84th Legislature: Bills Filed Relating to TKCW Goals

Please note that this list is tentative.  It includes bills filed relating to our goals, but we may or may not take a position on each one.  Also, the position we take may change if the bill is amended, or if there is a committee substitute.  The Legislative Report Card that Texas Kids Can’t Wait will publish at the close of the session will be based on the legislators’ votes on the final list of bills that we either support or oppose.  Go to www.capitol.state.tx.us to look up the text of each bill and to monitor the amendments made.  Or simply click on the link to each bill that is provided.  You can see the bill’s history, current status, text, amendments, etc.

 

Texas Kids Can’t Wait

Bills Supported and Opposed: 84th Legislature, 2015

4/19/15 1:04 PM

 

Bill # Description Authors Position Notes
Public Options
HB 1891 & SB 1483 Relating to community schools 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1891

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1483

Eddie Rodriguez (D) & Sylvia Garcia (D) Support HB 1891 referred to Public Education on 3/11/15Pending in Committee 4/14/15

 

SB 1483 referred to Education on 3/19/15.

Pending in Committee 4/7/15

HB 1892 & SB 1484 Relating to the establishment of a community school grant program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1892

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1484

HB 1892: Eddie Rodriguez (D) & Gary VanDeaver (D) & SB 1484: Sylvia Garcia (D) Support HB 1892 referred to Public Education on 3/11/15Pending in Committee 4/14/15

 

SB 1484 referred to Education on 3/19/15

Home Schools
HB 2799 Relating to home-school education for foster children. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2799

Jonathan Stickland (R) Oppose Referred to Human Services on 3/16/15
HB 347 & SB 391 Relating to equal opportunity for access by home-schooled students to UIL sponsored activities. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB347

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB391

 

Authors: HB 347: Harold Dutton (D), James Frank (R), Jeff Leach (R), Jason Villalba (R), and Dan Huberty (R) &

 

SB 391: Konni Burton (R) & Van Taylor

See left. Oppose HB 347 referred to Public Education on 2/12/15 

SB 391 referred to Education on 2/2/15

Charters
SB 1011 Relating to public school choice, including school campus information, student transfers, the public education grant program, and the transportation allotment. State required to maintain a separate website with a search engine over a database that contains each campus and charter campus with info about its attendance zone, enrollment capacity, current enrollment, available “slots” for enrollment, the past 3 years’ financial and academic accountability ratings, and specified information about programs at the school. Parents can petition in writing for their student to attend the school of their choosing within the district and local boards must generally grant the request. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1011

Kelly Hancock (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/11/15
HB 1276 & SB 545 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1276

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB545

Jim Murphy (R) & Larry Taylor (R) Oppose HB 1276 referred to Ways & Means on 3/3/15 

SB 545 referred to Finance on 2/18/15

 

HJR 85 & SJR 30 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation real property leased by certain schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR85

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR30

Jim Murphy (R) & Larry Taylor (R) Oppose HJR 85 referred to Ways & Means on 3/9/15 

SJR 30 referred to Finance on 2/17/15

 

 

HB 1728 Relating to certain facilities transactions between school districts and charter schools—would require school districts to identify unused or underutilized facilities that could be sold to charter companies at market value. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1728

 

Harold Dutton (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/12/15
HB 718 Relating to the number of Charters the State Board of Education may grant for open-enrollment charter schools. Would eliminate the current provision that limits to 215 the number of charters. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB718

 

Co-author: Matt Rinaldi (R)

Mark Keough (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 2/23/15
HB 2017 Relating to permissible locations of open-enrollment charter schools created by institutions of higher education. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2017

Rick Miller (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education Committee on 3/16/15
HB 1171 Relating to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to open-enrollment charter schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1171

Marsha Farney (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education Committee on 3/3/15Pending in Committee 4/7/15
HB 3018 Relating to the guarantee of charter district bonds by the permanent school fund. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3018

Jim Murphy (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/23/15
HB 2851 Relating to the limitation on the liability of the nonprofit corporation established by the Texas Public Finance authority to issue revenue bonds for open-enrollment charter schools to provide educational facilities.http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2851 Tan Parker (R) Oppose Referred to Investments & Financial Services on 3/16/15Passed committee 4/1/15

Sent to Calendars 4/7/15

SB 692 Relating to the admission policy of an open-enrollment charter school. Strikes the language that states that a charter school may provide for the exclusion of a student who has a documented history of criminal offense, a juvenile court adjudication or discipline problems in its admission policy. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB692

Jose Rodriguez (D) & Sylvia Garcia (D) Support Referred to Education Committee on 2/25/15
HB 1796 Relating to public school choice, including school campus information, student transfers, the public education grant program, and the transportation allotment. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1796

Dwayne Bohac (R) & Rick Miller Oppose Referred to Public Education Committee on 3/12/15Pending in committee 4/7/15
HB 3173 Relating to renewal, expiration, or revocation of charters and evaluation of performance of open-enrollment charter schools providing education within a residential treatment facility. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3173

Matt Schaefer (R) Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HB 3347 & SB 1898 Relating to revocation of a charter for an open-enrollment charter school and procedures for the disposition of property owned by a charter school after revocation or surrender of a charter. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3347

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1898

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) & Larry Taylor (R) HB 3347 referred to Public Education on 3/17/15
HB 3392 & SB 1900 Relating to funding for an open-enrollment charter school based on certain ad valorem taxes collected by school districts. Would entitle charter schools to receive the state average amount of debt service tax revenue per weighted ADA. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3392

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1900

Harold Dutton (D) & 

Donna Campbell (R)

Oppose HB 3392 referred to Public Education on 3/17/15 

SB 1900 referred to Education on 3/25/15

Left pending in committee 4/15/16

HB 3487 Relating to operation of open-enrollment charter schools, including parental rights, applicability of certain laws, and admission policy. Requires management companies to fall within open records laws. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3487

Ken King (R) Support Referred to Public Education on 3/18/15
HB 4033 Relating to approval by the commissioner of education of an expansion or new school amendment for a charter holder previously denied a charter by the State Board of Education. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4033

Yvonne Davis (D) Support Referred to Public Education on 3/23/15
HB 4047 Relating to the extension to open-enrollment charter school employees, including the right to join professional associations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4047

Alma Allen (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
SB 1272 Relating to requirements regarding certain purchasing and contracting guidelines for open-enrollment charter schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1272

Royce West (D) Support Referred to Education on 3/17/15
HB 3375 Relating to ownership and control of property acquired with state funds by the charter holder of an open-enrollment charter school. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3375

Dwayne Bohac (R) Support Referred to Public Education on 3/17/15
SB 1567 & HB 1170 Relating to the applicability to open-enrollment charter schools of certain laws regarding local governments and political subdivisions. Allows charters to extend workers’ compensation benefits to employees. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1567

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1170

Eddie Lucio (D) & Marsha Farney (R) Oppose HB 1170 referred to Public Education on 3/3/15Pending in committee 4/7/15

 

SB 1567 referred to Education on 3/23/15

SB 1569 & HB 1171 Relating to the applicability of certain immunity and liability laws to open-enrollment charter schools. Charter holders are immune to same extent as a school district. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1569

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1171

SB 1569: Eddie Lucio (D) & 

HB 1171: Marsha Farney (R)

Oppose HB 1171 referred to Public Education on 3/3/15Pending in committee 4/7/15

 

 

SB 1569 referred to Education on 3/23/15

SB 1757 Relating to authorization for a school district board of trustees to grant charters for the establishment of certain charter schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1757

Eddie Lucio (D) Support Referred to Education 3/24/15
SB 1897 Relating to the powers and duties of the commissioner of education regarding open enrollment charter schools. Would allow the commissioner to grant more than one charter to a charter holder if the purpose for the additional school is different from that of the original schools. Bill also allows commissioner to reconstitute a charter’s governing board instead of revoking the charter. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1897

Larry Taylor (R) Oppose Referred to Education on 3/25/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 3281 Relating to public school accountability—would make it much more difficult for the state to not renew or to revoke charters. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3281

 

James Frank (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/17/15
Local Control (Home Rule)
HB 1798 Relating to local control school districts 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1798

 

Co-author: Matt Schafer (R)

Joe Deshotel (D) , Jason Villaba (R) & Dan Huberty (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education Committee on 3/12/15Pending in committee 4/7/15
Parent Trigger
SB 14 Would amend current parent trigger law to allow a group to specifically identify the changes it would like to see at a campus, the process by which a group must be selected if that change is alternative management, and the specific alternative management company if a process is not provided. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB14

Larry Taylor (R) & Brandon Creighton (R) Oppose Referred to Education Committee on 3/3/15Passed committee 4/13/15

Passed Senate 4/15/15

HB 1727 Relating to petitions by parents of students for the repurposing, alternative management, or closure of low-performing public school campuses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1727

Harold Dutton (D) & Debbie Riddle (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education Committee on 3/12/15
Opportunity School District
SB 895 & HB 1536 Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District. (Year 2 -3 AU/IR campuses removed to Texas Opportunity School District.)Would create a state-run school district to operate certain school district campuses rated academically unacceptable. No capping the number of campuses that could be removed to the state school district.

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB895

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1536

 

SB 895: Larry Taylor (R) & Charles PerryHarold

HB 1536: Dutton (D)

Oppose SB 895 referred to Education on 3/9/15Pending in committee 4/7/15

 

HB 1536 referred to Public Education on 3/10/15

Pending in committee 4/14/15

SB 669 Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District for educating students. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB669

Royce West (D) Oppose Referred to Education on 2/24/15Pending in committee 4/7/15
SB 520 Relating to state interventions and sanctions against public school campuses with unacceptable performance and the establishment of the Texas Opportunity School District for education students at certain low-performing campuses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB%20520

Royce West (D) Oppose Referred to Education on 2/18/15
Online Courses
SB 894 Would remove prohibitions on the number of virtual courses students may take, the establishment of full-blown virtual schools, and the requirement that students be enrolled in a public school before enrolling in virtual courses. Students not previously enrolled in public schools did not need to be held accountable because they aren’t currently in the accountability system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB894

Larry Taylor (R) Oppose Referred to Education on 3/9/15Public hearing 3/12/15

Left pending in committee 3/12/15

HB 2032 Relating to the ability of certain students to enroll full-time in courses provided by the virtual schools network. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2032

Craig Goldman (R) & Debbie Riddle (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/11/15
HB 1802 & SB 1896 Relating to providing public school students tutorials through the state virtual school network for end-of-course assessment instruments required for graduation. Courses would be made available through the state’s Virtual School Program by 2016-17 school year. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1802

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1896

HB 1802: Ken King (R) 

SB 1896: Larry Taylor (R)

Oppose HB 1802 Referred to Public Education on 3/12/15 

SB 1896 referred to Education 3/25/15

HB 2814 Relating to the grade levels at which students may enroll in courses provided through the state virtual school network. Adds kindergarten or elementary to those grades eligible for the virtual schools network. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2814

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/16/15
HB 2815 Relating to the removal of restrictions on funding and paying of costs for certain full-time online educational programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2815

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/16/15
HB 2760 Relating to the state virtual school network, including funding and the provision of courses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2760

Giovanni Capriglione (R) Oppose The only people to benefit are private companies selling these courses for K-12. 

Referred to Public Education on 3/16/15

HB 3331 Relating to the state virtual school network, including student eligibility, course provider eligibility, and funding for certain providers. (Places restrictions on providers. Takes $400 cap off of courses.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3331

Ryan Guillen (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/17/15
Vouchers        
SB 1447 Relating to equal opportunity for access by private and parochial school students to all UIL sponsored activities. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1447

Donna Campbell (R) Oppose Referred to Education on 3/18/15
SB 4 Relating to school choice programs for certain students eligible to attend public schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB4

Larry Taylor (R), Paul Bettencourt (R), & Donna Campbell (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/16/15Passed committee 4/13/15

Intent Calendar 4/14/15

SB 276 & HB 4106 Relating to state savings and government efficiency achieved through a taxpayer savings grant program administered by the comptroller of public accounts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB276

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4106

SB 276: Donna Campbell (R) & Paul Bettencourt (R) 

HB 4106: Gilbert Pena (R) & Molly White

Oppose SB 276 referred to Education on 1/28/15Pending in committee 3/26/15

 

HB 4106 referred to Public Education on 3/23/15

SB 642 & HB 1043 Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations. Tax credits not to exceed $100 million, but each year expands to 105% of previous year. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB642

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1043

 

 

HB 1043 co-authors:   Rodney Anderson (R), Tony Dale (R), Gary Elkins (R), Allen Fletcher (R), Craig Goldman (R), Bryan Hughes (R), Phil King (R), Jodie Laubenberg (R), Jeff Leach (R), Jim Murphy (R), Dennis Paul (R), Matt Rinaldi (R), Scott Sanford (R), Matt Shaheen (R), Stuart Spitzer (R), Jason Villaba (R), and Bill Zedler (R).

SB 642: Paul Bettencourt (R) , Donna Campbell (R), & Don Huffines (R) 

HB 1043: Dwayne Bohac (R), Rick Miller (R), & John Zerwas (R)

Oppose SB 642 Referred to Education on 3/10/15Pending in committee 3/26/15

 

HB 1043 Referred to Ways & Means Committee on 3/3/15

HB 895 Relating to a franchise or insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain education assistance organizations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB895

Rick Miller (R) Oppose Referred to Ways & Means Committee 2/25/15
SB 623 Relating to state funding for certain children to attend private prekindergarten programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB623

Kelly Hancock (R) Oppose Referred to Education on 2/23/15
HB 3887 & SB 1123 Relating to the establishment of the office of early learning within the Texas Education Agency.   Would coordinate and direct funding to private prekindergarten programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3887

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1123

HB 3887: Harold Dutton (D) 

SB 1123 Royce West (D)

Oppose SB 1123 referred to Education on 3/17/15 

HB 3887 referred to Public Education on 3/23/15

SB 1178 Relating to establishing an education savings account program. Would include private school, private tutor, homeschooling, or another approved option. 

http://www.cHB 3887:apitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1178

Donald Huffines (R) Oppose Referred to Education on 3/17/15
SB 1513 Relating to state funding for certain children to attend certain private schools. Would require school districts with 27,000 to 31,000 students in a county with more than 2.3 million population to pay for the private school education of eligible children. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1513

Kelly Hancock (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/23/15
SB 1611 Relating to the establishment of professional charter academies. Program would be run by an educator and would be subject only to the laws applicable to private schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1611

Donald Huffines (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/23/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 3594 Relating to credits against the ad valorem taxes imposed by a school district on the property of certain persons who provide an educational alternative for a child eligible to attend a public school in the district. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3594

Rick Miller (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means, 3/19/15
HJR 141 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for credits against the ad valorem taxes imposed by a school district on the property of certain persons who provide an educational alternative. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR141

Rick Miller (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means, 3/19/15
HJR 82 Proposing a Constitutional amendment prohibiting the authorization of funding of an elementary or secondary education voucher program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR82

Richard Raymond (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
Secession        
HB 1065 Relating to the Interstate Primary and Secondary Public Education Compact. Intends to suspend the operation of all federal laws, rules, regulations, and orders regarding primary and secondary pubic education that are inconsistent with state laws. Asserts that federal funds cannot be conditional on any regulations, policy, law, or rule. 

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1065

James White (R) Oppose Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility Committee on 3/4/15
Assessment        
HB 1139 & HB 829 Relating to inclusion of a civics test in the graduation requirements for public high school students.   Questions are to be based on test given by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services for naturalization. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1139

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB829

HB 1139: Pat Fallon (R) 

HB 829: Bill Zedler (R)

Oppose HB 1139: Referred to Public Education 3/2/15 

HB 829: Referred to Public Education 2/26/15

HB 73 Relating to academic assessment of public school students with significant disabilities. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB73

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15
HB 43 Relating to the creation of a task force to evaluate state assessment instruments administered to public school students with significant cognitive disabilities. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB43

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15
HB 514 Relating to the creation of an advisory council to research and make recommendations on the use of assessment instruments in public schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB514

Joe Moody (D) Support 

 

 

 

 

Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
HB 66 Relating to the consideration of the performance of certain students of limited English proficiency on state assessment instruments. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB66

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15Passed committee on 3/3/15

Calendar Committee 3/25/15

HB 356 Relating to a federal waiver to exempt public school students with significant cognitive disabilities from annual assessment requirements imposed by federal law. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB406

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
HB 406 Relating to the creation of a task force to determine alternative methods of assessing the performance of public school students and school districts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB406

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
HB 407 Relating to school district selection of an alternative assessment method in place of state-administered assessment instruments. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB407

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
HB 462 Relating to successful completion of dual credit courses as an alternative to compliance with end-of-course assessment requirements. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB462

Craig Goldman (R) Support Referred to Public Education on 2/11/15Pending in committee 3/24/15
HB 588 Relating to restricting certain state and school district assessments of public school students in prekindergarten and kindergarten. No administration of criterion- or norm-referenced tests, including achievement tests, to students in either prek or k. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB588

Ana Hernandez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/18/15
HB 662 Relating to public school students evaluated for purposes of accountability ratings (would require that only African American males be considered in evaluating school and district performance). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB662

Harold Dutton (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education 2/19/15
HB 741 Relating to the administration to public school students in certain grades of state-administered assessment instruments. Similar to HB 866 from 83rd Legislature. Would reduce testing at elementary and middle levels. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB741

Dan Huberty (R) Support Referred to Public Education 2/23/15
HB 742 Relating to eliminating certain state-required assessment instruments (writing & social studies in grades 3-8) and certain end-of-course assessment instruments   (US History) administered to public school students in certain grades. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB742

Dan Huberty (R), Rick Galindo (R), & Will Metcalf (R) Support Referred to Public Education on 2/23/15Passed committee 4/14/15
HB 743 Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and to certain state-adopted or state-developed assessment instruments for public school students. Requires validity and reliability. Limits test time requirements to 120 minutes in grades 3-5 and 180 minutes in grades 6-8. Testing has to be on one day. Study of TEKS. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB743

 

 

Dan Huberty (R) & Jason Isaac (R) Support HB 743 referred to Public Education on 2/23/15Passed committee 4/16/15

Calendars Committee 4/17/15

HB 2195 Relating to the administration of college preparation assessment instruments to public school students at state cost. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2195

Rodney Anderson (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/13/15
HB 1468 Relating to the assessment of fourth and seventh grade public school students in writing and English language arts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1468

Dan Huberty (R) Referred to Public Education 3/5/15
HB 1469 Relating to the assessment of public school students in writing and English language arts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1469

Dan Huberty (R) Referred to Public Education on 3/5/15
HB 1673 Relating to eliminating certain state-required assessment instruments and certain end-of-course assessment instruments not required by federal law. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1673

Gary VanDeaver (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/9/15
HB 1866 Relating to the authorization of alternative assessment instruments for use under the public school accountability system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1866

Jason Isaac (R) Referred to Public Education 3/11/15
HB 2093 Relating to a study of the cost (loss of federal money) of a moratorium on administering certain assessments. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2093

Rick Miller (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/13/15
HB 3973 Relating to the validity, reliability, and design of certain state-developed assessment instruments for public school students. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3973

Jessica Farrar (D Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
SB 1769 Relating to the period of days in which a student is enrolled in a school in the United States for purposes of determining a number of years for which the student may receive an alternative or exemption from student assessment. To determine exemption, 120 days required, instead of 60. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1769

Larry Taylor (R) Support Referred to Education 3/24/15
HB 3991 & SB 1259 Relating to the committee developing a student’s individualized education plan, the written report of the committee, and a regular education teacher’s opportunity for input into a student’s individualized education plan. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3991

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1259

HB 3991: Alma Allen (D) 

SB 1259: Jose Rodriguez (D)

HB 3991 referred to Public Education 3/23/15 

SB 1259 referred to Education on 3/17/15

SB 313 & HB 1341 Relating to review and modification of the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB313

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1341

SB 313: Kel Seliger (R) 

HB 1341: Jimmie Don Aycock (R)

Support SB 313 referred to Education 2/2/15 

HB 1341 referred to Public Education on 3/5/15

Accountability        
HB 544 Relating to payment by a school district of the costs of developmental coursework provided by an institution of higher education under the success initiative. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB544

Harold Dutton (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education 2/18/15
HB 868 Relating to a defense to prosecution for and civil liability of an educator who uses force or deadly force to protect the educator’s person, students of the school, or property of the school, and suspension of a student. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB868

Dan Flynn (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/4/15
SB 916 Relating to the creation of a program to improve public education through partnerships between certain public school campuses and public universities. Creates the School Turnaround Education Program:   University Partnerships (STEP UP).   Purpose is to raise student performance at public school campuses through partnerships with universities.   Offers an opportunity to avoid school reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management, or closure. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB916

Kel Seliger (R) Support Referred to Education 3/9/15
HB 1300 Relating to the required qualifications of persons admitted to educator preparation programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1300

Giovanni Capriglione (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/5/15Pending in subcommittee 4/16/15
HB 340 Relating to the receipt of an exemption or waiver for a school district or campus that is academically unacceptable. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB340

Harold Dutton (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education 2/12/15
HB 775 Relating to removing the requirement of satisfactory performance on state assessment instruments (grades 5 & 8) for public school grade-level promotion and providing alternative compliance. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB775

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/23/15
HB 1162 Relating to eliminating satisfactory performance requirements for public school end-of-course assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1162

Gary VanDeaver (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/3/15
HB 1164 & SB 1893 Relating to the assessment of public school students in writing and English language arts.   Assessments would measure English language arts rather than writing. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1164

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1893

HB 1164: Gary VanDeaver (R) 

SB 1893: Sylvia Garcia (D)

Support HB 1164 referred to Public Education on 3/3/15Passed committee 4/9/15

 

SB 1893 referred to Education 3/25/15

HB 1304 Relating to the use of school committees to make determinations regarding graduation for certain public high school students who fail to perform satisfactorily on end-of-course assessment instruments. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1304

Ryan Guillen (D) Support Referred to Public Education on 3/5/15
HB 1611 & SB 1776 Relating to the exemption from the assessment requirements of the Texas Success Initiative for students who successfully complete certain college preparatory courses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1611

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1776

HB 1611: Ryan Guillen (D) 

SB 1776: Jose Menendez (D)

Support HB 1611 referred to Higher Education on 3/9/15 

SB 1776 referred to Higher Education on 3/24/15

Passed committee 4/15/15

 

 

HB 1612 Relating to a requirement that public institutions of higher education provide certain information to students and school districts regarding student performance on Texas Success Initiative. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1612

Ryan Guillen (D) Support Referred to Higher Education 3/9/15
HB 1613 Relating to the use of performance on certain assessment instruments designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to satisfy requirements concerning high school end-of-course assessment. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1613

Ryan Guillen (D) Support Referred to Higher Education 3/9/15
HB 1842 Relating to the assessment of intervention in and sanction of a public school that does not satisfy accreditation criteria. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1842

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/11/15
HB 2109 & HB 2176 & SB 6 Relating to public school performance rating. Would change current campus and district rating nomenclature to A-F. Under HB 5 (83rd Legislature), districts are already to be rated A-F for the 2016-17 school year. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2109

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2176

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB6

HB 2109: Morgan Meyer (R) 

HB 2176: Dan Huberty (R) & Debbie Riddle

 

SB 6: Larry Taylor (R), Donna Campbell (R)

Co-author: Paul Bettencourt

Oppose HB 2109 referred to Public Education 3/13/15 

HB 2176 referred to Public Education 3/12/15

 

SB 6 referred to Education 3/3/15

Passed committee 3/23/15

Passed Senate 3/31/15

 

 

 

 

HB 2792 Relating to access to certain information regarding the performance of public school campuses.   Unfunded mandate. Requirement of utilization info is a set-up to force sale to charter schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2792

Morgan Meyer (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/16/15
HB 2804 Relating to assessment of public school students and evaluation of public school performance.   Allows districts to choose assessments from approved list. Further limits number of assessments required under current law. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2804

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/16/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 3106 & SB 1825 Relating to the period of time allowed for appointment of a board of managers for a school district.   Extends the time that an unelected board runs a school district. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3106

HB 3106: Dan Huberty (R) 

SB 1825: Brandon Creighton (R)

Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/23/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 3145 Relating to the computation of dropout rates of a school district and the calculation of average daily attendance for funding purposes with respect to certain students 18 years of age or older. Adds funding weight. Excludes in-school over-age special education students from dropout calculations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3145

Mary Gonzalez Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
SB 1867 Relating to excluding certain adult students receiving special education services from computation of dropout and completion rates for purposes of public school accountability. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1867

Judith Zaffirini Support Referred to Education 3/25/15
HB 3885 Relating to procedures for public school district and campus performance evaluations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3885

Marsha Farney (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HB 3886 Relating to assignment and appeal of public school district and campus performance ratings. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3886

Marsha Farney (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
SB 1868 Relating to public school accountability for bilingual education and English as a second language and other special language programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1868

SB 1868: Judith Zaffirini Support Referred to Education 3/25/15
HB 3201 Relating to a federal waiver to allow the Texas Education Agency to administer annual assessment instruments based on modified achievement standards for certain public school students. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3201

Rick Miller (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HB 3708 Relating to the use of the results of assessment instruments administered to public school students transferring from out-of-state schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3708

John Frullo (R) Support Referred to Public Education 3/19/15
HB 4028 & SB 1200 Relating to the creation of a committee to recommend a new system of student assessment and public school accountability. (Cannot support unless it emphasizes that report must be grounded in credible research and that educators comprise the majority of committee.) 15 members: to include at least 1 parent, 1 educator, 1 education in the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, 1 member of business community, 1 member of civic community, a leader in student assessment, a leader in assessment research. Governor appoints chair. 

 

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB4028

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1200

HB 4018: Dan Huberty (R) 

SB 1200: Larry Taylor

Oppose HB 4028 referred to Public Education on 3/23/15 

SB 1200 referred to Education 3/17/15

Passed committee 4/16/15

 

 

 

SB 149 Relating to the creation of individual graduation committees for certain high school students. 

Co-authors: Sylvia Garcia (D), Don Huffines (R), Eddie Lucio (D), Jose Rodriguez (D), and Royce West (D)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB149

Kel Seliger (R) Support.  Referred to Education 1/27/15Passed committee 3/11/15

Passed Senate 3/17/15

Referred to House Public Education Committee 4/2/15

Passed committee 4/7/15

Placed on Calendar 4/21/15

SB 176 Relating to the Texas School Accountability Dashboard. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB176

Kel Seliger (R) Referred to Education 1/27/15
SB 1431 Relating to promoting efficiency in school district administration by limiting, reducing, simplifying, or eliminating certain processes and procedures (includes a prohibition of field testing of assessment instruments). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1431

Bob Hall (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/18/15
SB 312 Relating to a required report made to a public school student, parent, and teacher regarding the student’s performance on certain state-adopted or state-developed assessment instruments. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB312

Kel Seliger (R) Support Referred to Education 2/2/15
HB 3746 Relating to the study of public education performance. Creates an independent policy center called the Center for Performance Information for Public Education (CPIPE) that represents interests of “business, finance, public policy, education and other interests” as appropriate. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3746

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HB 2349 Relating to public school assessment, performance standards, and course requirements. FHSP students are only required to take and pass EOC tests for the courses in which they enroll. May take more than 3 courses at a junior college. Repeal requirement to enroll 12th grade students in college prep courses for each failed EOC course. Repeals the limitation on district testing to no more than 10% of the days that instruction is offered in any given year. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2349

Jimmie Don Aycock Support Referred to Public Education 3/13/15Passed committee 4/14/15
SB 452 Relating to administering the Texas Success Initiative assessment instrument to certain public school students (10th grade students; used only for diagnostic purposes; ARD committee would determine if appropriate for special education students) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB452

Kel Seliger (R) Support Referred to Education 2/9/15
HB 1227 Relating to eliminating the requirement that a school district assess the physical fitness of students. 

Co-authors: Cindy Burkett (R), Giovanni Capriglione (R), Larry Gonzales (R), Bryan Hughes (R), Kenneth Sheets (R), Gary VanDeaver (R), and Bill Zedler (R)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1227

Rodney Anderson (R),   Susan King (R), Dennis Bonnen (R), Dan Huberty (R), and Eddie Lucio (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/3/15
HB 2792 Relating to access to certain information regarding the performance of public school campuses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2792

Morgan Meyer (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/16/15
Class Size        
HB 49 Relating to a requirement for school districts to report class size to the Texas Education Agency (each class, each grade level). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB49

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15
HB 51 Relating to limits on the size of certain classes in public schools (limit of 28 in grades 5-8). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB51

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15
HB 171 Relating to limits on the size of fifth grade classes in public schools (expands 22:1 class size ratio to grade 5). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB171

Carol Alvarado (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/9/15
HB 355 Relating to the creation of a task force to evaluate class size limits in public schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB355

Mary Gonzalez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/12/15
HB 515 Relating to the notice to the parent or other person having lawful control of a public school student concerning the student’s class performance and the size of the class.   Requires school districts to include class size information on report cards and failure notices. Must specify the number of students enrolled in each of the student’s classes as of the last day of grading period. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB515

Joe Moody (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
HB 1023 & SB 1221 Relating to public school class size limits (K-4 average of 22:1). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1023

 

 

HB 1023: Jonathan Stickland (R) 

SB 1221: Paul Bettencourt

Support HB 1023 referred to Public Education 3/2/15
HB 3262 Relating to limits on class size at certain grade levels in public schools. Would lower class size in K-4 to 17. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3262

Abel Herrero (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/17/15
SB 1241 Relating to authority of school districts, home-rule districts, and open-enrollment charter schools to establish innovation zones and the authority of school districts to obtain designation as districts of innovation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1241

Larry Taylor (R) Oppose Referred to Education 3/17/15Pending in committee 4/7/15
SB 73 Relating to limits on the size of prekindergarten classes in public schools (limits pre-k to 18 students). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB73

Rodney Ellis (D) Support Referred to Education 1/26/15
Teacher Quality        
HB 387 Relating to an appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund for classroom teacher salary increases. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB387

Richard Raymond (D) Support Referred to Appropriations 2/12/15
SB 893 & HB 2543 Relating to public school teacher performance appraisals, continuing education, professional development, career advancement, and compensation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB893

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2543

SB 893: Kel Seliger (R) & Donna Campbell (R) 

HB 2543: Marsha Farney (R)

Oppose Referred to Education on 3/9/15Passed committee 3/30/15

SB 893 passed by Senate 4/7/15

 

HB 2543 referred to Public Education 3/16/15

Pending in committee 4/7/15

HB 513 Relating to educator financial incentives and salary contingencies based on student performance on certain assessment instruments. Would prohibit the use of student performance on state assessments from being used as a basis for strategic compensation, bonus pay, etc., for educators, unless that is done in compliance with federal funding requirements. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB513

Joe Moody (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15
SB 885 & HB 2225 Relating to bonuses for teachers who teach students who perform successfully on college advanced placement (3 or above) tests and international baccalaureate (4 or above).(Note: There is no research evidence that merit pay works for teachers or students.)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB885

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2225

SB 885: Jose Rodriguez (D) 

HB 2225: Joe Deshotel

Oppose SB 885 referred to Education 3/4/15 

HB 2225 referred to Public Education 3/14/15

HB 2205 Relating to educator preparation programs, including the appointment of a member of the State Board for Educator Certification with experience and knowledge of alternative educator preparation programs. Myra Crownover (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education on 3/13/15Pending in subcommittee 4/16/15
HB 810 Relating to employment of persons with professional qualifications as public school teachers. (Authorizes uncertified teachers for certain introductory courses.)(Deprofessionalization of educators.)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB810

James White (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 2/23/15Pending in subcommittee 3/26/15
HB 874 Relating to employment of persons with advanced degrees as public school teachers (Authorizes uncertified teachers in grades 7-12) (Deprofessionalization of educators.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB874

Scott Sanford (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/2/15No action by subcommittee 4/16/15
SB 159 Relating to certification requirements for teachers in bilingual education. 

Co-authors: Sylvia Garcia (D) & Royce West (D)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB159

Jose Rodriguez (D) Support Referred to Education 1/27/15Passed committee 3/30/15

Passed Senate 4/1/15

HB 218 Relating to certification requirements for teachers in bilingual education. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB218

Marisa Marquez (D), Joe Moody (D), & Mary Gonzalez Support Referred to Public Education 2/10/15Passed committee 4/9/15

Sent to Calendars 4/17/15

SB 168 Relating to temporary waiver of superintendent certification for employment of public school district superintendents. (Note:   Deprofessionalization of educators.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB168

Carlos Uresti (D) Oppose Referred to Education 1/27/15Passed committee 4/13/15

Placed on intent calendar 4/16/15

HB 1601 Relating to eligibility of certain school district employees for certification as a principal (removes certification). (Note: Deprofessionalization of educators.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1601

Richard Raymond (D) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/9/15
HB 2014 Relating to the authority of military personnel to obtain certification to teach career and technology education classes in public schools. (Note: Deprofessionalization of educators.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2014

Kenneth Sheets (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/11/15Pending in subcommittee 4/16/15
Civil Rights        
SB 711 Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying activities or lobbyists. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB711

Konni Burton (R) Oppose Referred to State Affairs, 3/2/15
SB 1862 Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying activities or lobbyists. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1862

Konni Burton (R) Oppose Referred to State Affairs
HB 3219 Relating to the use by a school district of public money for lobbying activities or lobbyists. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3219

Matt Shaheen (R) Oppose Referred to General Investigating & Ethics 3/24/15Pending in committee 4/9/15
HB 1257 Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying activities or lobbyists—would prohibit school districts from expending any funds directly or indirectly to influence legislation. (Note: This proposal is designed to KILL the Equity Center, TASA, TASB, TASSP, TAESP, etc. A school official could not use school time, equipment, postage, etc. to mail a letter to a legislator. Etc.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3403

Matt Shaheen (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/17/15
HB 3403 Relating to public school curriculum and textbooks. (Note:   More micro-managing of curriculum and materials. Obviously an ideological bill to dictate social studies curriculum.) Jeff Leach (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/17/15
HJR 16 Proposing a Constitutional amendment relating to the exclusive legislative duty support and maintain an efficient system of public schools. It would bar the judiciary from interfering with or issuing a judgment or opinion regarding the legislature’s implementation of the general diffusion of knowledge provisions of the constitution. (Note: The checks and balances required in a democracy are no more when one branch is allowed to forbid another from doing its constitutional duty.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR16

Matt Rinaldi (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/24/15
HB 2450 Relating to the accreditation status and eligibility for funding under the Foundation School Program of a district that knowingly violates the Texas Constitution. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2450

Drew Springer (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/13/15
HB 3896 Relating to access to school textbooks. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3896

Sylvester Turner (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HJR 86 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing elections for the recall of independent school district trustees. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR86

Rick Galindo III (R) Oppose Referred to Elections 3/9/15Passed committee 4/16/15
SB 1155 Relating to prohibition of certain regulations by a county, municipality, or other political subdivision. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1155

Bob Hall (R) Oppose Referred to State Affairs 3/17/15
HB 3815 Relating to instruction in positive character traits in public schools. Must integrate into TEKS and post a report on how it was done. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3815

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HB 3848 & SB 1842 Relating to removing the requirement for bilingual education special language programs for certain students of limited English proficiency. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB3848

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1842

Matt Rinaldi (R) & Bob Hall (R) Oppose HB 3848 referred to Public Education 3/24/15 

SB 1842 referred to Education 3/25/15

SB 1748 & HB 429 Relating to the nonpartisan election of members to the State Board of Education 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1748

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB429

Chuy Hinojosa (D) & Donna Howard (D) Support SB 1748 referred to State Affairs 3/24/15 

HB 429 referred to Elections 2/16/15

Adequacy
HJR 97 Proposing a Constitutional amendment requiring the state to pay at least 50 percent of the cost of maintaining and operating the public school system and prohibiting the controller from certifying legislation containing an appropriation unless the requirement is met. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR97

Donna Howard Support Referred to Public Education 3/23/15
HJR 59 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to dedicate net revenue from the state lottery to support educational programs that benefit classroom teaching in the state’s public schools and to prohibit certain lottery advertisements. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR59

Richard Raymond (D) Referred to Appropriations 2/26/15
SB 240 Relating to the state’s contribution to the financing of public education. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB240

Kirk Watson (D) Support Referred to Education 1/28/15
HB 1551 Relating to money distributed by the School Land Board to the available school fund or to the State Board of Education for investment in the permanent school fund. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1551

Donna Howard (D) Support Referred to Appropriations 3/9/15Passed committee 4/15/15
HB 964 Relating to the calculation of the rollback tax rate of a school district. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB964

Donna Howard (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 4/21/15
SB 15 Relating to state tax reductions and the limit on appropriations from certain state tax revenue for a state fiscal biennium. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB15

Jane Nelson (R), Kevin Elfite (R), and Juan Hinojosa (D) Referred to Finance, 3/4/15
SJR 3 Proposing a Constitutional amendment excepting certain appropriations for reducing state debt from the Constitutional limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR3

Jane Nelson (R), Kevin Elfite (R), and Juan Hinojosa (D) Referred to Finance 3/4/15
HB 654 Relating to public school finance and the formation of school finance districts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB654

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) Support Referred to Public Education, 2/19/15
HB 1677 Relating to the repeal of Chapters 41 and 42 of the Education Code and directs the commissioner of education to adopt rules for the distribution of funds. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1677

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) Referred to Public Education 3/9/15
HB 1759 Relating to the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1759

Jimmie Don Aycock (R) Referred to Public Education 3/12/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 125 Relating to studying the cost of education index

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB125

Trey Martinez Fischer (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/11/15
SB 243 Relating to the cost of education adjustment. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB243

 

Kirk Watson (D) Support Referred to Education 1/28/15
SB 244 Relating to the elimination of the cost of education adjustment under the Foundation School Program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB244

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
HB 1283 Relating to a proposition to approve the issuance of bonds or other debt. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1283

Ron Simmons (R) Opppse Referred to Elections 3/3/15Passed committee 4/16/15
HB 114 Relating to the issuance of certain capitalappreciation bonds by political subdivisions.

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB114

Dan Flynn (R) Oppose Referred to Investments & Financial Services 2/12/15Passed committee 4/9/15
HB 506 Relating to the issuance of tax-supported bonds by certain school districts and increasing the tax rate limitation on the issuance of those bonds. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB506

Eddie Rodriguez (D) Support Referred to Public Education 2/16/15Passed committee 4/6/15

Sent to Calendars 4/16/15

SB 102 & HB 1182 Relating to ballot propositions authorizing political subdivisions to issue bonds. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB102

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1182

SB 102: Chuy Hinojosa (D) & Charles Swertner (R) 

HB 1182: Mark Shaheen

Oppose SB 102 referred to State Affairs 1/27/15 

HB 1182 referred to Elections 3/3/15

Passed committee 4/16/15

SB 103 Relating to a prohibition on the issuance of certain capital appreciation bonds by local governments. 

Coauthors: Donna Campbell and Charles Schwertner

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB103

Chuy Hinojosa (D), Donna Campbell (R), & Charles Schwertner (R) Oppose Referred to Intergovernmental Relations 1/27/15
SB 310 Relating to procedures and requirements for the issuance of certificates of obligation

Co-author: Lois Kolkhorst (R)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB310

Donna Campbell (R) Oppose Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
SB 315 Relating to the issuance of tax-supported bonds by certain school districts and increasing the tax rate limitation on the issuance of those bonds. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB315

Chuy Hinojosa (D) Oppose Referred to Education 2/2/15
HB 134 Relating to certain information included with ballot propositions for elections to authorize state and local general obligation bonds

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB134

David Simpson (R) Oppose Referred to Elections 2/11/15Passed committee 4/16/15
SB 399 Relating to ballot propositions authorizing certain political subdivisions to issue debt obligations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB399

Donna Campbell (R) Oppose Referred to State Affairs 2/2/15
HB 256 Relating to use of compensatory education allotment funding to provide assistance with childcare to students at risk of dropping out of school. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB256

Donna Howard (D) Support  Referred to Public Education 2/11/15Passed committee 3/3/15

Calendars 3/25/15

HB 2252 & SB 1570 Relating to the use of the compensatory education funds to fund developmental guidance and counseling programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2252

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1570

HB 2252: Sylvester Turner (D) 

SB 1570: Eddie Lucio (D)

Support HB 2252 referred to Public Education 3/13/15 

SB 1570 referred to Education 3/23/15

HB 645 &HB 720 & SB 324 Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program. 

(Co-authors of HB 645:   Charles Anderson (R), Dewayne Burns (R), Travis Clardy (R), Drew Darby (R), James Frank (R), Patricia Harless (R), Abel Herrero (D), Bryan Hughes (R), James Keffer (R), Phil King (R), Susan King (R). Chris Paddie (R), Larry Phillips (R), J. D. Sheffield (R), David Simpson (R), Drew Springer (R), Phil Stephenson (R), James White (R), and John Wray (R).)

 

 

(Co-authors of SB 324: Kevin Eltife (R) and Charles Perry (R).)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB645

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB720

Trent Ashby (R), Byron Cook (R), Ryan Guillan (D), Marsha Farney (R) and Gary VanDeaver (R) for HB 645 & James Frank (R) for HB 720 & Robert Nichols (R) for SB 324 Support—as does the Equity Center HB 645 referred to Public Education 2/23/15 

HB 720 referred to Public Education 2/23/15

 

 

HB 666 &HB 719 Relating to the small and mid-sized district adjustments under the Foundation School Program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB666

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB719

HB 666: Ken King (R) 

HB 719: Ken King (R)

Oppose HB 666 referred to Public Education 2/19/15 

HB 719 referred to Public Education 2/23/15

HB 802 Relating to the provision of a transportation allotment under the foundation school program based on the price of gasoline. 

Co-authors:   Patricia Harless (R) and Drew Springer (R).

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB802

Ken King (R) Referred to Public Education 2/23/15
HB 1135 Relating to a transportation allotment for a school district transporting students to dual credit courses. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1135

Sergio Munoz (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/2/15Pending in committee 4/14/15
HB 919 Relating to provisional special education funding for certain students (those residing in a residential placement facility or for whom the Dept. of Family and Protective Services has been appointed temporary or permanent conservator) in public schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB919

Dan Flynn (R) Referred to Public Education 2/25/15
HB 925 Relating to the balance maintained in a school district’s general fund and associated requirements regarding the general fund. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB925

Ryan Guillen (D) Referred to Public Education 4/21/15
HB 1477 Relating to the cost of an attendance credit under the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1477

Morgan Meyer (R) Referred to Public Education 3/5/15
HB 1157 Relating to funding for public school career and technology education programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1157

Carol Alvarado (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/3/15
HB 1163 Relating to the percentage of the annual distribution from the permanent school fund set aside for the state instructional materials fund

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1163

Gary VanDeaver (R) Referred to Public Education 3/3/15
SJR 1 Proposing a Constitutional amendment providing for an exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes of a portion of the market value of a residence homestead based on the median market value of all residence homesteads in the state. 

Authors:   Bettencourt, Birdwell, Burton, Campbell, Creighton, Estes, Fraser, Hall, Hancock, Huffines, Huffman, Kolkhorst, Lucio, Nichols, Perry, Schwertner, L. Taylor, V. Taylor, Uresti

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR1

Jane Nelson (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 2/24/15Passed committee 3/23/15

Passed Senate 3/25/15

SB 1 Relating to certain restrictions on the imposition of ad valorem taxes and to the duty of the state to reimburse certain political subdivisions for certain revenue loss. 

Authors: Jane Nelson (R), Paul Bettencourt (R), Brian Birdwell (R), Konni Burton (R), Donna Campbell (R), Brandon Creighton (R), Craig Estes (R), Troy Fraser (R), Bob Hall (R), Kelly Hancock (R), Juan Hinojosa (D), Don Huffines (R), Joan Huffman (R), Lois Kolkhorst (R), Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D), Robert Nichols (R), Charles Perry (R), Charles Schwertner (R), Larry Taylor (R), Van Taylor (R), Carlos Uresti (D), Kirk Watson (D), and Royce West (D)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1

See left. Referred to Finane 2/24/15Passed committee 3/23/15

Passed Senate 3/25/15

HB 52 Relating to increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district from $15,000 to $45,000. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB52

Armando Martinez (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 2/9/15
HB 1001 Relating to the periodic evaluation of certain exemptions from property taxes and state taxes and the application of the sunset review process to those exemptions. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1001

Yvonne Davis (D) Support Referred to Ways and Means, 3/3/15
HB 128 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of mineral interests having a value less than a certain amount. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB128

Craig Goldman (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 2/9/15
HB 365 & SB 182 Relating to the calculation of the ad valorem rollback tax rates of certain taxing units. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB365

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB182

HB 365: Gary Elkins (R) 

SB 182: Paul Bettencourt (R) & Don Huffines (R)

Oppose Referred to Ways and means, 2/12/15
HB 376 Relating to the additional tax imposed on land appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as open-space land if a change in use of the land occurs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB376

Ron Simmons (R) Referred to Ways and Means 2/12/15Passed committee 3/18/15

Passed House 4/14/15

HB 1513 Relating to the ad valorem taxation of qualified open-space land. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1513

 

 

Allen Fletcher (R) Referred to Agriculture and Livestock 3/10/15Pending in committee 4/8/15
HB 490 Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit that adopts an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the appraised value of an individual’s residence homestead. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB490

Eddie Rodriguez (D) Referred to Ways and means 2/12/15
HB 591 Relating to the eligibility of land owned by certain members of the armed services of the United States for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB591

Trent Ashby (R) Referred to Ways and Means 2/19/15
HB 660 & HB 432 & HB 992 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB660

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB432

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB992

HB 660: Richard Raymond (D) 

HB 432: Sergio Munoz

 

HB 992: Dennis Bonnen

HB 660 referred to Ways and Means 2/19/15 

HB 432 referred to Ways and Means on 2/16/15

 

HB 992 referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15

Passed committee 4/2/15

Sent to Calendars 4/16/15

 

 

HB 490 Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit that adopts an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a percentage of the appraised value of an individual’s residence homestead. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB490

Eddie Rodriguez (D) Referred to Ways and Means 2/12/15
HB 591 Relating to the eligibility of land owned by certain members of the armed services of the United States for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB591

Trent Ashby (R) Referred to Ways and Means, 2/19/15
HB 683 Relating to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of certain disabled veterans. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB683

Kenneth Sheets (R) Referred to Ways and Means, 2/19/15
HB 806 Relating to proof of eligibility for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of a person. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB806

Jose Lozano (R) Referred to Ways and Means 2/23/15Passed committee on 4/2/15

Calendars 4/21/15

HB 958 & SB 515 Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB806

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB515

HB 958: Dwayne Bohac (R) 

SB 515: Paul Bettencourt (R)

Oppose HB 958 referred to Ways and Means 2/23//15Passed committee 4/2/15

Calendars 4/21/15

 

SB 515 referred to Finance on 2/11/15

HB 982 Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district, a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB982

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15
HB 1193 Relating to a local option exemption from ad valorem taxation of the portion of the appraised value of a person’s property that is attributable to the installation on the property of a rainwater harvesting system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1193

Jason Isaac (R) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/3/15
HB 1271 Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the total appraised value of the residence homestead of a veteran or current member of the armed services of the United States. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1271

Joe Farias (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/3/15
HB 1276 & SB 545 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1271

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB545

HB 1276: Jim Murphy (R) 

SB 545: Larry Taylor (R)

HB 1276 referred to Ways and Means 3/3/15 

SB 545 referred to Finance 2/18/15

 

 

SB 156 Relating to the limitation on increases in the appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation. 

Co-authors: Paul Bettencourt (R) and Don Huffines (R)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB156

Robert Nichols (R) Referred to Finance 1/27/15
SB 278 Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district and the increase of the exemption amount in subsequent years to reflect inflation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB278

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Finance 1/28/15Pending in committee 3/4/15
SB 279 Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit other than a school district to adopt an exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion, expressed as a dollar amount, of the appraised valued. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB279

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Finance 1/28/15Pending in committee 3/4/15
SB 282 Relating to the period for which certain property acquired by a charitable organization to provide low-income housing may be exempted from ad valorem taxation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB282

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Finance 1/28/15
HJR 17 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the governing body of a political subdivision to adopt a local option residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR17

Sylvester Turner (D) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/17/15
HJR 18 Proposing a Constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes, providing for the increase of the exemption amount. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR18

Sylvester Turner (D) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means, 3/17/15
HJR 20 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to extend the number of days that certain tangible personal property to be transported outside of this state is exempt from ad valorem taxation

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR20

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/12/15
HJR 51, HJR 66, & HJR 75 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a total disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing the exemption took effect. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR51

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR66

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR75

HJR 51: Sergio Munoz (D) 

HJR 66: Richard Raymond (D)

 

HJR 75: Dennis Bonnen (R), Trey Martinez Fischer (D), Greg Bonnen (R), Sergio Munoz (D), and Rick Miller (R)

HJR 51 referred to Ways and Means 2/26/15 

HJR 66 referred to Ways and Means 2/23/15

 

HJR 75 referred to Ways and Means, 3/2/15

Passed committee 4/2/15

Calendar 4/16/15

HJR 64 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property owned by research technology corporations created by public or private institutions. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR64

Gary Elkins (R) Referred to Government Transparency and Operation 3/9/15Passed committee 3/25/15

Calendars 4/2/15

HJR 67 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt all or part of the residence homesteads of certain disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation. 

Co-author: Bill Zedler

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR67

Kenneth Sheets (R) Referred to Ways and Means 2/23/15
HJR 71 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to set a lower limit on the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem taxation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR71

Dwayne Bohac (R) & Greg Bonnen (R) Referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15
HJR 72 & SJR 28 Proposing a Constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR72

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR28

HJR 72: Dwayne Bohac (R) 

SJT 28: Paul Bettencourt (R)

HJR 72 referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15 

SJR 28 referred to Finance

HJR 74 Proposing a Constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes and providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR74

Dwayne Bohac (R) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/2/15
HJR 84 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation the total assessed value of the residence homestead of a veteran or current member of the armed services. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR84

Joe Farias (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/9/15
HB 1518 Relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit to adopt a local option residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion, expressed as a dollar amount. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1518

Sylvester Turner (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/10/15
SB 676 Relating to the determination of the market value of property for ad valorem tax purposes. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB676

Brandon Creighton (R) Referred to Finance on 2/24/15
SJR 14 Proposing a Constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to limit the maximum appraised value of a residence homestead for ad valorem tax purposes to 105 percent or less of the appraised value of the property. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR14

Robert Nichols (R), Paul Bennencourt (R), & Don Huffines (R) Referred to Finance 2/2/15
SJR 20 Proposing a Constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes, providing for the increase of the exemption amount in subsequent years. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR20

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Finance 2/2/15Pending in committee 3/4/15
HB 1022 Relating to the eligibility for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of certain persons with a life estate in the homestead property. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1022

Joe Moody (D) Referred to Ways and Means, 3/2/15Passed committee 4/9/15

Calendars 4/14/15

HB 1519 Relating to an increase in the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation by a school district and the increase of the exemption amount in subsequent years to reflect inflation. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1519

Sylvester Turner (D) Referred to Ways and Means 3/10/15
HJR 85 & SJR 30 Proposing a Constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation real property leased by certain schools. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR85

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR30

HJR 85: Jim Murphy (R) 

SJR 30: Larry Taylor (R)

Oppose HJR 85 referred to Ways and Means 3/9/15 

SJR 30 referred to Finance 2/18/15

HJR 30 Proposing a Constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $45,000. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR30

Armando Martinez (D) Referred to Ways and Means 2/26/15
SB 593 Relating to the award of attorney’s fees in a judicial appeal of certain ad valorem tax determinations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB593

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Finance 2/23/15
SB 7 Relating to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax 

Authors: Same as SB 1

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB7

Jane Nelson (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 2/24/15Passed committee 3/23/15

Passed Senate 3/25/15

SB 8 Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax. 

Authors: Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Konni Burton, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton, Kevin Eltife, Craig Estes, Troy Fraser, Bob Hall, Kelly Hancock, Juan Hinojosa, Don Huffines, Joan Huffman, Lois Kolkhorst, Eddie Lucio, Jr., Jane Nelson, Robert Nichols, Charles Perry, Kel Seliger, Larry Taylor, Van Taylor, Carlos Uresti.

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB8

Charles Schwertner (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 2/24/15Passed committee 3/17/15

Passed Senate 3/25/15

 

HB 250 & HB 552 Relating to the phaseout and repeal (2020) of the business franchise tax

HB 250 co-author: Jim Murphy

 

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB250

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB552

HB 250: Jeff Leach (R) 

HB 552: Dan Huberty (R)

Oppose HB 250 referred to Ways and Means, 2/11/15 

HB 552 referred to Ways and Means 2/18/15

HB 321 A bill relating to the repeal of the franchise tax on Jan. 1, 2017. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB321

Mark Keough (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 2/11/15
HB 358 Relating to the inclusion of the costs of accepting credit and debit cards in the costs of goods sold for purposes of computing the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB358

Angie Button (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 2/12/15
HB 79 Relating to exemptions from the sales and use tax and the franchise tax for certain businesses during an initial period of operation in the state. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB79

Ryan Guillen (D) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 2/9/15
HB 668 Relating to the franchise tax liability of certain taxable entities. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB668

Marsha Farney (R) Referred to Ways and Means 2/19/15
HB 722 Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities offering internships to certain high school students. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB722

Travis Clardy (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 2/23/15
HB 1047 & SB 1248 Relating to a franchise tax credit for entities that employ certain students in certain paid internships or similar programs. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1047

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB1248

HB 1047: Paul Workman (R) 

SB 1248: Royce West (D

Oppose HB 1047 referred to Ways and Means 3/4/15 

SB 1248 referred to Finance 3/17/15

HB 850 Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB850

Jose Lozano (R) & Craig Estes (R) & Donald Huffines (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15
HB 1134 & SB 331 Relating to the use of certain surplus state revenue to provide for a rebate of state franchise taxes

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1152

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB331

HB 1134: Will Metcalf (R) 

SB 331: Brandon Creighton (R)

Oppose HB 1134 referred to Appropriations 3/3/15 

SB 331 referred to Ways and Means 3/3/15

HB 1152 & SB 138 Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1152

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB138

HB 1152: Scott Turner (R) 

SB 138: Charles Perry (R)

Oppose HB 1152 referred to Ways and Means 3/3/15 

SB 138 referred to Finance 1/27/15

 

 

 

 

HB 1314 Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1314

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/5/15
HB 1315 Relating to temporary permissive alternate rates for the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1315

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/5/15
HB 1316 & HB 32 Relating to decreasing the rates of the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1316

Dwayne Bohac (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/5/15
HJR 19 Proposing a Constitutional amendment requiring any increase in a rate of the franchise tax to be approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house of the legislature. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR19

Morgan Meyer (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/23/15
SB 52 Relating to the computation of the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB52

Jane Nelson (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 1/26/15
SB 134 Relating to the total revenue exemption for the franchise tax. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB134

Charles Schwertner (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 1/27/15
SB 186 Relating to the franchise tax and alternate revenue sources and spending priorities for this state. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB186

Brandon Creighton (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 1/27/15Pending in committee 3/4/15
SB 330 Relating to the computation of the franchise tax

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB330

Brandon Creighton (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 2/2/15Pending in committee 3/4/15
HB 2506 Relating to an exemption of certain tangible personal property related to medical data centers from the sales and use tax. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2506

Tan Parker (R) Oppose Referred to Ways and Means 3/16/15Passed committee 4/9/15
HB 129 Relating to the allocation to the state highway fund of revenue from taxes imposed on the sale, rental, or use of motor vehicles and other taxes imposed on motor vehicles. (Currently 25% goes to the Foundation School Fund and 75% to the state’s general revenue.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB129

Craig Goldman (R) Oppose Referred to Transportation
HB 395 Relating to the rates of the state motor fuel taxes and to the use of additional revenue derived from those taxes. (Would raise tax rates on motor fuels, but maintain custom of allocating 25% to Foundation School Program.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB395

Ruth Jones McClendon       (D) Support Referred to Ways and Means, 2/19/15
HB 401 & HB 660 & HB 992 Relating to certain fees deposited to the credit of the state highway fund

Co-author HB 401:   J. D. Sheffield

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB401

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB660

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB992

HB 401: Patricia Harless (R) 

HB 660: Richard Raymond (D)

 

HB 992: Dennis Bonnen (R). Trey Martinez Fischer (D), Greg Bonnen ®, Sergio Munoz, Jr. (D), & Rick Miller (R)

Oppose HB 401 referred to Transportation 2/18/15 

HB 660 referred to Ways and Means 2/19/15

 

HB 992 referred to Ways and Means 3/2/15

Passed committee 4/2/15

Calendars 4/14/15

 

 

 

 

HB 399 Relating to taxes wholly or partly deposited to the credit of the state highway fund. (Would eliminate any allocation to Foundation School Program.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB399

Patricia Harless (R) Oppose Referred to Transportation 3/18/15
HB 469 Relating to the allocation of certain motor vehicle sales tax revenue to the state highway fund and to the uses of that revenue. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB469

Will Metcalf (R) Referred to Transportation 3/18/15
HJR 48 Proposing a Constitutional amendment limiting the permissible uses of the state highway fund, including further limiting the use of additional tax and fee revenue attributable to changes to certain state taxes and fees. 

Co-author: J. D. Sheffield

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HJR48

 

 

Patricia Harless (R) Oppose Referred to Transportation 3/18/15
SB 184 Relating to state highway funds. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB184

Charles Schwertner (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 1/27/15
HB 351 Relating to the exemption from the sales tax for certain school art supplies during limited periods. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB351

Helen Giddings (D) Referred to Ways and Means 2/12/15Pending in Committee 4/7/15
HB 1261 Relating to the comptroller’s report on the effect of certain tax provisions. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1261

Susan King (R) Referred to Ways and Means 3/3/15Passed committee 4/2/15

Calendars 4/6/15

HB 1697 Relating to the limitation on the rate of growth of appropriations. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1697

Giovanni Capriglione (R) Oppose Referred to Appropriations
HB 2981 &SB 9 Relating to the constitutional limit on the rate of growth of appropriations. 

SB 9 co-authors:   Paul Bettencourt (R), Brian Birdwell (R), Donna Campbell (R), Brandon Creighton (R), Craig Estes (R)l Bob Hall (R), Larry Taylor (R), and Van Taylor (R)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2981

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB9

HB 2981: Mike Schofield (R) 

SB 9: Kelly Hancock (R)

Oppose HB 2981 referred to Appropriations 3/16/15 

SB 9 referred to Finance on 3/10/15

Passed committee on 4/7/15

Passed Senate 4/9/15

SJR 15 Proposing a Constitutional amendment prescribing the purposes for which revenue from motor vehicle registration fees, certain motor vehicle-related taxes, and certain revenues may be used. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SJR15

Charles Schwertner (R) Oppose Referred to Finance 2/2/15
Taxpayer Equity
HB 1 House Appropriations bill—to include an additional $2.2 billion of funding within the Foundation School Program for improving equity, reducing recapture, and increasing the state share of the FSP.Senate Sponsor:   Jane Nelson

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1

John Otto (R) Support Referred to Appropriations 3/18/15Passed committee 3/24/15

Passed House 4/1/15

Received by Senate 4/7/15

Referred to Senate Finance Committee 4/7/15

Passed by Senate Finance Committee 4/9/15

Passed 4/14/15

 

SB 246 Relating to the basic allotment and the equalized wealth level under the Foundation School Program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB246

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
SB 247 Relating to the equalized wealth level and the guaranteed yield under the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB247

Kirk Watson D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
SB 299 Relating to the form of the Legislative Budget Board’s report of equalized funding elements to the commissioner of education and the legislature. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB299

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
SB 556 Relating to a comprehensive review by the Texas Education Agency of weights, allotments, and adjustments under the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB556

Sylvia Garcia (D) Support Referred to Education 2/18/15
HB 945 Relating to the repeal of provisions requiring school districts to reduce their wealth per student to the equalized wealth level. 

Co-author: Mark Keough (R)

 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB945

Matt Rinaldi (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education 3/2/15
HB 1478 Relating to a limitation on the amount of school property tax revenue that is subject to recapture under the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1478

Morgan Meyer (R) Oppose Referred to Public Education
HB 1479 Relating to the equalized wealth level and the guaranteed yield under the school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1479

Morgan Meyer (R) Referred to Public Education
SB 595 Relating to the equalized wealth level, basic allotment, local share, and guaranteed yield under the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB595

Kirk Watson (D) Support Referred to Education 2/23/15
SB 605 Relating to the method of determining the average daily attendance in certain school districts. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB605

Kel Seliger (D) Referred to Education 2/23/15
HB 2026 Relating to the calculation of the number of students in weighted daily attendance for purposes of the public school finance system. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2026

Marisa Marquez (D) Referred to Public Education 3/11/15
SB 161 Relating to the bilingual education allotment provided under the public school finance system; increases the weight for bilingual or ESL in the FSP from 0.10 to 0.25. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB161

Jose Rodriguez (D) Support Referred to Education 1/27/15
HB 1461 Relating to the bilingual education allotment provided under the public school finance system (Raises weight to 0.25.) 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1461

Eddie Lucio III (D) Referred to Public Education 3/4/15
HB 1711 Relating to doubling the compensatory education and bilingual education weights

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1711

Rene Oliveira (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/12/15
HB 1713 Relating to the establishment of a technology allotment for public schools ($15 per ADA per year). 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1713

Donna Howard (D) Support Referred to Public Education 3/12/15
SB 241 Relating to the transportation allotment under the Foundation School Program. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB241

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
SB 242 Relating to a transportation allotment credit for school districts required to take action to reduce wealth per students. 

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SB242

Kirk Watson (D) Referred to Education 1/28/15
HB 2164 Relating to the applicability of certain unfunded mandates

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB2164

James White (R) Referred to Government Transparency & Operation 3/16/15Pending in committee 4/15/15

 

 

 

 

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