Legislative Update - Friday, March 18, 2011
Rainy Day Fund
Governor Perry agreed to use $3.2 billion of the Economic
Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) to cover current fiscal year state
expenses. The use of these funds will not warrant any more cuts to
state agencies, including higher education, between now and August 31,
2011. The Governor remains opposed to the use of the Rainy Day fund to
cover next biennium state expenses.
Handguns on Campus
The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee voted out HB
750, related to allowing concealed handguns on campus and its buildings.
Dr. Bill Holda, representing the Texas Association of Community
Colleges, Leo Zuniga, representing the Alamo Colleges, and Fred
Newbury, President, Texas Community Colleges Teachers Association
(TCCTA) were among the many persons speaking against the bill. According
to a statewide survey, TCCTA reports 80 percent of faculty members
oppose guns on campus and classrooms legislation.
Credit Transfer for Associate Degree
The Senate Higher Education Committee voted out SB 945 which
would require four-year universities to notify the community college
when their transfer students achieve 90 hours so that community colleges
may review the student’s transcript to determine the awarding of an
Bills of Interest filed
HB 2999, HB 3025, and SB 1727 related to students completing
their Associate Degree being guarantee admission to the four year school
and program of their choice and being charged tuition at the same rate
as if they had entered the four year school as freshmen. SB 1731 would
allow community colleges to offer an Academic Associate Degree that
would transfer its entire course credit into a BA degree program at a
four year school. HB 3286 and SB 1728 would allow all developmental
education courses be provided at community colleges.
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