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House, Senate debate bills ahead of floor cutoff deadline

March 03, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

House members and senators spent the week on their chamber floors, debating and voting on bills ahead of Wednesday's floor cutoff deadline. Highlighting the week:

System bills

The following bills were requested by the community and technical college system. The listed bill, title and status is the version that made the most progress in the legislative process.

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 1130/ SB 5381 Making the customized training program permanent
  • Passed House Feb. 15 on a 97-0 vote
  • Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee
SB 5069/ HB 1129 Providing associate degree education to enhance education opportunities and public safety
  • SB 5069 passed Senate Feb. 15 on a 46-0 vote
  • SB 5069 referred to House Higher Education Committee
  • HB 1129 passed House March 1 on a 77-21 vote
  • HB 1129 referred to Senate Law & Justice Committee
SB 5677/ HB 1913 Creating a leasehold excise tax exemption for certain leasehold interests in facilities owned or used by schools, colleges, or universities
  • Passed Senate Higher Education Committee Feb. 9
  • Referred to Senate Ways & Means, but was not scheduled for a hearing or vote

Non-system bills

Bills on House Floor Calendar

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 1237 Modifying collective bargaining law to authorize providing additional compensation to academic employees at community and technical colleges
  • Placed on House Floor Calendar March 2
HB 1452 Concerning the opportunity scholarship program
  • Placed on House Floor Calendar Feb. 28

Bills before House Rules

Bill number Bill title Bill status
HB 1168 Supporting student success at community and technical colleges by increasing full-time faculty
  • Passed House Appropriations Feb. 24
HB 1375 Providing students at community and technical colleges with the costs of required course materials
  • Passed House Appropriations Feb. 24

Bills before Senate Rules

Bill number Bill title Bill status
SB 5684 Creating the higher education infrastructure investment program
  • Passed Senate Ways & Means Feb. 24
SB 5820 Concerning financial aid at institutions of higher education
  • Passed Senate Ways & Means Feb. 24

Coming up next week

Floor cutoff arrives Wednesday, which means bills must be passed out of their chamber of origin in order to continue in the legislative process. Committee hearings on bills from the opposite chamber will begin again Thursday and Friday.

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