as amended 
HB 1007Relating to the establishment of veterans resource centers at certain institutions of higher education.AlonzoFiled 

Other

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
HB 134Relating to a peace officer training advisory committee.DuttonFiled 
HB 135elating to reporting by political subdivisions regarding the receipt or expenditure of federal funds.KrauseFiled 
HB 378Relating to a requirement that online admission application forms for public institutions of higher education include a link to certain employment data relating to fields of study.OliversonSubstitute passed committee 
HB 417Relating to the repeal of the Texas Success Initiative.WhiteFiled 
HB 428Relating to certain requirements of public institutions of higher education regarding student organization membership.King, PhilFiled 
HB 802Relating to a requirement that online admission application forms for public institutions of higher education include a link to certain postsecondary education and career opportunity information.MurphyFiled 
HB 961Relating to the election of junior college district trustees by plurality vote.Rodriguez, JustinSigned by governor; effective only if funding is available
 
HB 1472Relating to investment by a public junior college district of public funds received from the management and development of mineral rights.CapriglioneSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
HB 1561Relating to the repeal of certain provisions limiting the offering of courses by a public junior college within the service area of another public junior college.GuillenFiled 
HB 1705Relating to curriculum requirements in American history at institutions of higher education.Johnson, JarvisFiled 
HB 2355Relating to measures to assist students at public institutions of higher education who are homeless.ThierryFiled 
HB 2527Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.CainFiled 
HB 2673Relating to the development of transferable degree or certificate program curricula for which qualified veterans or military service members may be awarded course credit based on military service.BlancoFiled 
HB 2750Relating to requiring a public employer to give notice to new employees of the ability of certain employees to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.Hinojosa, Gina | Lozano | Raney | Clardy; Sponsor: WestPassed House as amended and Senate committee reported favorably 
HB 3105Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer, academic progress, and timely graduation of students in public higher education.WuFiled 
HB 3142Relating to a requirement that a public institution of higher education include a disciplinary notation on a student's transcript under certain circumstances.TurnerSubstitute passed committee 
HB 3327Relating to automatic voter registration of students enrolled in public institutions of higher education.ThierryFiled 
HB 3349Relating to creating an abbreviated certification program and a certificate for trade and industrial workforce training.Gervin-HawkinsPassed House as amended and Senate passed as amended 
HB 3407Relating to the establishment of a task force to address suicide prevention at public institutions of higher education.ThierryFiled 
HB 3681Relating to the investigation of deaths involving peace officers.AnchiaFiled 
HB 3866Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.WilsonFiled 
HB 4216Relating to required notice to certain students at public lower-division institutions of higher education regarding skills development job training or incentive programs.WalleFiled