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May 22, 2017 (Vol. 6, Issue 18)

DCCCD Legislative Update
May 22, 2017Volume 6 Issue 18

This Edition

  • The House Votes on SB 2118
  • Recruit Texas Marches Forward
  • Weekly Deadlines
  • #TXLege Download
  • Finis – One More Week

Note: Today is the 133rd day of the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. The one-week countdown to Sine Die begins today. 

The House Votes on SB 2118

On Friday, the Texas House voted on SB 2118. I know that bill! Remind me again what it does? 

SB 2118 would allow community colleges to offer quality, affordable bachelor’s degrees in applied science, applied technology and nursing. SB 2118 contains an amendment by Sen. Royce West which includes early childhood language, and it provides legislative intent to offer a BAS in early childhood education. This bill would not only have a positive impact on DCCCD students but also on students statewide. 

On its second reading, the House passed SB 2118 last Friday (watch video here). It became “Facebook”-official on Saturday when the House voted and passed it on third reading, 117-17 – a record vote. Find out who supported community colleges (and who didn’t) by clicking here

SB 2118 is read for the second time on the House Floor. On Friday, it passed on a voice vote. 

During the House vote, three amendments were added. The Senate now will decide whether to accept the amendments or to have further conversation by conference committee. We are close, but it’s not a done deal. 

We are thankful for the support and efforts by Chairman Kel Seliger, Sen. West, Rep. Helen Giddings and Rep. Sarah Davis.  

During a break from a routine hearing, Lewisville High School students visit with members of the House Higher Education committee.

Recruit Texas Marches Forward

On Thursday, May 11, HB 108 by Rep. Carol Alvarado – otherwise known as Recruit Texas – passed the House. After the initial committee hearing, Rep. Alvarado offered a committee substitute which removed the fiscal note and included a “claw-back” provision. The House vote was 115-30. 

On Thursday, May 18, the bill was heard by members of the Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development committee. 

The Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development committee discusses HB 108.

On Sunday evening (May 21), HB 108 passed the Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development committee. The committee report has been submitted, and now it’s up to the Senate chamber to place it on the intent calendar and call for a vote. The last day the Senate can vote on this bill is Wednesday (see more on deadlines below). 

Are you interested in learning more about other bills? Visit our legislative bill tracker to learn the status of several pieces of legislation. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions you have.

Weekly Deadlines

One week to Sine Die: What does that mean? It boils down to time, which is running out, and deadlines are approaching quickly. Barring a special session, the last day of the 85th Texas Legislative session will occur on Monday, May 29. (Translation: Your TX Lege team will be working on a holiday!) If you would like to track other deadlines, several are listed below.

Here’s the link to a helpful calendar:

Monday, May 22, 2017, by 9 a.m. (133rd day)

Deadline for the House to distribute its last House Local & Consent Calendar with Senate bills.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (134th day)

Last day for the House to consider second-reading Senate bills and Senate joint resolutions on the Daily or Supplemental Calendar.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (135th day)

Last day for the House to consider local and consent Senate bills on second and third reading and all third-reading Senate bills and Senate joint resolutions on the Supplemental Calendar.

Last day for the Senate to consider all bills and joint resolutions on second or third reading.

Thursday, May 25, 2017, before midnight (136th day)

Deadline for the House to distribute Senate amendments.

Friday, May 26, 2017 (137th day)

Last day for the House to act on Senate amendments (concur or request a conference committee).

#TXLege Download

The download is in over-drive. On Friday, the House heard Local and Consent bills; if you haven’t watched the fast-paced layout and votes on these bills, click the link (scroll forward to  36:00) and buckle up. We changed the format to help jam-pack the download. Don’t worry – there’s still plenty to read or watch with your favorite food or beverage (adult or otherwise). 

Finis – One More Week

The end is in sight, but we still have work to do. This week will be fast and furious as members try to attach amendments to other bills, while other members try to push bills out before the deadline. With all of the action looming in both chambers, we are changing posting dates for our Capitol Update. You are receiving one issue today and the next one on Tuesday, May 30, the day after Sine Die. We then will follow up with one more issue in mid-June to share bill signings and final updates. 

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