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Senate Bills


A number of bills filed recently in the Texas Senate 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.

Bill Summary Author
SB 1

General Appropriations Bill.


SB 5 Relating to public institutions of higher education, including the administration, operation, financial management, and reporting requirements of those institutions. Zaffirini
SB 28

Relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program.


SB 29 Relating to the eligibility of certain postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to participate in health benefit programs at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 32 Relating to the consolidation of related higher education programs governing tuition, fee exemptions, and waivers respective to specific target populations. Zaffirini
SB 36 Relating to methods for increasing student success and degree completion at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 38 Relating to the inclusion of certain private postsecondary educational institutions and career schools and colleges in the higher education accountability system of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Zaffirini
SB 40 Relating to the functions of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. Zaffirini
SB 50 Relating to regulatory authority for courses taken by public high school students for both high school and college credit. Zaffirini
SB 51 Relating to a pilot program to expand access to career and technical education partnerships in rural areas. Zaffirini
SB 52 Relating to exempting books purchased by university and college students from the sales tax for a limited period. Zaffirini
SB 59 Relating to the provision of assistance by the Texas Ethics Commission in the reporting of political contributions and expenditures made in connection with offices of and measures proposed by local governmental entities. Zaffirini
SB 63 Relating to the creation of the individual development account program to provide savings incentives and opportunities for eligible persons to pursue home ownership, postsecondary education, and business development. Zaffirini
SB 67 Relating to leave for junior college district or university system employees who are physically assaulted while on duty. Zaffirini
SB 68 Relating to contracting issues of state agencies, including ethics issues related to state contracting. Zaffirini
SB 69 Relating to reconstituting the system benefit fund as a trust fund and to uses of the fund. Zaffirini
SB 74 Relating to the disposition of surplus or salvage data processing equipment of a university system or an institution or agency of higher education. Nelson
SB 110 Relating to ethics and accountability of certain public employees, public officers, political contributors, state contractors, and grant recipients; providing penalties. Davis, Wendy
SB 127 Relating to the establishment, operation, and funding of charter schools; providing administrative penalties. Patrick
SB 145 Relating to student loan repayment assistance for nurses employed as faculty members at certain institutions of higher education. Hinojosa
SB 149 Relating to rules adopted and reporting required under the school district college credit program. West
SB 162 Relating to developing a developmental education plan for students entering public institutions of higher education. Shapiro
SB 164 Relating to a fixed academic cost option for resident undergraduate students at general academic teaching institutions. Shapiro
SB 168 Relating to the use of proceeds from criminal asset forfeiture to provide college scholarships to children of peace officers killed in the line of duty and to an annual report regarding the total value of forfeited property in this state. West
SB 174 Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes. Nichols
SB 180 Relating to the use of eminent domain authority. Estes
SB 200 Relating to an evaluation by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of reports required of institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 217 Relating to expulsion of a public school student who commits certain criminal acts involving a computer, computer network, or computer system owned by or operated on behalf of a school district.


SB 228 Relating to reporting requirements for institutions of higher education conducting human stem cell research. Nelson
SB 244 Relating to the continuing education requirements for certain peace officers. Patrick, Dan
SB 272 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 282 Relating to eliminating certain reporting, planning, student, developmental, and other requirements imposed on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 298 Relating to eliminating the set-aside of a portion of designated tuition for student financial assistance at public institutions of higher education. Wentworth
SB 321 Relating to an employee's transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee's employer. Hegar | Birdwell
SB 354 Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education. Wentworth | Birdwell | Carona | Deuell | Eltife | Estes | Fraser | Harris | Hegar | Jackson | Nelson | Patrick | Seliger | Williams
SB 419 Relating to prohibiting state funding to public junior colleges for physical education courses offered for joint high school and junior college credit. West
SB 774 Relating to exemptions for disabled peace officers from the payment of tuition and fees at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 793 Relating to incentives to recruit and retain allied health education program faculty. Nelson
SB 794 Relating to the use of money from the permanent fund for health-related programs to provide grants to nursing education programs. Nelson
SB 850 Relating to formula funding for certain semester credit hours earned for dual course credit. Zaffirini
SB 905 Relating to the application of certain concealed handgun license laws to statewide elected officials, certain current and former members of the legislature, and certain state employees. Patrick | Deuell | Hegar | Hinojosa | Seliger | Wentworth | Whitmire
SB 945 Relating to authorizing a public junior college to award an associate degree to a student enrolled in a four-year public institution of higher education who previously attended the junior college. Patrick
SB 975 Relating to the operation of dropout recovery programs by certain public junior colleges in partnership with school districts. Hinojosa
SB 1005 Relating to fair treatment of all providers of instructional materials to students enrolled at public institutions of higher education. Van de Putte
SB 1107 Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education. Davis
SB 1348 Relating to higher education curriculum review teams to review public school curriculum standards for college readiness purposes. Van de Putte
SB 1488 Relating to the purchasing and contracting practices of junior college districts; providing criminal penalties. West
SB 1564 Relating to developmental education courses and the assessment of student readiness under the Texas Success Initiative for public institutions of higher education. West
SB 1581 Relating to state fiscal matters, and certain public health and safety matters, related to public and higher education; providing penalties. Ogden
SB 1631 Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education. Birdwell
SB 1723 Relating to tuition and fee exemptions for certain military personnel and their spouses and dependent children for under-enrolled undergraduate classes at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 1724 Relating to conditions on the receipt of tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 1726 Relating to the development of measurable learning outcomes for undergraduate courses at public institutions of higher education. Zaffirini
SB 1730 Relating to requiring the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create a tool to allow prospective students to compare institutions of higher education by certain criteria. Zaffirini
SB 1731 Relating to requiring public junior colleges to offer an academic associate degree program. Zaffirini
SB 1734 Relating to tuition and fee exemptions at public institutions of higher education for certain Texas military veterans. Van de Putte