Bill Text: TX HB1563 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the authority of the Texas State Technical College System to offer technical-vocational courses or programs.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-27 - Left pending in committee [HB1563 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB1563-Introduced.html
  85R2219 KEL-F
 
  By: Guillen H.B. No. 1563
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the authority of the Texas State Technical College
  System to offer technical-vocational courses or programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 135.01, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsection (d) to read as
  follows:
         (c)  In developing and offering highly specialized technical
  programs with related supportive coursework, primary consideration
  shall be placed on industrial and technological manpower needs of
  the state.
         (d)  The authority of the Texas State Technical College
  System to create a technical-vocational course of study or
  technical-vocational certificate or degree program under this
  section is not subject to Section 61.0512 [The emphasis of each
  Texas State Technical College System campus shall be on advanced or
  emerging technical programs not commonly offered by public junior
  colleges].
         SECTION 2.  Section 135.02(b), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  The system may operate an extension center created after
  September 1, 1991, in a city or county if:
               (1)  [the coordinating board has given prior approval
  to the extension center, after considering the role and mission of
  the system, the needs of this state and of the community involved,
  the actions of the legislature, if any, and the efficient and
  effective use of the state's educational resources for the economic
  development of this state;
               [(2)]  a political subdivision of this state provides
  and maintains appropriate equipment and facilities for the delivery
  of technical-vocational education, including maintenance and
  utilities; and
               (2) [(3)]  funding for the extension center is approved
  by specific legislative Act.
         SECTION 3.  Section 135.04, Education Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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