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College system supported bills on transcripts, computer science bachelor's degrees, supporting students experiencing homelessness pass Legislature

April 09, 2021

The House and Senate spent the bulk of the week debating and voting on bills ahead of Sunday's chamber cutoff deadline. Highlighting the week: The community and technical college system's requested bill that would prohibit school districts from withholding students' official grades and transcripts due to an unpaid fee or fine passed the Senate; The bill allowing community and technical colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in computer science passed the House; The bill expanding the Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness pilot passed the Senate. >>

College system bills moving as fiscal committees wrap up work today

April 02, 2021

House and Senate fiscal committees will wrap up their work today after a week of hours-long meetings to hear public testimony and vote on bills. Committee members this week heard community and technical college-focused bills on diversity, equity and inclusion, computer science bachelor's degrees, equity and access, supporting students experiencing homelessness, and the Customized Training Program. >>

Committee hearings resume as Legislature passes floor cutoff deadline

March 12, 2021

Tuesday marked the House of Origin cutoff, the deadline when bills that started in the House or Senate needed to be voted on by members of the entire chamber. Bills that did not receive a vote or failed to pass, unless a necessary part of the budget, will not move on in the legislative process for the 2021 session. >>

Computer science bachelor's degree bill, Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness program update heard in Senate higher education committee

February 05, 2021

Committees continued their work this week taking public testimony on bills, listening to work sessions and voting bills out of committee. The House Education Committee on Thursday voted HB 1176, the bill that would prohibit school districts from withholding a student's official grades and transcripts because of an unpaid fee or fine, out of the committee. >>

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