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Senate Bills Filed in the 85th Legislative Session

A number of bills filed in the Texas Senate could potentially impact community colleges in general and/or DCCCD in particular. In addition to a brief summary of the bill the name of the bill sponsor and the bill number are provided including a hyperlink to access additional information by clicking on the bill number. The hyperlinked bill number will direct the viewer to the Texas Legislature Online homepage: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

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Baccalaureate Degrees

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 352Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Watson
Filed 
SB 367Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.GarciaFiled 
SB 534Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer early childhood education baccalaureate degree programs.WestFiled 
SB 598Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.BettencourtFiled 
SB 644RRelating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.WatsonFiled 
SB 645Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.WatsonFiled 
SB 1170Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Taylor, LarryFiled 
SB 1328Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.Taylor, VanFiled 
SB 1925Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.LucioFiled 
SB 1926Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.LucioFiled 
SB 2118Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs.SeligerSigned by governor; effective immediately
 

Budget/Appropriations

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 1 Relating to strategic fiscal reviews for state agencies and programs.NelsonComptroller approved; signed by governor
General appropriations bill

Handguns

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 349Relating to the prosecution of the offense of possessing a weapon in certain prohibited places associated with schools or postsecondary educational institutions.CreightonPassed Senate 
SB 1408Relating to the carrying of a handgun by certain first responders and volunteer emergency services personnel.HuffinesPassed Senate 

High Schools/Dual Credit/ECHS/Charters

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 3Relating to the establishment of an education savings account program and a tax credit scholarship and educational expense assistance program.Taylor, LarryPassed & referred to House 
SB 22Relating to the establishment of a Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to the repeal of the tech-prep program.Taylor, LarrySigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
SB 276Relating to adult high school diploma and industry certification charter school pilot program requirements.WatsonPassed Senate and House; signed by governor; effective immediately 
SB 384Relating to the scheduling of the administration of certain postsecondary readiness assessment instruments to public high school students.BurtonPassed Senate 
SB 422Relating to the admission policy of an open-enrollment charter school.RodríguezFiled 
SB 457Relating 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.CampbellPassed Senate 
SB 463Relating to the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.Seliger | NicholsSigned by governor; effective immediately except Section 4 on Sept. 1, 2018, and Section 11 on Sept. 1, 2019
 
SB 490Relating to information regarding the number of school counselors in public schools.LucioSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 605Relating to procedures for the review and selection of certain instructional materials by public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools.HuffinesFiled 
SB 615Relating to requirements regarding assessment instruments required for public high school graduation and the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements.SeligerFiled 
SB 671Relating to the public high school graduation credit requirements for a language other than English.CampbellPassed Senate and House; signed by governor; effective immediately 
SB 825Relating to school district discretion to administer college preparation assessment instruments to public school students at state cost.Taylor, Larry; Sponsor: HubertySigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1061Relating to the powers and duties of the commissioner of education regarding granting additional charters for open-enrollment charter schools.Taylor, VanPassed Senate 
SB 1091Relating to limitations on courses that may be offered for dual credit by school districts and public institutions of higher education.SeligerSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1271Relating 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.MilesFiled 
SB 1404Relating to requiring school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report certain information regarding voluntary after-school programs and voluntary summer programs.HughesSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1657Relating to the use of individual graduation committees to satisfy certain public high school graduation requirements for certain individuals who are no longer enrolled in school.RodríguezFiled 
SB 2131Relating to requirements for providing postsecondary education counseling to high school students.WestHouse amends; Senate refuses; conference committee appointed 

Immigration

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 4 Relating to the enforcement by certain local governmental entities and campus police departments of state and federal laws governing immigration and to related duties of certain law enforcement and judicial entities in the criminal justice system.PerryEffective Sept. 1, 2017
 
SB 997 Relating to peace officer enforcement of federal immigration law at places of worship, hospitals, public schools and courthouses.Garcia | Hinojosa | Lucio | Menéndez | Miles | et al.Filed  
SB 2059 Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education.CampbellFiled  

Local Taxes/Appraisal

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 15Relating 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.Huffines|Hall|Hancock|Taylor, Van|WestSigned by governor; effective contingent on voter approval for constitutional amendment
 
SB 669Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations; authorizing a fee.Nelson; Sponsors: Zerwas|WrayPassed Senate; House amends; Senate refuses; conference committee appointed 

Pre-K

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 35Relating to providing free full-day prekindergarten for certain children.ZaffiriniReferred to Education 
SB 484Relating to the availability of free prekindergarten programs in public schools.MilesFiled 
SB 724Relating to limits on the size of prekindergarten classes in public schools.MilesFiled 
SB 1650Relating to calculation of average daily attendance for school districts providing certain full-day prekindergarten programs.WatsonFiled 
SB 2089Relating to calculation of average daily attendance for school districts providing certain full-day prekindergarten programs.WestFiled 

Regulations

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 6Relating to regulations and policies for entering or using a bathroom or changing facility; authorizing a civil penalty; increasing criminal penalties.KolkhorstFinal passage failed in House; governor identified as item for Special Session
 
SB 827Relating to procedures for asserting claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act; providing a civil penalty.SeligerFiled 

Reports

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 59Relating to energy and water management planning and reporting requirements for state agencies and institutions of higher education.ZaffiriniEffective Sept. 1, 2017
 
SB 249Relating to the submission of an affordability and access report by public institutions of higher education.SchwertnerPassed and referred to House 
SB 576Relating to a reporting requirement for certain incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, family violence, or stalking at public institutions of higher education; creating a criminal offense.HuffmanPassed and referred to House 
SB 962Relating to requiring public institutions of higher education to develop and establish an online reporting system for sex offenses.GarciaFiled 
SB 966Relating to criminal offenses regarding the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.WatsonSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
SB 967Relating to the prosecution of the offenses of sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault.WatsonFiled 
SB 968Relating 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.WatsonSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 969Relating to requiring certain public and private institutions of higher education to provide amnesty to students who report incidents of sexual assault.WatsonSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 970Relating to a sexual assault policy at public and private institutions of higher education.WatsonPassed and referred to House 

State Program

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 634Relating to reporting requirements for certain skills development fund workforce training program providers.EstesSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017
 

THECB

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 128Relating to the inclusion of education and training regarding human trafficking in the curriculum of commercial driver's license training programs offered by public junior colleges and career schools and colleges and to certain requirements for commercial driver's licenses.Garcia; Sponsor: Thompson, SenfroniaAmendment passed Senate and House; signed by governor; effective immediately 
SB 719Relating to requiring the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to collect and study data on the participation of persons with intellectual disabilities in workforce education programs.ZaffiriniSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017
 
SB 802Relating to a study and report regarding best practices in the provision of dual credit courses by public institutions of higher education and the transfer of course credit between those institutions.SeligerSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 886Relating to the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant program.SeligerFiled 
SB 887Relating to a requirement that certain participating institutions under the student loan program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provide loan debt information to certain students.Seliger; Sponsors: Clardy | Rodriguez, JustinSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 909Relating 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.HughesFiled 
SB 1119Relating to an annual report on employment positions provided through the Texas college work-study program.ZaffiriniPassed Senate and House; signed by governor; effective immediately
 
SB 1277Relating 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.Taylor, LarryFiled 
SB 1746Relating to workforce continuing education offered by public junior colleges.HinojosaFiled 
SB 1782Relating 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.WestSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1845Relating 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.CampbellPassed Senate 
SB 1903Relating to statewide goals for dual credit programs provided by school districts.WestFiled 
SB 2032Relating to the authority of the Texas State Technical College System to offer technical-vocational courses or programs.BettencourtFiled 
SB 2086Relating to measures to facilitate the transfer of students and course credit within the public higher education system.WestPassed Senate 
SB 2122Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement transfer policy for lower division courses among Texas public institutions of higher education.WestPassed Senate 

TRS

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 218Relating to a cost-of-living adjustment applicable to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.MenéndezReferred to State Affairs 
SB 219Relating to the state contribution to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.MenéndezReferred to State Affairs 
SB 1751Relating to authorizing the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas to establish defined contribution plans or hybrid retirement plans to provide retirement benefits to certain employees.BettencourtFiled 
SB 1954Relating to participation in and contributions to the optional retirement program for certain employees of institutions of higher education.HughesSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 

Tuition/Fees/Exemptions

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 18Relating to eliminating provisions requiring public institutions of higher education to set aside portions of designated tuition for student financial assistance.SeligerPassed and referred to House 
SB 442Relating to a limitation on the amount of tuition charged by public institutions of higher education.RodríguezFiled 
SB 537Relating to requiring the disclosure of special course fees at public institutions of higher education.HinojosaSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 950Relating to tuition and fee exemptions or waivers at public institutions of higher education.SeligerFiled 
SB 1123Relating to conditions on the receipt of tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for adopted students formerly in foster or other residential care.ZaffiriniSigned by governor; effective immediately 

TWC

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 154Relating to the establishment by the Texas Workforce Commission of a career and technical education workforce specialist pilot program.HinojosaReferred to Education 
SB 1097Relating to funding for apprenticeship training programs through a lottery game.LucioFiled 
SB 1531Relating to the expansion of the College Credit for Heroes program to lower-division public institutions of higher education offering degrees in certain fields.RodríguezFiled 

Other

BillBill SummaryAuthorStatusNotes
SB 60Relating to the preference given by state and local governmental entities, including public institutions of higher education, to agricultural products produced, processed, or grown in this state.ZaffiriniReferred to Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs 
SB 234Relating to a prohibition against the use by a career school or college of certain advertising designed to mislead or deceive prospective students.MenéndezFiled 
SB 482Relating 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.MilesFiled 
SB 677Relating to the creation of a task force to identify opportunities for academic credit and industry recognition for inmates of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.MilesPassed Senate 
SB 810Relating to the use of open educational resources.KolkhorstSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1151Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.BuckinghamPassed Senate 
SB 1220Relating to ensuring continuity of education and access to higher education, career information, and skills certification for foster care youth and former foster care youth.MilesSigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 1367Relating to policies and training regarding the use of epinephrine auto-injectors by public institutions of higher education; providing immunity.MenéndezSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017 
SB 1468Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities that employ certain students in certain paid internship or similar programs.CreightonFiled 
SB 1649Relating to an enhanced penalty for repeated criminal trespass on or in the property of a public institution of higher education.WatsonSigned by governor; effective Sept. 1, 2017
 
SB 1762Relating to the regulation of the parking and removal of vehicles on the campus of a public institution of higher education.ZaffiriniFiled 
SB 1932Relating to eligibility requirements for registration as an interior designer.West; Sponsor: Lucio IIISigned by governor; effective immediately 
SB 2079Relating to a requirement that a student's postsecondary transcript include the average or median grade awarded in each class.Taylor, LarryPassed Senate 
SB 2109Relating 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.MenéndezFiled 
SB 2201Relating to curriculum requirements in American history at institutions of higher education.LucioFiled