Legislative Update - Friday, April 29, 2011
SB 1 – Senate Appropriations Bill
As of this morning, SB 1 has not been scheduled to be heard by
the Senate. SB 1 includes formula funding to the Alamo Colleges of
$66.8 million a year, which differs from the House Appropriations bill
that allocates approximately $60.1 million. SB 1 allocates $97.6
million a year for community colleges, employee group insurance which is
comparable to the House version that allocates $99.5 million per year.
Difficulty in getting SB 1 heard in the Senate may center on the fact
that SB 1 calls for the use of $3 billion from the Rainy Day fund to be
used for the next biennium.
Key Legislative Bills
HB 3577 – prohibits a person from receiving a Texas Educational
Opportunity Grant if the person is eligible for a TEXAS Grant. The bill
entitles a person who would be awarded both grants to receive only the
grant of the greater amount – passed by the House.
SB 1731 - relating to requiring public junior colleges to offer
an academic associate degree program that would transfer in its entirety
towards a bachelor’s degree was left pending in committee.
SB 1726 – relating to each institution of higher education to
identify, adopt, and make available for public inspection measurable
learning outcomes for each undergraduate course offered by the
institution – passed by the Senate.
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